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How to Shop for Prescription Sunglasses

Many eyeglasses wearers are unfamiliar with how to shop for prescription sunglasses. This guide will help you find what you’re looking for.

How to Shop for Prescription Sunglasses

Prescription SunglassesPrescription sunglasses may seem like a bit of a luxury to people who spend an arm and a leg on a good pair of prescription glasses, but there are some good reasons to invest in this second pair. You will be spreading out the wear you put on your glasses, enhancing the protection you get from the sun (which Transitions can only do so much about), protecting your eyes during rigorous or athletic activities, and enhancing your vision in bright sunlight and bothersome glare.

Prescription sunglasses don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, either. If you know what the average prescription glasses cost without insurance coverage at the eye doctor, you’ll be amazed at how much more you can get for as little as half the price when shopping for prescription sunglasses online. The savings online are almost unbelievable, allowing you to get add-ons like polarization, mirror coatings, and anti-reflective coatings.

If you’re considering buying a pair of prescription sunglasses online, here’s some useful information:

  • Prescription sunglasses take the beating you don’t want your regular glasses to take. You will probably be more active and more likely to scratch your glasses at times when you’re wearing shades. Do it with glasses that are meant for an active lifestyle!
  • Prescription sunglasses will save your eyes from the eye strain and fatigue associated with exposure to bright sunlight for several hours.
  • Prescription sunglasses can be made much darker than most Transitions lenses are capable of getting, meaning you’ll have enhanced protection from the sun.
  • If you get prescription sunglasses in a wraparound frame, you’ll have better side protection from the sun (such as when you’re driving), and many wraparound sunglasses have higher impact ratings than standard glasses. Your eyes will be safer during the sports and risky business you want to get into this summer!
  • Prescription sunglasses can be purchased online for as little as half the cost of a pair of clear prescription glasses would be at the eye doctor’s office. This means you can get lenses with polarization, mirror coatings, anti-reflective coating, or all three at a fraction of the cost it’d be locally.

When shopping for prescription sunglasses online, here are some useful tips:

  • Get a wraparound style frame, if you can. They are limited to the prescriptions they can take, but if you can get one it’ll be better protection from the sun and anything that might come flying at your face while you’re having fun outdoors.
  • If you’re doing anything around the water, or if you’re going to use them for driving, get polarization. Polarization filters unwanted glare (such as reflected light off of roads, cars, and water), giving you better vision on the road or on the water.
  • Anti-reflective coating is only good for driving. If you are mainly using the glasses for outdoor activities, skip the AR coating; it’ll wear out faster than the glasses do.
  • Mirror coating is best for water sports… or to look cool. Mirrors reflect the color of the mirror (so a blur mirror reflects blue, etc.). This means that a blue mirror is great on the water, because it’ll block some of the blue coming into your eyes. All mirrors look cool and add extra sun protection, so if you have sensitive eyes or like the look, a mirror coating is a good choice.
  • Don’t get polarized lenses if you’re going to be using an LCD screen a lot. Polarization affects how LCD screens are viewed, making it hard or impossible to see them – especially in the sun. If you are using an LCD a lot with your prescription sunglasses, don’t get polarized lenses.

Prescription sunglasses should be fun to shop for, so hopefully this guide will set your mind at ease that you’re making the right choice as you shop around. It is always a good idea to call the store you’re shopping at if you have any questions about their products.

If you are unsure about what’s best for you, or if you have questions about prescription sunglasses, leave us a comment below or give us a call! We can tell you what’s best for your sunwear needs, whether you’re getting on the Harley or reading on the beach. Thanks for reading, and have a great summer!

  1. Dan Cevidanes says:

    Hello, i want to change my high prescription glasses, and by reading the article above i think im leaving with more questions than answers. You see, my prescription is over 13, (i don´t know if that makes sense, its really high myopia, so the lenses can become really thick), and i also work with computers, do water sports and i also drive, so none of the categories matches with nothing, according to your explanation above… i´m kind of more confused on what to get!

  2. Deb Pearl says:

    I recently had to get some glasses and now I can’t wear my sunglasses that I have already. I would love to be able to order some prescription sunglasses, but I don’t know what to look for. I didn’t know that anti-reflective coating is only good for driving. I do mostly use my sunglasses for driving, though. So if they don’t do well outside, I should get two pairs. One with and one without! Thanks for all the information!

    • msatghare says:

      Anti reflecting coating is very delicate. You have to keep it very clean and protected, otherwise it tends to scratch. I would recommend having two pairs, one with a polarized tint for driving and another clear one to use at night.

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