Polarized glasses vs UV protection sunglasses

Protecting your eyes from the harsh UV rays may not be your priority when purchasing sunglasses and this may lead to settling for sunglasses that only serve as accessories. With this Nairobi heat, you might want to consider purchasing quality sunglasses that will serve both purposes: To protect your sight and still look good while at it.

Here, we will cover two types of protection glasses and their benefits where you as the consumer will get to choose your preference.

Polarized sunglasses

Polarized lenses have a unique chemical film coating that helps eliminate or reduce glare which is caused when light from the sun is reflected off of water or a solid surface. Ever noticed when you are near a water body and the sun is shining, the sun’s reflection causes blurry vision? That is a glare and polarized glasses filter the light that bounces to the eye and allows you to view things as normal. Other effects are depth perception is reduced, distorted view and color perception occur, and in some cases, you could be temporarily blinded. Polarization is useful for many outdoor activities including driving, extreme sports, water sports etc.

UV Protection glasses 

Too much exposure from the sun’s UV rays has been linked to extensive eye damage. This can include cataracts, pinguecula, macular degeneration, and even sunburns on your cornea. Wearing them also in the shade is important because of reflection from buildings and the like.

Think of both sunglasses as sunscreen and think of the advantages of protecting your eyes and still look good. The big difference between the two is that polarized glasses protect you from the glare and not entirely from UV rays and that is why it is important to also check the UV protection level for the polarized glasses.