Protection from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial for maintaining eye health, and one of the best ways to do that is by investing in quality sunglasses. However, not all sunglasses are created equal. In particular, polarized lenses offer several advantages over standard tinted lenses. If you’re considering polarized sunglasses, it’s essential to know when and why you should wear them.
When to Wear Polarized Lenses
Polarized lenses are designed to reduce glare, which is light reflected off surfaces such as water, snow, or a shiny sidewalk. This reduction in glare can offer a clearer, more comfortable view in several different scenarios.
If you’re a fan of outdoor sports and activities, polarized lenses are a must. Whether you’re hitting the trail, or lounging by the pool, polarized lenses can help to reduce eye strain and improve visual clarity. They’re especially beneficial for activities near or on the water, such as fishing or boating, where reflected light is abundant.
Glare can be a significant issue when driving, particularly in bright sunlight or after a rainstorm when light reflects off the wet road. Wearing polarized sunglasses will provide a safer and more comfortable experience by minimizing this disruptive glare.
Snow reflects a significant amount of light, which can lead to discomfort and impaired vision. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or simply out for a winter stroll, sunglasses with polarized lenses can help you navigate the snowy environment more comfortably and safely.
Customizing Your Polarized Glasses
When personalizing your Zenni polarized sunglasses, the possibilities are nearly endless. Begin by selecting a frame that matches your style, then choose whether you want prescription or non-prescription lenses. Next, navigate to the “Sunglasses” section to select the essential “Polarized” feature for improved clarity. You can also pick the right lens index based on your prescription strength. Lower prescriptions can opt for 1.50 or 1.57 indexes, while higher prescriptions can choose 1.59, 1.61, or higher. Finally, the fun part is choosing your lens color, with options like classic gray and amber tints or vibrant mirror tints in silver, indigo blue, gold, flame red, rose gold, sky blue, lavender, and moss green, allowing you to craft polarized sunglasses that truly represent your unique style and preferences.
The benefits of polarized lenses are abundantly clear, offering not only enhanced visual clarity but also safeguarding your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Whether you’re engaging in outdoor activities, driving in bright sunlight, or braving snowy conditions, polarized sunglasses prove to be indispensable companions for a more comfortable and safer experience. Plus, when you choose to customize your Zenni polarized glasses, the options are nearly limitless, allowing you to tailor your sunglasses to match your unique style and preferences. And let’s not forget, all Zenni polarized lenses also provide 100% UV protection, ensuring that your eyes are shielded from the sun’s potentially damaging effects. So, as you step out into the world, armed with your personalized polarized sunglasses, you can revel in both style and safety, knowing that your eyes are well taken care of.
About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC
Dr. Sophia Moh, OD is an optometrist located in Bay Area, California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UC San Diego and earned her doctorate at UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She has experience in a variety of eye care settings including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinic, and Veterans Affairs. Her mission is to help the world see better by developing high-quality, affordable eyewear for everyone. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and provides training and lectures on optical education topics.