Since you are reading this page, chances are you are most likely familiar with the high level of quality, innovation and technology that Oakley puts into their sunglasses. The Oakley sunglasses polarized lenses are of course, not an exception to the rule.
Polarized sunglasses are specifically designed to reduce or block glare. Light reflected from surfaces such as a car windshield, flat road or water can generally be considered polarized. Meaning that, instead of the light being scattered in multiple directions the reflected light travels in a more horizontal direction, which can create an often annoying and, in some cases very dangerous intense light referred to as “Glare.”
Polarized sunglasses were first very popular with fishermen and boaters who were constantly surrounded by the glare being reflected from the sunlight on the water. The polarized lenses allowed improved visibility and reduced eye strain when being out on the water. Since then polarized sunglasses have become more popular with people engaging in active outdoor activities.
Polarized lenses contain a special light filter that blocks this type of intense reflected light, reducing glare. This glare reduction allows for improved visibility and less eye strain. Even though polarized sunglasses improve comfort and visibility, there are some instances when these lenses may not be the most beneficial. Downhill skiing is an example, of when it may be more beneficial to see the glare that is reflecting off icy patches, as this can alert skiers to potential hazards as they approach.
Polarized lenses may also reduce the visibility of images produced by liquid crystal displays (LCDs). This could be an issue as there is an increase in LCD’s being utilized for car dashboard readouts, digital screens on automatic teller machines (ATM’s), cell phones, and GPS devices. Pilots also have reported similar issues when viewing LCD’s on aircraft instrument panels, which can be a crucial issue.
Polarized lenses differ from non-polarized lenses in one main way. Vertical polarization blocks transmission of the horizontal light through polarized lenses. The result is that polarized sunglass lenses reduce glare created by the sun’s reflection on flat surfaces. The difference between polarized and non- polarized lenses is quite apparent when compared side by side.
Most sunglasses manufactures apply a polarized coating or a layered method of gluing a film between the lenses to their sunglasses to reduce glare. The problem is that this process can reduce visual clarity and cause distortion.
Now, as you might expect, Oakley strives to surpass most other sunglasses manufactures and has done so with their polarization technology. Oakley polarized sunglasses are produced with a higher level of technology using a liquid infusion process designed to bond the polarizing filter and lenses at the molecular level. The significance of this process is that the polarization effect doesn’t wear or rub off as with other manufactures, and visual clarity is maintained at the highest levels.