What tint is best for your safety eyewear

What tint is best for your safety eyewear?

Sunlight, dim interiors, blinding snow, blue light – all kinds of lighting in the workplace brings its own set of challenges. And at some point in the safety eyewear selection process, you may wonder if it really matters if you have Clear lenses versus Amber tinted lenses or otherwise on your safety glasses. The short answer is yes - it absolutely does matter.

Just as one pair of safety eyewear does not fit all, one tint isn’t good for all applications and environments. The right tint on your lenses is essential to increase clarity of vision and help lessen eye strain and fatigue; all things that can have a long-term effect on your eyes’ health – and your safety – on the job. A cut, a hand, or even a life could be saved with improved depth and contrast perception when using the proper lens shades for the job. So, how do you choose the right kind of tint for you?

Find the right tint for you

There are several kinds of tints out there to choose from depending on your situation. To help you research which safety eyewear tint may be right for your environment, we’ve created a quick reference guide below to help steer you in the right direction.

Clear

The first and probably most common tint is clear. Clear lenses are ideal for most applications and are typically the standard lens tint for most safety glasses. Primarily used indoors, safety glasses with a clear lens are often worn to protect workers from impacts on the job. uvex clear tinted lenses offer 100% consistent optical clarity across the entire lens, giving wearers as close to natural vision as you can get.

uvex i-5 spectacles maximum adaptability; anti-fog on the inside, extremely resistant to chemicals and scratches on the outside; clear PC lens; anthracite, blue frame uvex i-5 spectacles
uvex pheos spectacles anti-fog interior, scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant exterior; standard size; large field of vision; PC clear lens; black/green frame uvex pheos spectacles
uvex sportstyle spectacles scratch-resistant exterior, anti-fog interior; only 23 g; PC clear lens; black/petrol frame uvex sportstyle spectacles
uvex ultrasonic goggles anti-fog interior, scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant exterior; hard and soft components; PC clear lens; grey/orange frame uvex ultrasonic goggles

Amber

If you’re consistently in situations where there is less than perfect lighting, you may want to consider amber tinted lenses. An amber tint enhances contrast in poorly lit working conditions. By partially filtering out the blue end of the light spectrum, an amber lens brightens and adds contrast to shapes and shadows by sharpening detail in challenging conditions that otherwise would be hard to discern. This helps lower the strain of focus on your eyes. Amber lenses are typically used in poorly lit working environments including nighttime and early morning outdoor applications. However, be cautious, if colour sensitivity is important on your job site, then an amber tint is probably not the best choice for you, as it filters out and shifts some colour from their natural state.

uvex i-works spectacles anti-fog interior, scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant exterior; attractive appearance and robust quality; PC amber lens; black/yellow frame uvex i-works spectacles
uvex astrospec 2.0 spectacles anti-fog interior, scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant exterior; contrast-enhancing; panoramic lens; PC amber lens; black/yellow frame uvex astrospec 2.0 spectacles
uvex pheos spectacles anti-fog interior, scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant exterior; standard size, contrast-enhancing; large field of vision; PC amber lens; black/yellow frame uvex pheos spectacles

Silver mirror

For environments with changing light conditions or frequent movement between indoors and outdoors, a silver mirror tint with 53% light transmission is ideal. Often called an “indoor/outdoor tint” silver mirror lenses allows 53% of light to come through the lens, reducing the need to squint, which can cause strain and fatigue on your optical muscles. The best choice for extremely bright environments or natural glare conditions is a silver mirror tint with 12% light transmission. These lenses allow only 12% of light to come through the lenses and is ideal for high glare conditions and prolonged sun exposure. This tint helps reduce eye strain and fatigue.

uvex i-3 spectacles anti-fog interior, sunglare filter, silver mirror; adaptable to any face shape; PC silver mirror grey lens; black/light grey frame uvex i-3 spectacles
uvex i-works spectacles anti-fog interior, sunglare filter, silver mirror; attractive appearance and robust quality; PC silver mirror grey lens; black/grey frame uvex i-works spectacles
uvex pheos spectacles anti-fog interior; standard size, sunglare filter, silver mirror; large field of vision; PC silver mirror grey lens; light grey/grey frame uvex pheos spectacles

Grey

Think of a grey tint like your favorite pair of sunglasses; it’s used to dim the brightness of surroundings without color distortion. If you work in any outdoor environment with prolonged sun exposure, whether bright or partially sunny, a grey tint blocks natural glare and sun glare so that you’re not putting constant strain on your eyes.

uvex i-5 spectacles maximum adaptability; anti-fog on the inside, extremely resistant to chemicals and scratches on the outside; grey 23% PC lens; anthracite, lime frame uvex i-5 spectacles
uvex sportstyle spectacles scratch-resistant exterior; anti-fog interior; sunglare filter; only 23 g; PC grey 23 % lens; white/black frame uvex sportstyle spectacles
uvex pheos cx2 spectacles anti-fog interior, scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant exterior; soft component bonded directly with the lens; PC grey 23 % lens; white/black frame uvex pheos cx2 spectacles
uvex pheos cx2 sonic goggles scratch-resistant outside, anti-fog inside; 34 grams only; uvex i-gonomics; lens PC grey 23 %; frame white, black uvex pheos cx2 sonic goggles

CBR65 brown

If you work in bright artificial light environments, the uvex CBR65 lens is a revolution in eyewear protection, giving workers more Contrast enhancement, Blue light reduction, and Relaxed vision with 65% transmission.

uvex CBR65 absorbs up to 50% of harmful blue light with a maximum absorption of 450nm, while at the same time offering better contrast for a clearer vision to help reduce strain on the eyes and therefore increase comfort. The 65% visible light transmission delivers a relaxed field-of-vision and prevents the eye from getting tired too fast. uvex CBR65 is ideal for people working indoors under harsh light conditions, such as strong LED lighting, neon, or very bright environments; for those in changing light environments, either indoor or outdoor; and for those that require high levels of concentration or undertake close inspection work.

uvex sportstyle spectacles PC lens light brown (CBR65); sun protection; scratch-resistant on the outside, anti-fog protection on the inside; frame white, black uvex sportstyle spectacles
uvex pheos cx2 spectacles lens PC light brown (CBR65); sun protection; soft component bonded directly with the lens; extremely scratch- and chemical-resistant outside, anti-fog inside; frame black, white uvex pheos cx2 spectacles
uvex super f OTG spectacles PC light brown (CBR65); sun protection; overspec; anti-fog on the inside, extremely scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant on the outside; frame black, white uvex super f OTG spectacles

Application recommendations

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