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So we told you what polarized sunglasses are a while ago but do you know the difference between polarized and nonpolarized sunglasses? It can be confusing if you don’t really know what’s going on with polarized lenses and nonpolarized lenses so let’s start with the basics.

What does ‘polarized sunglasses’ mean?

In short, Polarized sunglasses contain polarized lenses. The difference between polarized sunglasses lenses and standard non polarized lenses lies in the special coating we use. This coating is where the magic happens and helps make polarized eyewear that little bit more special for those who need it.

What Do Polarized Sunglasses Do?

In a nutshell, polarized sunglasses filter out light in a horizontal orientation. While light can, of course, come in different orientations, horizontal light is particularly problematic because it causes glare from the surfaces it reflects off. This glare can range from unnoticeable or irritating to blinding and dangerous depending on your situation and the sensitivity of your eyes. If you have sensitive eyes or you find yourself in a challenging situation, you can see why polarized sunglasses might come in useful. Like non-polarized sunglasses, they still protect your eyes from bright light, harmful UVA, and UVB light but as an added bonus, you don’t get the glare that can come with regular sunglasses.

Polarized Sunglasses vs Non Polarized

Non polarized lenses reduce the brightness of all kinds of light. This way they make it easier for us to see in strong light but they don’t do anything to help with the glare we can experience. They basically just reduce the amount of light getting to your eyes, which is definitely helpful but might not be the perfect solution to your specific sunwear woes. If your favorite pair of sunnies have reduced the dreaded sun-squint but you still aren't satisfied, then it may be worth investing in your first pair of polarized sunglasses.

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Benefit of Polarized Sunglasses

If you live an outdoorsy kinda lifestyle or work out in the elements, polarized sunglasses might be for you. Glare mainly occurs when light is reflected directly off a surface from the sun. This surface can be the road, puddles, cars or even buildings. Let’s say you’re driving along and BAM, you turn a corner and can’t see a thing, even with your sunglasses on. Polarized sunglasses can help to make these moments more bearable and less shocking, and can even remove glare altogether depending on its intensity.

Disadvantages of Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized lenses may sound like the answer you’ve been searching for but let's be real, not everything is always as it seems. One issue is that our beloved digital devices are harder to see through polarized lenses. Whomp. Fair warning – you might not be able to see yourself in a selfie with polarized lenses, so it’s something to bear in mind. I wouldn’t imagine you’d be watching TV in your sunnies but if you do,  any digital, LED or LCD device will also become harder to view. Pilots are actually actively discouraged from wearing polarized sunglasses when flying because it becomes harder to read their control panels. On top of this, reducing glare can make it difficult to distinguish between the different surfaces light is reflecting off. It’s not a big deal if you’re driving or out and about but if you’re a skier you’ll know that being able to see the snow is paramount. Skiers need to be able to tell the difference between types or snow and ice etc, which is harder is polarized specs. If you’re hitting the slopes sometime soon, leave your polarized sunglasses in your chalet and pick them up on your way to apres ski. Nobody wants to be unsafe out on the snow!

Are Polarized lenses worth it?

Well, my friend, that depends on you. They have undeniable benefits but these are only applicable in certain situations. If you’re a pilot who loves skiing in your spare time, I wouldn’t recommend you try polarized sunglasses. But if you, like most of us, aren’t a snow-crazy flight-fanatic then they could definitely be for you. And at these prices, why not get a pair of each? You can order your favorite sunglass frame in both polarized and nonpolarized for as little as $39, lenses included. You won’t find these prices in high-end sports shops yet we still deliver you the exact same product and quality without compromise. It’s a wonder you’ve ever shopped anywhere else, really. And if you still aren’t convinced, you have 14 days to return your sunglasses, polarized or otherwise, with our 14-Day Fit & Style Guarantee – no questions asked.

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