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Which Color Sunglasses Should I Get?

The color and darkness of sunglass lenses do not determine how much UV radiation the lenses block. So the lens color you choose for your sunglasses is simply a matter of personal preference.


Shades of grey and brown are very popular. Mirror coated lenses, which provide additional light reduction in very bright conditions, also are favorites.

Certain sunglass lens colors can be advantageous if you're looking for a performance lens for use during sports or other visually demanding outdoor activities. For example, some colored sunglasses can enhance contrast in specific environments.

Consult with a knowledgeable optician to learn about the best sunglass colors for specific sports. Also, ask about photochromic lenses and polarized sunglasses, which are available in a variety of colors as well.

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Amy HellemAbout the Author: Amy Hellem is a writer, editor and researcher who specializes in eye care and other medical fields. She is a past editor-in-chief of the professional ophthalmic journals Review of Optometry and Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses and currently is president of Hellem Consulting, LLC.

Page updated January 2018