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Why Are Polarized Sunglasses Important for Drivers?


Feb. 17, 2022


A clear view is essential for safe riding, allowing your eyes to read the road without distraction. At JINGWEI, we're here to help you determine the best driving sunglasses for your commute and reveal whether you should wear polarized sunglasses while driving.

What is polarization?

Generally speaking, glare is any interference with your vision caused by too much light entering your eyes. Glare is one of the most common and dangerous types of glare. Some common sources are other vehicles, open roads, and natural elements such as water and snow.

To combat glare, polarized lenses are chemically treated with a vertical pattern on the lens. This treatment blocks out horizontal light reflected from other surfaces, thereby improving visual clarity and reducing brightness.

Polarized Sunglasses

The Benefits

Glare is one of the main sources of visual discomfort. It can cause reduced visibility, color distortion, eye strain and eye fatigue.

By wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses, your glasses can actively combat these symptoms to show greater clarity and contrast. It blocks glare glare, relieves eye strain, prevents eye fatigue and creates an overall more comfortable visual experience.


So far, we've sung the praises of polarized sunglasses for their driving capabilities, but what about the downsides? Yes there are a few.

First, polarized lenses are notorious for affecting depth perception. By essentially eliminating the entire horizontal plane of light, your vision will appear "flatter". While the severity of this illusion depends on the individual, keep this in mind if you are particularly sensitive to depth perception.


Should I wear sunglasses while driving?

Now that you understand the pros and cons of driving with polarized sunglasses, you should have a better understanding of what is the best solution for you.

In general, we recommend driving with polarized sunglasses. You'll experience greater visual clarity and contrast, less glare and more relaxed vision. Your commute will also be less distracted by glare from other vehicles or the road, which ultimately leads to safer driving.

Where to buy sunglasses

Need prescription polarized sunglasses? Visit the JINGWEI website. The answers to all your questions are at your fingertips, so if you'd like to chat with an expert, contact us. We'll put you in touch with an in-house dispensing optician who can help you create prescription sunglasses that are perfect for driving.




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