How To Tell If Your Sunglasses Are Polarized

Polarized lenses reduce glare on water, pavement, and other reflective surfaces by filtering light coming from different angles. These special lenses make colors and objects appear clearer, so you can see every detail of the open road, golf course, or mountain trail ahead.

But not every pair of sunglasses is polarized! If you’re looking to buy new shades soon — or figuring out whether or not your trusty pairs are polarized — try one of the five simple tests below. Still not sure? We’ll make it easy for you:

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Polarization Test: 5 Ways to Tell If Your Sunglasses Are Polarized

How to Tell if Your Sunglasses are Polarized. Try one of these simple steps! Check for a test sticker. If your sunglasses are new, look at the test tag or sticker through the lens, and rotate the lens to a 60 degree angle. If the tag gets darker, then you know your glasses are polarized. Find a reflective surface. Hold your glasses so that you are viewing the surface through one of the lenses. Then, rotate the glasses to a 60 degree angle, and see if the glare gets better or worse. If the sunglasses are polarized, the glare will diminish. Compare two pairs. Look through two pairs of sunglasses at the same time, and rotate one pair 60 degrees to the other. If both pairs are polarized, the overlapping lenses will become darker. If this doesn't happen, at least one pair is not polarized. Turn on a computer. Polarized lenses and most computer screen use the same anti-glare technology. Look through your lenses at the screen, and rotate your glasses to a 60 degree angle. If they're polarized, the lenses will turn black. Asses your view. Use the polarized lens simulator below to see what your view should look like. If your lenses are polarized, glare disappears, colors brighten, and visibility becomes crystal clear. Polarized vs. Not Polarized Polarized vs. Not Polarized Polarized vs. Not Polarized Polarized vs. Not Polarized Polarized vs. Not Polarized Brought to you by Sunglass Warehouse

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