The Pros and Cons of Polarised Sunglasses: Is It Worth the Investment?

Why polarised sunglasses? For certain activities, including daytime driving, water sports and winter sports, you may benefit from wearing polarised sunglasses — especially if light is bouncing off surfaces and into your eyes. Both polarised or non-polarised lens types can help you see more comfortably in bright light, but you’ll want to consider polarised lenses for activities and situations that require a reduction in glare.
The truth is, there are both pros and cons to investing in polarised sunglasses. On one hand, they can greatly reduce glare and provide superior clarity for outdoor activities like fishing or driving, but on the other hand, they may not be suitable for all situations or environments.

Pros of Polarised Sunglasses

  • Blocks glare and helps improve overall visibility in bright sunlight
  • Better visual clarity and contrast in sunny conditions
  • It’s easier to see below the surface of the water, which is useful when boating or fishing
  • Reduced eye strain for enhanced comfort
  • All BondiBlu polarised sunglasses have UV400 lenses which blocks nearly 100% of all harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Cons of Polarised Sunglasses

  • Polarised lenses make it difficult to view LCD screens.  That’s because the anti-reflective coating on polarised lenses distorts digital screens, making them appear faded or completely dark depending on the angle from which you’re viewing the screen
  • In low-light situations, polarised lenses may actually block too much light.
  • They’re best in bright conditions. When there’s too much cloud cover or the sun is setting, it’s still good to wear sunglasses with UV protection in order to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but you may not need polarisation. They’re also not recommended for night-time driving, as they could potentially darken the overall scene too much.
  • Visual disorientation: Some people are naturally more sensitive to the effect of polarised sunglasses. This could cause them to feel dizzy or disoriented.
  • Depth perception: In some cases, the glare blocking effect of polarised lenses could negatively affect one’s depth perception.
  • Polarised sunglasses tend to be more costly compared to non-polarised sunglasses.

In conclusion, polarised sunglasses are well worth the investment for anyone who spends time outdoors in sunny conditions. The reduced glare and increased clarity they provide makes them a great choice for activities like fishing and sailing where optimal vision is of upmost importance. Paying slightly more for polarised sunglasses is worth it for many people, though they aren’t right for everyone. It’s important to consider how you plan to use your sunglasses, and in which situations you plan to wear them.

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