Sunglasses come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, styles, and colors. The color of the lenses in particular goes a long way toward determining the overall look of the sunglasses. Aside from the look itself, some lens colors actually have other benefits. Here’s a quick summary:
Lenses that are orange or yellow help accentuate contrast, especially in shaded areas or areas of low light. For this reason, sunglasses with yellow lenses are favored by people who like to hunt, hike, or do any other type of activity that occurs in wooded areas with lots of shade.
Brown and green lenses also help with the contrast, but unlike yellow or orange lenses, they also cut down on glare. Similarly, grey is a neutral color which helps reduce sun glare. Black lenses are usually best for activities done in very bright sunshine. The dark color cuts down on glare and reduces the need to squint. On the downside, black lenses are not the best for contrast.
Blue lenses, also called blue blockers, help enhance contrast and also do an excellent job of protecting eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. Finally, there are clear non-prescription lenses, which offer no protection from the sun. They are only for protection from wind and debris.
Some sunglasses actually come with interchangeable lenses. For example, you might pop in the yellow lenses to go hunting, the brown lenses to go fishing, and the black lenses to go to the beach. Of course, this style of sunglasses can be cost prohibitive, but for hardcore outdoorsmen might be worth the price.
So there you have it, everything you wanted to know about colored lenses but were afraid to ask! Note that all of our Matrix sunglasses – Neo Sunglasses, Morpheus Sunglasses, Agent Smith Sunglasses, Trinity Sunglasses, Seraph Sunglasses and the rest – come in black lenses only, so if you want color you’ll have to shop around.