Originally Posted by Wideknot
Big difference between the lenses in inexpensive vs. quality sunglasses. While UV protection can be had in the lesser grades, there are other things to take into consideration. Optical clarity across the entire lens is much greater in your higher quality eyewear as is color transmission and polarization.
Originally Posted by cptjeff
But I do think polarization is worth it as far as spending a little more goes. Especially since I fish, it's nice to be able to cut past the glare on the water, and they prevent glare from distracting you when driving.
Owning both a pair of cheapos and a pair of Ray Bans, I definitely concur that polarization makes a huge difference (especially when driving). I would go as far as saying that I wouldn't buy a pair that wasn't polarized.
Originally Posted by Reevolving
I don't understand this justification of "my eyes are worth it"
Most segments of the planet (and history) live entire lives and never wear sunglasses, ever.
Yet, I don't see an epidemic of blindness in nursing homes, Ghana, or history books.
Like most things, this just sounds like marketing hype to me...
True, but who enjoys squinting and the associated wrinkling and headaches? It's a comfort thing.