You love the swag sunnies give you but you also need prescription eyewear. Wearing un-powered sunglasses has you stumbling through the world blurry eyed. You’ve tried contact lenses but they feel gritty in your eyes. So what’s a wo(man) gotta do? The answer my friend, is prescription sunglasses. What’s that you ask?
The choice of millions of prescription eyeglass wearers, but definitely a more expensive option than a regular pair of shades. So should you be spending your hard earned money on prescription sunglasses? Let’s check out the pros and cons and then you can decide whether they are the right choice for you.
Prescription sunglasses come with all the benefits high end sunglasses do; they allow you to get quality lenses with high UV protection. You can get lenses that are scratch-resistant and even polarized lenses that reduce glare. If you enjoy long drives or days at the beach, then it’s very important your shades have anti-glare lens filters to prevent eye strain and keep your eyes comfortable.
And if you wear progressive or multifocal lenses, then prescription sunglasses can be fitted with those as well. How cool can it get? You could read a book on the beach or play a game of scrabble at the family picnic and the keep the same glasses on as you drive home. That’s what makes prescription sunglasses so convenient and practical.
What’s even better, you can pick and choose a frame that flatters your face shape best and then select your prescription sunglass lenses to go with it. Want to make a statement with your sunglasses, this is the way to go! In fact, the styling of prescription sunglass frames is nearly as wide as that of non-prescription sunglasses in almost all of the same fashion, designer and celebrity eyewear styles. Check out some of the cool styles and shapes right here: Brown Transparent Grey Mirror Full Rim Rectangle John Jacobs JJ Tints JJ S13314-C3 Sunglasses, Matte Gunmetal Blue Full Rim Hexagonal Vincent Chase Polarized Premium VC S13121-C4 Sunglasses and Gold Brown Tortoise Brown Gradient Full Rim Cat Eye Vincent Chase Polarized MIRAGE VC S11177-C6 Polarized Sunglasses
Transition Glasses Versus Prescription Sunglasses?
Now the next big question, what should you opt for; prescription sunglasses or transition lenses that darken when the intensity of light increases. Why not just add transition lenses to your current glass frames? Two for the price of one, right? Actually, transition lenses are great while you’re outdoors, but only work when you’re out directly in the sun in contact with UV rays. They won’t work if you’re driving because most car windshields block a significant amount of UV light and photochromic lenses won’t don’t darken. So, while the sun won’t be in your eyes, the glare off the road will certainly be bothersome.
Clip-Ons, Contacts Or Prescription Sunglasses?
It’s worth mentioning here that clip-ons—while a great add on to regular prescription eyewear—are not very practical either. Imagine driving down a road with the sun shining in your eyes while you fumble around for those clip-ons and then try attaching them on your frames while driving. Dangerous to say the least! Clearly, prescription sunglasses are far more convenient and well worth the initial investment.
Even if you wear contact lenses and prefer to wear zero power sunnies usually, there are times when contact lenses are not a sensible option. Wind and sand especially can make it uncomfortable to wear contacts and if you are planning a day at the beach or on a picnic, wearing prescription sunglasses is a far more practical alternative outdoors. With prescription sunglasses, you have the option of wearing them anytime outdoors without having to fumble around for clip-on sunglasses or eye irritation caused by contact lenses.
Did you know that prescription sunglasses are available for virtually any lens prescription, including bifocal and progressive lens options? So whether you are myopic or presbyopic and need glasses to watch a cricket match in the stadium or read a book, you can get prescription sunglasses that can also help you if you need reading glasses only or if you wear contact lenses to correct only your distance vision and still need that additional help for reading.
Prescription Sunglasses Lens Options
Prescription sunglasses are available in all lens materials currently in use, including high-index, polycarbonate, regular (CR-39) plastic, Trivex (a lightweight material similar to polycarbonate) and glass. While glass probably provides the best optical quality, it’s not the most preferred choice for sunglasses because it’s heavier than lenses made of other materials and can shatter easily.
While buying prescription sunglasses, your primary concern should be that the lenses block 100 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s important to note that UV protection is unrelated to the color and density of the tint in sunglass lenses, so you can choose any lens color and darkness you like, as long as you ensure that the lenses provide 100 percent UV protection. Check out Grey Transparent Brown Brown Solid Full Rim Rectangle Vincent Chase Polarized alchemy LA S13303 -C4 Polarized Sunglasses and Black Mid Green Full Rim Cat Eye Vincent Chase Online MIRAGE VC S11074/P-C5 Polarized Sunglasses.
For additional glare protection from light bouncing off reflective surfaces like glass, water and the road, you could consider polarized sunglasses like Gold Green Full Rim Aviator Shape Vincent Chase VINTAGE VC 5158/P-C20 Polarized Sunglasses as well. So, all said and done prescription sunglasses are definitely worth your money to keep you seeing clearly in style.