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Pros and Cons of Polarized Sunglasses

Pros and Cons of Polarized Sunglasses


When you are looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses, there are several features that you need to take into consideration. These points could include the color of the lenses or temples, lens size, the comfortability of the temples, and the price. All of these are extremely important to consider for fashion and comfort, but what about your eye health?

At Runaways, we take all of these features into account when creating our signature sunglasses-- and then some! We are always looking to improve our inventory and our customers’ overall satisfaction. We take pride in our sunglasses and are proud to provide the most pristine pairs for all of our clients.

As mentioned earlier, we know that you’re considering a lot of different specific characteristics in your sunglasses to find yourself the perfect pair. However, while all of our sunglasses can satisfy your personal preferences on size, color, and other physical attributes, we believe that you should sincerely consider choosing a pair that is polarized. While, of course, we want you to look good, we also want your eyes to feel good!

So what are the pros and cons of choosing a pair of polarized sunglasses over unpolarized sunglasses?

Polarized Sunglasses


Protect Your Eyes and Their Health

One of the most important and attractive features of polarized sunglasses is that they best protect your eyes from harmful rays from the Sun. There are two specific ultraviolet rays from the Sun that can cause major damage to your eyes: UV-A and UV-B.

Both of these types of rays can lead to short and long-term issues with your eyes. Some of the most common eye issues that arise from overexposure to UV rays include but are not limited to:

Cataracts: a clouding of the eye that can negatively affect your vision, leading to blurred and/or cloudy vision. This condition can be caused by aging, but also from damage from the Sun and other such light sources. It can also be caused by other eye conditions, eye surgery, and other factors.

Keratitis: Inflammation of the cornea. While this condition can be caused by fungi, bacteria, or other substances, it can also be caused by excessive exposure to harmful UV rays. This condition is very much like sunburn on the eye. If this condition is left untreated, though, it can lead to severe and permanent damage.

Macular Degeneration: the degeneration of the middle of the retina called the macula. This can lead to blurred vision and even blank spaces in your vision. This condition has been linked to farsightedness as well. It can also be a result of the natural eye aging process, but can also be caused by overexposure to harmful light as well.

Cancer: harmful UV rays can lead to cancer of the eyelids and even of the skin. These could include melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, among others.

By wearing polarized sunglasses, you can greatly diminish your chances of getting these conditions/ailments because they provide much-needed protection to your eyes and the skin around them. Meanwhile, unpolarized sunglasses simply do not offer that protection and only provide you with a fashion element.

No Glare

Another unappealing feature of unpolarized sunglasses is that they do not reduce the glare from horizontal surfaces. Horizontal light from sources such as the sun, water, and even snow can damage your eyes. Unpolarized sunglasses do not provide your eyes any protection from horizontal light either.


Polarized pairs of sunglasses, however, certainly provide you and your eyes with protection from these light sources. With these glasses, you also will not suffer from a glare from any source, which can greatly diminish your visibility.

Perfect for the Outdoors-Goers

For those who enjoy fishing, boating, water sports, or any sports that require time in the Sun, polarized sunglasses are must-haves. Without these helpful and protective sunglasses, you are prone to not only damage from the Sun and horizontal light. Not only that, but you will also not be able to see as well because of the glare!

Active Sunglasses

If you are a person who enjoys outdoor activities, especially those that involve water, then you should have these kinds of sunglasses. They are truly worth every penny for you especially!

Great for All Seasons

While it might seem like sunglasses are only appropriate for the warmer and sunnier months, that is simply not the case. These sunglasses can be (and should be, in many cases) worn all year round!

These sunglasses can protect you from the light from the Sun, but also the light and glare from ice and snow. Therefore, you can sport these sunglasses any time of the year to both protect your eyes and look extremely fashionable!

Practical but Still Stylish!

These kinds of sunglasses have gotten a bad reputation for not being stylish or “cute” enough. However, this is simply not the case. There are a plethora of fashionable sunglasses that are polarized, especially in our inventory!


These sunglasses can come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and more excellent features. But, they also do come in more practical looks as well, especially for those outdoorsmen who just want properly functioning, no-nonsense sunglasses.


More expensive

One important negative attribute to take into account for these sunglasses is their price. Because they have more protective features than regular unpolarized sunglasses, they can cost much more in comparison. However, the expense is usually worth it!

Doesn’t Help When You Stare at the Sun

These sunglasses are extremely helpful to protect you from the Sun when you are walking around or playing sports. However, when you look directly at the Sun through them, their protective powers simply do not suffice.

While there are some cons to purchasing and using polarized sunglasses, it’s evident that their pros far outweigh these cons. If you are considering purchasing the most practical yet stylish sunglasses that are polarized, look no further than our offerings! We have all different kinds of sunglasses to best meet your needs, style, and personality.

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