In our Kaenon Prescription Baseball & Softball Sunglasses & Lens Tint Guide we’ve done our best to simplify the information on baseball & softball sunglasses and lenses technology along with frame choice, lens tints, lens materials, and lens choices. Whether you’re pitching on full sun day, catching a fly ball at a night game, or batting in overcast conditions having the right prescription sunglasses and lens tint will have a major impact on your visual clarity and overall performance. Below we’ve broken down the essential things to look for when selecting the correct lens tints for the type of conditions you’re playing in, and the frame that will best fit your needs.
When it comes to baseball & softball outside of your mitt, bat, and ball the right pair of prescription sunglasses is arguably one of the most important pieces of gear for the game. Not only does the right pair of Rx prescription sunglasses allow you to see the ball and movement of the game, they also provide the option for increased contrast, or the ability to cut out harsh glare in bright, full sunlight conditions. When looking for a pair of prescription sunglasses for baseball & softball here are a few key factors to consider:
Polarization for Baseball & Softball: Polarized prescription lenses are highly recommended for any activity where light can reflect off of surfaces and cause glare. Polarized Rx lenses are a great option for baseball & softball because they will greatly reduce glare from objects in the stands, so instead of seeing the light reflected back into your eyes it is filtered out and clarifies your vision. Polarized lenses are ideal for getting the clearest view possible as well as typically providing the darkest lenses.
Light conditions for Baseball & Softball: Whether you are playing a baseball & softball game in the middle of the day in full sunlight, an evening game in and out of shadows, or a night game it is important to consider your light conditions when selecting a lens tint. Baseball & softball is played in a variety of light conditions but because sunglasses are generally worn in baseball & softball on sunny days a grey based lens is typically the best option. A grey based lens lets you see true color and will also cut out harsh glare and offer superior visual clarity in bright, full sunlight conditions. Grey base lenses will darken the environment without making it high contrast, which the eye translates as light. A grey based lens will be ideal for bright conditions and all day wear as it will put less stress on the eye by dulling the light that is transmitted. Due to the nature of the sport when playing baseball & softball in full sunlight conditions there will be times when you may have to look directly into the sun for balls, in which case you would want the darkest lens option for the intense lighting.
If you are playing baseball & softball in the late afternoon a brown, copper, rose, or amber base lens would be ideal. These are all going to be high contrast lenses that help to improve depth perception when in shadows. Late afternoon and early evening games can have shadows that are cast on certain parts of the field from lights or bleachers. When you are in the shadows a high contrast lens will make it seem not as dark as a grey base lens would.
Glass vs Polycarbonate vs SR-91 for Baseball & Softball: Lens material is often times a personal choice but when it comes to baseball & softball you will always want a shatter proof lens as there is the risk of being hit in the eye with the ball. This makes glass out of the question as it can shatter. Kaenon’s SR-91 lenses combine the optical clarity of glass lenses with the lightweight, strength and impact resistance of polycarbonate. This makes Kaenon prescription sunglasses a great option for both baseball and softball players
Progressive Sunglasses for Baseball & Softball: Progressive lenses are typically not recommended for baseball & softball or softball as there is no need for a reading addition in either sport. Progressive lenses are essentially lineless bifocals that gradually change from your distance prescription to your add power.
When it comes to selecting a frame a lot of it will come down to personal preference. One of the things you’ll want to make sure of with any frame you select for baseball & softball is that it’s a wrap sunglass that provides full peripheral coverage from the sun and elements. You may also want to consider a frame that has sport performance features such as Kaenon’s Variflex nose pads and ear grips which increase the grip of the frame as you perspire to prevent the frame from sliding down your nose. Most baseball & softball players prefer a semi-rimless sunglass so that their vision isn’t obstructed and that perspiration doesn’t pool in the lower rim of the frame.
Kaenon Kore Prescription Sunglasses: Kaenon offers three Kore styles within their collection, the Hard Kore, Soft Kore, and Kore prescription sunglasses. These three styles are going to be the best suited and most popular Kaenon sunglass frames for baseball & softball. All three are semi-rimless allowing your vision to be unobstructed and keeping perspiration from pooling in the lower portion of the frame. They also have interchangeable lenses making it easy to quickly change your lens as the light conditions change. Below is the difference between the three Kore frame options:
Kaenon Hard Kore Prescription Sunglasses: These are going to be the most popular frame choice from Kaenon for baseball & softball sunglasses. The Kaenon Hard Kore has a wide lens that provides full face coverage while still having the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. The Hard Kore also features straight stems that are designed to easily and comfortably fit under a baseball & softball cap.
Kaenon Soft Kore Prescription Sunglasses: The Kaenon Soft Kore is going to be smaller version of the Hard Kore with narrower ear stems that aren’t as straight as the Hard Kore. The Kaenon Soft Kore will also have a wide lens that provides full face coverage while still having the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. This prescription baseball & softball sunglass is going to be best suited for average to narrow faces and is also a great option for women.
Kaenon Kore Prescription Sunglasses: The Kaenon Kore prescription sunglasses are the original frame design within the Kore collection. The Kore sunglasses are larger than the soft Kore but have narrower ear stems that aren’t as straight as the Hard Kore. The Kaenon Kore will also have the same wide lens as the Hard Kore that provides full face coverage while still having the flexibility of interchangeable lenses.
Kaenon’s G12 Polarized Lenses for Baseball & Softball: Kaenon’s Grey12 Polarized lenses do not alter color perception like Kaenon’s high contrast Copper lenses do. Kaenon’s Grey 12 lenses block 88% of visible light and are the darkest lenses that Kaenon offers. These lenses perform best in bright, full sun conditions. Grey lenses are the most comfortable lens color for long term sun exposure since they are neutral and offer no contrast which your eyes translate as brightness. As mentioned above, due to the nature of the sport when playing baseball & softball in full sunlight conditions there will be times when you may have to look directly into the sun for balls, in which case you would want the darkest lens option for the intense lighting.
Kaenon’s Copper C12 Polarized Lenses for Baseball & Softball: Kaenon’s Copper C12 Polarized lens is Kaenon’s darkest high contrast lens. Kaenon’s Copper lenses offer a high contrast tint that enhances color contrast and detail recognition. These lenses perform best in bright, full sun conditions where enhanced contrast is ideal. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as baseball & softball since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground.
Kaenon’s Copper C50 Polarized Lenses for Baseball & Softball: Kaenon’s Copper lenses enhance color contrast and detail recognition in a variety of lighting conditions. Kaenon’s Copper 50 (C50) lenses block 50% of visible light which allows maximum light transmission for the greatest detail recognition. These lenses perform best in low light and hazy conditions. For the baseball & softball the Kaenon Copper 50 lens is recommended for cloudy, overcast games. Like the Kaenon C12 lens, copper lenses are good for baseball & softball as they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground.
*If you still have additional questions about baseball & softball prescription sunglasses one of our sports specialists would be happy to help you. Please contact us by email, phone, or chat and we’ll make sure you get into a sunglass frame and lens that matches your performance needs.