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How to Choose The Best Gradient Lenses

Gradient Sunglasses Explained

Sunglasses have developed so much over the years and act as a way to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays, make driving safer when it's bright, and be a stylish accessory for when it's sunny! Gradient lenses are available in many different frame styles,  so if you feel you'd benefit from a gradual reduction in the darkness of your lens coating then check out gradient lens options. Look good in the sun and choose the perfect pair of shades for you! Here’s what’s so great about gradient lenses…

The Elegance of Gradient Lenses:

Gradient lenses are characterised by a smooth transition from a darker shade at the top of the lens to a lighter hue at the bottom. This design offers a unique aesthetic appeal that sets them apart from regular sunglasses. The gradient effect not only adds a touch of sophistication but also serves a practical purpose. The darker upper portion provides protection from overhead sunlight and glare, while the lighter lower portion allows for clearer vision when looking down.

Gradient lenses

Versatility in Style:

One of the standout features of gradient sunglasses is their versatility in style. Whether you're strolling along the beach, driving through a scenic route, or attending a stylish outdoor event, gradient lenses seamlessly adapt to various settings. Their design suits various face shapes and outfits, making them a fashion accessory that effortlessly elevates your look. From classic aviators with gradient lenses to oversized frames that exude glamour, there's a perfect pair for every taste.

Protection with Panache:

While fashion is undoubtedly important, the primary function of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Gradient lenses excel in this regard as well. The darker upper portion of the lens shields your eyes from intense sunlight and reduces glare, which is especially useful when engaging in outdoor activities like hiking or driving. Meanwhile, the lower portion maintains visibility in dimly lit environments. This balance between protection and visibility makes gradient sunglasses an ideal choice for various lighting conditions.

Choosing the Right Gradient:

When it comes to selecting gradient sunglasses, it's essential to consider both the lens colour and the gradient intensity. The lens colour can influence not only your fashion statement but also how effectively the sunglasses reduce glare and enhance contrast. For example, warmer tones like brown and amber are excellent for enhancing contrast, while cooler tones like grey maintain true colour perception.

The gradient intensity is another factor to ponder. Some gradient lenses feature a subtle transition, while others have a more pronounced gradient effect. The choice depends on your personal style and how you intend to use the sunglasses. Subtle gradients are versatile and suit various occasions, whereas bolder gradients make a statement and are often associated with high-fashion looks.

Caring for Your Gradient Sunglasses:

To ensure that your gradient sunglasses remain in pristine condition, proper care is essential. Always store them in a protective case when not in use and avoid placing them with the lenses facing downward to prevent scratching. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the lenses and avoid using harsh cleaning agents that might damage the gradient effect.

Gradient sunglasses are a great option that brings together style and function, this is a great way to add some colour to your glasses without it being too bold (unless bold is what you are looking for!). and for those that need prescription glasses too, you can still have the best of both words! And what's even better about gradient lenses is that you're not restricted to which style frames they must be in… customise your glasses as much as you like, from colour to shape and even add in your prescription! 

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 18 Oct 2023, Last modified: 20 May 2024