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What is Polarization and Why is It Important

What is Polarization and Why is It Important

Unless you’re a fisherman, or proper outdoors guy, then my guess is you’re not super educated on the benefits, features and radness of what Polarized lenses bring to your world. I’m here to try and break it down a little on why Polarized Sunglasses are good for you, and your eyes.


In short, polarized sunglasses can dramatically reduce reflective glare, making it easier to see fine details in bright sunlight.


So, why should you be wearing Polarized Sunglasses? Beyond being able to see clearer in the sun, repeated exposure to UV radiation can cause a number of wild and serious eye problems, including cataracts, pterygiums (if you get these and need them removed, heads up it’s possibly one of the worst operations you’ll get), cancer of the conjunctiva, and skin cancer of the eyelids. Did you know that every year around 3million people go blind from eye conditions caused by prolonged exposure to UV? Crazy huh, and you can avoid the majority of it all by wearing Polarized Sunglasses.


With the serious stuff out of the way, lets get into…


Who created Polarized Lenses? 

Edwin Land, born in 1909 in Connecticut, invented Polaroid, the world’s first polarizing material for commercial use, in 1929. He founded the Polaroid Corporation in 1937 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company initially produced Polaroid Day Glasses, the first sunglasses with a polarizing filter.


Why are polarized lenses important?

Well, like we mentioned above, the help protect your eyes from UV rays. Think of them like sunscreen for your eyes, without having to rub sunscreen in your eyes – cause that isn’t a situation anyone wants to be in (again).


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What makes them different than other lenses?

Mainly it’s a film over your lens that filters the light in a vertical plane (think of them like vertical blinds) that removes most of the electromagnetic vibes (i.e, glare) from your eyesight. There are different qualities of polarisation, which comes back to how the lens is made with that film/lens.


In short, if that was a little too scientific, polarized lenses decrease the amount of glare your eyes get exposed to. Think of a day on the slopes in the snow and how much that glare can just ruin your day, and then you’ll be like, ahhhhh – I need polarized …


To learn more check out The difference between the categories of Sunglasses and what you need to be wearing.

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