Mirrored vs. Polarized Sunglasses

When you’re in the market for a new pair of sunglasses, you have plenty of options. Two of the words that you might hear tossed around are “mirrored” and “polarized.” Both types of sunglasses have their advantages, but which one is right for you?

MirroredMirrored vs. Polarized Sunglasses

These sunglasses are as they sound—they contain a mirrored or reflective coating which controls the amount of light passing through to your eye. They have 100% protection against UV radiation, and they’re great for bright conditions like when you’re out in the snow or water. And, from full mirror to flash coated, they have multiple looks, so you’re never short of style options. However, they’re more susceptible to scratching and dirt, so you should be extra careful with them.


Lacking the mirrored coating, polarized sunglasses nevertheless offer lots of protection against the sun. They can block any severe glare or surface reflections, helping to increase vision clarity and reduce eyestrain. If you’re someone whose eyes are sensitive to light, or you suffer from migraines, polarized lenses would be right for you. They’re also great for water sports, as they help you see below the surface of the water. However, they can make it difficult to read electronic displays, such as your phone or GPS,  and you don’t always have the same variety as you do with mirrored lenses.

Whichever sunglasses are right for you, Real Shades has you covered. Check out our selection of mirrored and polarized sunglasses today!