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Polarized Glasses

Polarized Glasses

Riviera Opticare Inc. is your optometrist in Mesa, also serving Scottsdale and the surrounding areas in Arizona. This is the place to go for polarized glasses with your corrective prescription.


The History of Polaroid Glasses

In 1929, Edwin Land invented a new commercial material that he called “Polaroid.” He used the material to make polarizing filters for sunglasses that become popular. The company expanded into other ventures like its instant photography systems. 

In 2007, StyleMark acquired the use of the Polaroid brand names for glasses. StyleMark was bought by the Italian investment group called Safilo in 2011. In 2018, under the Polaroid brand name, the company launched a series called Heritage that is now very popular. These are new collections that take their inspiration from popular sunglasses from the past.

How does polarization work?

When bright light hits a flat horizontal surface, the rays are concentrated and reflected in a horizontal direction that the eyes see as glare. Regular sunglasses darken the brightness but do not remove the glare.

Polaroid glasses have a unique, striped pattern of UV light absorption layers so that the harmful rays of light do not pass and the horizontal rays are removed. Only the vertically-aligned light passes through. This is the light that is the most useful for seeing things.

Wearing Polaroid glasses on a bright day makes it significantly safer for the eyes because they are protected from harmful UV rays. When driving, the glare is removed so that seeing the road improves. Drivers see more clearly without being blinded by the bright glare.

Polarized Lens Construction

The polarized material is used to cover the center layer of the lens. This may be a clear layer or a corrective layer based on a person's needs.  This polarized material is covered by a material that serves as a UV filter to block out all harmful rays.

There may be a shock-absorbing layer, a mirrored layer, other layers, and the last one is a scratch-resistant layer. All these layers make up the finished lenses that are light, flexible, durable, and scratch-resistant.

Prescription Polarized Glasses

Polarized protection is available with corrective lenses so that you can have both the benefit of seeing more clearly with prescription lenses and the protection of the Polaroid filtration of harmful UV rays.

The reduced glare when wearing these glasses makes them more comfortable. This light filtration makes everything seem clearer with improved contrast.

Make an Appointment at Your Optometrist in Mesa

Protect your eyesight with polarized glasses from your optometrist in Mesa. There is also a convenient location in Scottsdale. Make an appointment for an eye exam and to get some new Polaroid lenses for your glasses.


See what our clients have to say about us

  • My Internal Medicine Doctor recommended Dr. Susan Reckell for my eye care. After a very extensive first eye exam with the doctor, I spent time with the eye care specialist who did not rush me and helped me choose a great pair of glasses within my budget. Highly recommend.

    - Hughes, S. / Scottsdale, AZ
  • Love love love Riviera!!!!! I had the most fun experience ever for an eye exam and contact lens fitting....who knew? Been a customer for a few years and not going anywhere else!!!!!

    - Monahan, C. / Scottsdale, AZ
  • I've been going to Riviera for 15 years and wouldn't consider anywhere else. Great doctors, beautiful eyewear and knowledgeable opticians.

    - Dolinky, A. / Scottsdale, AZ
  • Dr. Reckell is amazing, the staff is amazing and the place is very up to date and wonderful! They have the latest and greatest technology. I am always impressed when I go in. :)

    - Colquhoun, A. / Gilbert, AZ
  • I have been going to Riviera Optic for my eye care and glasses needs for the last 15 years. There commitment towards client satisfaction has consistently exceeded expectations year after year. I always receive comments on my glasses about how great they look on me, I couldn't have done this without the help from their talented staff guiding me with frame selection.

    Show More - Dunlop, J. / Gilbert, AZ
  • I've always gone to big box eye care centers. Not anymore, the service at Riviera was much better and the environment is much more welcoming.

    - Silva, D. / Mesa, AZ
  • Riviera Opticare is the best at what they do and make you feel right at home.

    - - Fred W. / Mesa, AZ