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What Are The Best Sunglasses For Fishing?

Bodies of water have a highly reflective surface, and light reflecting off the water makes it nearly impossible to see what's beneath the surface. For this reason, all fishing sunglasses should include polarized lenses.


Polarized sunglasses cut reflections from the surface of the water far better than ordinary sunglasses, and this allows you to see what's under the water. This is particularly helpful when netting a fish or judging the depth of a stream when fly fishing.

In addition to polarized lenses, many anglers prefer brown sunglass lenses because these tints enhance contrast, making fish under the surface of the water even more visible. However, the color of fishing sunglasses is primarily a matter of personal preference.

For bright conditions, mirror coatings are a good idea to further limit light exposure that could cause photokeratitis on a bright sunny day. Also called snow blindness, photokeratitis is a painful sunburn of the front surface of the eye. You don't have to be skiing or snowboarding on a mountaintop to suffer from photokeratitis — without quality fishing sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun's UV radiation and reduce glare, you can become snowblind when fishing, too. AAV

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Amy HellemAbout the Author: Amy Hellem is a writer, editor and researcher who specializes in eye care and other medical fields. She is a past editor-in-chief of the professional ophthalmic journals Review of Optometry and Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses and currently is president of Hellem Consulting, LLC.

Page updated January 2018