Polarised lenses and sunglasses explained

If you’ve ever struggled to see on a sunny day, you might like to add our Polarised Lenses to any pair of Single Vision, Varifocal or non-prescription sunglasses. Polarised Lenses help to get rid of pesky glare. But more on that and how our polarised sunglasses work below.

Benefits of our Polarised Lenses

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Ease eye strain
Eliminate glare
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Improve colour perception
Increase visual clarity
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Increase visual clarity

Get rid of glare with our polarising lenses

When the light bounces off a reflective surface (e.g. car windshields, snow, or water) and travels in all directions, some light scatters in vertical waves — others in horizontal waves.

The vertical waves get absorbed, while the horizontal light waves bounce off the surface. Some of the light can become polarised, which might cause glare. Glare is hard on our eyes and can make it difficult to see.
Our Polarised Lenses reduce glare from reflective surfaces. Get our polarised sunglasses if you’re sensitive to sunlight (think eye strain, or migraines), outdoors a lot (sailing, fishing, or hiking), or often drive in wet and sunny conditions — your eyes will thank you later.
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Bella
€ 110
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Polarised sunglasses vs non-polarised

Polarised sunglasses are designed to reduce glare, as well as to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Our regular non-polarised sunglasses do protect your eyes from bright light and UV rays, but aren’t always able to reduce glare.

Our range of polarised sunglasses looks exactly like our non-polarised sunglasses range. The difference is the polarisation film in the lens. Polarised Lenses have a super thin (0.1mm) laminated film embedded in them, which creates the polarising filter.
The vertically-oriented filter tackles horizontally travelling light pretty effectively, by reorganising its course of direction — a bit like using a window blind. Good analogy, right? It means your eyes won’t need to strain, so you’ll see everything more clearly and colours more vividly.

Upgrade your sunglasses

You can add our Polarised Lenses at the check-out to any non-prescription, Single Vision, or Varifocal pair of sunglasses. The lenses cost an additional €50, available within these prescription parameters:
  • Single vision: a Sphere (SPH) of between -10.00 and +8.00 dioptres, and a CYL of up to -6.00
  • Varifocal: a Sphere (SPH) of between -10.00 and +8.00 dioptres, and a CYL of up to -4.00
Working with one of the world’s leading lens suppliers, we’re able to guarantee a 98% polarisation efficiency with our polarising lenses. And just like our regular sunglasses, they come with a scratch-resistant coating and offer 100% UV-A and UV-B protection.

FAQ

When light waves hit an even surface, such as a calm lake, a flat piece of metal, or some snow on the slopes, it reflects at one angle. This one-angled light that reflects straight into the eyes is called glare.

Our Polarised Lenses help to solve this problem and reduce glare. These lenses are laminated with tiny vertical stripes, which only allow the vertical light waves to enter the wearer’s eyes. As a result, glare is eliminated. Sounds good, right?

In some situations, you might find polarised sunglasses more comfortable than regular sunglasses. E.g. if you’re outdoors a lot, are sensitive to light, or often drive around in wet- and sunny conditions. Polarising lenses won’t protect your eyes from UV damage any more than regular sunglasses though. If you feel like you’re squinting a lot, even while wearing regular sunglasses, you might consider buying polarised sunglasses instead.

To put it simply, our Polarised Lenses reduce glare from light-reflecting surfaces and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. As a result, it reduces eye strain and enables you to see colours more vividly. And who wouldn’t want a better view, right?

If you’re doubting whether or not polarised sunglasses are worth the investment, consider what you’re going to use them for. If you’re spending a lot of time on the road, or are an outdoorsy person and notice you’re squinting a lot with regular sunglasses on — then polarising sunglasses are definitely worth it.

Adding Polarised Lenses to your sunglasses costs an additional €60. It’s not possible to add the lenses if you’ve purchased glasses with the Same Day Glasses service, Premium Lenses, or sunglasses with gradient lenses.

There are a couple of situations in which we wouldn’t recommend purchasing polarised sunglasses. The lens used reduces the amount of light that enters the eye. For that reason, the lenses shouldn’t be used during the night or in situations in which clear lenses are required.

Besides that, the lens makes it difficult to read LCDs. On that account, pilots shouldn’t use polarised sunglasses, as flight instruments and other aeroplanes might be less visible.

Our Polarised Lenses come in green, grey, and brown. The colour of your lenses will be determined by the specific frame you choose — they’re not interchangeable, sorry. Don’t be afraid to get in touch if you want to confirm the colour of your lenses before you order.

Yes! You can add our Polarised Lenses to your non-prescription sunglasses for an additional €60.

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