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Vision Correction: Sunwear Lens Options

With a wide variety of lens options available, you can customize your sun lenses to meet your visual, protection, performance and comfort needs. With sunwear, you can mix and match the following lens options to create functional and fashionable sunwear.

polarized sunglass lens comparison

Polarized vs. non-polarized lenses (click to enlarge)

Polarized lenses are the best for eliminating glare and come in several different colors and densities. Polarization eases eye stress and fatigue in the sun by eliminating the glare that bounces off of water, ice, snow, wet roads and shiny surfaces. Polarized lenses are great for driving.

Tinted lenses are available in a rainbow of color options from light to very dark. Light tints alone do not make effective sunglasses. Tints can be solid through the whole lens or darker on top fading to lighter or clear at the bottom of the lens.

Mirrored lenses not only look cool, they are cool. Mirrored coatings provide a reflective surface that makes the eye virtually invisible to viewers. The mirrors come in different metallic colors and can be combined with polarized lenses for the ultimate in protection and style.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is present even on cloudy days. Quality sunwear provides 100 percent UV protection and can significantly reduce the risk of vision problems caused by sunlight such as cataracts and retinal damage. Once you’ve determined your lenses will provide 100 percent UV protection, you can choose the color of your lenses.

Neutral gray lenses provide the least amount of color distortion and come in various densities from 10 percent to 35 percent gray. Contrast-enhancing brown lenses come in various shades including amber and copper. These lenses are often selected for sports activities requiring enhanced visual detail and contrast, such as golf.

With the lines between fashion sunwear and sports-oriented sunglasses blurring, the best features of both categories have come together in a variety of versatile eyewear solutions. Fashionable eyewear is now available with many of the performance-enhancing features you would find in a traditional pair of sports oriented sunwear. For example, polarized lenses have long been worn by fishermen and water sports enthusiasts for their ability to eliminate the glare coming off of water. Now everyone is wearing

Polarized Lenses

Only one type of lens can eliminate glare and that’s a polarized lens. Glare can make it difficult to see objects clearly, washing out colors and details. Looking at a scene with polarized lenses, you’ll notice the colors are deeper, richer and bolder, and details are clearer and more distinct. Polarized lenses also help reduce squinting, which, in turn, reduces eye fatigue, tension and eyestrain. Polarized lenses come in a variety of colors including neutral gray, brown and green.

Photochromic Lenses

Previously only available in Transitions Lenses on prescription glasses, sun-activated auto-tinting lenses are becoming more popular on non-prescription sunglass lenses. This is a great option for outdoorsmen and women or anybody that spends a lot of time outdoors. Owning a pair of sunglasses equipped with photochromic lenses allows you to grab one pair of when you leave the house in the morning, and know that you will have excellent eye protection throughout the day, regardless of lighting conditions. The below diagram demonstrates how photochromic lenses work:

Photochromic Sunglass Lens Example Diagram

Photochromic Sunglass Lens Example Diagram