The Benefits of Yellow Lenses in Sunglasses

by Renee Miller ; Updated September 28, 2017

Yellow sunglass lenses benefit people who are often outside in hazy conditions.

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Yellow lenses are the choice of many athletes and professionals working outdoors. They absorb blue and ultraviolet (UV) light and offer depth and contrast in conditions that are otherwise stressful on your eyes.

Depth Perception

Yellow lenses offer the greatest depth perception and contrast because they filter out blue light. This is important for sports such as hunting and skeet shooting because yellow lenses filter the blue light of the sky, allowing you to see the smallest movement.

Ultraviolet Light Absorption

Amber or yellow lenses provide sharpness and contrast in hazy light conditions because they absorb UV and blue light making everything seem brighter. This makes them good for working around dawn or dusk and on overcast or foggy days.

Decrease Eye Fatigue

If you do a lot of driving, yellow lenses helps decrease fatigue because they add contrast to your vision. Yellow lenses also decrease fatigue when driving in the evening because they increase visual clarity. This is why bikers and pilots often use yellow lenses.

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About the Author

Renee Miller began writing professionally in 2008, contributing to websites and the "Community Press" newspaper. She is co-founder of On Fiction Writing, a website for writers. Miller holds a diploma in social services from Clarke College in Belleville, Ontario.