Why you should be wearing polarized glasses

Kate Bosworth with polarized Ray-Ban Aviator lenses. / Provided.
Kate Bosworth with polarized Ray-Ban Aviator lenses. / Provided.

It’s time to upgrade to polarized sunglasses.

With light constantly reflecting off of surfaces like water or cars, regular sunnies just aren’t enough to protect our eyes from harmful bouncing UV rays. The good news is, polarized lenses can block light from getting into your eyes and keep you looking younger.

“The huge benefit is that it does reduce that glare,” says Kristen McCabe, VP of Product at Sunglass Hut. “If you don’t have polarized lens, even if [your shades are] tinted, the light will still pass through. So when the light is getting into your retina, you squint which can create premature wrinkles. Polarized lenses not only helps you see better, but over time they help you look better, too”

What is polarization?

“Polarization, commonly known as glare, occurs when light reflects off a surface, like the ocean, a bright blue sky or the open road.”

How they work

“Polarized glasses have special lenses that deflect sun, allowing for a reduction in glare and increased in visibility.”

McCabe’s Picks:

Ray Ban Aviators. / Courtesy of Sunglass Hut.
Ray Ban Aviators. / Courtesy of Sunglass Hut.

Ray-Ban Aviator:

For your first pair of polarized frames, McCabe recommends a classic like the Ray -Ban aviators.

“It’s such a great versatile shape that’s appropriate for every occasion, so that’s a real investment piece that you can wear for years.”

Dolce & Gabbana with gradient polarized lenses. / Courtesy of Sunglass Hut.
Dolce & Gabbana with gradient polarized lenses. / Courtesy of Sunglass Hut.

Dolce & Gabbana with gradient polar lenses

“Gradient lenses are just a little bit softer, more feminine looking.”

Prada oversized gradient polar lenses. / Courtesy of Sunglass Hut.
Prada oversized gradient polar lenses. / Courtesy of Sunglass Hut.

Prada with oversized gradient polar lenses

“It’s an oversize, kind of edgy oval look [offering] that iconic Prada logo.”

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