What Does Polarised Mean?

What Does Polarised Mean?

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This piece will cover polarised sunglasses, which in short, offer the wearer complete clarity meanwhile eliminating glare and reducing eye strain.


Polarised sunglasses are specialised eyewear designed to reduce glare that can bounce off surfaces.

Glare might not sound like a massive issue but glare distorts the true colour of an object which in turn makes the object harder to distinguish. This can lead to an impairment of your depth perception, distortion of your view, interpretation of colours, and can cause temporary blindness.


Polarised lenses work as a virtually invisible filter built into your lenses eliminating the amount of glare reflecting light into your eyes. Polarised lenses can be helpful to in making images more defined meanwhile increasing visual clarity and eye comfort.


Quite honestly, we believe everyone can benefit from wearing polarised sunglasses!

When Polarised sunglasses were first created, the main benefits were thought to be for people who spent a lot of time fishing, sailing or at the beach as polarised lenses block glare from light reflecting off the surface of the water better than another type of lens.

However, over time polarised glasses have become much more popular making them the ideal lens option for all sunglass shoppers! Today, polarised sunglasses aren't just for people who spend time near water - anyone who is bothered by bright lights and glare can benefit from these advanced sunglass lenses.

For instance, sunglasses with polarised lenses can be helpful for driving as they reduce glare from reflective flat surfaces, such as the sun shining on bonnets and through windows of vehicles and bouncing off the light-coloured pavement. This allows you to drive safer and more comfortably.

To summarise, polarised sunglasses are perfect for those who want:
  • Clearer vision - especially in bright conditions
  • Increased contrast with minimal colour distortion
  • Reduced glare and reflection, in turn leading to reduced eyestrain


There are instances where polarized lenses are not suitable like for instance if you work with screens as the lenses can interfere with your ability to view LCD screens such as smartphones, televisions or tablets.


On PRET A VOIR you can type the phrase 'polarised' into our search bar and you will be met with thousands of options so you'll be sure to find your perfect pair from Dunhill to Gucci to Carrera - we have a style to suit everyone. You can also double-check if the pair you like are polarised by clicking on our 'Frame Details' tab on the right-hand side of your screen where you will see 'Polarised:' just above the product SKU.

However, we do want to mention some brands in particular who are really at the frontier of polarised lens development, first of all, Maui Jim. Maui Jim are dedicated to providing durable, lightweight polarized sunglasses that allow you to see the world in a truly vibrant, glare-free colour. Therefore, all Maui Jim sunglass lenses are polarized which allow Maui Jim sunglasses to effectively block 100% of UVA, B and C rays up to 400nm. Their unique formula of polarisation enhances colours in bright conditions meanwhile providing UV protection blocking 99.9% of glare and managing 95% of HEV and blue light.

Serengeti is also groundbreaking in their polarised sunglass development offering some of the most technically advanced eyewear available on the market. Serengeti sunglasses offer unbelievably high performance photochromic and polarised lenses with Spectral Control® that are specifically tailored to care for the eyes of drivers and pilots in ever-changing conditions. Their lenses maximise the contrast and clarity of your vision while eliminating glare.
We also offer prescription polarised lenses - just give us a call or email if you would like more information on adding this to your prescription!

So, if you are planning on having your head buried in your phone, polarised sunglasses might not be for you.

But if you love the great outdoors polarized sunglasses are perfect for runners, cyclists and drivers. For those planning some sailing or water sports, or perhaps a fishing trip then polarised lenses are definitely going to protect and comfort your eyes.
Good luck and happy shopping!

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