How Polarized Sunglasses Can Keep You Safe and Comfortable in the Summer Sun

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Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but also a time for you to be extra cautious. It is important to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays, especially during this season; one way is by wearing polarized sunglasses.

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What are Polarized Sunglasses and How Do They Work?

Polarized sunglasses are equipped with lenses that have been treated with a special filter to help to reduce glare. The filter is usually a thin film of laminated material containing vertical stripes that are applied to the lenses. This changes the refraction of light entering through the lens, resulting in clearer sight when exposed to bright light.
A pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses blocks the reflection of the suns rays off of different surfaces. This filters horizontal light waves from entering your eyes. Polarization also enhances your vision, making colors more vibrant and images crisper, as well as helping to soothe the eyes, which minimizes strain and increases comfortability. 
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What are the Benefits of Wearing Polarized Sunglasses?

When it comes to protecting your eyes from the sun, polarized sunglasses are a great option, and really, one of the most important things to consider when purchasing a pair of new sunglasses online. Sunglasses without polarization actually trick the retina to relax and open up, allowing even more light to enter the eyes.

So, rather than protecting your eyes, non-polarized sunglasses are more damaging because the lenses do not provide adequate protection. It is essential to wear sunglasses with polarized lenses.

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Here are a Few Other Benefits of Wearing Polarized Sunglasses:

  • They help to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays.
  • They reduce glare and keep your vision clear.
  • They are a great option for people who are sensitive to light and/or for those with blue eyes.
  • They help you see more clearly in bright light conditions.
  • They are perfect for people who spend time outdoors.
  • They help to reduce eye fatigue.
  • They also offer great protection for those who wear contact lenses.

 

Polarized sunglasses San Pedro Volcano, Lake Atitlán 

San Pedro Volcano, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. (@gem.on.earth)

How to Select the Ideal Pair of Polarized Sunglasses

Are you driving, participating in water sports, traveling, or for just everyday use? When it comes to choosing a pair of polarized sunglasses, there are a few things you need to consider.

Different activities require different types of lenses. For example, while driving your sunglasses should ideally have a darker tint in order to reduce glare. While fishing and boating, polarized lenses help you see beneath the surface of the water and not blinded by glair. Those for travel and everyday use should come with both polarization and 100% UV protection for all types of sun exposure.

Buddhi Bud. Byron Bay, Australia. Katie

Buddhi Bud. Byron Bay, Australia.

 How sunny is your environment? Depending on where you live, you may need different levels of sun protection. Those that live in a climates that are predominantly hot and sunny will likely want a deeper tint in order to reduce the amount of sunlight that reaches your eyes. While closer to the equator, there is even more of an importance that they are polarized and 400 UV protected. 

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Rainbows by Bambuddha. Oregon, USA @photography_by_link

What does the size and shape of your face have to do with polarized Sunglasses?

With your eyes centered in the middle of the lenses, you will benefit from a maximum amount of UV protection. Other than protection, you will obviously want sunglasses that look and feel great. If they fit your face shape well and are comfortable you will wear them longer with our fatigue. If the frames are too small, they can press too hard on the sides of the head and contribute to headaches. If too large, well they won’t stay on and serve their purpose. It is important to choose a pair that is both comfortable and stylish.

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Mahogany by Bambuddha. Photography by @colehatcherphotography

How to know if the lenses are polarized?

A simple test will tell if the sunglasses you have or are interested in are polarized. First, take the sunglasses and hold them up to a phone screen. Second, tilt them 90 degrees and if the screen darkens, then the lenses you are looking through are polarized.

You can also measure this by taking two pairs of sunglasses (one you know are polarized, and the other that you are testing for polarization) and place one in front of the other so that you are looking through two lenses. Turn one pair of the sunglasses at a 90 degree angle and if the lenses ‘black out’ that means you are looking through polarized lenses. 

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How to Care for Polarized Sunglasses?

Just like any other pair of sunglasses, polarized sunglasses need to be taken care of in order to maintain their quality and performance. Here are a few tips for how to care for your polarized sunglasses:

  1. Keep them clean. Wipe the lenses with a soft cloth regularly to remove any dirt or smudges. If you enter the ocean, rinse them with fresh water and wipe them dry.
  2. Be careful with them. Don't put them down on hard surfaces or sit on them. This can damage the lenses and frames.
  3. Store them properly. When you're not using them, store them in a case to protect them from scratches and dust.
  4. Avoid extreme temperatures. Don't leave your sunglasses in the car on hot or cold days, or in areas that are exposed to extreme heat (such as the dashboard)

"On the Face or In the Case!"

With proper care and maintenance for your polarized sunglasses, they will care for you. You will stay safe and comfortable in the sun for years to come!​

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The Best Way to Enjoy the Sunny Weather!

Polarized lenses will help to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays, reducing glare and keeping your vision clear. So if you're looking for a way to maximize your summer enjoyment, polarized sunglasses are the perfect addition to your outfit. 

If you are looking for an eco-friendly option, Bambuddha offers Polarized Bamboo Sunglasses for those who want to preserve their vision along with the earth.

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