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Polarised sunglasses and how they work

Polarised sunglasses are used to reduce glare. They are particularly popular with boaters and fishermen, eliminating the glare from the water around them and giving them the ability to see under the water’s surface. Anyone who spends a lot of time driving or on outdoor activities such as golf, cycling, motorcycle riding or jogging, should experience the comfort of wearing polarised sunglasses.

How do polarised sunglasses work?

With non-polarised sunglasses all we are doing is reducing the amount of light thus making it darker. Light that is reflected i.e. light off water, glass or road and footpaths, becomes ‘polarised’. Polarised lenses specifically reduce this reflected light by using a special filter.

What should I look for in a pair of sunglasses?

The best sunglasses combine multiple features:

polarised sunglasses


  • Polarised lenses that reduce glare.
  • Tinted lens colour to reduce general light – this can be tinted in various colours such as green or blue.
  • Anti-reflective coating on the inside surface to eliminate reflected light from behind or from the side.
  • Reflective coating on the front to reduce heat.


Once you see the difference between pair of non-polarised and a pair of quality polarised sunglasses you will be amazed! We highly recommend Maui Jim sunglasses!

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