While spending plenty of time outdoors is a year-round staple for Australians, it’s important to keep our body protected from the elements - and that means protecting our eyes from the harsh glare, whether you’re near water, snow or generally outdoors.

Polarised lenses work by preventing light glare from hitting your eyes at full force. We offer a polarised lens coating on our sunglasses by applying specific chemicals to your lenses that filter and block some of the light and glare as it passes through your lenses. This means that the amount of light and glare you see are reduced, producing a darker and clearer image - which is why a polarised lens coating is a perfect match for sunglasses.

Is Polarisation The Same As UV Protection?

No. Even if your lenses automatically come with UVA/UVB protection, it does not mean that they are polarised to help reduce glare unless otherwise stated. While UV protection is focused on shielding your eyes from UV damage that can lead to eye damage, problems like cataracts and the risk of progressive eye health deterioration, polarisation is designed to make your outdoor activities easier, safer and less of a strain on your eyes.

Benefits Of Polarised Lenses

  • Polarised glasses filter out horizontally polarised light waves, which are often the cause of glare from reflective surfaces such as water, snow, or the pavement. This can reduce eye strain and make it easier to see in bright sunlight, especially when driving or participating in outdoor activities.

  • By reducing glare, polarised glasses can help improve safety by allowing you to see more clearly and avoid hazards such as obstacles, potholes, or other vehicles.

  • Polarised glasses can enhance visual clarity and make objects appear more crisp and defined, even in bright sunlight. This can be especially important for activities such as fishing or boating where the accurate perception of depth and distance is crucial.

  • Polarised lenses gently support those with particularly sensitive eyes and those who have underlying conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, as well as people who suffer from migraines and those recovering from eye surgery.

To add a polarised lens coating to your next pair of prescription sunglasses, simply chat with your eye care professionals at The Optical Co. You can also get in touch with our team at our Queensland and New South Wales clinics by selecting your preferred location here.