Selecting Prescription Lens Type
A polarized lens is absolutely the best way to cut glare. Reducing glare keeps you from squinting, therefore muscles are more relaxed and you can enjoy your time in the sun more comfortably.
Polarized lenses are available in Grey, Brown, or Copper. Grey polarized lenses will feel darker than contrast colors like brown or copper. Grey will maintain true color, and grey is fashion neutral. Brown or copper provide better color separation and better contrast. Polarized copper is only available in the SR-91 lenses from Kaenon. SR-91 prescriptions are always digital.
Our standard list of prescription lens options has the SR-91 polarized lens options as Copper-12% or Grey-12%. If you want a lighter color polarized lens you can request Copper-28; Copper-50; Grey-28; Grey-50; or Yellow-35. There are no additional charges for these lenses.
Polarized lenses are never clear. So there are no good options that are both polarized and photochromic. (Photochromic = Transitions lenses that darken in sunlight.)
Transitions lenses get darker as the sun gets brighter. These are clear at night, and either grey or brown in sunlight. If you want a single pair of prescription glasses that you can use 24-hours a day, this is it. We use the newest version of the Transitions brand lenses, so our lenses will always get as dark as possible, and darken as quickly as possible. But there are a few things you will want to be aware of when ordering Transitions lenses in sports eyewear:
Transitions polycarbonate and Transitions Trivex will not get as dark as Transitions glass or plastic lenses. But we would not put a breakable lens in sports glasses.
After a few years a Transitions lens may start to “fatigue”. This means it will not get as dark, and it will not darken as fast as it did when it was new.
Transition lenses darken when exposed to UV light. Your car windows will block all UV light, and your motorcycle visor might block it as well.
If you order a Transitions lens you should also consider an Anti Reflective coating. This will minimize the “star-burst effect” at night from oncoming lights, and it will help darken the lens in daylight. AR Coatings also provide great scratch protection.
Tinted lenses are your most economical option. The most popular tint colors are grey, copper, brown, or clear. But you can get any color you like.