Tinted lenses in eyeglasses are more versatile than given credit for. They are fashionable, provide anonymity, can enhance performance in sports and everyday life, and they can increase the quality of everyday living in countless ways! Tinted lenses are not just for fashion purposes though; each color of lens is suited for specific situations and particular occasions. Colors can enhance performance, provide therapy, and sometimes the tint is just fashionable!
Each person perceives their surroundings differently, so tint can be crucial in some situations. Gray is the most common tint for lenses. When the color is darkest, it can help fishermen in their deep sea catch. It can also help people when driving because the color is neutral – ensuring that there is not distortion in the integrity of colors. Gray is the color of choice for the United States military for almost 50 years because gray gives soldiers superior eye performance in varying light conditions. Some patients with various eye diseases prefer a gray tinted lens with a slight green hue within eyeglasses to it more than the standard brown. They say it provides a cleaner, crisper contrast and is more neutral in color than brown.
For those who seek a better contrast and more depth perception, brown and amber tinted lenses are recommended – however the colors are distorted. Best suited for overcast, hazy, or foggy conditions, brown or amber lenses can also be used in bright light conditions. Due to the blockage of blue wavelengths with these hues – which highlights the difference in shades of green, golfers and baseball players can better see the fields they play on.
Yellow is ideal for those individuals who do a lot of driving like truck drivers, taxi cab and bus drivers as well as chauffeurs. Yellow increases visual perception and decreases fatigue when driving in fog or haze as well as in overcast conditions. It can help fight fatigue when driving in the evening or at night as well.
Hunters and fishermen often use tinted lenses with a shade of vermilion – a mixture of red and orange. The contrast on vermilion and red helps clay shooters see their target during extremely sunny conditions. Fishermen tend to use these hues during the early morning or late afternoon hours as well.
While most people think fashion tints like purple, green, and blue are just for looks, they deserve more credit. Violet is perfect for mid to bright conditions and is favored by sport shooters. It also helps calm individuals down when stressed out and anxiety ridden.
Tints can be used on any lens and in any eyeglass frame. Those who wear semi-rimless or rimless eyeglasses should ask to have the edges tinted as well. The tint itself can be applied in solid form; it can be mixed with another color leaving one hue on the top of the lens and the second hue on the bottom; or it can be applied in a gradient where the color is most solid at the top portion of the lens and gradually fades out towards the bottom.
When having a tint applied to your lens, it is beneficial to have a coating of UV protection as well as a coating of anti-glare on your lenses. Tinted lenses will not give any ultraviolet protection without a coating of UV protection. Don’t be afraid to test the waters and try out different tints!