Lenses for Sunwear

Getting it right for your sunwear lenses is a combination of a number of factors:

UV protection

 

Ultraviolet light (UV) can cause both short-term and long-term effects on the eyes.  Short-term UV damage is most likely in situations with lots of reflected light, such as at the snow and on the water. All sunwear should block UV.

Tint colour

 

Tint colour has an effect on the way the world looks, and on contrast.
Yellow-Amber-Brown lenses cut out blue light which scatters more, and so can be used to enhance contrast. Enhanced contrast is useful in shooting, and lower light situations, eg tennis at night, driving in lower light.
Grey lenses block equal amounts of light from all colours, so have the smallest effect on how you'd perceive colours. 

Tint density

 

Tinting can be applied to different intensities - tint density is usually described by the % of light blocked.   
Solid tint lenses  -  have the  same strength of  tint all over the lens.
Gradu-tint lenses - have more tint at the top of the lens, less at the bottom.

Photochromatic/ Changing Tints

 

There are two options in lenses that change their tint in relation to light levels:
Transitions lenses are clear indoors and darken outside, and work very well as general purpose eyewear.  One limitation though is they won't darken inside a car. 
Drivewear lenses have a medium tint in low light conditions through to dark when its bright.  They are will darken inside a car and are also polarised to further reduce glare.

Polarised lenses

 

Polarised lenses reduce reflected light more, and so are useful wherever there is a lot of reflection off bright surfaces - eg water, snow.
For fishing, reduced reflection off the surface of the water means you get a better view of what lurks beneath...

If you need optical correction

 

Making prescription sunglasses sometimes limits the styles available, so be sure to confirm that a frame you have in mind will work with your prescription.
Wearing disposable contact lenses underneath non-prescription sunglasses is another option..

  

Choosing lens properties for different purposes

 

 UV block 

 Polarised 

 Tint Density (%) 

 Tint Colour 

 Also consider 

Freshwater fishing 

yes

yes

50-85

Brown

Drivewear

Ocean fishing/ boating

yes

yes

50-85

Grey/Green

Drivewear, mirror-coating

           

Driving

yes

yes

50-85

Brown, Grey/Green

Drivewear

General Purpose sunwear

yes

optional

50-85

Brown, Grey or Green

Transitions

           

Golf

yes

optional

50-85

Grey (bright light),
Green or Brown (dimmer light)

 

Tennis

yes

optional

50-85

Grey/Green

 

           

Shooting

yes

 

50

Yellow/Amber

(depends on target type and colour)

 

night Sports - CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT

   

30

Yellow

 

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