By EZ Angler Staff –
A good pair of polarized sunglasses can be an angler’s most important gear not only because they protect eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and the occasional wild cast, but they provide a level of transparency to see activity in the water. Being given the ability to track fish and identify structures like sunken logs and even drops can be the difference in a good day on the water versus a bad one.
This degree of transparency is achieved by the polarized lenses blocking horizontal light being reflected towards the eyes. The polarized lenses in fishing sunglasses contain vertically oriented polarizers. Since light reflects horizontally, this vertical polarizing ability neutralizes the glare and protects your eyes. Polarized sunglasses also help you to see better in bright light, and reduce not only glare but other reflections from objects above water. Interesting enough, if you look at a computer screen when wearing a good pair of polarized sunglasses, some of the displays on the screen may actually become invisible. Try it out.
Remember the effectiveness of polarized glasses is determined by the angle of view. Looking straight down is not going to provide the wanted results.
The color or tint in these sunglasses also has an effect on the clarity of your vision. For the most part, this is really a matter of personal taste and you would have to see what color you like best.
Two shades of color generally used by anglers include:
Copper/Light Tan: This tint offers a high contrast and is very easy on the eyes. Because of the tone, contrast is boosted resulting in better visual accuracy. This shade also offers great contrast and best in medium to heavy light.
Material of the lenses is also another consideration:
Two primary material types are:
Glass: Lenses made of glass absolutely provide the best visual acuity by way of offering the highest optical quality. The glass is typically scratch resistance and upon impact will spider than shatter. However, the difference in quality comes at a greater expense. But a good pair, well taken care of can be priceless.
Plastic: Lenses made of plastic tend to offer greater durability and though they do not offer the same high optical quality as glass, they still eliminate 99% of all reflected glare and provide a visual advantage. Though they are durable plastics do not offer scratch resistance.
When choosing a pair of glasses, make sure your eyelash does not come in contact with the lens or frame. There is nothing more irritating. Also the glasses you choose should fit snug on the nose and ears. You want to avoid painful pinching or rubbing. Check for balance to make sure they sit well.
Buying a good paid of polarized sunglasses in an investment – anywhere from $40 to a few hundred if you want to go there. Either way, based on your cash flow, go for the best quality to protect your eyes and enhance your fishing experience. Think of it this way. You pay $15 for a cheap pair of polarized glasses and within a few months you are buying another pair. A quality pair of glasses will costs three times the amount but with proper care ( a sunglass neck harness a must) you will have an investment that should last bring better performance and last you several seasons.