The Benefits of Polarized Lenses

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At Good Day Sunglasses, our mission is to make the world a brighter, more colorful place. We make sure that you’ll have good vibes for a good day everywhere you go by utilizing colorful frames and polarized lenses. Polarized lenses are crucial for any successful outdoor getaway. Read on to check them out!

What is Polarization

When you walk around outside, harsh rays from the sun will cause your vision to waver a bit. Everything looks a little washed out, and almost dull in color. This is where polarized lenses come into play. Think of them as an ‘auto-enhance’ filter, they’ll brighten up the colors that you see and make it seem like you’re living in a movie.

But how do they do this? Light waves travel vertically, horizontally, and at just about every angle in between, creating tons of unwanted light that affects your vision. Polarized lenses can filter out this unwanted light, allowing only vertical waves to travel to your eyes. This means any reflected light waves like glare are reduced or eliminated, giving you the ability to take on the day with crystal clear vision.

The Advantages of Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses provide visual clarity and comfort through their glare reduction and ability to make images both sharp and clear. Check out what else they improve!

Daytime Driving

When sunlight hits the curve of your windshield or the reflective surfaces of your mirrors, it spreads out into a distracting glare or bright shine. Polarized sunglasses will block these reflective effects, leaving you free to drive to your heart’s content without any glare getting in your way.

If you’ve ever been driving on a particularly sunny day, chances are that you’ve seen a reflective patch of road up ahead that looks like shimmering water. Or maybe some actual water or snow along the side of the road seemed to be shinier than normal. Both common occurrences are the result of distracting sun glare, and polarized lenses can protect you from them!

Fishing and Boating

Water is one of the most reflective surfaces, which can pose a challenge when you’re fishing or boating. How are you supposed to steer your boat safely or pick out spots where fish are gathering if you can’t see anything? Polarized sunglasses will improve the quality of your trip by reducing water glare, creating richer colors, and transforming the water to be almost glass-like. You’ll have a full view of all the fish, rocks, and plant life below you. We’d say that’s sure to turn any trip into a pretty good day.

The Outdoors

Polarized sunglasses are perfect for all our hikers, backpackers, photographers, campers, and everyone in between. With polarized lenses creating a picture-perfect view right in front of your eyes, they’re the perfect companion to take on hiking trips. If you’re taking photos, then polarized sunglasses will help to keep annoying sun glare out of your eyes. You’ll get the perfect shot every time, and you’ll be able to see it clearly through your camera lens.

General Benefits

Polarized lenses work by getting rid of unnecessary light waves. This leads to increased contract, brighter colors, and minimal color distortion. You’ll see colors the way they are meant to be seen and enjoyed! Plus, the real benefit is that polarized lenses reduce the strain on your eyes. This means that you’ll have more time to explore! We’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

Some Drawbacks

Of course, nothing is perfect. There are very few downsides to polarized lenses, but we think it’s important to share them.

Low-Light Driving

During the night the only light you’ll be experiencing is coming from stoplights, taillights, and that annoying headlight that shines directly into your mirror. All of these can cause glare, so it’s a bit tempting to use polarized lenses at night. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests that using polarized lenses at night can actually be more detrimental than helpful. You already have so little light at night, you don’t want to reduce it further.

If you want to reduce glare while night driving, simply make sure your windows are clean, your windshield wipers are fresh, and your prescription lenses are up to date.

LCD Screens

While not inherently bad, viewing LCD screens at certain angles while wearing polarized lenses may black out portions of the screen. These screens can be found in some car dashboards, cell phones, ATM machines, some digital watches, and in specific aviation gear.


Polarized lenses will reduce or eliminate the reflective glare given off by icy patches of snow, which is wonderfully helpful when driving but not so much when skiing. Skiers need to be able to avoid dangerous icy patches, but they can’t avoid what they can’t see. When skiing or snowboarding, we recommend using standard, non-polarized sunglasses or snow goggles.  

Polarized and UV Lenses

Polarized and UV lenses both offer specific sun-related benefits, but they’re two different things. UV lenses shield your eyes against harmful UV rays, the likes of which are linked to cataracts and eye damage. However, UV lenses don’t prevent glare, so you should look for sunglasses that provide both UV protection and polarization.

At Good Day Sunglasses, all our sunglasses have full UV400 protection and reflective lenses, meaning you’ll get the best of both worlds! Choose from any of our sunglasses and get ready to get out there and have a good day!

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