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Polarized vs Tint

Polarized vs Tinted: Which is Better for Your Eyes?

If you're in Mesa or Scottsdale and in the market for eyeglasses, you may be wondering about the differences between polarized and tinted lenses. At Riviera Opticare, our team is here to assist you and provide the information you need to make an informed choice.

Why should you wear tinted lenses?

The sun emits harmful rays that can be damaging to your eyes. However, it's important to balance the need for sunlight exposure to receive vitamin D with the need to protect your eyes. Harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays consist of UVA, UVB, and UVC types, which can lead to eye or eyelid cancer, cataracts, eye growths, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Tinted lenses

There are two types of tinted lenses available: those that provide UV protection and those that don't. When selecting your lenses, make sure to opt for ones that offer the necessary protection for your eyes. While tinted lenses can also serve as a fashion statement, it's important to note that they do not provide UV protection.

What are polarized lenses?

Polarized lenses were developed by Edwin H. Land in 1936, who later went on to create the Polaroid camera. These lenses are treated with a chemical that filters out certain light, similar to blinds for your eyes. This filtering process reduces glare significantly, making objects appear slightly darker. Polarized lenses are particularly beneficial for individuals who spend a lot of time in the sun, such as fishermen, boaters, and skiers, as they help combat glare from water or snow. Additionally, wearing polarized lenses can help reduce eye fatigue after a day in the sun.

Where to find eyeglasses in Mesa and Scottsdale, AZ

If you're in search of polarized or tinted sunglasses, you can rely on the excellent selection at Riviera Opticare. We also offer eye exams and other eye care services. Contact us today at (480) 991-6432 in Scottsdale or (480) 827-9184 in Mesa to schedule an appointment and explore your options.


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