Everything you need to know about colors for sunglasses

Linda Eigner

When choosing sunglasses, the color of the lenses is one of the most important decision-making criteria, because not all sunglasses are the same. But do you actually know what the difference between different lenses is? We explain everything you need to know about the color of sunglasses and which one suits you best.

Glasses tint: Which color do I need?

You've probably noticed that one pair of sunglasses has green lenses, the other gray and the next blue lenses. But did you know that these lens colors don't just have an optical effect? In fact, different base colors can help you see better in different scenarios. So what color sunglass lenses should be is not that easy to answer.

These eyeglass lens colors are the best

Most sunglasses have similar lenses. Brown lenses and gray lenses are most common in sunglasses. This is for the following reason: On the one hand, this tint darkens the lens, which means that you can no longer be dazzled by the sun. On the other hand, these more neutral lenses do not alter your color perception. You can still see the colors of your surroundings as you would see them without sunglasses. This allows you to correctly assess depths as usual, which makes them the perfect allrounder lenses. They are just as suitable for a day at the beach as for an adventurous trip.

💡 NAKED Optics insider tip 💡

In our online shop you will find a large selection of sunglasses with brown and gray lenses. With these you'll always have the best perspective and are optimally equipped for all situations.

Which color sunglass lenses shouldn't have 

When it comes to sunglasses, there's a rumor that's been around for years: Blue lenses are harmful. But that's not entirely true. Blue sunglass lenses increase the contrast between black and white and are therefore particularly suitable for people who are short-sighted. They are also very popular within tennis players because they also improve the contrast to yellow, i.e. tennis balls. However, this lens color is not suitable for everyone. The altered color deviation can cause eye problems for some people. But that doesn't mean that all blue sunglasses are harmful. However, blue sunglass lenses are not suitable for road traffic, since the loss of color contrasts can lead to an incorrect assessment of traffic situations.

How to make mirrored sunglasses

For an extra style factor, sunglasses with mirrored lenses are very popular. For this purpose, a lens is coated on one side with a thin film. This also means that you can look through glasses with a blue coating, for example, but still not see everything blue. By mirroring sunglasses, you can give the lenses different colors without changing your vision. For optimal, undistorted color perception, we use gray lenses as the basis for all our sports and sunglasses in the NAKED Optics online shop.

Sunglasses colors: Which purpose do they have? 

In addition to grey, brown and blue sunglass lenses, there are other colors that can be used to tint lenses. These are mainly used in sports glasses because they fulfill very special functions here. Orange lenses enhance contrast in poor light conditions. These are also your best choice in fog and in the evening, for example. Purple lenses are also ideal for sports glasses. This tint specifically emphasizes the contrast of light areas. They are therefore the perfect companion, especially on snow and ice.

💡 NAKED Optics insider tip 💡

In order to be perfectly equipped, our sports glasses models The VOLT, The HAWK and The FALCON are provided with an interchangeable lens system. You can switch between 6 different lenses in just a few simple steps. If you want to know more about the different areas of application and especially about tinted, self-tinting and polarized lenses, you'll find more information here in our blog article.


Credits: Florian Dorn

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