Your Guide to Sport Sunglass Lens Tints
The best tint for sport sunglasses often depends on the environmental and lighting conditions you experience while participating in a particular sport. So, while this guide offers quick "tried-and-true" tint solutions recommended by many eyecare professionals, don't be afraid to experiment with lens colors--sometimes the best tints for optimizing performance are a matter of personal preference. A yellow or orange tint tends to heighten contrast in overcast, hazy, low-light conditions outdoors or for indoor sports and filters blue light for sharper focus. Examples of sports in which these tints may help improve performance include: cycling, hunting, shooting, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, indoor basketball, handball, racquetball, and/or tennis. An amber, rose or red tint heightens contrast in partly cloudy and sunny conditions, but also causes significant color imbalances. Examples of sports in which these tints may help optimize performance include: cycling, fishing (amber lenses for sandy lake or stream beds), hunting, shooting, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and/or water sports. Dark amber, copper or brown tinted lenses block high amounts of blue light to heighten contrast and visual acuity. This can be useful to improve contrast on grass and against blue skies. Examples of sports in which these tints may help optimize performance include: baseball, cycling, fishing (especially in waters with grassy bottoms), golf, hunting, skiing, and/or water sports. Green tinted lenses heighten contrast (mildly) while preserving color balance. Examples of sports in which these tints may help optimize performance include: baseball and/or golf. A gray tint reduces overall brightness while preserving 100 percent normal color recognition. Examples of sports in which these tints may help optimize performance include all outdoor sports in bright light conditions. Cornerstone Eye Associates Optical Studios have tint samples you can use to help you decide which colors are best for you. Try to evaluate the lenses in lighting conditions that match those you will experience most often during your sport. Moreover, if you participate in several sports or in a variety of lighting conditions, consider purchasing more than one pair of sport sunglasses, with different lens tints in each pair. Some sport sunglass frames have interchangeable lenses for a variety of lighting conditions. For further information or to book an appointment please call any of our three Rochester, NY Cornerstone Eye Associates locations in Gates (585-328-0153), Brighton (585-244-2200) or Irondequoit (585-266-7880).
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