The environmental and lighting conditions are crucial factors which determine the selection of lens tints. For example, the best choice of lens tint for volleyball on a sunny day may be too dark for golfing on a cloudy day.
Many eye-care professionals emphasize the importance of “tired-and-true” while choosing sunglass lens tints, so that customers should try on lens with different colors and densities in order to choose the best fit one. Sometimes personal preference also plays a role in optimizing lens tints. Next we will introduce some common sense about lens colors.
Yellow or orange lens and amber rose or red lens are both right for sports such as cycling, hunting, shooting, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. However yellow or orange lens can heighten contrast in overcast, hazy, low-light conditions during outdoor and indoor sports by filtering blue light, while amber, rose and red color can heighten contrast in partly cloudy and sunny conditions and cause color imbalances.
Lenses with dark amber, copper or brown colors are suitable for baseball, cycling, fishing, golf, hunting, skiing and water sports, because these colors can block much blue light in order to enhance contrast and visual acuity, especially the contrast to grass and blue skies.
Green lenses are designed for baseball and golf, with features of enhancing contrast while preserving color balance. Gray lenses are right for all outdoor sports in bright light conditions.
Generally, most glasses shops have tints samples which customers can try on to choose the best one. In addition, if you are often exposed to sunlight or participate in several sports, you’d better prepare more than one pair of sports sunglasses with different lens color.