Fight Glare with Polarized Lenses

Summer is upon us! That means warmer, longer days and more opportunities to get outside and relax, but as soon as you go outside your door, you find yourself squinting in the sunlight…even with your sunglasses on! What’s up with that? The too-bright light you are experiencing is called glare.

What Causes Glare?

Glare is excessive brightness, and it is caused by highly concentrated light being reflected off a surface. It is much brighter than the rest of your surroundings, and is painful to look at. While you can experience glare from TV or computer screens, some of the most severe glare is found in the great outdoors. As the weather gets warmer and you head outside to play golf, fish, boat, or participate in other outdoor activities, you need to be aware of the effect glare can have on your eyes.

How Does Glare Affect Our Vision?

As that highly concentrated light reflects off of the surfaces around you, your eyes are exposed to excessive brightness. This glare distorts your vision and can make it difficult to see. While it’s not safe to perform activities with impaired vision, glare has much more harmful effects. Glare is one of the leading causes of eye strain and can cause long term damage.

What Is The Solution?

One of the best ways to combat glare is to wear glasses with polarized lenses. Polarized lenses block the intense light you experience outside with a special filter, greatly reducing the glare. This clears your vision and protects your eyes! Maui Jim is the leading brand in sunglasses with polarized lenses. They offer the greatest style, comfort, and protection on the market! Good Looks Eyewear offers 77 unique styles of Maui Jim sunwear at both its Cranberry and Pittsburgh locations.

Maui Jim styles for men offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for men offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for women offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for women offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Dangers of Blue Light

digital-eye-strain-2-1500x1000What Is Blue Light?

Sunlight, or “white light” has a wide color spectrum. This visible light is made up of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue light. These types of light range in wavelength and energy. Blue light has the most energy of the visible lights, due to its shorter wavelengths. Blue light is very prevalent and makes up one third of the visible light around us.

The Problem:

Blue light, as I mentioned above, makes up one third of all visible light. The problem with this is that our eyes are pretty bad at blocking blue light! While our cornea and lens are good at blocking many other types of light, blue light goes right on through to the retina, which is at the very back of our eyes. Having the light reach the retina can cause degeneration of important cells, which can eventually lead to an eye disease called macular degeneration, and ultimately permanent vision loss.

To make matters worse we are being exposed to blue light in much more than nature. We constantly use technology like smartphones, computers, and tablets, which have blue light in their screens. We can get digital eye strain from looking at these displays for too long. Spending time staring at screens exposes our eyes to heavy doses of blue light, which as shown above is extremely harmful to our vision.

The Solution:

It is important to protect our eyes from the harmful effects of blue light. While it is ideal to avoid blue light by lessening our exposure through technology, it can be hard to go about our daily lives avoiding screens. Computer glasses, which are slightly tinted to block blue light, are a great option for those who need to spend time on their phones and computer but want to protect their eyes. They allow the wearer to spend time looking at screens without experiencing eye fatigue or discomfort, or at least diminishing the effects of blue light. If you spend a lot of time on your phone, computer, or tablet for business or school, lenses with blue light protection are the thing for you! Good Looks Eyewear offers computer glasses with digital blue light blocking lenses at our Pittsburgh and Cranberry locations.

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