Do you encounter confusion trying to decipher the meaning of glasses lens tints? Are smoke-tinted or amber-tinted lenses best for driving? Do mirrored lenses provide the same optical experience as their un-mirrored counterparts? Find these answers and more below:
Amber – a brownish-red tint that enhances contrast, enabling a wearer to make out shapes more clearly because it blocks out the color spectrum’s blue, or “hazy,” end. Amber and orange tints provide a brighter view on cloudy, hazy, or foggy days. This tint is ideal for driving.
Amber Mirrored – a brownish-red tint with a mirror, or reflective, coating or treatment. See “amber.”
Clear Mirrored – describes an untinted lens with a flash mirror coating that is a one-way mirror. With clear mirrored lenses, a wearer may see out, while his or her eyes are hidden. These are suitable for bright and low-light conditions.
Gradient – a lens tinted from the top down, so that the top of the lens is darkest. This variety is optimal for driving, as a wearer gains sun protection but has an unobstructed view of the dashboard and instrument panels.
Polarized – lenses designed to filter out the components of light that cause glare. Polarized lenses are ideal for driving and outdoor sports. These are also ideal for activities in or around water, where glare can be powerful.
Polarized Smoke – a 1.1mm polarized smoke lens. These eliminate glare and enhance contrast, which improves visual acuity.
Purple Mirrored – a lens with a purple mirror coating which functions to enhance colors.
Revo Mirrored – a lens featuring a multi-layered titanium, which provides a rainbow hue. Revo mirrored lenses offer 7 to 13 layers of titanium dioxide and silica applied to shatterproof polycarbonate (plastic). They are scratch resistant and offer total ultraviolet protection. G-Tech™ lenses provide comparable protection.
Rose – a red-colored tint that provides the best lowlight image resolution and enhances contrast, enabling a wearer to see objects and shapes clearly because it blocks out the color spectrum’s blue, or “hazy,” end. These are optimal for driving.
Rose Mirrored – rose lens with partial mirror coating. See “rose.”
Super Dark – a lens that provides additional sun blockage for bright sunny days.
Smoke Mirrored – a dark tinted lens with a mirror, or reflective, coating or treatment. See “smoked.”
Resources on Lens Tints
- All About Vision Tinted Reading Glasses for UV Protection
- The University of Utah Moran Eye Center: “FL-41: New Scientific Validation for “Rose-colored Glasses”
- American Optometric Association Lens Tints to Relieve Computer Vision Syndrome
- Mayo Clinic Amber Tints for Distant Objects
- WebMd Tinted Lenses and Color Perception
- All About Vision: “Your Guide to Sport Sunglass Lens Tints”