Self-tinting sunglass lenses and mirror sunglass lenses

Sunglass lenses: which tint is right for you?

  • What makes a good pair of sunglass lenses?

    What makes a good pair of sunglass lenses?

    The philosophy behind ZEISS sunglass lenses is based on a simple principle: your sunglasses should optimally accommodate your vision needs, the shape of your face and your lifestyle – just like your everyday glasses.

    The important quality criterion for a good pair of sunglasses is 100% protection against solar UVA and UVB radiation and a suitable tint intensity ranging from 20 to 80 percent.

    There are many colors available. We offer a wide range of single colors, gradient tints and bi-color versions for you to choose from to fit your look. You can opt for lenses featuring a more traditional brown, green or grey or another color of your choice – whatever best fits your personal style and favorite outfit. The possibilities are endless.

    These lenses look good and are completely functional. ZEISS sunglass lenses ensure excellent color contrast, improve your vision in bright sunshine, glare and in diffuse lighting conditions. The minimal weight and durability of the lenses also increase safety and wearer comfort, making them the perfect companion for all outdoor activities – from sports to trips into the city.

  • Here's how to choose the right tinted lenses for you

    Here's how to choose the right tinted lenses for you

    There is an endless number of colors, tints and options to choose from – but which features are right for you? This is a very personal decision. Colors not only determine how your glasses look, but also have a considerable effect on how you think and feel.

    The ZEISS color program features a large selection of tints – single colors, gradient tints and a trendy bi-colors. Talk with your eye care professional and discuss when and where you plan to wear your tinted lenses: For routine activities? At work? When playing sports? For special occasions? If you plan on wearing your glasses regularly or for long periods of time, then a light tint is the way to go. How sensitive you are to light also plays an important role. When selecting colors, women should apply their usual eye make-up beforehand and choose the tint accordingly. Also think about what clothes you normally wear. All this will help your eye care professional suggest the right tint for you.

    Lenses with gradient tints

    In addition to single-tint lenses, so-called gradient tints can be manufactured in an immersion process so that the level of light reduction decreases from the top to the bottom edge of the lens. These sunglass lenses feature a gradient colored tint and are particularly well-suited for situations where lighting conditions change as soon as the wearer looks up, such as when driving. When you look at the dashboard, you are looking through the lightly colored area of the lens, but you still enjoy glare-free vision while looking at the road through the darkly tinted upper part of the lens.

    We offer many lenses with gradient tints in our selection – just ask your eye care professional.

    Bi-color lenses

    With bi-color lenses, you transform your glasses into a hip accessory, which compliments fashion and makeup trends. Bi-color lenses contain multiple tints in one lens. Our colors are:

    • Jeans – for the sporty type
    • Pistachio – perfectly complements any youthful outfit
    • Cinnamon – gives the wearer a traditional, but elegant, look
    • Stone – for a more low-key style

    Find out what an optimum lens tint can do for you

    ZEISS sunglass lenses improve color and contrast perception while reducing unpleasant glare, such as glare caused by bright sunshine and distracting reflections on wet or snow-covered surfaces. This is an important factor for comfortable, clear vision even in difficult light conditions when you are sailing, hiking, surfing or skiing.

    Tinted lenses can also improve your vision when playing sports and in certain weather conditions. The amber and rose tints are particularly well-suited for biking and when there's little or no sun. Their contrast-enhancing properties provide the brightest visual field. A tint is particularly important when there is little sun, so that you can distinguish tiny details quickly and precisely. That's why it is important to adapt the intensity of the tint to the wearer. When and where the eyewear will be used affects which tint is right for you.

    When biking, for example, the wearer passes through sunlight and shadows very quickly. In this case, a dark tint is not advantageous because the eye cannot adapt quickly enough when the amount of light changes.

    We would also advise cyclists against wearing self-tinting lenses, because the lenses do not clear quickly enough to meet these more demanding requirements.

    Our recommendation would be lower-performing grey lenses that reduce glare and preserve truer colors. These lenses offer good vision all year round, even in bright daylight. Yellow lenses, however, filter out a larger portion of blue light, providing better contrast and enabling the wearer to distinguish uneven surfaces.

    Here's our tip: take some time to talk your eye care professional and try out a few different options! When you make your decision, select the brightest tint which you find comfortable – you shouldn't have to squint when wearing these glasses in incidental light. And no matter what color tint you choose, make sure your lenses have a hard coating to protect them against scratches and an anti-reflective coating to prevent irritating reflections in the lens.

  • Lens tints suitable for driving

    Lens tints suitable for driving

    Sunglasses are an absolute must-have in the summer, particularly when driving. However, drivers should note that a lens is too dark – and therefore unsuitable for driving – if it features a 90% tint or higher. At night, the maximum value should not exceed 25%. When selecting tinted lenses, drivers should make sure that they select the right color.

    In order to ensure that you can recognize signs and traffic lights, the sunglass lenses must retain natural color contrasts. That is why green, brown and grey tints are best-suited for driving.

    Self-tinting lenses are not always the best choice for driving. The windscreen blocks a large portion of UV radiation, meaning the lenses don't darken as much as when you're outside.

    If you need to significantly reduce glare when driving in bright sunlight, then you should opt for sunglass lenses with gradient tints or polarizing lenses.

    Lens tints suitable for driving
  • Learn how to give your eyes full UV protection

    Learn how to give your eyes full UV protection

    The sun’s UV rays can be as damaging to your eyes as they are to your skin.

    Sunlight is the most significant source of UV radiation and can damage various ocular tissues:

    • Surface of the eye - can be subject to snow blindness
    • Lenses - can develop cataracts
    • Retina – can develop solar maculopathy and macular degeneration

    The UV light spectrum covers wavelengths from 100 nanometers to 400 nanometers. UV light consists of UV-A light, which leads to skin tanning, but also skin aging. UV-B light can lead to sunburn and skin cancer. The good news is that UV-C light, the most dangerous kind, is almost completely blocked by the ozone layer.

    What most people don’t know: Eyes can also get sunburned. The cornea and the conjunctiva are most affected. The highest risk is always when sunlight is heavily reflected, something that can occur in a snow-covered landscape or when spending time near water.


    With the right glasses, everyone can protect their eyes from dangerous UV rays. ZEISS has these solutions to protect your eyes:

    Tints and Gradients – All provide UV protection by absorbing at least 99% of UV rays or light rays up to 400 nm. Solid tints are uniform throughout the lens, while gradients are darker in the top and lighter on the bottom to accommodate reading.

    Polarized Lenses - They block diffused light; for example, light reflected off water surfaces or wet pavement. They are particularly useful for driving and fishing.

    ZEISS DuraVision Mirrors - They reduce the quantity of light reaching the eye, and offer full UV 400 protection when added to tinted or polarized lenses.

    ZEISS Sport Lenses – Wrapped sunglasses protect the eyes from light entering from the sides.

    ZEISS PhotoFusion self-tinting lenses: They darken automatically when it is bright, providing full UV 400 protection, and lighten indoors or at night.


    Remember to protect your eyes each day from the sun’s harmful UV rays, just as you protect your skin.

    ZEISS PhotoFusion and sunlenses provide you with full UV 400 protection so you can enjoy the outdoors.

  • Additional options

    Extras for greater comfort and safety

    Glasses for every situation thanks to self-tinting lenses. These darken and clear up at record-breaking speed.

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    Polarizing lenses for less glare.

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    For optimum vision: single vision lenses from ZEISS.

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    Turn your progressive glasses into a pair of sunglasses which protect your eyes against glare and UV radiation. Individualized solutions, even for first-time wearers. Tailor-made progressive lenses from ZEISS.

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    Choose the lens coating that's best for you:

    DuraVision® Platinum – the hardest lens coating ever produced by ZEISS, offering maximum scratch resistance, optimum protection against dust and a highly effective anti-reflective coating.

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  • Find an eye doctor

    Personalized advice: find a ZEISS eye doctor near you

    Find an eye doctor near you. They'll provide you with detailed information and configure individualized sunglass lenses to meet your unique vision needs:

    Find an eye doctor near me

    Want to buy ZEISS premium eyeglass lenses? Looking to find a walk-in eye exam nearby? Need help adjusting your glasses? Use the optometrist/ophthalmologist locator to find a ZEISS eye specialist near you.

    Need help choosing the right ZEISS lens for your vision needs? Create your own MyVision Profile to take into your next exam.

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