Sunglass lenses, which one is best?
For general purpose use, the dark grey, smoke lenses are the most popular. They do not distort colours, they reduce glare to provide day long comfort and reduce UV ultraviolet light to a safe level. If you go to an optician for a pair of sunglasses, he'll recommend dark grey, smoke lenses for a good all round lens. The military have been using these lenses for over 45 years. However some other lens colours can provide sports specific attributes.
Lens Tints and Coatings
Smoke, grey and grey green tints:
The most common type of lens colour. Transmits evenly without changing value of colour. Light enough not to impair vision, yet dark enough to provide overall protection from glare. Excellent for bright sunny days. Grey tint is best for bright light situations like water sports because it blocks out the brightest of the suns rays.
Dark amber, sunset or brown lens tints:
A warmer, slightly brighter lens than grey smoke. Especially good at blocking the blue light commonly found in diffused light such as one might experience on a cloudy day. Brown, amber can improve both contrast and depth perception, reduce glare and is a good all round chioce if you live in an area with changeable weather patterns. Brown is great for applications where distances need to be constantly judged, like tennis, golf, skiing or other sports requiring acute visual perception and contrast differentiation. Brown is also best for lower light situations like fishing in the late afternoon or early morning. Brownish tint lenses highlight the different contrasts in green colours and enhance visual acuity on a golf course. A similar tint is Sunset, a much warmer glow and a great funky everyday lens.
Yellow lens tints:
Improves contrast, reduces glare preserves sharpness. High intensity tint for maximum performance during low light driving. Excellent for night driving or riding, overcast, hazy or foggy conditions. The brightness of the lens makes it the ideal choice of many mountain bikers, cyclists, shooters and cross country skiers. Yellow enhances contrast by filtering out the somewhat scattered, out of focus blue light from your view. Hunters, pilots and tennis players find them helpful for this purpose.
Rose Lens tints:
Helps block blue light thereby improving contrast. Offers high contrast and very soothing to the eyes. Improves road visibilty. Many people feel that rose lenses are more comfortable for long periods of time than other lenses. Great for computer users to reduce eyestrain and glare.
Kontrol Jellyfish Red (Rose lens)
Blue Lens tints:
Blue tinted lenses are endorsed by the USPTA for tennis professionals and were provided to lines persons in the French Open. Blue is a contrast lens and reduces glare from visible white light (such as light reflected from mist, fog snow or water).
Best specific lens for your activities.
Beach Vacation (Grey, smoke or brown, amber, sunset)
Baseball, Football, Soccer and other outdoor action sports (Grey, smoke or brown, amber, sunset)
Boating or sailing (Grey, smoke or brown, amber, sunset with added flash mirror coating)
Fishing in bright sun (Grey, smoke or brown, amber, sunset with polarising filter)
Golf (Grey, smoke on sunny days and amber, sunset or yellow on cloudy days)
Hunting (Yellow, with flash mirror coating on cloudy days or grey,smoke on sunny days)
Raquetball (Amber, sunset or yellow with flash mirror coating or a clear lens)
Skiing, Snowboarding (Grey, smoke or amber with flash mirror coating)
Tennis (Sunset or yellow indoors or cloudy days and blue, grey smoke on sunny days)
Driving (Grey, smoke with flash mirror coating on sunny days and yellow on dull days or at night)
Good at blocking glare without loss of colour perception.
What is Flash Mirror?
The wearer perceives no difference in vision regardless of what colour the coating is. Only those looking at the person wearing the sunglasses can see the colour of the mirror coating. Mirror coatings are generally applied over dark sunglass lenses. Obviously, a highly reflective flash coating prevents others from seeing the eyes of the wearer. Flash mirror sunglasses feature idiflect multi_layer vacuum deposition mirror on polycarbonate lenses, which are designed to absorb more light than uncoated lenses and enhance visual acuity using an optical grade polycarbonate material and superior hard coating. Lenses come with the mirror coating on the outside only and does not lessen the clarity of the wearers view.
How are Flash Mirror Lenses Beneficial?
Adds an attractive fashionable look that does not hide the underlying lens colour.
Enhances protection by complementing the basic lens colour.
- Highly reflective and greatly reduces the amount of light that reaches your eyes.
- Flash Mirror is Guaranteed 100% UV400 giving you full eye protection from light.