The Pros and Cons of Wearing Polarized Lenses in Sport
A Sight For Sport Eyes, passionately, provides polarized protective sports eyewear for sports lovers – amateur and professional – taking their game to the next level.
Polarized lenses are very popular among sports lovers, and considered a ‘must-have’ for many fisherman and runners when they are selecting their sports sunglasses and goggles.
They protect eyes from prolonged stress, counter glare, improve color saturation, and in certain light conditions, improve vision considerably. These results are valuable in competitive sports.
What is special about polarized lenses, and how do they work?
Polarized lenses for sports glasses give you extra protection compared to standard sports eyewear. Polarized lenses reduce glare on reflective surfaces - like water or the road. In theory, this enables you to see objects and your surroundings clearer, sharper and unhindered. It allows fisherman to see straight through the water which is great for shallow water fishing.
Polarized lenses are tailored for outdoor sports enthusiasts, made from a special coating that limits the sun’s glare reaching your eyes. Sunlight can be reflected by water, road, metallic objects, cars, and when it catches your eye, it can reduce your vision clarity and color perception.
Glare can also come from coarse, multilayered surfaces such as the road. Known as polarized light, the glare moves horizontally towards your eyes. As you can imagine, in the midst of enjoying a high-speed, high-intensity sport such as road cycling or running, glare can be a dangerous distraction, disrupting your focus at crucial moments.
A Sight for Sport Eyes provides polarized and UV-protected glasses and goggles that give your eyes the secure shield they need.
Pros of polarized lenses in sports
Polarized lenses have many benefits for sportspeople:
Enhanced eye comfort – Glare creates trouble for the eyes, forcing it and the brain to work harder to see clearly. Polarized lenses can help you see better, meaning that you are able to fully focus on your sports performance. Reducing the eyes’ exposure to harmful light can also prevent headaches and reduce total fatigue – especially helpful in endurance outdoor sports like rowing and marathon running.
Polarized lenses are good in snowy areas – Though polarized lenses are not ideal for skiers or snowboarders for reasons discussed in the cons section below, they are excellent for playing or traveling in winter months, mainly when there is lots of snow around. Snow not only creates glare, but it also reflects more than 80% of UVA and UVB rays. Spending too much time in the snow (on sunny days) can be quite harmful. However, polarized lenses also have additional coatings to block these harmful rays.
They come in various colors- You can choose the color of lenses according to specific needs of your sport. Gray lenses can help reduce brightness to improve your vision in light conditions (except very low light), brown lenses are suitable for slightly cloudy days, green color is preferred in situations of extreme glare.
Help see better through certain surfaces – Polarized lenses can help you see through the water, and restricts with blinding glare from metal surfaces like a car. They can be really good for water sports like kayaking and fishing, which require flat water and no depth perception is needed.
Cons of polarized lenses in sports
Despite many benefits, polarized lenses have some limitations too:
They make it difficult to view LCD Screens – This may be an issue in some sports where watching the score or stats on large LCD screens is vital. Even viewing content on some smartphones or GPS devices may be an issue.
Distorted vision in specific environments- Regretfully, polarized lenses can, in some cases, distort vision. Like when looking through a car window or windshield, one may see strange patterns created due to glass tempering. Similarly, in some specific instances, they may distort vision like showing unusual patterns (on the road) when biking or driving in harsh sunlight. For skiiers, for example, polarized lenses are not advisable in areas where it is icy. The polarized lens makes it hard for you to differentiate ice from snow, which is potentially very dangerous for skiiers.
Hard to distinguish depth of surfaces – By taking away glare, polarized lenses also take away the ability for many sports people to correctly distinguish depth and contrast. In golf, players need the glare from the blades of grass to see slopes and judge the greens better. Similarly, polarized lenses are not suitable for surfers, as they make it much harder (and more dangerous) to judge how big and deep waves are.
Some people are allergic to it - Around 2% of people are reportedly “allergic” to polarization. The polarized lenses make them feel ‘queasy’ and are unable to get used to wearing them. If you experience this, please speak to your eye doctor immediately.
Like all things, polarized eyewear has its pluses and minuses, but for many sporty individuals, the lenses enhance vision and performance.
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