Spend any amount of time enjoying outdoor pursuits and you’ll soon learn that having the right equipment and taking the right precautions can make the whole experience much easier and more comfortable. Among the items in your outdoor tool kit, you should have things like sunscreen, a water bottle, a speaker for those all-important tunes and of course, your sunglasses.
“But what type of sunglasses?” you ask...well, that’s what we’ll be talking about in this article, as we cover why you should consider polarized sunglasses. Many people don’t understand all of the factors and risks involved in sunlight exposure, and that’s something we seek to address here.
Protection’s Needed, Whatever the Weather
Experienced outdoor sports people know is the need for adequate UV protection, regardless of what the weather is like outside. Even when it’s cloudy and overcast, around 80% of the sun’s rays still penetrate through the clouds, potentially causing sunburn and eye damage when you spend an extended period of time outside without protection.
Though a standard pair of sunglasses with UV protection will suffice, as they’re designed to block standard UV light frequencies, there are other factors to consider. When the sun comes out, it presents another challenge to eye comfort that regular sunglasses just can’t cope with - polarized light. For that, you need a quality pair of polarized sunglasses.
What is Polarized Sunlight & What Causes It?
Science states that normal sunlight exists in an S-shaped or transverse wave that vibrates up and down in every direction around a central axis. Conversely, polarized light vibrates across a single polarity (typically horizontally) sending concentrated rays of light along this plane.
The problem with standard sunglasses is that they only protect your eyes against the non-polarized light coming directly from the sun. This means that they provide a barrier against everything BUT polarized sunlight, leaving you vulnerable to its effects.
So, where’s polarized light found?
Polarized light is found everywhere. It can be created artificially by passing light through a polarized filter, but it exists naturally in the reflected sunlight that bounces off any shiny surface you find outside. Every time you notice an uncomfortable glare reflected off anything, that’s horizontally-aligned polarized light at work.
Whether it’s a wet road, a car’s roof or the surface of any body of water, the glare caused by reflected light can be quite uncomfortable if you’re not wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses. Anything remotely reflective will present this kind of issue on a sunny day.
The Benefits to the Wearer
Whether you’re in an urban environment or on an off-road trail, a good pair of polarized sunglasses will greatly reduce or even eliminate this glare. Initially, you might not even notice it, but the glare will leave you unconsciously squinting before too long, and this in turn can quickly lead to muscle fatigue, eyestrain and headaches.
In addition to filtering out horizontal rays, quality polarized eyewear will also provide you with enhanced clarity and contrast. This is a particularly helpful benefit if you’re engaging in a sport that requires quick decisions based on visible information, such as technical running over challenging terrain.
Method Seven Polarized Sunglasses Have You Covered
So, if you’re looking for the best option to protect you against polarized light, look no further than sunglasses featuring Method Seven SUN polarized lenses. Able to enhance both depth perception and contrast, their innovative lenses and notch-filtering technology offer maximum comfort and exceptional style to boot.
They’re great for all kinds of outdoor activities: gardening, trail running, mountain biking or fishing. Unlike other polarized sunglasses on the market, ours allow you to view your cell phone screen or your car’s instrument panel without distortion. This means they can be worn while driving and you’ll never see anyone lifting up a pair of our glasses to read a text message!
Available in a range of designs to different styles and tastes, they represent the perfect accessory for anyone who loves being outdoors. Take a look at just a few of the reviews we’ve received and you’ll see they offer the most comfortable outdoor experience your eyes can get.
Don’t take our word for it—try a pair out for yourself and experience the magic first-hand.