In the present study, a novel and practical method, white light interference, was proposed to characterize the lamellar pores covered by thermally sprayed YSZ and LZ splats. In this method, only an ordinary optical microscopy (OM) was employed. Colorful Newton rings and parabolic shapes of the lamellar pores were widely observed by OM. The crack spacing and the shapes of the lamellar pores captured by OM were well consistent with those by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and focus ion beam (FIB). Besides, mechanical analyses were carried out and the results were well consistent with those by OM. Most importantly, the essential fact that the lamellar pores resulted from transverse cracking/delamination in thermal sprayings was highly elaborated.