Advice: Best Sunglass Lenses for Golfers
There is no doubt that golfers require the best contrast enhancing sunglasses and glasses. Just finding your ball when it’s on the fairway is hard on a good day, let alone if your vision is impaired.
One of the most important pieces of advice—you need to wear sunglass lenses that suit your unique, internal color perception to maximize contrast sensitivity. People have different perceptions of color because of their individual photoreceptor and opacities in the intra-ocular lens of their eyes. The proper lens color will increase your ability to see more clearly on the fairway and lower your game by a couple of strokes.
How can you identify which color lens is right for you? At Harvard Square Eye Care, we have a lens color wheel that you can hold up to your eyes. You can test various lens options to identify the exact right color for your vision needs. There are general guidelines for selecting lenses for different purposes, but I have found that it is most helpful when patients test out the colors and decide what works best for them.
In golf, your ability to putt on the green is of the utmost importance. It separates the girls from the women on a golf course. An important fact to note is that with color enhancement glasses you will be able to read the greens better because the color enhancement increases your depth perception.
Brown and Amber colored lenses are good for golf because the colors enhance contrast to read the green and will also help you to see long distances. These lenses are good for tracking your ball against the blue sky and against the green color of the fairway. A positive aspect of these colored lenses is they don’t change the true nature of your color perception.
The biggest difference between Brown and Amber is that Amber allows more light through, so it’s more ideal for cloudy days on the course. Amber has a similar contrast to Brown, but is better in low light conditions to see the ball and greens.
Rose Copper lenses are best for putting on the green because the Rose Copper allows you to see the red and yellow tones within the color green. This has the effect of enhancing your skills to read the breaks and grains of the green. Rosy hues change the natural environment.
Oakley makes PRIZM lenses that are golf-specific; both Golf and Golf Dark. The color is fine-tuned for 18 holes on the golf course.