Tints

Published on
April 19, 2022

There are at least five reasons why tinted lenses are prescribed: comfort, vision enhancement, fashion, concealment, and protection. In the morning, it can be uncomfortable to drive towards the rising sun. A golf ball can easily get lost in the sky. Wearing sunglasses may help tired eyes. Long-term exposure to the sun's UV rays and short wavelength blue light can damage eye structures. For a patient with vision loss tinted lenses can often make a major difference towards improving the contrast of colors and subsequently their day to day vision. 

Do tints help with certain visual disorders?

Different diseases can impact our visual abilities differently and therefore certain tints may be more suited for specific conditions. For example someone with glaucoma will perceive light differently than someone with macular degeneration However, with that said, sometimes patients with the same disease can have different preferences of tints. During an eye exam for low vision, a low vision optometrist will demonstrate different tints and assess what if any tint the patient prefers. In particular, the low vision optometrist is looking to see how the tint enhances the patients vision, both for reading and distance vision. While there are general rules about what tints can help different patients, no two patients will always find benefits with the same tint. As a rule however a low vision optometrist wouldn't put someone in a dark gray sunglass if they have trouble discerning light from dark objects - meaning that they cannot distinguish light from dark. This would make it that much harder for them to see. When patients use a brown amber tent, or even a yellow orange tent, the contrast actually increases. This makes it easier to see targets in the distance. 

Are tints recommended for everyone?

Some patients benefit greatly from it. However, some people try these and don't see any difference. So it's really one of those cases where at the evaluation, it's more about informing and showing patients what is available and how things can change. Again, it is truly an individual process to see what is actually helpful to a patient when an eye doctor evaluates them.

In what colors do tinted lenses come?

Tinted lenses come in a variety of colors and shades, and can be solid or gradient.

Different color tints are usually found to be beneficial for specific diseases, for example: 

Cataracts

  • Yellow 
  • Amber 
  • Topaz 
  • Gray 

Corneal Conditions 

  • Plum
  • Amber 
  • Gray 
  • Gray-green 
  • Topaz 
  • Purple

Diabetic Retinopathy  

  • Plum 
  • Amber 
  • Gray-Green 
  • Gray 
  • Topaz 

Glaucoma 

  • Plum 
  • Gray 
  • Gray-Green 
  • Topaz 
  • Amber 

Macular Degeneration 

  • Orange 
  • Yellow 
  • Amber-Orange 
  • Red-Orange 
  • Amber 

Retinitis Pigmentosa 

  • Amber-Orange 
  • Red-Orange 
  • Amber 
  • Gray-Green 
  • Purple 
  • Gray 
  • Topaz 

Migraines 

  • Purple 
  • Topaz 

Light Sensitivity 

  • Amber 
  • Gray-Green 
  • Purple 

Color Blind 

  • Red
  • Red-Orange 
  • Amber 
  • Purple 
  • Blue 

The above colors are general guidelines on the colors of tint that are most effective for specific conditions. Call (562) 925-6591 to schedule an eye exam at our Bellflower practice and improve your vision with filtered tints. 

Testimonials


  • I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.


    Claire A.

  • Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.


    Jim K.

  • My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!


    Teresa S.

  • The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.


    Joe M.

  • I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.


    Kayla W.

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