It's that time of year where the sun is shining and it's starting to get warm outside. Spring has come and the sun is starting to become really bright. Do you know what that means? It's time to find a pair of sunglasses! If you're like most people who wear prescription glasses, you probably can't stand the fact that every store has non-prescription sunglasses! You may also dislike the fact that you have to constantly change between your glasses and sunglasses. Perhaps you need a pair of glasses with Transition lenses? Maybe you just want a good pair of high-quality glasses with polarized lenses? This guide can help you make the right decision on lenses for the spring and summer.
You like the idea of glasses that can be dark in the sunlight and light indoors but you don't know much about them. Well, Transitions is a brand of photochromic lenses that get dark in the sunlight to protect your eyes from the sun and go lighter as you move away from ultraviolet (UV) light. The lenses themselves automatically adjust to give you the correct amount of coverage depending on how much UV light is being absorbed by the lenses.
If you are driving in your car and you are wearing Transitions lenses, your lenses will not darken quite as much as if you were standing outside because your windshield acts as a natural UV filter. The lenses do not always darken to be as dark as sunglasses. They will naturally adjust to how much UV light they need to absorb. If you are used to wearing dark sunglasses and like the effect, Transitions lenses may not be the right fit for you. However, if you like the aspect of varying degrees of light being allowed to enter through your prescription eyeglasses then Transitions lenses are a great fit for what you need.
But what about prescription sunglasses?
Most people who wear eyeglasses get really annoyed that stores don't carry prescription sunglasses. If you want to read outside and you wear prescription glasses for reading correction, it is a pain to figure out how you will protect your eyes while sitting on your porch trying to read. If you need your glasses for distance correction and you drive a lot, you know the hassle about driving without sunglasses. The best fix: polarized sunglasses. The look just like regular sunglasses but protect your eyes more than if you were wearing store brand sunglasses.
How do they work? Well, any surface -like a body of water or a smooth road, will reflect light and usually, the light is reflected horizontally polarized. Light won't be scattered in all directions like it normally is and will be reflected in a more horizontally oriented direction. The effect is an annoying and quite often dangerous intensity of light that we commonly refer to as glare. Polarized lenses have a special filter that reduces glare by blocking the intensely reflected light.
Polarized sunglasses are a great fit for someone who likes wearing sunglasses but doesn't like the glare that they sometimes produce. However, if switching between glasses and sunglasses is a pain for you - opt for photochromic lenses.