7 Types of Lenses for Your Sunglasses


What do you consider most important when buying sunglasses? Sure, choosing the right ones for your face shape and overall style is essential, but protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays should be your primary motivation. That’s why the correct lens type is so important. 


To help you determine which suits you best, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most common types of lenses used for sunglasses. It’s still recommended that you consult your optician for expert advice before choosing the best shades.


Polarized lenses are designed to minimize glare from snow, water, glass, or the road. The glare makes it hard to distinguish objects because it distorts their color. Most polarized lenses provide UV protection, which is essential for maintaining healthy eyesight. Darker shades of lenses usually have a higher level of polarization. Layoners makes almost all of its sunglasses with polarized lenses.



Photochromic lenses are almost clear when indoors and automatically darken when you step outside. They are eliminating the need for separate sunglasses in many cases.



Characterized by a soft bluish glow when hit by strong light, these popular lenses are the cameraman’s worst nemesis. The special coating is applied to their inner side, preventing light from bouncing into your eyes and causing strain. Just make sure not to wear them when filming in studios!



The top part of gradient lenses is darker than their bottom. Besides looking pretty, such sunglasses are ideal for driving, allowing you to see the dashboard clearly. They also shield the eyes from sunlight coming through your windshield.


Double gradient lenses have darker top and bottom portions but lighter tint in the middle section. They are perfect for those that don’t want their sunglasses too dark.



Multifocal lenses are usually appropriate for individuals struggling with presbyopia. Similar to farsightedness, the disorder is characterized by a reduced ability to focus on nearby objects, and usually occurs with people older than 45. All sunglasses can be made trifocal, bifocal, or progressive lenses – consult your optician for options.



Sometimes described as flash-coated, these lenses limit the quantity of light reaching your eyes. They are suitable for activities that are carried out in very bright conditions like snow skiing.



When choosing the right frames for the next season, we encourage you to discuss options with your vision care provider. You will find that most special lenses will benefit you when driving or using the computer.


No matter which type of lens you choose, it is also recommended to cover eyes from the side. Oversized or wrap-around sunglasses can offer additional protection.


At Layoners, we strive to combine protection with style. Most of our sunglasses offer UV protection and polarized lenses. Feel free to check the “Additional Information” section on our product pages for the exact lens and UV protection types.


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