27 Apr

Greens & Browns and Greys, Oh My!

Posted by heather.h on

With summer coming, comes outdoor activities. I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what lens color is good for what and while some brands have specific lens colors for very specific things such as the Bolle Competivision lens for Tennis, I decided to make a rough list of populate activities and the best lens colors for those.

Overall we should always keep in mind that grey and green and grey lenses are very similar in properties. Both are neutral colors so when wearing them everything in sight looks as it normally would just darker. Brown is a contrasting color so the wearing will notice a high contrast in color, like the sky looking bluer, grass looking greener and so on. All lens colors in the brown family will be contrasting lenses such as amber, copper, orange and yellow. Another thing to keep in mind is that a polarized lens will always been darker than a non-polarized lens. So if you are in a place with extreme sunlight you may want to consider a polarized lens and on the contrary if you live in a place mostly overcast, you may not want a polarized lens.

We are not focusing on this today so briefly let’s talk about what a polarized lens is: Polarized lenses are coated with a special chemical film that helps reduce glare. Glare is caused when light from the sun is reflected off of water or a solid surface. By neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, and also help reduce the harmful effects of UV light. Polarized lenses are GREAT for water activities like boating or fishing because they remove most the glare off the water and help you more into it. Polarized lenses are NOT GREAT for pilots!

poalrized vs not

Lens Colors:



Transmits all colors evenly

Good for general purpose use

Dims glare while brightening shadows





Weather Conditions





Improves contrast

Enhances depth perception



Golf, tennis, high-altitude sports, fishing, boating/sailing, or any sport where distance needs to be judged.


Weather Conditions

Partly cloudy to sunny conditions





Good for general purpose use


True color perception- Neutral

Dark enough to provide overall protection



Driving, baseball, tennis, football, soccer, water sports, and all other outdoor activities


Weather Conditions

Good variable weather tint-sunny or overcast days





Cosmetically appealing

Helps to see contours

Improves color perception



Spectator, golf or clubbing


Weather Conditions

Good in misty, foggy and snowy conditions




Enhances visual depth

Reduces eye strain

Provides good road visibility

Comforting to the eyes

Helps adjust contrast



Cycling, racing


Weather Conditions

Good in most weather conditions, especially in snow.

Low light conditions


Lastly for those of you into alternative health I’ve included for you a chart of how lens colors affect your mood. And yes we can custom make you any color of lens….

lens color and moods


Heather is an Eye-wear Expert, Customer Care Specialist and Optician at OpticsPlanet, Inc. With a back ground in the fashion industry and a license in Cosmetology, Heather adds her fun and funky flair to picking out perfect eye-wear.

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