American Optical Lenses

Our Sunglass Lens
Technology

American Optical SkyMaster glass and AOLite nylon lenses offer remarkable optics. Learn which AO lenses are best for you – glass or nylon, polarized or non-polarized.

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Our premium suite of AO Lenses offers top-of-the-line optics

AO lenses have been expertly developed to blend clear optics, long-wearing comfort, and durability for sunglasses that look good, feel good, and, above all, protect your eyes. Learn about our SkyMaster glasss and AOLite nylon lenses, as well as polarization options.
Our Sunglass Lens Technology
Where Clarity Meets Quality

Where Clarity
Meets Quality

American Optical lenses are carefully developed to offer superior optics and eye protection. Our suite of globally sourced lenses was curated to always deliver precise optics, fine-tuned for your lifestyle. Scroll down to learn which material, color, and polarization option best suit you.

Where Clarity Meets Quality

Materials

SkyMaster™ Lenses

SkyMaster™ Lenses

Glass lenses are the gold standard for optics, offering superior clarity for the closest thing to your natural vision. Originally developed for pilots, SkyMaster™ is AO’s premium lens option for distortion-free vision and is available polarized or non-polarized.
AOLite™ Lenses

AOLite™ Lenses

AOLite™ is crafted from high-quality nylon for a lightweight, impact-resistant lens that offers increased comfort without sacrificing on optics. Hard-coated to protect from scratches, AOLite™ is an excellent alternative to glass lenses and is available polarized or non-polarized.

Colors

True-Color™ Gray

True-Color™ Gray

Gray sun lenses reduce eye fatigue in bright light conditions and are the color of choice for many pilots. Our True-Color™ Gray lenses are chromatically tuned to optimize optics.
Calobar™ Green

Calobar™ Green

Green sun lenses provide true color perception for natural vision. Calobar™ Green is chromatically tuned for optimized vision.
Cosmetan™ Brown

Cosmetan™ Brown

Brown sun lenses amplify contrast and provide warmth. Chromatic tuning enhances optics.
SunVogue™ Pink Gradient

SunVogue™ Pink Gradient

With darker tint on top, gradient lenses protect from overhead sunlight. The tint lightens for comfortable viewing through the middle of the lens. SunVogue™ Pink Gradient tint enhances depth and eases adjustment to contrast.
SunVogue™ Gray Gradient

SunVogue™ Gray Gradient

Gradient lenses offer enhanced comfort under intense overhead sunlight. The tint progressively fades to prevent eye strain. SunVogue™ Gray Gradient tint reduces eye fatigue in bright light conditions.
SunVogue™ Green Gradient

SunVogue™ Green Gradient

Gradient lenses aren't just a style choice, they protect from overhead sunlight. SunVogue™ Green Gradient tint provides true color perception for natural vision.
SunVogue™ Brown Gradient

SunVogue™ Brown Gradient

The dark tint at the top of our gradient lenses are ideal if you are often in overhead sunlight. The tint lightens to provide comfortable vision through the middle of the lens. SunVogue™ Brown Gradient tint amplifies contrast and provides warmth.
SunFlash Gold Mirror

SunFlash Gold Mirror

Flash mirror lenses reduce light entering the eye for comfortable all-day wear. Built on AO’s True-Color™ Gray lens, you won’t sacrifice optics for style.
SunFlash Silver Mirror

SunFlash Silver Mirror

Flash mirror lenses provide all-day comfort by reducing light entering the eye. Built on AO’s True-Color™ Gray lens, the mirror coating will reduce eye fatigue even further.
SunFlash Blue Mirror

SunFlash Blue Mirror

Flash mirror lenses reflect more light than standard tints for comfortable all-day wear. Built on AO’s Cosmetan™ Brown lens, get the contrast enhancement of brown tint with the calming effect of a blue lens.

AO SkyMaster™ Lenses

True-Color™ Gray Glass

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

True-Color™ Gray Nylon

Polarized

AO SkyMaster™ Lenses

Calobar™ Green Glass

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

Calobar™ Green Nylon

Polarized

AO SkyMaster™ Lenses

Cosmetan™ Brown Glass

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

Cosmetan™ Brown Nylon

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

SunVogue™ Pink Gradient Nylon

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

SunVogue™ Gray Gradient Nylon

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

SunVogue™ Green Gradient Nylon

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

SunVogue™ Brown Gradient Nylon

Polarized

AO SkyMaster™ Lenses

SunFlash Blue Mirror Glass

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

SunFlash Blue Mirror Nylon

Polarized

AO SkyMaster™ Lenses

SunFlash Gold Mirror Glass

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

SunFlash Gold Mirror Nylon

Polarized

AO SkyMaster™ Lenses

SunFlash Silver Mirror Glass

Polarized

AO AOLite™ Lenses

SunFlash Silver Mirror Nylon

Polarized

SkyMaster™ glass lenses offer superior clarity and scratch resistance. Chromatically tuned True-Color gray tint reduces eye fatigue in bright light conditions. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
  • Distortion-free for optical clarity
    Distortion-free for optical clarity
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

AOLite™ nylon lenses are extremely lightweight and impact resistant. True-Color™ gray tint is perfect for bright light conditions as it reduces eye fatigue. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

Choose SkyMaster™ Glass lenses for exceptional clarity. Hard coating provides scratch resistance. Chromatically tuned True-Tone™ green tint provides true color perception for natural vision. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
  • Distortion-free for optical clarity
    Distortion-free for optical clarity
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

Choose AOLite™ nylon lenses if you're looking for lightweight comfort. Chromatically tuned True-Tone™ green tint maintains your natural vision with its true color perception. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

SkyMaster™ glass lenses provide exceptional clarity as well as scratch resistance. Chromatically tuned Cosmetan™ brown tint amplifies contrast and provides warmth. Lens Filter Category: 2

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Distortion-free for optical clarity
    Distortion-free for optical clarity
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

Lightweight, impact resistant AOLite™ nylon lenses balance quality optics with lasting comfort. Cosmetan™ brown tint enhances contrast warmth for comfortable vision. Lens Filter Category: 2

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

Lightweight AOLite™ nylon lenses are comfortable to wear all day. SunVogue™ Pink Gradient tint enhances depth and eases adjustment to contrast, with a darker tint on top to protect from overhead sunlight. Lens Filter Category: 2

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

AOLite™ nylon lenses are lightweight and impact resistant, with high-quality optics. SunVogue™ Gray Gradient tint reduces eye fatigue in bright light conditions, the darker tint on top adds extra protection from overhead sun. Lens Filter Category: 2

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

AOLite™ lenses are extremely lightweight and impact resistant. SunVogue™ Green Gradient tint provides true color perception for the closest thing to natural vision. Gradient tint means that the darker tint on top will protect you from overhead sunlight. Lens Filter Category: 2

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

AOLite™ lenses are lightweight and impact resistant, without sacrificing optics. SunVogue™ Brown Gradient tint sharpens contrast and provides warmth, with a darker tint on top add more protection from overhead sunlight. Lens Filter Category: 2

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

SunFlash SkyMaster™ Glass mirror lenses offer superior clarity and scratch resistance. Chromatically tuned Cosmetan™ brown tint amplifies contrast and provides warmth. A blue flash mirror reduces light entering the eye for more comfortable wear. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
  • Distortion-free for optical clarity
    Distortion-free for optical clarity
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

SunFlash AOLite™ mirror lenses are extremely lightweight and impact resistant. Chromatically tuned Cosmetan™ brown tint amplifies contrast and provides warmth. A blue flash mirror reduces light entering the eye for more comfortable wear. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

SkyMaster™ Glass mirror lenses offer superior clarity and scratch resistance. Chromatically tuned True-Color™ gray tint reduces eye fatigue in bright light conditions. SunFlash gold mirror lenses reduce light entering the eye for more comfortable wear. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
  • Distortion-free for optical clarity
    Distortion-free for optical clarity
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

SunFlash AOLite™ mirror lenses are extremely lightweight and impact resistant. Chromatically tuned True-Color™ gray tint reduces eye fatigue in bright light conditions. A gold flash mirror reduces light entering the eye for more comfortable wear. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

SunFlash SkyMaster™ Glass mirror lenses offer superior clarity and scratch resistance. Chromatically tuned True-Color™ gray tint reduces eye fatigue in bright light conditions. A silver flash mirror reduces light entering the eye for more comfortable wear. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat
  • Distortion-free for optical clarity
    Distortion-free for optical clarity
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision

SunFlash AOLite™ mirror lenses are extremely lightweight and impact resistant. Chromatically tuned True-Color™ gray tint reduces eye fatigue in bright light conditions. A silver flash mirror reduces light entering the eye for more comfortable wear. Lens Filter Category: 3

  • 100% UVA/UVB protection
    100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective backside coating
    Anti-reflective backside coating
  • Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
    Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating
  • Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
    Impact-resistant (ANSI Z80.3)
  • Scratch-resistant hardcoat
    Scratch-resistant hardcoat
  • Lightweight for comfort
    Lightweight for comfort
  • AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
    AO Polarized Enhanced contrast
  • AO Polarized Glare-free vision
    AO Polarized Glare-free vision
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polarized
polarized
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True-Color™ Gray Glass
True-Color™ Gray Glass Polarized
True-Color™ Gray Nylon
True-Color™ Gray Nylon Polarized
Calobar™ Green Glass
Calobar™ Green Glass Polarized
Calobar™ Green Nylon
Calobar™ Green Nylon Polarized
Cosmetan™ Brown Glass
Cosmetan™ Brown Glass Polarized
Cosmetan™ Brown Nylon
Cosmetan™ Brown Nylon Polarized
SunVogue™ Pink Gradient Nylon
SunVogue™ Pink Gradient Nylon Polarized
SunVogue™ Gray Gradient Nylon
SunVogue™ Gray Gradient Nylon Polarized
SunVogue™ Green Gradient Nylon
SunVogue™ Green Gradient Nylon Polarized
SunVogue™ Brown Gradient Nylon
SunVogue™ Brown Gradient Nylon Polarized
SunFlash Blue Mirror Glass
SunFlash Blue Mirror Glass Polarized
SunFlash Blue Mirror Nylon
SunFlash Blue Mirror Nylon Polarized
SunFlash Gold Mirror Glass
SunFlash Gold Mirror Glass Polarized
SunFlash Gold Mirror Nylon
SunFlash Gold Mirror Nylon Polarized
SunFlash Silver Mirror Glass
SunFlash Silver Mirror Glass Polarized
SunFlash Silver Mirror Nylon
SunFlash Silver Mirror Nylon Polarized
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polarized
Polarized lenses reduce extra bright light glares and hazy vision. An option that offers superior clarity and eye protection
Polarized lenses reduce extra bright light glares and hazy vision. An option that offers superior clarity and eye protection

Understand Your Lens

TV 80-100%
TV 80-100%
Sunglasses with light lens colors. Very limited reduction of sunlight. >80% transmittance of sunlight. Lens Filter Category: 0
TV 43-80%
TV 43-80%
Sunglasses with light lens colors. Limited reduction of sunlight. 43-80% transmittance of sunlight. Lens Filter Category: 1
TV 18-43%
TV 18-43%
Sunglasses for general use. Good reduction of sunlight. 18-43% transmittance of sunlight. Lens Filter Category: 2
TV 8-18%
TV 8-18%
Sunglasses for general use. High reduction of sunlight. 8-18% transmittance of sunlight. Lens Filter Category: 3
TV 3-8%
TV 3-8%
Very high reduction of sunlight. Very dark sunglasses for special use. Not suitable for driving and road use. 3-8% transmittance of sunlight. Lens Filter Category: 4

Frequently Asked

Take a look at our Care Guide for details on how to best care for your American Optical frames.

When choosing a lens material and color, it is important to consider your overall lifestyle and the conditions in which you will be wearing your AO sunglasses. AOLite lenses are crafted from high-quality nylon for a lightweight, impact-resistant lens that offers increased comfort without sacrificing optics. SkymasterTM glass lenses offer superior clarity. Originally developed for pilots, SkyMaster™ is AO’s premium lens option for distortion-free vision. When choosing between nylon and glass, be sure to consider that glass lenses are heavier and while durable, are still glass and may get damaged when dropped onto hard surfaces.

Also consider your lifestyle when choosing a lens color, it’s not just about how your sunglasses look. Choose True-Tone™ Green for true color perception closest natural vision. Choose Cosmetan™ Brown to amplify contrast and provide warmth. Choose True-Color™ Gray, the first choice of many pilots, to reduce eye fatigue in bright light conditions.

Unfortunately, we do not provide a prescription lens service. We understand that you may be purchasing sunglasses and then getting prescription lenses. In this case, we strongly recommend that you work with an eyecare professional to ensure proper fit and recommend the best lenses for you. You can find optical stores that carry AO Eyewear on our locations page.

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