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Polarised lenses

Block reflected glare and prevent eye strain

View of a country road through a lens with and without a polarised tint View of a country road through a lens with and without a polarised tint

Very often when you go outside, it can become extremely irritating when reflected light obstructs your view. For example, you might have noticed while walking along the beach on a sunny day, that beams of light reflecting off the waves can be particularly blinding. Or perhaps you were driving on a wet road and you noticed that light was reflecting off of nearby vehicles and wet surfaces making it hard for you to see. This can be very damaging to your vision and result in eye strain which polarised lenses help to safeguard you from. They have a laminated filter that blocks horizontal glare.

You can add polarised lenses to a wide range of our stylish frames. The only styles they aren’t available with are semi-rimless or rimless frames due to the risk of de-lamination.

What are polarised lenses?

When light reflects directly into your eyes, this is called glare. Polarised sunglasses are designed to reduce glare from reflective surfaces, which include water, snow, metal and glass. They also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

How do polarised lenses work?

When light reflects off a surface, the waves are often strongest horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. This can be defined as polarisation.

Polarised lenses have a light-filtering chemical added to them. The molecules are organised precisely to prevent parts of the light from passing through the lens. It works in a similar way to a blind hanging from a window. The light is only able to move through the openings of the blind. Polarised sunglasses only enable vertical light to enter your eyes. Any glare is removed as the horizontal light waves are unable to pass the vertical filter.

Our polarised lenses block 85% of the light passing through the lens. This means when you look through the lens you can still see clearly, but any brightness and glare are significantly reduced resulting in a comfortable visual experience and the avoidance of any eye strain. Our polarised lenses come in two colours. Brown is ideal for driving whilst grey makes colours appear more natural.

Benefits of polarised lenses


Blinding reflected glare is blocked and 85% of light is filtered out, easing eye strain for greater visual comfort.


Contrast is enhanced for improved visual clarity so you can see clearer.


Suitable for people with specific eye conditions that make them sensitive to light.


Complete protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/B rays.

What polarised lenses can be used for

Polarised sunglasses are very practical and have many different uses.

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Everyday wear

Polarised sunglasses are ideal for everyday wear, especially if you’re out and about. You will likely feel less fatigued as the sun’s blinding glare will be blocked. This will mean you won’t be straining your eyes to try and see clearly throughout the day.

Outdoor sports activities

Ideal for sports like golf, fishing, cycling and running, polarised lenses help you to have a clear view and so you’re able to focus on your performance without being distracted.

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In snowy environments

Snow can cause glare, especially on really bright days. Polarised lenses can help you avoid difficulties from this blinding glare. This is particularly ideal if you’re a frequent snowboarder or skier, or even if it snows a lot in your area.

On the road

Drivers can often be distracted by dazzling glare from vehicle headlights and when traveling on wet roads. This can be extremely uncomfortable and also very dangerous. Polarised lenses are a great solution to help keep you safe.

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What are the disadvantages of polarised lenses?

There are just a few instances when polarised lenses might not be suitable.

Polarised lenses can make LCD screens appear distorted. Therefore, they will not be suitable for people who rely on them for work, especially pilots.

Also, it is important to be aware that it can make technology hard to see, specifically car dashboard controls, TV screens, mobile phones and cash machines. At this time, it may be a good idea to remove your polarised sunglasses.

Due to the fact that polarised lenses reduce the amount of light that enters the eye, these lenses are not suitable for use at night.


Are polarised lenses better than regular sunglasses?

Standard sunglasses are capable of shielding your eyes from bright sunlight and provide 100% UVB/A protection. However, unlike polarised lenses, they are not able to reduce glare. You are also more likely to experience greater clarity and contrast with polarised sunglasses.

Are polarised lenses worth it?

Deciding whether or not polarised lenses are worth it can really be judged based on your own lifestyle requirements. You'll most likely benefit from polarised sunglasses if you're the type of person that spends most of their time outdoors, you live somewhere snowy, love to go sailing, or you're a frequent daytime driver.

Are polarised lenses good for driving?

Polarised lenses reduce glare that reflects off flat, horizontal surfaces. Glare reflected from wet roads and other vehicles will be minimised if you're wearing polarised sunglasses while driving. There will therefore be less chance of you being distracted on the road. This will ultimately lead to a safer driving experience overall. Out of the two lens colours that we offer, we would recommend the brown polarised lenses which improve contrast and are ideal for driving. However, you should be aware that polarised lenses are not safe for driving at night.

How can I tell if my sunglasses lenses are polarised?

If you're keen to test whether or not your sunglasses are polarised, there is a really simple way you can do this. Simply look at a bright, reflective surface, like water, glass, or shiny metal, whilst wearing your sunglasses. Rotate the glasses 90 degrees, turning them either right or left. If the glare is reduced, they are polarised sunglasses.

You can also test it by looking at a computer monitor or the screen of your mobile phone or tablet. Hold the polarised sunglasses in front of the screen and tilt them left and right. If the glasses are polarised, the monitor will appear to get brighter and darker as you move the lens left and right.

Can regular glasses lenses be polarised or do they have to be sunglasses?

Polarised lenses are available with most lens types including bifocal and varifocal. Although, the polarised coating darkens the lens so this means they're not available as regular prescription glasses.

Is an anti-reflection coating the same as polarised?

Polarised lenses and anti-reflective lenses both ensure greater clarity by eliminating troublesome glare. However, they have different purposes. Polarised lenses are a type of sunglasses designed to reduce glare in bright sunlight and outdoors. On the other hand, anti-reflection is a coating you can add to your clear glasses lenses to enhance visibility when driving at night and when using digital devices like mobiles and tablets.

How to order polarised sunglasses

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1. Choose your frames

Browse a wide range of fashionable frames online (excluding semi-rimless or rimless frames) and add your favourites to your basket.

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2. Select your lenses and package

Select your vision type and then choose sunglasses as your lens category. Pick polarised lenses and choose your preferred lens colour and one of our advanced lens packages.

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3. Add your prescription

Enter your prescription or choose to send it later via email, phone, or post.

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4. Enjoy your new polarised sunglasses!

Once your new sunglasses have been delivered to your door, you'll be able to wear them and show them off to everyone.