ZEISS Skylet®

Selective absorption for higher contrast

Skylet® is a high quality dip coating for the plastic range of lenses from ZEISS. Skylet® sun protection lenses have been specially designed for situations in which greater protection is required from UV light and glare, and special demands are made on contrast at the same time.
As such sports as gliding, skiing, cycling or motorcycling are often performed in difficult light conditions, high contrast vision is of special importance, especially from the safety viewpoint.

Skylet® fun

Sun Protection Lenses, ZEISS Skylet fun
  • The brightest Skylet® lens with 70% light reduction
  • Cosmetically attractive, orange brown tint
  • Particularly suitable for diffuse weather and hazy visibility, e. g. for skiing, gliding, hiking or water sports
  • Optimum contrast due to special transmission curve

Skylet® road

Sun Protection Lenses, ZEISS Skylet road
  • Sun protection lens with 80% light reduction for all-round use
  • Attractive brown tint
  • Drivers, motorcyclists, surfers, hikers, yachting enthusiasts and cyclists will appreciate the contrast-enhancing effect in medium-to-strong sunshine

Skylet® sport

Sun Protection Lenses, ZEISS Skylet sport
  • Dark brown sun protection lens with 90% light reduction
  • The lens to recommend for dazzling sunshine and glare, e. g. on glaciers, in high mountainous areas, on water and for flying

The benefits for the wearer

  • Sun protection lenses with outstanding colour contrast in dazzling sunshine and in diffuse light
  • Particularly suitable for all outdoor sports due to its high resistance to breakage and low weight
  • Attractive colours
  • Uniform light reduction irrespective of lens power
  • 100% solar UV protection


Sun Protection Lenses, ZEISS Skylet
Skylet® filters out annoying blue scatter

The Sunglass Lens with Special Transmission Properties

On the basis of recent scientific advances and numerous tests, the R&D department at ZEISS has specially developed Skylet® sunglass lenses to meet the requirements of extreme light conditions. The special feature of these lenses lies in their markedly reduced transmission for the short-wave portion of visible radiation. The result: even in diffuse light, Skylet® sunglass lenses provide outstanding contrast.

Compared to traditional sunglass lenses, Skylet® sunglass lenses display higher transmission in the region in which the eye is particularly sensitive (V λ = 555 nm). With the same level of light reduction as other lenses, Skylet® therefore appears to be subjectively brighter to the wearer, but provides the same protection against glare.

Sun Protection Lenses, ZEISS Skylet
Blue is superimposed on and falsifies all other colours: the chromatic zones are shifted towards the blue corner

How does Scatter Influence Colour Vision?

Direct sunlight is always scattered, with the blue portion of light being subject to the greatest scatter. Our colour perception is influenced by this effect, as all colours contain a small portion of blue. This is why, for instance, we see the sky as blue.

Due to the blue portion, all chromatic zones are shifted towards blue. The closer the coordinates are to each other, the less contrast is seen. The result is glare and blurred outlines which are particularly annoying in extreme light conditions, e. g. in dazzling sunshine on water or in diffuse light on the ski-run.

ZEISS Skylet, Contrast-Enhancing Effect
Blue is superimposed on and falsifies all other colours: the chromatic zones are shifted towards the blue corner

Contrast Enhancement by Reducing the Blue Component of Light

Contrast-Enhancing Effect

The attenuation of the blue portion of the spectrum results in a marked enhancement in contrast, as the chromatic zones move away from blue and the distance separating them increases.

There is another reason why the attenuation of the blue region of the spectrum enhances contrast. Due to the relative myopia of the eye for short-wave radiation, blue light is bundled in front of the retina and superimposed on the other colours – vision becomes blurred.

ZEISS Skylet, Brightening Effect
Blue is superimposed on and falsifies all other colours: the chromatic zones are shifted towards the blue corner

Brightening Effect

Skylet® sunglass lenses reduce the blue portion to such an extent that the wearer enjoys clear vision.
The best way to experience the contrast-enhancing effect of Skylet® lenses is to wear them outdoors on a sunny day. A comparison with traditional sunglass lenses will also show the brightening effect.

Our Recommendations for Optimum Vision with Skylet®

ZEISS Skylet, recommendations
Transmission curves plastic lenses for Skylet® fun (70%), Skylet® road (80%) and Skylet® sport (90%)
  • Skylet® fun
    Recommended for medium ambient brightness and difficult light conditions, e. g. haze
  • Skylet® road
    Recommended for medium sunshine, e. g. summer weather in Central Europe
  • Skylet® sport
    Ideal for dazzling sunshine and strong glare, e. g. on glaciers, in high mountainous regions or for flying

  • All plastic lenses with the refractive index 1.5, 1.6 and 1.67 are available as Skylet® road, fun and sport.
  • The transmission curves of products with the refractive index 1.6 and 1.67 could differ from the lenses with the refractive index 1.5.
NEW! True UV protection
from all sides.

To offer patients true protection, ZEISS has developed an additional anti-reflective layer on the back of the lens, reducing the indirect light reflected into the eye and complementing the protection offered by ZEISS UVProtect Technology in all clear plastic lenses which blocks direct UV rays from the front.

More than 90% of UV radiation comes directly from the front. However, a minor part comes in indirectly from the sides and back. As some UV rays may be reflected onto the eye by the back surface of the lens, ZEISS antireflective coatings are designed to have low reflectance in the UV spectral range.

Back surface UV protection is now integrated as a standard feature into all premium ZEISS DuraVision coatings and the LotuTec coating.

Anti-reflective coatings with UV protection

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