I have a lot of friends that don’t wear polarized sunglasses, and it always bugged me for some reason. I thought it was such a strange decision. I mean why take the time to buy a pair of non-polarized sunglasses? It is kind of like wearing shorts in the snowy weather. If you are going to go the trouble of putting on a pair of pants, why not take the time to pick out a pair that will keep you warm?
I have always preferred polarized sunglasses, but I guess not everyone thinks the same way. Some people chose form over function. I am big on style too, but not at the price of practicality. And if I am wearing sunglasses, I need them to do their job. They haven’t agreed in the past, but most people are responsive to a good argument. So maybe I will be able to convince those people with this post.
- Polarized Sunglasses Are Better For Driving
One instance when I prefer to wear polarized sunglasses is any time that I am driving. All of the windows and mirrors and the shiny hood of my car all provide excellent reflective surfaces. Sometimes the light comes at me at just right angle, and if I don’t have my proper sunglasses, I am blinded. And there is no worse time for me to lose my vision than when I am operating a car. I have great instincts, and I rely on them often, but I can’t trust only my instincts in that situation. When driving, I need total visibility, and that requires me to have my polarized sunglasses.
Can you imagine a world where people are driving with sun in their eyes? It would be pandemonium out there. The roads would be chaos and unfit for travel. Do the right thing and make sure you are always prepared. Buy a pair of polarized sunglasses and leave them in your car, so you never have to rely on praying that no one is in front of you.
- Polarized Sunglasses Are Better On The Water
Living in Colorado, you have to be okay living without a few things. The winter is long which mean the warmer months are fleeting. Water is also hard to come by. Unless you live in a mountain town, chances are you don’t have an abundance of water. I grew up being used to swimming every hot day. The dry heat of Denver in the summer can be particularly brutal if you can’t cool off. For that reason, I like to spend as much free time as I can playing in the nearby rivers. I usually can only get away during the weekends, so I try to make the most of those days.
Unfortunately, the sun is exceedingly strong in the Rocky Mountains, so you have to take proper precautions. Protecting your eyes from the harsh sun is extremely important, especially when you are around water. The light can attack your eyes from multiple angles, so you better re-up on sunscreen often and bring proper eye protection. You can’t place a high enough value on your eyes, so the extra protection offered by polarized sunglasses just seems like the obvious thing to do.
- You Can’t Fly Fish Without Polarized Sunglasses
If any of you are fly fishermen, you know the importance of being able to see into the water. Being able to see the fish makes them exponentially easier to catch, as you know where you should be casting. Unfortunately, the sun usually makes it exceedingly difficult to see under the surface. That is why it is extremely important to always have a pair of polarized sunglasses when fishing. Remove the glare, so you can spot those trout.
Many non-anglers are used to seeing people with a fly rod and a vest, but they don’t realize that there is another equally important tool. A fisherman is nothing without his sight, so make sure you are giving your eyes as much help as possible. Invest in a good pair of fishing polarized sunglasses, and you won’t regret it. I guarantee it.
Being able to see well is something many of us take for granted. It is one of those things we get so used to working well that we don’t even consider what it would be like to live without. Don’t make the mistake of risking your eyes. Too much sunlight can degrade your vision. Be smart and invest in protective polarized sunglasses.
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