The weather is finally dropping and in some parts of the country, it has already started snowing. If you live in a place where it snows frequently or are traveling to a place that does, what lenses should you wear? The answer is: it depends on the time of day.
Snow During Sunsets and Nights
If the sun is setting and it’s becoming night, clear lenses might be your best bet to face off the snow. These lenses give you the added protection layer to cover your eyes from the harsh winds without compromising visibility. That’s because you want the most light possible to come into your eyes since there will be little to no sun. If you were to get dark sunglasses, the exact opposite would occur and light would be blocked. The clear lenses also have an Ion anti-reflective coating on the back, which helps to block reflections of headlights if you are driving in the snow -- assuming it’s still safe to drive and roads aren’t closed off. Even though these glasses are clear, they offer 100% UV protection.
Snow During Low Light and Fog
If it is cloudy or foggy outside, then yellow lenses might be a better fit. These Yellow lenses emphasize the shadows in the snow so you can better see all the uneven and icy spots on the ground.
Even in low light and fog, UV rays can still penetrate the atmosphere, but these lenses offer 100% UV protection so you have nothing to worry about. These yellow lenses are also polarized which means that it will block the glare from the highly reflective snow (since snow is made out of water and water is reflective).
When it’s a bright sunny day, but snow is still on the ground, then our Glacier lenses are the ones you should be wearing. With its amber base and blue mirror coating, these dark lenses, do a great job of reducing the brightness intensity of the sun. The polarized version of these lenses works best because the polarized lenses reduce glare from intense sunlight reflecting off the snow. These lenses are also 100% UV protection.
If the conditions are going to be more varied and you don’t want to be worried about constantly switching out your lenses, then photochromic might be the better option for you.
Photochromic, also known as transition lenses, change as the light outside changes. It starts out almost clear and then increases in darkness when it is the sunniest outside. This helps you block out intense light when you need it and help light come inside the lenses when it’s dark. If you want you can get these polarized and these have 100% UV protection as well.