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Polarized and Coloured Lenses: Benefits of Upgrading Your Summer Eyewear

Posted on June 12th, 2020
Polarized and Coloured Lenses: Benefits of Upgrading Your Summer Eyewear

With summer fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to consider updating your eyes’ sun protection to prevent UV damage to your eyes. Alleviate instances of bright glare by opting for a pair of coloured or polarized lenses.

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. Maybe polarized lenses are the better fit, if you need to minimize glare from reflective surfaces and decrease harsh light.

Check out our list of lenses below, and discover their unique purposes:


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 gives you crisp vision and allows you to make out shapes more clearly.


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.

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.


Mirrored sunglasses reduce glare, but make sure you carefully inspect what tint the base lens is beneath the mirrored coating. 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.

There are instances when you won’t want to wear polarized lenses. They reduce the visibility of images projected on liquid crystal displays (LCD) and light-emitting diode (LED) screens. If you have ever checked your smartphone while wearing polarized lenses, you probably noticed the pixels appeared skewed. That’s because these types of screens output polarized light, too. Downhill skiers and snowboarders also tend to avoid polarized lenses in their goggles because it reduces their ability to see definition on ice and snow as they move quickly down a mountain.

Learn more about the benefits of coloured and polarized lenses.

Get ready for Summer sunshine

With longer days of sunshine approaching, this month is a great time to consider upgrading to a pair of polarized prescription sunglasses or coloured lenses. If you have questions about how each type of lenses can fit your unique needs, contact your local FYidoctors.

You can also try our “What Sunglass Lens Colour is For You?” quiz to help you form a better idea of which may benefit you the most. If you’re ready to pick out a pair now, shop sunglasses from the comfort of your home from the FYidoctors online store.