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How to Choose the Right Colour Lenses for Summer Activities

Posted on June 27th, 2019
FYidoctors Blog | How to Choose the Right Colour Lenses for Summer Activities

Is seeing life through rose-coloured sunglasses right for you? It might be if you’re a fan of early-morning bike rides, if you’re a commuter at dusk, or you happen to live in a largely overcast climate. Choosing summer shades is more than an issue of flattering frames. There are decisions to be made about the lenses, too.


Things to think about when you’re shopping include:

  • Are your sunglasses more for performance or fashion? (You don’t necessarily need to choose. Give yourself options!)
  • Are you concerned about glare or definition?
  • Do you want a curved lens that provides maximum coverage or a flatter lens that allows for more peripheral vision?


Each shade of lens is best suited to handle particular conditions and activities.



The most common sunglass lens colour, looking through a grey lens doesn’t alter the colour value of what you are viewing. They are also conveniently dark enough for bright, sunny days but not too dark that they impair vision. If your grey lenses are polarized they also reduce glare, making them ideal for any outdoor activity.



Amber lenses enhance your vision. With an amber tint, much of the colour spectrum’s haziness is blocked and your vision has more contrast. This contrast gives you crisp vision and allows you to make out shapes more clearly. Amber is the optimal sunglasses lens color for early morning, late afternoon, or cloudy, hazy, foggy, and daytime weather. These depth-perception enhancing lenses reduce glare and are ideal for any activity in which distance needs to be judged.



Like amber, yellow-tinted lenses provide clarity in fog, haze, overcast, and other low-light situations. They also offer high contrast and depth perception because the colour cuts out blue light rays that can cause haziness. This is the optimal sunglasses lens colour for daytime activities, dusk or evening driving, and indoor sports. This colour of lens is often worn by mountain bikers, runners, racquetball players, pilots, hunters, tennis players, and cross-country skiers.


Roadster or Red

Another lens colour that blocks out fuzzy blue rays while sharpening your vision is the roadster tinted lens. While enhancing visual depth, adjusting contrast, and sharpening your view, the roadster lens can reduce eye strain. This lens is perfect for driving, reducing glare from digital screens, or for situations where you need to wear sunglasses for a long period of time.  



Mirrored lenses reduce glare, but make sure you carefully inspect what tint the base lens is beneath the mirrored coating. This will give you an indication of what to expect from your sunglass lens (according to the above descriptions). Mirrored lenses work well for any activity with the possibility of high glare. They provide enhanced contrast, a reduction in glare during all outdoor activities and in bright light conditions, and aid in seeing contours during misty, foggy, or snowy conditions.



Polarized lenses also reduce glare from reflective surfaces like water, snow and glass. The lenses glare-reducing qualities fine-tune your vision while wearing sunglasses, making them a beneficial choice if you partake in water sports, like to ski or snowboard, or drive long distances. Polarized lenses will serve to keep your vision clear by decreasing harsh light that could otherwise distort what you see.


If you’d like assistance in determining which shade of lens will work best for your lifestyle, visit your local FYidoctors clinic where our professional staff can assist you.