You can tint your photochromic lenses any colour you want. Tinted lenses stay one colour all the time, no matter where they are worn. They can be a solid, uniform colour or gradient, fading from top to bottom. Tinted lenses can be had in almost any shade you can imagine and in all different lens materials. Choose a colour for the way they look or tint your lenses to help improve your vision’s clarity.
Choose Your Tint
Most light tints are purely for looks. As an example, pink lenses can soften your appearance and make some wearers look younger, but tinting your lenses can add functionality, too.
- A rose tint can reduce eyestrain, especially in fluorescent lighting.
- Grey tinted glasses reduce glare while only altering your perception of colours minimally.
- Gradient tinted lenses can be helpful in blocking bright light from above while driving. The lighter tint on the bottom allows you to see dashboard controls clearly.
- Yellow tints are popular with sports enthusiasts as they can improve contrast and reduce glare by blocking incoming blue light to make objects appear sharper against a blue or green background.
Tint to Save Money
If you have an extra pair of prescription glasses, you might be able to use them as sunglasses by having the lenses tinted brown, amber, grey or any other colour you choose. Obviously, tinting a pair of eyeglasses you already own would cost significantly less than buying a brand-new pair of prescription sunglasses.
Unfortunately, some lenses can’t be tinted. Lenses that are scratched can’t usually be dyed because the damaged areas would absorb extra colour and be darker than the rest of the lens. Polycarbonate lenses are also not eligible, as they tend to melt during the tinting process.
“Fun” lenses are available in unusual colors. These lenses are one color indoors but change to a totally different color when activated by UV light. Examples are teal-blue lenses that change to green, yellow lenses that change to orange and red lenses that change to purple.
Sometimes tinting lenses can be done as a means to fill roles other than UV protection and vision correction. For people with certain eye disorders, tinted lenses in specific colours can help them to keep and enhance their remaining vision.
Reddish-brown lens tints help people with light sensitivity issues and are worn both inside and outdoors to reduce the amount of light entering the eye. Corning makes glasses for this purposed called GlareCutter. People with severe light sensitivity due to cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or retinitis pigmentosa are likely to benefit from these lenses.
The exact colour tint needed is determined by the disorder, how far it has progressed and the wearer’s vision needs.