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What are Polarized Sunglasses?

Polarized Sunglasses are Perfect for Everyday

Premium water sports-oriented brands, like Maui Jim and Costa, use polarized lenses for the specific purpose of reducing glare that comes off the water. And the well known drivewear brand Serengeti only uses polarized lenses for their high tech range of driving sunglasses. But polarized lenses aren’t only for fishermen and racecar drivers! Our most popular polarized sunglasses on FramesDirect.com are Ray-Bans – a fashionable choice for comfortable and safe eyes in bright light conditions. Polarized sunglasses are perfect for enhancing your vision as you go about your everyday activities.


Wear Polarized Sunglasses on Water and on Land

Polarized lenses have many benefits on water and on land. Perfect for boating, fishing, surfing or any time spent on the water; polarized lenses reduce painful glare. They can help anglers discern fish under the surface of the water, improve vision while driving a boat, or even improve your tennis or golf game. They are great for driving because they reduce glare coming from the surface of the road, the hood of the car, and reflections coming off other cars on the road. With reduced or eliminated glare and enhanced contrast, polarized lenses make it easy to discern a ball flying through the air or a hazard on the road. They eliminate the harsh glare from the sun and help enhance colors and contrast leaving a remarkably crisp field of vision. Not only do polarized lenses reduce eye strain and make for safer driving and boating, they can also improve visual clarity and enhance perception of colors.


What Does Polarized Mean?

How do polarized lenses work? Polarized sunglasses work by realigning incoming horizontal light. Horizontally reflected light from a surface like a road or a body of water is more intense than more scattered light and results in an uncomfortable glare. The special laminated filter in polarized lenses contains vertical stripes, breaking down glare like a venetian blind. Allowing only vertically oriented light to pass through results in clearer, safer vision and more comfortable eyes. The difference between polarized sunglasses and normal sunglasses is that polarized lenses selectively eliminate the wavelengths of light that cause glare, while normal sunglasses absorb all light wavelengths equally. (Also see What Does Polarized Mean? on our blog).

The Choice is Yours

Polarized lenses are available in a variety of colors such as gray, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, and copper. Most polarized lenses also come equipped with UV protection and you can get polarized lenses with fashionable features such as gradient tint or mirrored coating. Polarized options are also available on photochromic sunglasses (which means the tint darkens in the sun.)

The Best Polarized Sunglasses for Men

Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (901/58)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Tortoise / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (902/58)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Top Black On Transparent / Green Polarized Lens (605258)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Matte Havana / Blue-Green Polar Lens (894/76)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Rubber Black / Polarized Green Lens (622/58)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Silver / Crystal Polarized Green Silver Mirror Lens (003/59)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Matte Gold / Green Mirror Polar Lens (112/P9)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Arista / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (001/58)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Gunmetal / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (004/58)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (002/58)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB2140 - Original Wayfarer Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (901/58)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB2140 - Original Wayfarer Sunglasses
Tortoise / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (902/58)
From $150

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The Best Polarized Sunglasses for Women

Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (901/58)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Tortoise / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (902/58)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Top Black On Transparent / Green Polarized Lens (605258)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Matte Havana / Blue-Green Polar Lens (894/76)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Rubber Black / Polarized Green Lens (622/58)
From $140
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Silver / Crystal Polarized Green Silver Mirror Lens (003/59)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Matte Gold / Green Mirror Polar Lens (112/P9)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Arista / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (001/58)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Gunmetal / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (004/58)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (002/58)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB2140 - Original Wayfarer Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (901/58)
From $150
Ray-Ban RB2140 - Original Wayfarer Sunglasses
Tortoise / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (902/58)
From $150

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Polarized Sunglasses: What are polarized lenses, how do they work and what are my buying options?
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