Contact Lens Basics

How Lens Color Could Alter Your Sunglasses Benefits


Sunglasses are a popular fashion accessory, but also provide a great service to the eyes. In fact, the darkened or colored lenses of sunglasses help protect the eyes by screening strong light out from the eyes. For many people, sunlight can be too bright and uncomfortable. It can even be uncomfortable when it reflects off other surfaces and shines into the eyes, such as when light reflects from a newspaper.

Many outdoor enthusiasts also benefit from the use of sunglasses, such as when engaging in activities like flying and skiing. During these activities, the eyes can be inundated with too much light, particularly as it reflects from the snow and the clouds. Wearing sunglasses during these activities can be quite beneficial in helping the person see more clearly. Even actors have more reason to wear sunglasses than to just look stylish – the lighting used during movie production can be very bright and uncomfortable to the unprotected eye.

Health benefits of wearing sunglasses:

In addition to the added level of comfort brought on my sunglasses, sunglasses also help keep the eyes healthier. For example, sunglasses with ultraviolet radiation (UV) protection can help prevent the eyes from developing cataracts. For this reason, it is important to be sure sunglasses are not merely tinted, but that they also provide this extra layer of protection. In fact, lenses that are just dark can be harmful to the eyes because they cause the pupils to dilate and take in more of the harmful UV rays.

A) Grays sunglass lenses: Gray is the most popular color used for sunglass lenses. This is understandable because this neutral color is the only one that provides true color transmission without enhancing or distorting the color. For this reason, gray sunglass lenses are ideal for driving, boating, and fishing.

B) Brown sunglass lenses: Brown sunglass lenses help to improve depth perception and provide a greater contrast. Therefore, brown sunglass lenses are often sought by golfers who enjoy the rewards added depth perception brings to their game. Brown sunglass lenses are also great for driving.

C) Vermillion and Copper sunglass lenses:Vermillion or copper colored sunglass lenses provide improved visual resolution in fog and haze. For these reasons, skiers often wear Vermillion and copper sunglass lenses in order to gain improved vision during hazy winter days. Vermillion and copper sunglass lenses are also good to wear during target shooting and driving.

D) Amber sunglass lenses: Sports car racers often choose to wear amber sunglass lenses. This is because they help improve depth perception, making it easier to find the right “lines” on the track and to come close to a competitor without hitting him. In addition, amber sunglass lenses enhance the mid-range colors that are often used to paint racecars.

E) Yellow sunglass lenses: Skeet shooters and those working in low light conditions often choose to wear yellow sunglass lenses. This is because they help filter out blue light and, along with orange sunglass lenses; they provide the best contrast and depth perception. For skeet shooters, this helps filter out the color of the sky and make it easier to find the target. For those in low light conditions, it can actually help make the surroundings clearer.

F) Rainbow sunglass lenses: Rainbow sunglass lenses are those that start with a light gray color at the top and transition to a pink color at the bottom. Rainbow sunglass lenses are perfect to wear in situations wear the light is very bright or causes a glare.

G) Melanin and Golden Brown sunglass lenses: Melanin and golden brown sunglass lenses help to filter out blue and violet light, while still providing true color. They are best used while driving or golfing as they help to not only filter out the sun, but to also filter out the colors of the blue sky.

H) Red Sunglass lenses:Red sunglass lenses enhance the contrast of colors. Therefore, they are good for wearing in medium or lower lighting conditions to help improve vision while still blocking out harmful UV rays.

I) Mirrored Sunglass lenses:Some sunglass lenses are mirrored rather than colored. This mirrored coating reflects light when it hits the lens, which is particularly beneficial in bright conditions. These mirrored lenses can also be colored and are sometimes used to aid with special polarization techniques used with sunglasses.