Hello welcome investigators of all things optical. I have admittedly had very few posts as of late. In part due to the COVID global pandemic, there has been far fewer new products than usual over this past year. I’m anxiously awaiting the launch of the new Transitions Xtractive Polarized in the next few weeks to review for you.
But in the meantime, are there any topics you’d like to see me tackle? Let me know in the comments below and hopefully I’ll be able to bring your question some answers!
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Hello Optical Jedi!
Thanks for the question.
Last year I purchased a pair of sunglasses to wear while riding my bicycle – I got an Oakley Flak with “Prism Road” lenses, non-polarized. While the lenses aren’t quite as clear or sharp as I hoped they would be I’m very satisfied with them for bike riding because they differentiate the road surface well and keep my eyes relaxed while moving quickly from full sun to full shade. Also, they reduce a surprising amount of glare, and they are not so expensive that I would cry if they broke from a fall from the bike.
I thought I might be able to use them for driving too, but I’m not happy with them for driving. Although they reduce glare pretty well considering they aren’t polarized, they seem to make road signs harder to read. I think this may be because the grey tint is dark enough to reduce the contrast between white letters and their green or blue background.
So I’m about to buy a pair of driving sunglasses. I’m leaning toward polarized lenses, but not sure if the lens should be green, blue, or brown. What color works best for driving? What is the right percentage of tint? Are there other features I should get or consider?
Not sure if this matters, but I will need a progressive prescription lens.
Thanks so much!
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Thanks so much for responding Susan!
If you don’t mind I’d like to use your article as a jumping off point for a short response article, with quotes from you. I’m happy to keep it anonymous if you prefer.