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Should You Wear Your Sunglasses When Driving in the Rain?

It depends. There has been a number of ‘advice’ circulating on the Internet about the benefits of wearing your sunglasses when driving in the rain. Water scatters light. When it rains, especially when you are driving, the scattered light can really affect your vision. This problem is further exacerbated when driving in the city. The rain, the gloomy weather, the tail lights, city lights and changing and moving lights from digital billboards can all compound the problem. Polarized sunglasses are designed to cut out horizontal lights. Bearing this principle in mind, donning or pair of polarized sunglasses when driving in the rain, will definitely be of help. The horizontal lights bouncing off the puddles of waters on the ground or...

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How to Tell if Your Pair of Sunglasses is Polarized?

So you bought a new pair of sunglasses. But you’re not certain if it was really polarized. How can you tell? There are four simple ways to verify if you have a pair of polarized sunglasses. Check the Temple Tips The first and easiest way to check if your pair of sunglasses is polarized is to look for the label at the temple (arm) tips of your pair of sunglasses. If you have bought a pair of Sunday Shades, you will find the word “Polarized” printed on the inside of the right temple tip. Check it Against Your LCD Computer Screens LCD Computer screens are polarized. In simple terms, based on the positioning of the liquid crystals, light passes through...

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A Brief History of Sunglasses

Cool, hot, chic, smart. These are some of the words associated with sunglasses. Apart from the obvious fashion statement one makes when wearing a pair of shades, its more practical application stems from the fact that the wearer seeks to protect his eyes. Have you been on snow? Being on one without a good pair of sunshades is tantamount to performing a hara-kiri on your eyes. It can result in snow blindness, a painful, albeit temporary, loss of vision due to the effects of the ultraviolet rays reflecting off the snow. For thousands of years, the Inuit people wore snow goggles made out of walrus ivory, bones or caribou antler to prevent snow blindness. Slits are cut into the material...

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