If you’re an avid hunter or target shooter, you already know that shooting glasses are an absolute necessity every time you handle a firearm, whether it’s at the shooting range or in the field. There’s no mystery surrounding why shooting glasses are a critical accessory – your eyes are precious, and you need to protect them. Yet, there can be some confusion around the many lens color options you have to choose from for your shooting eyewear.
Lens Color Matters
All of the eyewear in our shooting glasses section are ANSI Z87.1-2015 certified, so does it really matter whether you want amber versus gray lenses? Oh, yes, it does! Different safety glasses lens colors enhance your vision in various lighting conditions, improving visual clarity and depth perception. Two characteristics that every shooter needs.
Let’s break down your shooting glasses lens color options:
Yellow/Orange Lenses: Yellow and orange-tinted safety glasses tend to block out “blue light,” such as the diffused haze on a cloudy day, but bring out the orange color of a practice target. These colors increase your contrast and depth perception, which improves accuracy.
Amber Lenses: Amber lenses are a popular choice for shooting glasses. They also block blue-light and work best in low light, cloudy days. The amber tint creates an excellent contrast between colors, helping the target’s orange stand out to you, even on those dreary days.
Purple/Blue Lenses: If you’re at a shooting range with a backdrop of beautiful trees around you, you’ll want the help of a purple or blue lens tint. These colors contribute to improving contrast, particularly against greens (trees/grass) and oranges (the target), keeping your eyes focused on the target, and only the target.
Brown Lenses: Some hunters and target shooters prefer brown lenses because they increase the contrast of orange-colored targets. They work best in fields or other open areas, and particularly in bright sunlight. Many hunters find brown lenses are “soothing” and reduce eye strain, keeping them alert.
Gray Lenses: Gray is the “all-around” color. Gray lenses reduce the amount of light around you, allowing you to see a balanced tone of color. It’s ideal for bright conditions and helps you get a level sense of contrast and depth.
To Each His Own
Which shooting safety glasses lens color is perfect for you, and why? Every shooter has their preferred color they feel most comfortable with and would recommend, and we’d love to hear from you on the lens colors that work best for your shooting conditions.
Start taking notice of the different lighting and landscape conditions around where you shoot and match these characteristics up to the lens color that would be just right for you. Let us know what you discover in the comments section below.
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