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What's the Deal with: Polarized Sunglasses

What's the Deal with: Polarized Sunglasses

Spending a lot of time outside is a MUST in the summer (with sunscreen, of course!), and wearing sunglasses is a great way to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can lead to the development of cataracts.

Personally, I love to be near the water, on a boat or a beach, or poolside, and the water can make a killer bright glare when the sun reflects off of it.

If the glare bothers you (how could it not?), then you'll want to get a pair of sunglasses that have polarized lenses. These are great at getting rid of the glare, making your vision clear and crisp when you look through them. They act as a filter to absorb the light waves. Pretty cool, huh?

Here's the deal - just because sunglasses say they are "polarized" doesn't mean they protect you any better from the sun's harmful UV rays. Also, especially dark or expensive sunglasses aren't necessarily better either. Make sure they say that they provide 100% protection. Polycarbonate lenses automatically block UV rays, but others have a chemical coating on them, kind of like sunscreen. These from Revo are polarized and offer maximum protection from UV and infrared rays. They are also scratch and impact resistant - not bad for $89.97.

Fit's Tips: Just be aware - some people get headaches when they wear sunglasses with polarized lenses.

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SU3 SU3 10 years
When I first started wearing them, I had the headaches as well... but after using them time after time, I got used to them. No more headaches. It might be the adjustment of the film to the eyes that gives him headaches because I thought that might have been my problem. :)
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I love my Bolle's too - got em from my fiance because the polarized lenses gave him major headaches.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I got my polarized sunglasses from Bollé and I love them.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
All my friends who are Paramedics have to wear polarized sunglasses. They work really great!
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