Polarised sunglasses explained - Ace Eyewear

05-04-22 By: Michael Stent

Polarised sunglasses explained

What are the benefits of polarised lenses?


Polarised lenses eliminate the debilitating reflected glare, for example, the sun reflecting off a wet road or the sea and by removing this glare it improves visual clarity and comfort. Polarised lenses also enhance colour contrast and the richness of the colours around you. Colours appear deeper and bolder.


How do polarised lenses work?


When light is reflected off a flat surface it is reflected in a horizontal direction, when this light hits the lens the polarised film that is embedded around half a millimetre from the front surface of the lens filters this light and only allows the vertical light through which is much less debilitating.

Are polarised lenses available in my prescription?


In the vast majority of cases, the answer is YES, polarised lenses are available in single vision and varifocal lenses, whether you’re short-sighted up to -12.00D or long-sighted up to +6.00 we have you’re covered.

If your prescription is that little bit higher or more complicated than most don’t worry polarised lenses are available in personalised lens designs which provide superior vision at the periphery of the lens and higher index materials that reduce the thickness and weight of the lens.

All of our prescription sunglasses here at Ace Eyewear come with a back surface anti-reflection coating as standard which reduces any reflections of the back surface of the lens.

This coating also comes with a 1-year no-quibble scratch warranty so if your lenses do accidentally get scratched we will replace them for you 🙂


What UV protection do polarised lenses offer?


Polarised lenses protect from both UVA, long term exposure has been linked to the formation of cataracts and retinal damage. They also protect against UVB which can damage the crystalline lens inside your eye and the front layers of your eye such as the cornea or conjunctiva*

Polarised sunglasses explained

What colour lenses are available and which is best for me?


Polarised lenses are available in a wide range of colour including Khaki, Plum and Teal as well as your traditional colours such as Grey, Green and Brown.

They are available in a solid tint 85% absorption so nice and dark or a graduated tint which goes lighter towards the bottom of the lens and looks fantastic.

For sports such as golf and tennis, we would recommend a brown colour enhancing tint or if you do long drives a green tint.


How do I take care of my polarised lenses?


If your wearing your sunglasses for everyday activities such as walking or driving a good lens spray and microfibre cloth will do the trick, but if you’re on holiday or your sunglasses for sport it’s likely that mud, sand or other abrasive particles may have found their way onto the lens if this is the case we recommend your run your glasses under the cold tap first to remove any particles before using your lens spray and microfibre cloth.

If you would like to choose your next pair of polarised sunglasses please book a styling consultation online. If you’re looking for some sunglass style inspiration give “Our favourite sunglasses of 2022” blog a read or if it’s sunglasses for tennis, golf or cycling give our sports sunglasses blog a read.



We look forward to seeing you soon,

Sources: *https://www.abdo.org.uk/eyecarefaq/sunglasses/