What are Polarized Sunglasses?

Polarized sunglasses have quite a few benefits, which is why they are so popular. However, many people know that polarized lenses have advantages over standard ones, yet they don’t know what polarization is or what it does. So, we’ll break it down for you, and hopefully, clear up any misconceptions you may have.  Polarized lenses generally have a chemical coating applied to them; these coatings filter out light that is reflected off of horizontal surfaces such as pavement and large bodies of water. Horizontal light is responsible for the majority of glare that causes you to squint, and polarized lenses allow only vertical light in, blocking reflective glare. This reduces eye strain by increasing visual clarity and comfort; images are enhanced, and colors are truer, rather than appearing washed out, which is why polarized lenses are especially useful to drivers, golfers, fishermen, and anyone participating in water or snow sports.

At times, reflective glare is bright enough to temporarily blind you, which is particularly dangerous for drivers, who could potentially lose control of a vehicle if vision is impeded. Aside from glare reduction for safety purposes, the visual clarity and color enhancement that polarized sunnies provide means that golfers are better able to read the greens and follow the ball, and fishermen have a clear view into the water, so they can spot holes in vegetation and rocks. These lenses are also beneficial to light-sensitive folks and those recovering from eye surgery, such as cataract removal, when eyes are more susceptible to sun damage.

Polarized lenses are the superior choice for cutting glare, and that is why all Abacos come standard with them. Some of our most popular models are the Waikiki, Jesse, Piper, and Burton. Try a pair, and experience the difference in clarity and comfort.