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Sunglasses Lens Color Guide: 3 Simple Steps for Sunglass Shopping

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Whether you’re buying sunglasses for fashion or utility, the lens color plays a major role in your final choice as a consumer. Not only do many manufacturers, distributors, and retailers sell several colors of sunglass lenses, but each color is beneficial in different ways. Some colors are better suited for certain activities while others may aid people with eye issues. To help guide your sunglass shopping, we have 3 simple steps to use in order to find the correct sunglasses lens color for your lifestyle. Please follow the 3 steps for industry-wide sunglasses lens color information by lens color and activity type.



Answer the questions: Do you wear prescription glasses? If so, have you heard of Fitovers Sunglasses? Find your answer:

“YES but I’ve never heard of fitovers.” then click here to find out what they are and how they can help you. If you like that you see, check out Fitovers – we have 8 lens colors detailed here.

“YES and I love fitovers!” then click here for our Jonathan Paul® Fitovers Sunglasses Lens Color Guide, which details our 8 different colors of PolarVue® lenses.

“NO” then stay here. Please continue to step 2 and enjoy the guide! 🙂



Think of all of the activities that you use sunglasses for. Write them down or make a list if you need to. These can be any activities from hiking, cycling, or jogging, to golfing, snowboarding, or jet skiing… or even just driving to and from work.



Review the most common lens colors options below to find which one(s) match your sunwear and lifestyle needs… then go get ’em, of course! (Questions about sunglasses quality vs. pricing? Click here to see which other features you should check for while shopping and how much they’ll cost you.)




Grey lenses are the most common sunglass lens color because they don’t change the value of color but are dark enough for bright sunny days while not so dark that they impair vision. If your grey lenses are polarized, they also reduce glare, making them great for most activities.
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  • general sunglass use
  • aid in preventing eye fatigue
  • provide true color perception
  • ideal for scenes to be viewed in their most natural state
  • any outdoor activity (hunting, golfing, visiting the beach, or even yard work)



Amber lenses do more than give the wearer a sepia outlook and a warm color fashion – they are great enhancers for vision. With the amber tint, much of the color spectrum’s hazy end is blocked and your vision has more contrast, giving you crisp vision and allowing you to make out shapes more clearly. Optimal sunglasses lens color for:Blog-Lens-Color-Section_Amber

  • early morning, late afternoon, or cloudy, hazy, foggy daytime weather
  • enhancing depth perception
  • reducing glare
  • living in areas with changeable weather patterns
  • any activity in which focus is against green grass or blue skies
  • any sport where distance needs to be judged (golf, tennis, fishing, baseball, hunting, soccer, football, boating, or racquetball)



Similar to amber lens colors, the yellow lens sunglasses provide clarity in fog, haze, overcast, and other low-light situations. They also are high in contrast and depth perception since they also cut blue light rays that can be hazy. Optimal sunglasses lens color for:Blog-Lens-Color-Section_Yellow

  • daytime activities
  • dusk/evening driving
  • sight performance and clarity
  • enhanced depth perception
  • indoor sports
  • mountain bikers, racquetball, pilots, hunters, tennis players, and cross country skiers
  • ideal for 90% of all eye conditions



Another lens color that blocks the fuzzy blue rays while sharpening your vision is the roadster color lens, but this one also has its own beneficial qualities. While enhancing visual depth, adjusting contrast, and sharpening your outlook, the roadster lens also reduces eye strain and is found to be comforting to the eyes. Optimal sunglasses lens color for:Blog-Lens-Color-Section_Roadster

  • driving cars, bikes, motorcycles, or anything else on the road
  • reducing eyestrain and/or glare from digital screens
  • wearing sunglasses for a long period of time
  • enhancing depth perception and visual contrast
  • most weather conditions, including snow
  • computer use



Mirror Lenses

If you are considering reflective mirror lenses, it’s important to pay attention to two things: the color of reflective coating on the outer surface of the lens and the base tint color of the lens (the color of the lens without coating). Mirror lenses in general greatly reduce glare, are stylish and often trending. Mirror lenses are ideal for:

  • any activity with the possibility of high-glare (skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, sailing, any other winter or water sports, and driving or hiking)
  • enhanced contrast
  • reduction in glare, during all outdoor activities and in bright light conditions
  • being trendy
  • playing or watching any sport
  • aiding in seeing contours
  • great in misty, foggy, or snowy conditions
  • reducing overall brightness
  • preserving normal color balances
  • rain or shine but ideal for clear, bright days
  • visual acuity
  • improved contrast
  • fashion-forward athletes
  • improving color perception
  • sharpening details


Now, it is important to remember that if you’re considering reflective mirror lenses, the base tint may not always be the same as the reflective coating – this is great for people with particular needs but the desire to wear the reflective fashion sunglasses. If your base tint is grey, the activities you can enjoy in mirror lenses are the same as you can enjoy in regular grey lenses – you have a board array of choices. If the base tint is yellow, the sunglasses will be great in many settings, because the benefits include those of yellow lenses and of mirror lenses – you can enjoy crisp vision while cutting glare and hiding your eyes. With roadster base tint and mirror coating, you can enjoy long-term comfort in your shades while cutting high-glare and being fashionable.

We sincerely hope this has helped you find which sunglasses lens color is right for you, if there’s anything we missed or you have questions, please leave a comment! 🙂

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21 thoughts on “Sunglasses Lens Color Guide: 3 Simple Steps for Sunglass Shopping

  1. Please, please give me green mirror over roadster. Now that would be the perfect pair of Fitovers for fly fishing saltwater flats. Just look at the success of Costa’s 580P’s!

  2. I am an avid bass fisherman. Mostly in highly weeded areas. What color do you recommend to let me see through brown stained water on the lake?

    • While weather does play a part on some days, the best color for fishing remains amber, dark amber, or copper lenses. If you fish streams or lakes with sandy bottoms, the best is amber, while a darker amber or copper color is best for fishing waters with grassy bottoms. For you, this means you may have to try a few pairs but a sunglass with polarized lenses on the amber/copper/brown spectrum of tint are a good go-to. If you wear glasses, we offer polarized amber lens fitover sunglasses in several sizes and styles made to wear over your Rx frames. Feel free to look more into our best Fitovers for fishing here: http://fitovers.com/blog/fitovers-the-perfect-fishing-sunglass/
      Have a great day, Larry!

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  5. I have had momovision lasik and find I know struggle with 1) glare 2) crispness or clarity vision and 3) at times some depth perception.
    What would be your suggestion? In tbe past I always leaned more toward an amber color but that was prior to lasik. I love the outdoors and would love to enjoy it more without blur.

    • Sheila, sorry for the delay in response. You were definitely on the right path with amber lenses, as they cut blue rays on the light spectrum which is what can give off the hazy, blurry look when it’s sunny or even overcast.

      Other lenses that block more of the blue end of the color spectrum are yellow and roadster lenses. All of the amber, yellow, or roadster options will give you crisper vision with better depth perception, however the yellow lens blocks the most blue light of all of these and is often used in situations like yours. Additionally, all of our yellow, amber, and roadster lenses are polarized so they will cut your glare as well.

      I hope this helps and if you would like fitover sunglasses with full coverage, feel free to check out our store at fitovers.com – you can filter the products by lens color using the panel on the right hand side.

  6. So, eh.. did you miss the blue lenses? A lot of manufacturers offer them, I’m wondering if there’s any benefit from those. I’ve been wearing polarized, blue tinted lenses for a couple of years and now and looking that one of the very objectives of the other colors is to block blue light, I’m starting to think they are not the best option for my neglected photophobia..

  7. What are the differences between the green mirror and blue mirror lenses? Why choose one over the other?

    • Paula, thank you for your question. Scientifically there is no difference. It’s a matter of personal color preference. We try to provide a range of fashionable lenses for the Jonathan Paul Fitovers collection.

  8. I am on the beach every weekend. I am constantly squinting due to the bright light bouncing off the sand. Which colored lens would be best for this type of situation?

  9. I spend over 8 hours each day under excessive overhead fluorescent lighting causing discomfort due to glare. What colour Fitovers would you recommend please.

  10. Since having cataract surgery I cannot drive at night because of the glare from car headlights. I have purchases yellowish glasses from the drugstore but they don’t do much good. What do you recommend?

    • Hi Linda!
      Consumers like our yellow lens to heighten contrast in low light conditions, but we do not recommend for night driving.

  11. I live in southern CA and work outdoors on a playground for 3-5 hours during mid day when the sun is the brightest days. I wear contacts and find black lenses are too dark and have problems with clarity and crispness. I sometimes have to lift up my sunglasses to see things in the distance more clearly. I am thinking about trying a polarized gray or copper or amber with iridium coating. What do you suggest.
    Thank you

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