One of the more frequent questions we’re asked here at Matrixeyewear.com relates to gradient lenses. There seems to be much confusion regarding what exactly these are and why they might be helpful. Thus, even though we do not offer gradient lenses in any of our Matrix sunglasses, I nonetheless thought it’d make an excellent topic for today’s post!
So, what exactly are gradient lenses? Simply put, gradient lenses are dark at the top, and gradually get lighter as you move vertically downward toward the bottom of the lens (the very bottom could be a light tint or even clear). Another variety is “double gradient” lenses, which are darker at the top and bottom of the lens and lighter in the middle. Lens colors that might feature gradient lenses run the full gamut: brown, black, gray, violet and amber to name a few.
The benefit of wearing gradient sunglasses is that they can accommodate multiple environments or situations. The darker shade near the top of the lens provides maximum protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun when looking upward, but less protection when looking downward (when you do not need as much protection). Thus, you can comfortably wear them both inside as well as outside. In fact, many hipsters who think it’s cool to wear sunglasses at night prefer gradient lenses for this exact reason.
Besides nightclub use, gradient shades are also beneficial for driving or flying, because they protect the eyes while at the same time promoting clarity of vision when it comes to viewing the dashboard or flight control panel. They could also come in handy if you’re sitting on the beach while reading a book; you’ll be able to read the pages just fine, yet your eyes will also be fully protected when you raise your head up to scan the beach. They are also considered fashionable in some circles.
As you can see, gradient lenses can be quite helpful in a variety of situations. If you need more information, I’ve embedded a video immediately below that does a good job explaining the concept and showing actual gradient sunglasses. The video is only 1.5 minutes long, so I’d encourage you to take a look. Enjoy!