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I just had cateract surgery and my opthomologist tells me I will likely 'not need glasses' anymore. I need to get new, uncorrected vision sunglasses and wonder if I should consider 'polarized'? Help!

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I wear polarized Maui Jims and love em.

Polarized is the way to go--you can see your ball better ta bottom of water hazard

Polarized are great to cut down glare. However, they also hinder proper depth perception when it comes to reading greens. So, it all depends on what goal is most important to you.   Oakley m

Polarized are great to cut down glare. However, they also hinder proper depth perception when it comes to reading greens. So, it all depends on what goal is most important to you.

 

Oakley makes a golf-specific Prizm lens which I have found to do an excellent job for me. 

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7 hours ago, G-Bone said:

Polarized are great to cut down glare. However, they also hinder proper depth perception when it comes to reading greens. So, it all depends on what goal is most important to you.

 

Oakley makes a golf-specific Prizm lens which I have found to do an excellent job for me. 

I'll second this as well. One thing that took a few holes to adjust to is the gloss(sheen) on the ball seems to get reduced as well. It got in my head a few holes. Better part of 13 years in polarized lens for everyday use. Not sure why they make them others still. WileyX for me.

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Polarized are terrible for depth perception and are also not good for green reading.

 

Polarized for fishing, boating, beach...

 

Non-polarized for sports, aviation and shooting.

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I did Oakley Flak Jackets with standard iridium lenses with good results.  Switched to polarized for reduced glare which is awesome but had issues on the greens I couldn’t get over. I absolutely could NOT do the on/off/on/off thing throughout the round, that was a recipe for a headache for me.  So for years I’ve had 2 pairs. Non-polarized for golf in that Oakley model (light weight, interchangeable lenses, good coverage, good airflow for sweat/fogging).  Maui Jim polarized for everything else.  

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I've had Lasik eye surgery over 15 years ago and I insist that all my sunglasses be Polarized and Photochromic (the lens get darker the brighter it gets).  Isn't that the point of sunglasses in the first place?

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What exactly are polarized lenses?

 

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5 minutes ago, Old Tom Morris said:

What exactly are polarized lenses?

 

Polarized lenses reduces glare off of bright surfaces.

 

Here's a scene from Star Trek (2009) that best describes polarization.

 

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I use polarized more often than not. I find how comfortable it makes my eyes in the sun to be worth it. Not sure if there are depth perception issues or if my lenses are just dirty, but I do often take them off around the greens. 

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12 hours ago, G-Bone said:

Polarized are great to cut down glare. However, they also hinder proper depth perception when it comes to reading greens. So, it all depends on what goal is most important to you.

 

Oakley makes a golf-specific Prizm lens which I have found to do an excellent job for me. 

I've always heard this, and thus have never worn sun glasses on the golf course... 

 

As for sunglasses, if you have a pumpkin head (no judgment, my pumpkin head is a blue ribbon sized melon) I like Smith / Suncloud... They are one of the few brands that I've found consistently covers my peripheral vision.

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Congrats on your corrective surgery. Hope you heal well.

 

some people experience a change of depth perception with polarized lenses, though your overall goal is to avoid glare and protect yourself from the sun.

that includes off course use.

your eyes are now being exposed to more light than they have 'seen' in years.

bet your first couple trips outside were stunning.

 

nothing wrong with taking off your sunglasses to read the greens.

 

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I always wear Oakley Prizm lenses while playing golf.

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If you are going to take the glasses off when you are putting, then it doesn't really matter.  But if you plan to wear them all the time, then absolutely you do not want a polarized lens.  The companies like Oakley and REKS that make golf-specific lenses do NOT polarize them, for the reasons that others have already written here.  You just cannot read greens as well.  And the golf-specific lenses, at least to me, seem to do a great job of reducing glare sufficiently AND leaving you with really good depth perception.

 

 

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On 3/6/2021 at 3:33 PM, Octabogey said:

I just had cateract surgery and my opthomologist tells me I will likely 'not need glasses' anymore. I need to get new, uncorrected vision sunglasses and wonder if I should consider 'polarized'? Help!

All my post op cataract patients I typically recommend polarized lenses because you'll notice more glare to start with.  If they become a problem just take them off to read the greens. Depending on the type of surgery you might also need reading glasses after but mainly just for reading the scorecard.  Distance vision should be spot on though.  You'll be amazed at how far you can track the ball now! Hope the recovery goes well!

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On 3/7/2021 at 8:52 AM, cgasucks said:

Polarized lenses reduces glare off of bright surfaces.

 

Here's a scene from Star Trek (2009) that best describes polarization.

 

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On 3/9/2021 at 8:55 AM, bluedot said:

If you are going to take the glasses off when you are putting, then it doesn't really matter.  But if you plan to wear them all the time, then absolutely you do not want a polarized lens.  The companies like Oakley and REKS that make golf-specific lenses do NOT polarize them, for the reasons that others have already written here.  You just cannot read greens as well.  And the golf-specific lenses, at least to me, seem to do a great job of reducing glare sufficiently AND leaving you with really good depth perception.

 

 

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I wear triple vision progressive lenses full time.  I cannot swing a golf club wearing the progressive lenses.  I opted for a pair of single vision glasses with transition lenses.  I didn't get polarized due to the depth perception and green reading issues previously mentioned.  The transition lenses have worked well for me since the lenses darken according to the amount of sunlight.  Somedays less and other days more.  It does sometimes make reading the scorecard difficult.

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