The “P” you will often see on the lens next to the brand, or sometimes a sticker, stands for polarized. Now, you may or may not have heard about polarization. The most common comment I hear from people is, “Isn’t that just for fishing?” – MYTH!
[Prada pair from my last post comes in polarized, P21NS $285]
Yes, polarization is great for fishing. What polarization does is it eliminates glare. So, when you are looking into the water trying to get a glimpse to see just what kind of monster that is on your line, you can see through the water clearly, sans glare.
Yet, polarization is great for so many more things. Polarized lenses are great for everyday use as well. How about when you’re driving to work in the morning and fidgeting with that sun visor just isn’t doing the trick? How about when you’re driving and you look to switch lanes and there is a glare reflecting in your eyes from another car’s windshield? Polarized lenses are just the solution! The glare will be gone.
They are great for any outdoor sport or activity. I used to think that the lenses were only great for looking into the ocean, but I was wrong. I now have several pairs and they are a stupendous investment. It will cause the price to rise, but it is well worth it. Depending on the color, you can also get different benefits. An amber colored lens will brighten greens, and a grey colored lens will give your eyes a sense of ease. A rose colored lens is also said to brighten greens, which is great for golfers and tennis players.
The only complaint that I have is that unfortunately a lot of the high-end designer brands are lacking options of polarized pairs. D&G, Prada and Versace are slowly coming out with more. Mostly just your classic Ray-Ban and sports brands like Oakley have the most pairs in both polarized and non-polarized. Some brands don’t offer anything but polarized, like Maui Jim or Revo.
Next time you’re searching for a pair, try on a pair of polarized, look outside the window, and compare them to a non-polarized pair. The difference is amazing and well worth it for your eyes!