It is very important to protect our eyes from the damaging rays of the sun. Glaucoma, cataracts, and other conditions can develop due to sun damage. There are many options out there for sunglasses. When choosing lenses, look for ones that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Some people think that polarized glasses offer better protection from the sun, but this is not the case. Polarized glasses block the rays a bit differently and do offer specific benefits. Talk to your optometrist in Boston, Medford, Dedham, or Natick at Lickteig Family Eyecare to see if polarized glasses are right for you.

Who Should Wear Polarized Glasses?

Normal sunglasses block harmful rays but do not reduce glare. Polarized glasses have a filter that is built in that blocks the horizontal rays that produce glare. This means that boaters and fisherman should definitely choose polarized glasses. When looking at water, it is hard to see under the surface because of the glare. Polarized lenses eliminate the glare and allow a clear look into the water. This makes it much easier to catch the prize fish.

People taking road trips in the summer could also benefit from polarized glasses. Eyes can become fatigued because of squinting at the glare that is coming off of the road and other vehicles. Activities that involve quick changes in light, like hunting in the forest, can also benefit from polarized lenses. This can help minimize the glare from the changing light and allow a clear look at the target. Colors are also more vibrant with polarized glasses, which are available in both sunglasses and regular glasses.

Who Should Not Wear Polarized Glasses?

These lenses make it difficult to view LCD screens. They are not recommended for pilots or people who operate heavy machinery. People who just need good sunglasses do not necessarily need to spend the extra money on polarized glasses.

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Chat with your optometrist at Lickteig Family Eyecare in Boston, Dedham, Natick, or Medford to see if polarized glasses are the right choice. You can call us at 617-988-8136 for Boston, 508-653-0919 for Natick, 781-329-0067 for Dedham, and 781-350-7008 for Medford.

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