Polarized Lenses vs Tinted Lenses

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Are you trying to choose between purchasing tinted lenses over polarized ones or vice versa? Then this is the guide for you, as we discuss everything you need to know about both options to pick the best one for you!

Polarized Lenses

Growing more popular over the past few years, polarized lenses are particularly useful when participating in outdoor sports like snow skiing, golfing, water sports and more. Polarized lenses have a special filter that lowers the amount of glare hitting your eyes, also known as the horizontal reflection of light. You have a choice between gray and brown coloured lenses with this option, but the colour has no bearing on the level of sun protection. These specialized lenses also help to reduce eye fatigue and strain while improving colour saturation and contrast.

Not only do polarized lenses improve the intensity of colours, but it also enhances the overall clarity of your vision, especially when it comes to glare. You don’t need to worry about glare affecting your vision with these, enhancing your overall level of comfort. Additionally, polarized lenses can protect against UV rays by 100%. However, with enhanced vision and guaranteed sun protection comes a higher price tag.

Tinted Lenses

Lenses with a pigmented dye applied to them are typically referred to as tinted lenses. While various colours are available, the most common ones are brown and gray. However, the colour you choose has no effect on how protective the lenses actually are. Even though the colour itself has no protective properties, the density of the tint will alter the lenses’ overall sun protection. Based on your preferences, tinted glasses can be lighter, not leaving much protection, or darker for higher UV protection. For tinted lenses, a tint colour that’s at a 75% density or higher will offer you maximum sun protection.

This wide range of colours and densities allows for easy customization when it comes to style. In fact, if you’re looking to have a selection of different sunglasses in your collection, then this is the best option to match any style. The only downside to tinted sunglasses is the lack of glare protection available. This option focuses on UV sun protection.

At Eyeview Optical, we’ve been helping patients find the perfect eyeglasses since 1991. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, our eye care services include eye exams, contact lens assistance, prescription and nonprescription sunglasses, and more. With affordable prices, highly trained opticians, an optometrist on-site, and friendly staff give us a call or visit our website to book an appointment today!


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