If you’re in the market for a new pair of sunglasses, you may have noticed the words “UV protection” and “polarization” are frequently used to describe glasses.

Often, these words are used interchangeably, but there are key differences between the two, and believe it or not, they have nothing in common with each other. The primary difference between prescription sunglasses has to do with light waves and how various filters affect them.

You don’t need a physics degree to understand the differences between both types of glasses – with a bit of background information, you will be able to differentiate between the two. In the following infographic, Marveloptics looks at polarized vs UV protection.

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Polarized vs UV Protection – Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Irma Wallace

Irma Wallace

Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders’ Zone, a construction / home improvement portal.

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