Posted at 3:00 • 4 Mar • Chelsea from Kraywoods
When looking for the perfect pair of eyewear or sunglasses, one aspect you might find yourself stuck on when making your choice is the colour of the lens. While most people would just base the choice on their own personal preferences, there’s actually more to lens colour than just that.
Did you know that different lens colours can affect the way the sunlight is filtered through your sunglasses, as well as the visual effects? Because of how light works, each colour is able to filter out certain wavelengths, which makes each colour more suited for certain occasions.
Let’s go over the most common lens colour options you may find on when choosing a new pair of sunglasses and the effects they may have on your eyes and your vision.
Lenses that are tinted with gray can range from having a faint silvery finish to appearing almost black. Because of their neutral colour, these lenses allow you to view the outside world without much alteration to real-life colour, or at least as close as possible with tinted glasses.
Rose and Red Coloured Lenses
Rose-colored or reddish lenses filter out blue light which is known to strain the eyes. They can also increase contrast and are ideal for people who look at screens for extended periods of time. They’re also great to use for driving.
Yellow to Orange Lenses
Lenses that have yellow and orange tones can also serve to increase contrast, especially in foggy and low-light conditions—making them great for indoor and outdoor use. They can also be great for night driving.
Green lenses have a soothing effect on the eyes, and they can also enhance the sharpness and contrast. This lens colour is great to use in outdoor settings, especially for certain sports like tennis and golf.
Blue to Purple Lenses
Blue and purple coloured lenses can filter out the infrared spectrum of light which makes them ideal for people who suffer from conditions such as dryness and ocular fatigue.
Brown and Amber Lenses
These warmer tints also block blue light, similar to red coloured lenses. They also offer brighter vision especially on overcast days, which can dramatically increase sharpness and clarity in outdoor settings.
Melanin-tinted lenses usually appear yellowish or close to amber. They are believed to protect the eyes from the damaging effects of sun exposure and have proven to be beneficial for people with macular degeneration.
Different lens colours can have a big effect on the type protection and vision you will have, however, remember that apart from the colour, other factors such as lens material and thickness can also play a role. Some sunglasses lenses can also have an extra anti-glare coating or polarization filter, which offers superior vision in the sun.
When buying a new pair of sunglasses, no matter what colour lens you choose, make sure the lenses are guaranteed to provide 100% UV protection to ensure that your eyes are always protected from the sun’s harmful rays. We also recommend going for polarized lenses as polarized sunglasses offer an enhanced clarity and superior visual comfort on bright sunny days.