Summer is here and that means it’s sunglass season. When buying sunglasses there are a lot of options – everything from the ten dollar pair at the gas station to prescription sunglasses. We’ll break down polarized sunglasses, transitions, and other prescription options to help you decide on the best sun protection for your needs this summer.
What are polarized sunglasses? Polarized lenses filter more light than regular sunglasses. These lenses have a specific vertical filter that blocks the horizontal light. Glare is a result of light waves bouncing off reflective surfaces like a lake or a shiny car bumper. Because the surface is horizontal, the light is reflected horizontally. Polarized sunglasses reduce glare by filtering out the horizontal light waves that don’t fit through the pattern of the vertical filter.
- Reduce glare
- Increased clarity and contrast
- Increased protection from harmful UV rays
- Reduced eye strain after long hours in the sun
- Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs), which are common in cell phones and vehicle dashboards, are more difficult to see when wearing polarized lenses. However, many people report this difficulty becoming less bothersome over time as they get more used to viewing through the polarized lenses.
Transitions are an enhancement added to your prescription eyeglasses that allow them to go from clear indoors to sunglasses outdoors.
- Full time UV protection. Unlike traditional sunglasses, since transitions are part of your everyday glasses you will have them on all the time so your eyes will never be without UV protection
- Transitions is on it’s 8th generation and is darker and changes from clear to sunglasses quicker than ever
- Transitions have over 85% repurchase rate meaning over 85% of people who try transitions are satisfied enough with them to get them on their next pair of glasses
- Do not darken completely behind the windshield of a car. Windshields have built in UV protection which prevents the transitions from becoming completely activated inside your car
- Takes time to go from clear to dark and back again
Bonus! Transitions not only come in the standard brown or gray sunglass tints, but also fun colors like blue, purple, and green as well as mirrored options!
Other Prescription Options
- Clip on: A clip on is a sunglass attachment that fastens to your prescription glasses (usually magnetically) and allows them to be completely clear when not attached and completely dark when worn
- Separate pair of prescription sunglasses. Sunglasses can be made to match your prescription (single vision or bifocal), can be polarized, and you can even use your vision insurance benefits to pay for them.
- Transition Contact Lenses: Relatively new to the market, there are contact lenses that change from clear indoors to tinted outdoors in the sun
Let the doctors at Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry help you explore all your options at your next eye appointment. We are currently open for routine eye exams with extra precautions being diligently followed to keep you safe. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.