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Polarized Sunglasses Lenses Explained

How Do Polarized Lenses Work?
Light reflected from surfaces such as a flat road or smooth water generally is horizontally polarized. This means that, instead of light being scattered in all directions in more usual ways, reflected light generally travels in a more horizontally oriented direction. This creates an annoying and sometimes dangerous intensity of light that we experience as glare.

View while wearing Polarized Sunglasses Lenses

reduced glare by wearing polarized sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses cut glare and haze so your eyes are more comfortable and you can see better.
Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks this type of intense reflected light, reducing glare.
Though polarized sunglasses improve comfort and visibility, you will encounter some instances when these lenses may not be advisable. One example is downhill skiing, where you don't want to block light reflecting off icy patches because this alerts skiers to hazards they are approaching.
In addition, polarized lenses may reduce the visibility of images produced by liquid crystal displays (LCDs) found on the dashboards of some cars or in other places such as the digital screens on automatic teller (bank) machines.
With polarized lenses, you also may be unable to see your cell phone or GPS device. Boaters and pilots also have reported similar problems when viewing LCD displays on instrument panels, which can be a crucial issue when it comes to making split-second decisions based strictly on information displayed on a panel.
However, for most other sports and activities, polarized sunglasses offer great advantages. And today, many polarized lenses are available in combination with other features that can enhance outdoor experiences.

--Source, All About Vision April 2012

SolarX Eyewear runs Cleveland Marathon!

SolarX Eyewear was represented by John Norris, Mike Mahoney, Mike Thompson, Mike Nash, Shawn Donahue, and Lisa Saddler in the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10k races this past Sunday.  Keith Maysey also would have run, but did not get the green light from his doctor.  Keith’s torn ACL and meniscus injury that he suffered earlier in the year had not healed enough and thus prevented him from competing in the race.  While disappointed that he could not participate directly, Keith still attended the race to support his fellow team members from SolarX.  We were proud to be well represented at such a fantastic event both directly by our team and indirectly by the number competitors and spectators we saw wearing our sunglasses.

Mike Thompson tested one of our sport wrap styles, NK06P, and gave it two thumbs up.  Mike was not used to wearing sunglasses while running or training.  I gave him the polarized sunglasses and urged him to try them for a mile or two.  “If you don’t like them, then just throw them out at one of the water stations,” I said.  He agreed.  Being unable to communicate with Mike during the race, I often wondered how the sunglasses were working out for him.  Then, about 5 hours and 53 minutes later, I saw Mike coming down the home stretch still wearing his shades.  After the race, Mike commented how thankful he was to have those sunglasses.  The polarized lenses were also a big help.  The sun could not have been brighter on that beautiful day in May so Mike was very thankful to have the sunglasses shielding his eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  Mike has made those polarized sunglasses a part of his regular running gear for the next time he trains or has a big race.

If you've never been to a marathon before we highly recommend it.  Even without participating, it's still a lot of fun to be there on the sidelines to cheer on someone you know. You'll also find yourself cheering on that runner you don't know but you can see that they just need a little boost to finish the race.  We even got to see a man propose to his fiance' just after crossing the finish line.  That was awesome.  After crossing the finish line together he immediately got down on one knee and proposed.  That was fantastic.  Like I said, it was a lot of fun and we can't wait to be a part of it again next year.  Just don’t forget your sunglasses – if next year is anything like this year, you’re going to need them!

 


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