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What Are Polarized Sunglasses?

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Here at UBB, we spend a decent amount of time hunting for the world’s best views, vantage points, and places to watch a good sunset. An essential part of the hunt? The right sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses, to be exact. We rely on these innovative shades to reduce glare and provide serious sun protection without filtering out all those vibrant colors of, say, Key West at dusk (leaving some visuals here for a happy little detour). Today we’re sharing everything you need to know about polarized sunglasses - their benefits, how they work, and why you should consider upgrading your eyewear this summer.


What Are Polarized Sunglasses?

Polarized sunglasses are a unique type of eyewear featuring specially designed glare-reducing lenses. At first glance, these shades don’t look much different from your everyday pair, but the real magic happens when you put them on. Polarized sunglasses significantly limit glare from surfaces that are prone to reflecting intense light. Think flat, high-shine surfaces like lakes, patches of ice, or the windshield of that sedan you’re always stuck behind on your morning commute. These smooth surfaces have a tendency to polarize light, meaning the light is reflected in a single direction, essentially concentrating its intensity. Polarized sunglasses absorb some of this ultra-intense light, allowing you to see more clearly without straining your eyes.


Polarized Sunglasses Versus Nonpolarized

Both polarized and nonpolarized sunglasses protect your peepers from harmful UV rays (always check the label though to be sure), but only the former reduces glare from polarized light. Standard lenses lessen the intensity of the light that’s hitting them, but treats all light equally. A polarized pair, on the other hand, can specifically filter out those extra-bright rays, giving you a clearer view of that shoreline sunset.


Do You Need ‘Em?

Better question: do your summer plans include swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, river tubing, pool hopping, and/or golden hour car rides? Then, yes, you’d definitely benefit from a pair of polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses significantly increase your visibility in these sunny settings, making it easier for you to steer the canoe or drive that adventuremobile without having to use your hand to block the sun’s glare.


Benefits of Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses’ benefits range from safety to comfort to overall increased coolness levels. Here’s what a pair can do for you:

  • Blocks the sun’s glare, especially around flat, reflective surfaces like water
  • Improves your vision in bright settings
  • Reduces eye strain and squinting
  • Renders colors in more true-to-life hues than normal shades
  • Improves safety while driving or engaging in outdoor activities

Ready to upgrade your summer eyewear? Check out our full selection of men’s and women’s polarized sunglasses before your next sunny day out in the wild.


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