Some of our customers are true fashionistas and want a certain look for his or her eyewear. For these individuals, fashion tints, also called café tints, are available in a wide range of colors and designs. Usually tinted in ranges of 10 to 20 percent darkness, the most common fashion tints are pink, blue, yellow, purple, and gray. In the lightest hues, these fashion tints do not provide much, if any, protection against the negative effects of bright, outdoor light. Nevertheless, if applied effectively, fashion tints will enhance the appearance of most eyewear.
Tinting for occupational use is something that is commonly overlooked by most providers, but our high knowledge of lens tints can greatly benefit our patients. Many common visual tasks can be improved by proper tint. Accurate tinting can increase visual acuity and depth perception, thereby reducing eye strain and fatigue as well as increasing productivity. Common activities that may benefit from a tint are computer use and industrial tasks. For most patients, computer use is going to be the most prevalent occupational activity that can be aided by proper tint.
|Rose or pink
|A light tint that can be used to soften bright, fluorescent lighting and may help reduce eyestrain, glare and headaches.
|A color that helps eliminate blue from the visible light spectrum, amber may help reduce eyestrain by reducing the amount of blue light emitted from fluorescent lights that enters the eye.
|At a darkness of 10 to 15 percent, gray provides a good reduction of blue light without altering colors.
|When it comes to sports, patients have a winner take all attitude and they want their glasses to reflect that by giving them an edge. We can help by supplying the proper tint for the given activity. Although there are many different color combinations and tinting densities to choose from, the following are common tint colors and some of the sports that they work best for.
|Yellow and Orange
|These colors heighten contrast between objects and blue or green backgrounds. Sometimes marketed as blue blockers, yellow and orange tints are good for hazy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not an appropriate color for an activity that depends on accurate color perception, it is an excellent choice for low light and indoor activities. Sports that work well with this tint are cycling, hunting, shooting, indoor basketball, handball, racquetball, tennis. When used during extremely low light conditions, the lens can be helpful in skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling because of the color makes it easier to see slight bumps or ridges on the snow or ice. A word of caution, yellow and orange can cause discomfort to the eyes when used in extremely bright light conditions.
|Rose and Red
|Although these colors heighten contrast in partly cloudy and sunny conditions, they may cause significant color imbalances. The main benefit to these colors is that they allow the patients eyes to adjust quickly between alternating light conditions. As a result, sports that work well with rose and red are cycling, fishing, hunting, and shooting.
|Commonly used as a fashion tint, dark purple can shade to the eye while maintaining natural color perception. Accordingly, this color can work well for hunting and shooting.
|Dark Amber, Brown, and Copper
|These colors help reduce glare and perform best in hazy sunshine. They are especially advantageous in improving contrast on grass and against blue skies; as well as activities where glare and depth perception can be a deciding factor. For example, racing, fishing in waters with grassy bottoms, hunting, skiing, water sports, cycling, baseball, and golf are all sports in which the previous conditions can be a factor.
|A mild, contrast enhancing tint, green is generally used to reduce eyestrain under bright lighting conditions. A soothing tint, it offers the best contrast and visual acuity of all tints due to the human eye being most sensitive to green light wavelengths. Sports that work well with green tints are baseball, golf, flying, and tennis.