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All About Polarized Lenses

When you're driving your car and the glare from the sun starts blinding you, that's when you consider buying a pair of sunglasses. Protecting your eyes for long term care is essential when performing everyday activities like driving, playing sports, exercising, or going about your day, which is why you should invest in polarized eyewear.
Polarized eyewear isn't new, in fact it has been around for many decades as a popular choice of accessory for boaters, fisherman, and athletes. Polarized lenses are designed to reduce glare from the sun that could damage your vision, and since glare commonly reflects off of pools of water, snow, or metallic services like car hoods, they are always handy to have around.
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Why is glare so dangerous to your eyes? Polarized lenses allow light to pass through a special filter that prevents intense horizontal light, which reduces glare. When light reflects off of surfaces, the reflection could become an intense flash that could result in a dangerous state of momentary blindness. Medically speaking, however, polarized lenses ensure long-term eye health because your eyes can develop serious sight-threatening eye conditions like macular degeneration or cataracts from the intense light. There is even a condition called photokeratitis, also known as sunburn of the eye, when your eyes go unprotected.
A great benefit from polarized lenses is the exceptional comfort and visibility that most people don't get when they're outside.  There are even polarized bifocals progressive lenses that can guard your eyes and give you the same great quality vision like your regular glasses or contacts. Although sunglasses can do a good job protecting your vision, often they are only tinted and cheaply manufactured so that there is no guarantee of UV ray protection and rarely with a prescription.
For more information about protecting your eyes, consult your eye doctor today.