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You’ve probably seen drugstore sunglasses labeled “polarized.” Maybe you looked at those next to sunglasses that weren’t polarized, and wondered what the difference was. Or maybe your eye dr. recommended getting polarized lenses, but you weren’t sure how they worked and what benefit they offered.
Well, we’re going to tell you! Very simply, here’s what polarized lenses do: they reduce glare by blocking horizontal light rays.
Why horizontal? Here’s a little background on how polarization works: light comes from the sun in all directions, and it is reflected in every direction, too. When it reflects from light-colored horizontal surfaces – such as a white sidewalk, a white-sand beach, snow, or sunlight reflecting on water – it is said to be polarized horizontally. Light that is polarized horizontally is responsible for most of the glare that interferes with our vision.
How do polarized lenses work? To understand this, it’s useful to think of window blinds. Let’s start with Venetian blinds, which are horizontal. When Venetian blinds are open, light comes into the room in horizontal stripes, depending on the angle of the sun and the angle the blinds are open.
Polarized lenses are more like vertical blinds. When vertical blinds are open at a certain angle, light comes into the room in vertical stripes. Since horizontally reflected light is responsible for most of the glare we see, the polarized tint is placed on the sunglass lens in vertically angled strips. These vertical strips of tint allow vertically reflected light into the eye but block horizontally reflected light – greatly reducing horizontally polarized glare.
Most polarized lenses are sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses are especially popular with boaters, since water is a very reflective surface on a sunny day. Polarized sunglasses are also great for other outdoor activities, such as golfing and tennis, since they can help to sharpen the focus on the ball. They can also be good for driving, since polarized lenses reduce the glare that reflects from the shiny hood of a car, or the glare from the surface of the road on a hot, sunny day.
However, in some situations there can be drawbacks to polarized lenses. They can be problematic for skiing, since blocking the reflected glare off an icy patch might prevent the skier from noticing and steering away from a potential hazard.
In addition, it can sometimes be difficult to read liquid crystal display (LCD) or light-emitting diode (LED) screens on a boat or plane’s instrument panel while wearing polarized sunglasses. This could interfere with the pilot’s ability to clearly read and quickly respond to the information on the instrument panel. This could also apply to the global positioning system (GPS) and other displays of a car’s dashboard, a smart-phone, an ATM, or a self-service gas pump.
An oddity you may notice while wearing polarized sunglasses is that when you look at your car’s rear or side window from the outside, or perhaps the windows on an office building, you may see splotchy, iridescent spots. When you remove your polarized sunglasses, these spots are invisible.
This effect is created because you are looking at heat-tempered glass. The heat-tempering creates several stress points on the glass, enabling the glass, when broken, to crumble into small, granular chunks, which are safer than splitting the glass into sharp, jagged shards. The stress points also reflect the light in different directions from the parts of the glass that don’t have these stress points. The stress points prevent the polarized lens from filtering out the light evenly across the surface of the glass, creating the splotchy, iridescent effect.
If you are unsure if your sunglasses are polarized, here’s a fun, simple test to see if they are. Hold your sunglasses up to a computer screen, which has an anti-glare coating similar to the anti-glare coating on a polarized lens. Angle your sunglasses about 60 degrees, with one side of the frame at 10 o’clock and the other at 4 o’clock. If the lenses are polarized, they will turn black.
You could also take the test with two pairs of polarized sunglasses – hold one pair at a horizontal (180-degree) angle. Now hold the other pair in front of the first pair, but rotate this second pair of sunglasses a half-turn, till it’s straight up and down, at a vertical (90-degree) angle. You will see that the lenses of both pairs of sunglasses turn considerably darker where the two lenses overlap when they are perpendicular. This is because when you angle one polarized lens to another perpendicularly, they block glare both horizontally (the horizontal pair) and vertically (the vertical pair).
At Zenni Optical, we offer polarized sunglasses in our 1.50 and 1.59 index single-vision and progressive (no-line bifocal) lenses, and in our 1.49 index bifocal lens. All of our detachable sun shades, whether magnetic or clip on, whether standard (the same tint color and shade all the way through) or gradient (the tint is darker at the top, getting progressively lighter toward the bottom) are polarized.
A note of caution regarding drugstore sunglasses that are not polarized. If the lens is a non-polarized, darkly tinted lens not treated to block UV rays, it could be more dangerous to the eye than wearing clear, un-tinted glasses that have 100-percent UV protection. This is because the dark tint could cause the pupil to dilate, allowing more harmful UV rays into the eye.
You can rest assured that on every pair of glasses Zenni Optical makes, tinted or clear, we include a 100-percent UV-protection coating – for free.
In addition to polarized sunglasses, Zenni Optical also offers a different kind of sunglass lens that sometimes people confuse with polarized: photochromic lenses, which turn dark in the bright sunlight and become clear again in the shade or indoors.
Although you may have heard about a new technology that adds polarization to photochromic lenses, Zenni Optical does not offer these lenses at this time. Our polarized lenses are permanently tinted sunglasses that greatly reduce glare.
Friday, November, 15 2013 by Matthew Surrence
When you’ve got it, you’ve got it and Brad Pitt still has it — “it” being that desirable movie star combination of looks, charm, intrigue and not to mention, talent, that keeps movie goers in theater seats. Pitt will hit the big 5 Oh on December 18, 2013 and of course, all the celeb gossip rags and big magazines want to know how he feels about it. Brad Pitt insists that, at least so far, the idea of turning 50 years old doesn’t faze him at all because he’s at a good place in his life, now engaged to Angelina Jolie, and raising their six kids together.
He’s also making the humanity-centered films like the recent 12 Years a Slave that Pitt says is the reason he got into acting in the first place. Pitt wore a producer hat and also acted in the movie which is about antebellum American slavery.
Pitt wore cool, mirrored sunglasses similar in style to the ones above while he was in Berlin, Germany in the summer filming what is so far his greatest box office hit film to date, World War Z. We also love that Pitt’s worn mirrored aviators with a tux to the Cannes Film Festival as well as with a casual olive green ensemble to the airport when he was reportedly making wedding plans with Angelina Jolie in France.
It’s no wonder the Zenni aviator frame above is sooo popular as it’s sturdy and just $6.95! (Click on the image above for more details and to access the Zenni online catalog system.) You can add an amber tint for only $4.95 more to get Brad Pitt’s classic sunglasses look he’s worn for many years now. Just indicate your tinting choice in the add-on section of the order form in the catalog system.
Brad made quite a stir looking like a hipster wearing glasses very similar to the black frame shown above to the Hollywood premiere of The Land of Blood and Honey. Just click on the glasses image to see the other color options. They’re all available in single vision, bifocal and progressive prescriptions.
This is a New Arrival, men’s rectangular tortoiseshell frame and we love this style on Brad Pitt. Don’t be afraid to try it as anyone can wear tortoiseshell and rectangular-shaped frames tend to flatter most face shapes. Zenni Frame Fit makes trying out the look fun and possible online. Just click on any of the glasses images on this page to enter the Zenni online catalog and you’ll find Frame Fit, in which you can upload your own photo or view glasses on our models, on the right hand side of the page.
Brad Pitt Gossip:
Rumors have been circulating that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are secretly married! It’s no secret that the couple became engaged in April 2012 with Brad giving Angelina a half million dollar engagement ring. But when a new ring was spotted on Angelina’s finger while she and the kids were in Australia while Brad was in the UK filming Fury in October, that’s when the rumor mill started churning.
According to the IMDB website, the couple did sign a pre-nuptial agreement which basically states that they would each keep their own money if they should part and would have joint custody of their six kids. Do you think Brangelina have secretly tied the knot?
Wednesday, November, 13 2013 by Ryan
One thing you can say about Dennis Rodman’s um, imaginative style of dressing that often involves a wild mix of flamboyant pieces, prints and colors, is that he has great taste in glasses. His sunglasses vary in color and shape, but he consistently chooses attractive frames that look good on his face. Here’s an awesome collection of Zenni glasses at unbeatable prices that are similar in style to sunglasses seen on Dennis Rodman, the world’s #1, highest paid basketball player ($82 million dollars):
Get these Green Animal Print Geometric Prescription Frames (220124) for only $6.95!
You sure don’t need anywhere near 82 million dollars to get star quality looks from Zenni! All of the prescription and non-prescription eyewear on this page ranges from just $6.95 – $23.95 and you can click on any of the images for more info and details.
The $6.95 frame above has a lot of personality, just like Dennis Rodman, and it’s in a geometric lens shape that he wears in different styles of glasses. For another shape that Rodman’s been photographed wearing, check out these glasses that feature a brown frame and an amber gradient tint.
Get these Men’s Non-Rx Silver Rimmed Sunglasses (A10110512) for only $23.95!
Rodman likes his metal whether that’s hoop earrings, nose and lip rings or metal-rimmed glasses. He also wears both silver and gold metals, but seems to wear more silver. Zenni has many frames that have several different color options. The choices be in metal color as well as lens tint and temple arm details. If you really love how a frame style looks on you, it’s great to be able to also purchase the same one in different detailing options.
Get these Men’s White Plastic Rim Frames with Checkers (489430) for only $23.95!
Rodman sometimes wears white-rimmed sunglasses similar to these Zenni stunners above although he seems to typically wear darker frame colors and metallics more than white. We think the checker detailing would be a nice look on him, but if you play chess or checkers that’s a great one for you too. Remember that virtually any Zenni frame can be turned into sunglasses by adding a tint in grey or amber to your order for just $4.95.
Get these Men’s Non-Rx Half-Rim Sunglasses with Grey Lenses for only $9.95!
Dennis likes to wear both amber and grey sunglasses as well as other colored tints from time to time. The Zenni sunnies shown above features grey lenses with a black frame, perfect for any occasion.
Get these Unisex Silver Prescription Aviator Frames (419011) for only $4.95!
Along with mostly rectangular and geometric shapes of sunglasses, Dennis Rodman does wear a few aviator styles occasionally that are very similar in looks to the Zenni silver frames above. This style suits men and women of many different face shapes and skin tones. You have the option of adding tint to a frame like the 419011 above or buying the matching set of prescription frame with clip-on sunshade like the double duty 583411 frame.
Thursday, November, 7 2013 by Ryan
It’s no surprise that the cute as can be Canadian “Call Me Maybe” singer, Carly Rae Jepsen, is completely adorable in glasses — much like Zooey Deschanel with that fringe of bangs and flowing dark hair. It’s hard to believe Carly will be turning 28 on November 21st though, because she still has that stylishly sweet 16 look about her.
This can make it seem a little daunting to try to get her glasses style, but really Carly Rae’s eyewear picks tend to be shapes and colors that we mere mortals not blessed with eyes like sapphires or perfect pixie hair can wear in a very flattering way too. Here’s what we mean:
Black and Aqua Women’s Frames (621521) for only $27.95!
Sure, aqua can highlight blue eyes, but did you know that this is one color that tends to flatter everyone of any eye color and skin tone? It’s no wonder this color is on the horizon for Spring 2014 and is a favorite of many people.
Just click on one of the images to access the Zenni catalog and the Frame Fit on the right side of that page. There, you can either upload your own photo to see how these hot glasses will look on you or try them on our variety of eyewear models. (Yes, it’s fun!)
Tortoiseshell Women’s Frames (286325) for only $19.00
Tortoiseshell also tends to flatter all skin and eye colors. It’s always a popular classic that never gets dated looking on anyone, plus it can be worn with casual or dressy clothes equally well — not to mention with any color in the rainbow. For Fall/Winter 2013 – 2014, tortoiseshell glasses are trending with wool coats in soft greys and with slouchy sweaters in brown tones.
To be sure, tortoiseshell Geek Chic glasses, whether with larger or sleeker lenses, always seem to be amazing at making the wearer look smart for work or school — or in Carly’s case, for singing career interviews!
Black Women’s Acetate Frames (619021) for only $19.00!
Here are even more Carly-esque glasses that look great for work, school or anywhere. She really looks stunning in these, but again, these are styles that will bring out the best in most faces, eye colors and skin tones, so don’t be afraid to try them out.
Also, don’t be afraid to wear a little understated color or subtle pattern in such a classic frame shape as with the Zenni 295715 frame above. You’ll still look completely professional while also gaining some extra style details.
Tortoiseshell Women’s Frame with Crystals (260625) for only $15.95!
Another way to add your own style is to experiment with bolder tortoiseshell looks as well as cat eye shapes.
These Zenni frames above are cute as a kitten updates for Carly Rae’s oval tortoiseshell frames that she wore earlier in her career. The Zenni 260625 tortoiseshell model features a silver metal triangle detail on the temple arms that contains three sparkling crystals on each side. This is so much style and glamor for $15.95, don’t you think?
The Zenni tortoiseshell cat eye frame (626925) has the trendy appeal of contrasting temple arms in white for a fresh look that will work any time of year. This medium-fit fashion frame is available in single vision, bifocal and progressive prescriptions.
We give a shout out to Carly Rae’s talent and her glasses style and can’t wait to hear her next hit!
Tuesday, November, 5 2013 by Ryan
Wood, as an eyewear frame material, can work on anyone as there are so many different colors and styles available. You don’t have to go for the super exotic pattern of zebra wood or create high drama in burgundy-stained, polished wooden eyeglass frames unless that’s your personal style. Both of these looks can be stunning if that’s who you are.
But, if the way you roll is more rustic or understated, then wooden eyewear frames are still going to be a good choice because you can also find subtler grain patterns and toned down, natural wood colors. Either way, the main advantage of wood eyewear frames, other than being super sturdy and eco-friendly, is to let your true personality stand out.
Be a Celebrity
Celebs such as Will Smith and Catherine Zeta Jones enhance their personal style with wooden frames and you can do the same. You may want to think of it as being your own dresser. No, you won’t be getting paid to make some movie star look fabulous, but it’s something great to do for yourself to be a star in your own life. Who knows, you may even end up getting paid back in compliments for the extra time you took to choose those flattering, new prescription glasses or sunglasses with wood frames for yourself. Your goal should be to choose wooden eyewear frames that you really love and that make you look your absolute best.
Before you settle on a specific wood eyewear frame, take the time to look at the different colors and textures available first. Chance are, if you really love a wood’s color and look, you’re going to be able to carry it off wonderfully. Don’t get distracted so much by the names of the different woods such as whether the eyewear you want will be zebra wood, birch, bamboo, ebony, pear or another variety, but instead keep an open mind as you browse wooden eyeglass frames and let your heart guide you as you react to each frame you see. If you fall in love with several different frames at once, just narrow things down later by picking the one that suits you best. You and your new wood eyewear frames are then destined to live happily ever after. Cue the cooing doves.
The Whole Enchilada
The overall style of your glasses is also going to make a difference in how the wood frames look on you such as whether you opt for a modern, vintage or classic style. Most of us are going to look good in more than one main style, so you may want to spice up your eyewear wardrobe and go for something different than the same basic lens shape and frame combination you usually choose. Keep it real and bring out your own personality though, or it’s just not going to work. We are not all Cee Lo Green or Tom Cruise, yet all still have the potential of looking amazing in glasses.
Another part of the whole to keep in mind when putting together a wood-framed eyewear look is the color of the lenses. This is going to be mainly a factor when picking sunglasses with wood frames, but you may want to consider tinted lenses for daily wear as well. If you’re still having trouble deciding on a wood frame and lens combination, try describing the overall look of the eyeglasses to yourself in one word such as “sporty,” “trendy” or “creative.” If the words “not me” come up in your brainstorming, then move on to another combination. The right wood eyewear frames are going to be out there for you.
Thursday, October, 31 2013 by Ryan