Are Polarized Sunglasses Right for You?
You've probably heard of polarized sunglasses by now. Especially living in Roseville CA with an average of 247 sunny days a year (well above the national average), a good pair of sunglasses is important! And at Granite Pointe Eye Inc., our optometrist/ophthalmologist team has seen a rise of polarized sunglasses in recent years. And with good reason. Shielding your eyes from the sun in general reduces the risk of damage and vision problems, but polarized sunglasses can do more than a pair of regular shades.
That said, polarized sunglasses may not be right for everyone. For example, some people have difficulty using them while viewing screens or in conditions where they need to see bright areas (such as competitive skiing or snowboarding). It is important to make an eye doctor appointment with us, so we can determine your specific eye protection needs.
How Do Polarized Sunglasses Work?
The technology behind polarized sunglasses focuses on how light is reflected off of surfaces. Since light is typically reflected off of surfaces horizontally, polarized lenses work to combat this by filtering out the harsh horizontal light waves that cause glare. A near-microscopic chemical laminate pattern on the lenses serves as the filter. Overall, your surroundings will seem dimmer while wearing polarized lenses, but unlike with regular sunglasses you will not fall victim to harsh glaring light.
Another major draw of polarized lenses is that their unique pattern also provides some protection from harmful UV rays. Just as they can burn our skin and lead to skin cancer, these harmful UV rays from the sun can cause a variety of serious eye problems.
Do You Need to Go to an Optometrist/Ophthalmologist for Polarized Sunglasses?
Because of the popularity of polarized lenses, you may see ads for them in non-professional settings. You've probably even seen "polarized lenses" at convenience stores. But the key thing to take note of is quality. Polarized lenses that are mass-produced for supermarkets, convenience stores and tourist shops, etc. often are not made to last long. Even worse, they may not be truly polarized and actually offer limited protection against the sun's rays.
So, the short answer is, yes, you should go to an optometrist and/or ophthalmologist for a quality pair of polarized sunglasses. An experienced optometrist will do a thorough examination of your eyes and learn about your regular sun exposure in order to determine the type of sunglasses that best suits you.
Get in Touch to Learn More About Whether Polarized Sunglasses Are Right for You
At Granite Pointe Eye Inc., our experienced optometrists and ophthalmologists are ready to help you find the perfect pair of sunglasses for the sunny weather. Come stop by our Roseville CA location or give us a call at 916-797-6747 to make an appointment.