Everything You Need to Know About Polarised Lenses

It’s generally known that Polarised lenses improve visual comfort but not everyone knows why. Here’s how they work and why you should consider them for your next pair of sunnies.

Only over the past few years Polarised lenses have become massively popular and began featuring in the designs of the biggest eyewear brands. Before, polarised lenses were only common among boaters and fisherman who needed to reduce the reflected glare from the water surrounding them. Because, that is the purpose of polarised lenses: to reduce glare.

Oakley Polarised Lenses - Tour De France Collection - Instagram
Oakley Polarised Lenses – Tour De France Collection – Instagram

Light usually travels scattering in all directions, but when it’s reflected from flat surfaces – your windscreen or water – it travels in a uniform horizontal direction. This horizontal polarisation creates glare, reduces visibility, and can be pretty annoying or even dangerous at times. Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks out this intense light and reduces glare for the wearer.

Polaroid polarised lenses – Instagram

Often, normal sunglasses can lead to a headaches from squinting if you spend a lot of time in an environment with this intense light. Polarised lenses are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts like skiers, bikers, sailors, joggers, and are also recommended for driving. It offers not only protection, but also optimum performance because you aren’t distracted by the glare. It’s also been known for some light-sensitive people, like post-cataract surgery patients, to wear polarised lenses indoors for protection.

Oakley Polarised Lenses - perfect for watersports - Instagram
Oakley Polarised Lenses – perfect for watersports – Instagram

There are, however, some minor disadvantages of wearing polarised lenses. Firstly, they might hinder your vision when looking at your mobile or GPS device. Drivers, boaters, and pilots, have all reported problems viewing LCD displays on the panels of their vehicles. Although some manufacturers of the vehicles have change their designs to solve the problem, many haven’t and it could be dangerous when operating a car or boat and needed to make a fast decision on the panel. There’s no more health benefits of wearing polarised lenses, particularly when choosing a pair from one of our designers, because they all make their lenses with 100% UV protection.

Polaroid polarised lenses - Instagram
Polaroid polarised lenses – Instagram

Polaroid (cover photo) are one of our favourite designers because they make all of their sunglasses with polarised lenses. Polaroid has a strong legacy of leading eyewear technology and design. Ever since Harvard dropout Edwin Land chased his dreams and developed the first inexpensive polarised film, Polaroid has been growing and growing. Land was sneaking into Columbia University labs to use their equipment and his bravery paid off as he’s revolutionised eyewear since. Later, Land invented modern filters that would polarise light and then in 1939 showcased the first ever 3D movie glasses. Every single pair of Polaroid’s are polarised so their sunnies can be worn all day, every day, to live every moment in style, safety and comfort. Here’s some top styles of Polaroid frames that are on sale now…

Fine Metal Cateye Sunglasses in Light Gold Violet Polarised
Fine Metal Cateye Sunglasses in Light Gold Violet Polarised

These fine metal Cateye sunglasses are fresh, playful and modern. On sale now for only £30.80.

Keyhole Round Sunglasses in Matte Black Polarised
Keyhole Round Sunglasses in Matte Black Polarised

Round frames are timeless and the black and blue colourway is effortlessly cool. They’re on sale for just £24.50 now.

Another brand who focus strongly on lens technology are Oakley. For years, Oakley have been at the top of the industry for sports eyewear. Each of their designs is created specifically with the performance of the wearer in mind. Athletes and adventurers across the world choose Oakley as their partner for races, competitions, and training. Some of the best Oakley sunglasses are in our huge sale now.

Radarlock Path Sunglasses in Polished Black Prizm Deep Water Polarised
Radarlock Path Sunglasses in Polished Black Prizm Deep Water Polarised

The Radarlock Path sunglasses are ideal cycling. They’re fitted with the ingenious patented switchlock technology which allows for seamless lens changing enabling the rider to adapt to the elements at speed. The style also has PRIZM lenses which are engineered to adjust to the specific conditions. They’re only £121 in the sale now.

Latch Squared Sunglasses in Matte Black Violet Iridium Polarised
Latch Squared Sunglasses in Matte Black Violet Iridium Polarised

These vibrant sunnies cost only £84. The style is named after the built in technology that enables the wearer to latch their sunglasses to their shirts. It also comes with the patented technologies such as Plutonite lenses, stress-resistant O-matter frames and HD Optics.

Nearly all big eyewear designers include polarised lenses in their collections.

Bound Pilot Sunglasses in Gold Burgundy Polarised
Bound Pilot Sunglasses in Gold Burgundy Polarised by Carrera

For only £84.70, these Carrera frames are a slick style to add to your wardrobe. The glamorous design is complete with polarised burgundy lenses that will stand out anywhere.

Alistair Sunglasses in Red Havana Polarised
Alistair Sunglasses in Red Havana Polarised by Tom Ford

Polarised lenses aren’t saved for sportswear, they’re also commonly used in luxurious designs like these Tom Ford frames. The timeless cateye design is elegant and striking and the red Havana frames are beautifully glamorous.

Savio Small Wrap Sunglasses in Crystal Cool Grey Polarised
Savio Small Wrap Sunglasses in Crystal Cool Grey Polarised by Freedom Polarised

Freedom Polarised also put lens technology first and design all their sunglasses with polarised lenses. These sports wrap sunglasses are unique and vibrant, and remarkably cheap in the sale now for only £17.50.

We offer endless styles of sunglasses with polarised lenses. Explore the full range now and find a pair for you.