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What Are Polarized Sunglasses and Why Should You Wear Them?

Sunglasses are one of the best accessories for men. Whether you’re adding some subtle flair to a classy bespoke suit or stepping up your casual outfits, a stylish pair of sunglasses is a must-have—and you can never have too many pairs!

The best part about sunglasses is that they aren’t only a fashionable accessory. They serve a functional purpose as well.

Especially when you’ve got a pair of polarized sunglasses. 

Below, we’ll highlight some of the benefits of polarized sunglasses. But first, let’s discuss what they are. 

What Are Polarized Sunglasses?

Most of the time, we think that the sunlight that has the potential to damage our eyes comes directly from the sun itself. 

This actually isn’t the case. The majority of the light that makes it to our eyes comes from light reflecting off of various surfaces.

Some of these surfaces include:

  • Snow
  • Water
  • Asphalt
  • Trees
  • Cars
  • Windows

When light reflects off of these surfaces, it’s known as polarization. 

Polarized sunglasses have special lenses that help to protect your eyes from these reflections. These “polarized lenses” are made using a special process, treating the lenses with a specific chemical designed to filter out the reflected light. 

Benefits of Polarized Sunglasses

The biggest benefit of polarized sunglasses is the reduced glare.

Glare isn’t only a nuisance—it can be a safety hazard. 

For example, excessive glare on the roads, windows, and other cars can make driving conditions unsafe. With a pair of polarized sunglasses, you can reduce this glare and avoid potential accidents.

They’re also helpful outdoor hobbies. Golfers and other outdoor enthusiasts take advantage of polarized sunglasses to perform at their best and avoid the negative effects of glare. 

Excessive glare can also cause eye strain. Since your eyes have to work harder to process information when glare is present, you can end up fatigued quickly. A quality pair of polarized sunglasses can prevent this scenario from happening. 

Are Polarized Sunglasses Always Better? 

Polarized lenses can make viewing LCD screens difficult. If there’s a situation that calls for added screentime, polarized lenses aren’t the best choice, and you’d be better off with non-polarized lenses.

However, in the case of sunglasses specifically, there’s a good chance that you’ll be wearing them outdoors and not spending much time (if any at all) looking at screens. So, in this case, polarized sunglasses should serve you well. 

Styles of Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses come in a wide range of styles. You can find all of your favorite frame styles with polarized lenses to feel stylish while reaping all of the benefits of polarized lenses.

For a more subtle style that goes with anything, simple square frames are a great choice. These Black Square Frames from Joseph Abboud have an injected frame, smooth temple design, and polarized lenses in solid grey.

Black Square Frames from Joseph Abboud

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Aviators are another classic style that you can get with polarized lenses. These Gold Aviator Sunglasses from Joseph Abboud help you pay homage to a traditional style of sunglasses and turn some heads in the process. 

Gold Aviator Sunglasses from Joseph Abboud

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You can get fun, bold styles of sunglasses with polarized lenses as well. For example, these Matte Black Round Double-Brow Bar Sunglasses add significant flair to your outfit while keeping the glare at bay.

Matte Black Round Double-Brow Bar Sunglasses

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Shop the Joseph Abboud Polarized Sunglasses Selection 

Looking for the perfect pair of polarized sunglasses? All of the Joseph Abboud sunglasses come with polarized lenses to protect your eyes—and have you looking your best at the same time.

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