How to Choose a Sunglasses Lens Color

Written by robert russell
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People wear sunglasses for both aesthetic and practical reasons. In selecting the appropriate lens colour, however, priority should be given to the practical dimension. Although sunglasses are often thought of as an accessory item, the primary purpose of sunglasses is to protect your eyes and to enhance your field of vision. Sunglasses offer a variety of lens colour options, and the appropriate colour depends on where you are and what your are doing.

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    Wear green, grey or brown sunglasses to reduce eyestrain. The darker colours help to reduce eyestrain and cut down on overall brightness with minimal distortion. Gray tinted lenses keeps your vision as neutral as possible. Green lenses are the most all-purpose lens. They are good in low light situations and help to enhance contrast in highlight situations.

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    Choose a yellow, amber or gold colour for sporting activities. Those colours provide less overall brightness protection but they are excellent for depth protection. The orange tint of the lenses cuts out blues that helps to enhance detail. Yellow, amber and gold sunglasses are popular for sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

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    Put on rose coloured sunglasses when you are driving. Rose coloured lenses offer good daylight protection. They actually make objects seem a little brighter and the rose tint works well against a green or blue background. Rose-coloured sunglasses are also good for walking around in the woods.

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