Polarized sunglasses are designed to help reduce the glare from surfaces like water, snow, and glass. This becomes highly useful for sports, driving and water activities because they help you see more clearly which allows you to avoid potential dangers.
For years, boaters and fishermen have used polarized sunglasses to reduce glare from the water they spend so much time on. In the past few years, however, the benefits of polarized sunglasses have been embraced by a variety of other outdoor sports enthusiasts and those who enjoy general outdoor recreation. Aside from boaters, people that benefit most from polarized sunglasses include skiers, golfers, bikers, and joggers, who enjoy a clearer view and the elimination of glare.
However, there are some instances when using polarized sunglasses may not be beneficial or even safe. There is debate about whether or not using polarized lenses during downhill skiing is a safe practice. Some experts say the polarization reduces the glare caused by the sun’s rays reflecting off the snow, while others warn that using polarized lenses may reduce a skier’s ability to distinguish between regular snow and more dangerous conditions such as icy patches or moguls.
Resources on Sports and Polarized Sunglasses:
- All About Vision: Polarized Sunglasses
- Study Health: Benefits of Polarized Sunglasses
- Polarized Sunglasses: What’s the Big Deal?
- Spectacle World: Polarized Sunglasses
- What are Polarized Sunglasses?
- Sunglasses Lifetips: Polarized Sunglasses