Everything you need to know about polarised glasses and more.

Polarised lenses were invented back in 1936 by Edwin H. land, the is the same man who also invented the Land’s camera by Polaroid. And for very good reason since their invention, polarised lenses have become a staple in the eyewear industry.

What do polarised lenses do? 

Polarises lenses are specialty lenses created to reduce glare from surfaces.  Glare meaning, visual discomfort and loss of visual performance caused by an intensity of light; this light is of greater intensity to which eyes are adapted to. Glare in short, makes objects harder to distinguish by distorting their true colour. Polarised lenses in glasses can help to reduce glare from surfaces such as:

  • Water
  • Snow
  • Glass
  • Bitumen
  • Vinyl
  • Leather


How are polarised lenses useful?

Polarises lenses in eyewear are a common everyday accessory, you may have a pair of polarised glasses in your car for when the sun hits those sweet spots and you are confronted with large amounts of glare. Polarised eyewear is very common in outdoor sports and activities, here are a few examples: 

Fishing & water sports – Polarised lenses reduce the glare off the water, allowing you to perform at your peak without distractions.

Driving – Polarised lenses are very popular when driving to assist with the glare from the dashboard, road and surrounding surfaces. Some popular styles for driving are the Winston Bentley Eyewear Starks and Paris Styles. Glare has the potential to create a very dangerous situation by blinding when driving.

Cricket – You will see many fielders and wicket keepers in cricket wearing polarised sunglasses so they can focus without visual distractions on the ball.

Tradesmen – Many builders working outdoors will wear polarised sunglasses to protect their eyes for the sun and the glare when using dangerous tools. One of the most popular types of polarised sunglasses is the Winston Bentley Eyewear Thunders. 

How do polarised lenses work?

As you know, sunlight can be absorbed or reflected in many different directions. Sunlight that bounces off horizontal surfaces such as water, roads, or the hood of a car is usually reflected back in a similar horizontal direction. 

Winston Bentley Eyewear polarised lenses contain a specialised laminated filter that only permits vertically orientated light to enter. By blocking the horizontally orientated light this eliminates glare, allowing you to see clearly. 

What are specialty TAC Polarised lenses?

TAC is short for Tri-Acetate Cellulose. TAC Polarised lenses are specialty lenses featuring new technology formulated for optimum visual and polarisation clarity at all times. TAC polarised lenses feature a scratch-proof coating and block 100% of harmful UV rays up to 400 nanometres. They are also extremely lightweight and are highly impact resistant.