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Sunglasses, Night/dusk tint?

Old 06-02-07, 06:34 PM
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Sunglasses, Night/dusk tint?

Hey,

I got a pair of prescription sunglasses last year after getting DENIED for lasik. (wileyX SG1's). I got them with a red (vermillion) tint. They have been great so far. The red is great in cloudy and sunny conditions.

They darken things just a little too much at night though. So I am going to get another set of inserts for riding in the dark/dusk.

I just don't know if going clear or maybe yellow tint would be better. The clear will easily work. But the yellow might also be nice for extremely overcast/rainy type conditions.

anyone ride at night with yellow tint? better or worse than clear? Or maybe about the same?

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I've tried yellow tint at night but it didn't cut it for me. I kept riding right into potholes that I didn't pick up with the glasses. Some people have better luck with it than I do, though.

I use a pair of CAT-1 Prologues now. They darken fairly well during the day and are light enough to wear at night. They work great for me since i ride into work during the day and usually work long hours and ride home after dark.
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Sorry, I don't ride at dusk at all, however I can report to you that I do use yellow inserts all the time and they do brighten up things by day, so I would imagine that would hold true for the evening as well.
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Originally Posted by derath
Hey,

I got a pair of prescription sunglasses last year after getting DENIED for lasik. (wileyX SG1's). I got them with a red (vermillion) tint. They have been great so far. The red is great in cloudy and sunny conditions.

They darken things just a little too much at night though. So I am going to get another set of inserts for riding in the dark/dusk.

I just don't know if going clear or maybe yellow tint would be better. The clear will easily work. But the yellow might also be nice for extremely overcast/rainy type conditions.

anyone ride at night with yellow tint? better or worse than clear? Or maybe about the same?

-D
The best visual acuity will always be achieved with perfectly clear, anti-reflective coated lenses, period. This combination will allow for approx 98 - 99 percent transmittance of visible light.

Uncoated, clear lenses will transmit in the range of 91 - 94 percent, depending on manufacturer and material.

Adding any amount of color will drop the transmittance down lower from that range. Any possible benefit from the color will be lost, due to the lower amount of visible light making it back to the retina.
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Why not ask your optometrist?
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Old 06-03-07, 06:25 AM
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Originally Posted by 2Tired2Shift
Why not ask your optometrist?
Cause he doesn't bike?

But as I was guessing, it sounds like clear will be the way to go.

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I've done a bit of riding at night, and I would probably opt for clear lenses over the yellow. Yellow is good in low light, such as dusk or overcast days. However, my eyes adapt even more extremely to the low or no light situation at night, and I don't like the contrast of having oncoming car headlights brightened even more.
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My eye folks recommended yellow. Her brother was a long time cyclist.
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