How to choose the right lens color for your sunglasses

When it comes to sun protection the most essential thing to do is wearing sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, reduce eye strain in bright conditions and protect you from flying debris and other hazards.

The right lens color can improve contrast, ease eyestrain, and generally improve your vision. As you select a lens color, you should also decide on whether you want a polarized lens or not. The newest polarization technologies have the greatest impact on glare, regardless of color.

The main question that everybody faces: how to choose the right lens color?

For general purpose use, the dark grey/smoke lenses are the most popular. They do not distort colors, they reduce glare to provide all day long comfort, and reduce UV light to a safe level. However some other lens colors can provide specific attributes that can be used to our advantage in sports and other various situtations:

Yellow, gold and amber lenses provide less overall brightness protection, but excel in moderate-to-low level light conditions. They provide excellent depth perception, which makes them perfect for skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports. They also enhance contrasts in tricky, flat-light conditions.

Brown, gray and green lenses are color neutral, which means they cut down on overall brightness without distorting colors. These darker shades are intended primarily to cut through the glare and reduce eyestrain in moderate-to-bright conditions.

Mirrored coated — This refers to a reflective film applied to the outside surfaces of some sunglass lenses. They reduce glare by reflecting much of the light that hits the lens surface. Mirrored coatings make objects appear darker than they are, so lighter tints are often used to compensate for this.

Rose- and vermilion colored glasses really do make the world seem brighter. They provide excellent low-light visibility and enhance contrast (perfect for skiing and snowboarding in cloudy conditions). They also enhance the visibility of objects against blue and green backgrounds, which makes them ideal for driving or exploring in forested areas.
 

Take a quick look to this guide that shows which lens color is the best for a specific activity:

      Grey or brown : Baseball, Football, Soccer, and other outdoor action sports

   Grey : Beach Vacation

       Grey, brown and amber with added mirror coating and polarization filter : Boating/Sailing

   Grey, brown with polarization filter : Fishing in bright sun

           Smoke, grey on sunny days and amber or yellow on cloudy days : Golf

     Yellow with anti-reflective coating on cloudy days and grey in sunlight : Hunting

     Grey, or brown, with added mirror coating : Ski and other snow sports

      Amber or yellow indoors or cloudy days, grey on sunny days : Tennis


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