Ever wonder what all those sunglass tints are about? Why are there so many options? Well, read below to learn a bit more about the world of tints and where they are useful. Who knows, maybe you’ll improve your game!
Your Guide to Sport Sunglass Lens Tints
Chart compiled by Gary Heiting, OD; reviewed by Donald S. Teig, OD
The best tint for sport sunglasses depends on the environmental and lighting conditions you tend to experience during sports.
For example, the best sunglass tint for volleyball on a sunny day at the beach likely will be too dark for golfing on an overcast or partly cloudy day.
While this guide offers “tried-and-true” tint solutions recommended by many eye care professionals, don’t be afraid to experiment with lens colors and densities. Sometimes the best tints for optimizing performance are a matter of personal preference.
Yellow or orange: heightens contrast in overcast, hazy, low-light conditions outdoors or for indoor sports. Filters blue light for sharper focus. Sports: cycling, hunting, shooting, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, indoor basketball, handball, racquetball, tennis.
Amber, rose or red: heightens contrast in partly cloudy and sunny conditions, but causes significant color imbalances. Sports: cycling, fishing (amber lenses for sandy lake or stream beds), hunting, shooting, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, water sports.
Dark amber, copper or brown (includes melanin lenses): blocks high amounts of blue light to heighten contrast and visual acuity. Particularly useful to improve contrast on grass and against blue skies. Sports: baseball, cycling, fishing (especially in waters with grassy bottoms), golf, hunting, skiing, water sports.
Green: heightens contrast (mildly) while preserving color balance. Sports: baseball, golf.
Gray: reduces overall brightness while preserving 100 percent normal color recognition. Sports: all outdoor sports in bright light conditions.
We have tint samples you can use to help you decide which colors are best for you. Try to evaluate the lenses in lighting conditions that match those you will experience most often during your sport.