Whether you’ve owned a pair of polarized sunglasses or not, you’ve likely heard of them. The special coating on the lenses helps reduce glare caused by the sun’s reflection off of a solid surface or water. But how does this film actually help you have clearer vision?
Light emitted from a source like a light bulb or candle is unpolarized, meaning the light is emitted at random angles with no preference to one direction. Polarized light happens when light reflects off of something like water or a solid surface and is then emitted in more of a unified horizontal direction, causing glare. This is where polarized lenses come in.
Polarized lenses have a film that absorbs the glare-inducing horizontal light waves, while still allowing vertical waves to pass through. Basically light only travels in one direction through polarized lenses which then eliminates the glare caused from the sun’s reflected rays. Not sure if your shades are polarized? Try our simple polarization test.
Long story short, we don’t want you to be blinded while you’re driving, boating, running, skiing, ziplining, road-tripping, or lounging at the beach! We don’t believe that you should have to spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of polarized sunglasses. That’s why we offer hundreds of polarized styles at $15 or less so you can do more in your new shades!
**It is important to note that polarized lenses aren’t ideal for every situation. When looking at a digital screen such as a cell phone, dashboards, GPS devices, or other LED and LCD displays, polarized lenses can reduce the visibility of these displays. That’s why pilots and other individuals who need to make quick decisions based on digital display instruments prefer non-polarized lenses.
If you’re not specifically looking for polarized lenses, we recommend shopping all sunglasses.