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Polarized vs Non Polarized

Ever wonder what's the difference between polarized sunglasses vs non polarized sunglasses? 

It seems like nowadays it's just common knowledge, but is it really? Let's dive into it and see the real differences between the two. 

First off, we should give credit where credit is due, the person who invented the first polarized lens was Edwin Land. Edwin Land, who founded the Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, developed the first sunglasses with a polarizing filter in 1929. For this Edwin, we thank you!

Polarized lenses have a special filter that blocks intense reflected light, reducing glare and enhancing visual clarity. Polarized lenses are most commonly used to reduce the glare reflecting off flat surfaces, such as water, sand or a field of snow.

Non-polarized lenses treat all sunlight equally and reduce the overall intensity, but will not reduce glare coming off of reflective surfaces like water, snow, or sand. 

In conclusion, your best bet is to wear polarized sunglasses for everyday life. Even though both polarized and non polarized lenses will give you 100% UV protection, polarized lenses will give you the best clarity. 

Cheers, 

Dan

 


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