Polarised vs non-polarised glasses: which is better for your eyes ?

At Jimmy Fairly we offer both polarised and non polarised sunglasses. But you might be wondering which is better for your eyes & vision?


We all love enjoying the summer sunshine and know that it’s important to shield your eyes from UV rays - but does a polarised lens coating make a big difference?


Whether you should wear polarised sunglasses essentially depends on your daily life and what you will be wearing your glasses for. For example, if you are often out on the water, or driving long hours, you will be much more comfortable wearing polarised glasses as they counteract glare coming from refracted light hitting off the water. However, if you are thinking of wearing some sunglasses for skiing and you’d rather not wear specialised goggles, non-polarised glasses would be better so that you will be able to see the terrain better and view the icy patches in the snow.


Still wondering what to invest in? Let’s look at the benefits of polarised sunglasses vs non polarised sunglasses in more detail…



Benefits of Polarised Lenses

  • Reduce eye strain, so that your eyes are far more comfortable.
  • Increase clarity of vision - so your quality of vision is much better.
  • Remove glare, which makes activities such as driving much safer because it means you’re not going to be suddenly blinded by reflected light.



Benefits of Non-Polarised Lenses

There are some benefits to non-polarized sunglasses that are worth considering before you make a choice on your sunglasses.


  • They blur white tones - Non-polarised sunglasses may make white tones more true to their intended colour. Pilots, for example, don’t wear polarised sunglasses for this reason.
  • Glare can sometimes be useful - if you’re driving in icy conditions, you’ll be able to see icy patches better without polarised sunglasses.
  • Digital screens - looking at screens whilst wearing polarised lenses can appear slightly faded or, in some cases, completely dark, depending on the angle from which you’re viewing the screen.