Why You Need to Be Wearing Polarized Sunglasses
We all know sunglasses do more than just make you look good. They help keep your eyes healthy and your eyesight clear by blocking UV rays from the sun.
UV is a risk to your eyes all year long — not just on sunny days. UV can cut through clouds, which is why it’s important to wear sunglasses even in the winter.
But beyond UV-rays, sunglasses keep glare, dust, and wind out of your eyes, prevent eyestrain and headaches, and reduce your risk of long-term eye damage.
Any pair of sunglasses is helpful in protecting your eyes, but a pair of polarized sunglasses is especially effective for their glare-blocking power.
What are Polarized Sunglasses?
Polarized sunglass lenses have a filter made of a special chemical combination. This filter helps to block out the glaring reflection of light off horizontal surfaces like the water, snow, the road, and metal surfaces like the hood of your car.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, polarized sunglasses are a must. Whether you’re spending the day fishing or surfing, polarized sunglasses reduce glare off the water’s surface. They allow you to see more detail and have clearer vision on a sunny day, so you can stay on top of your game.
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, polarized sunglasses help minimize the sunlight that reflects off the snow and ice, which can be even brighter and harsher than the light coming straight from the sun.
They’re also super handy when cruising down the 101 on a sunny day, so you can focus on the road ahead without squinting.
But one of the most important reasons to use polarized lenses is that they can protect your health.
How Do Polarized Sunglasses Protect Your Eye Health?
Polarized sunglasses are our go-to for clear sight and squint-free days. And they’re total rock stars when it comes to protecting your eyes.
When you squint and strain to see clearly on a sunny day, you’re making your eyes work extra hard. After a few hours, this can wear out your eyes and lead to eyestrain.
That doesn’t just mean dry and itchy eyes. It could also give you a sore neck and upper back, difficulty concentrating, and blurred vision. (Say goodbye to getting in another lap on the ski hill or waiting for the next big wave).
A common symptom of eyestrain is headaches. No one likes a headache, but they can be more than just a pain.
If you’re regularly getting headaches from eyestrain, you could be affecting your health more than you realize. That’s because chronic headaches are linked to obesity, depression, anxiety, and loss of sleep — all things which further put your long term health at risk.
And if you get eyestrain or headaches from working behind a computer screen all day, this could be because of too much exposure to blue light. That’s where our blue light blocking glasses come in.
Make Outdoor Activities and Driving Safer
Seeing clearly is key to your safety, whether you’re driving or hopping on your surf board.
Same goes for rock climbing, water skiing, mountain biking, and anything else that involves high speed, or high heights. With polarized sunglasses, you’ll see everything that’s coming at you, so you can stay safe and perform your best.
Better for People Sensitive to Light
If you have sensitive eyes or a condition like cataracts, your vision might be more affected by bright light and glare. This makes polarized lenses doubly effective at keeping you safe, and minimizing eyestrain.
Can Prevent Long-Term Eye Damage
When paired with UV-protection, polarized sunglasses can prevent long-term damage to your eyes, and slow the progress of conditions like macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a complicated name for a simple thing: vision loss. It’s the slow decay of your retina. When that starts to fail, your vision starts to fail with it.
One of the things that causes it? Overexposure to UV.
For the active lifestyle, this kind of protection is important — whether you’re fishing, surfing, hiking, skiing, or even just walking the beach.
See Better and Feel Better with Polarized Sunglasses
There’s no doubt that a pair of polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes from glare and overly bright light.
Here at I-SEA, we make some of the top-reviewed polarized sunglasses out there.
And our styles aren’t “one size fits all.” We’ve got polarized sunglasses with UV protection for the outdoor freaks and fashionistas that scream street chic.
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