Polarized Lenses FAQs

Polarized glasses can be very beneficial on bright, sunny days. Learn more about them through the answers to some of the top questions below provided by our team at Executive Eye Care in Houston. 


What are polarized glasses?

Polarized lenses have a special filter that helps reduce glare that bounces off objects. For instance, if you enjoy fishing, you know how harsh the sun can be when it reflects off the water. Polarized lenses are designed to filter out this glare so that you can see more clearly.

Are they the same as tinted glasses?

Not at all. Tinted glasses simply reduce brightness, which can certainly be helpful when you are outdoors. They make it easier to see while driving, watch your children at their sporting events, and more. However, dampening the brightness does nothing about the glare – polarized lenses do.

Can they be worn indoors to help with eyestrain from a device?

They can, but it’s not a good idea. Polarized glasses are typically too dark for indoor use and can cause the eyes to grow accustomed to a much darker view. This can create an even greater sensitivity to light. It’s best to talk to your optometry specialist about getting an indoor anti-glare filter for use with devices.

Do I need a prescription to get polarized lenses?

No, you can get polarized lenses without a prescription. However, if you wear prescription eyeglasses, you can get prescription polarized lenses so that you don’t need to worry about sacrificing visual clarity for protection from glare. In either case, our optometry team can help you find the best option for your needs.

Do they protect from UV light?

This is a very good question, as blocking UV light is good for keeping your eyes healthy. Polarized lenses do not block UV light – at least not on their own. However, you can have UV protection added to your polarized lenses so that you get the benefits of both.

Should I wear polarized glasses while driving at night?

If you’ve seen advertisements about polarized glasses that can be used at night time, you might be tempted to grab them. After all, trying to drive safely in the glare of oncoming traffic can be challenging. Unfortunately, using polarized lenses to block that glare can put you in more danger. Instead, talk to our optometry team about other resources to help with night driving.

Visit Our Optometrist in Houston for the Right Lenses

Get the best polarized lenses for your needs with the help of our Executive Eye Care team. You can reach us at (713) 225-2600 to schedule an appointment.