What You Should Know About Prescription Sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses are a handy addition to your eyewear collection, and here’s why! OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Is it a good idea to purchase prescription sunglasses? Yes, and here’s why.

If you spend a lot of time driving during periods of maximum glare, hunting for your tinted attachments for your prescription glasses while you’re supposed to be focusing on the road could be a hazard. Even if you are considering transition lenses – a convenient investment for numerous circumstances – you should be aware that their effectiveness might be compromised by the UV protection of your windshield. Moreover, many forms of transition lenses aren’t polarized because polarization inhibits visual clarity when looking at digital screens. Lenses that aren’t polarized don’t offer glare protection.

Additionally, prescription sunglasses are a great resource for people who wear contact lenses and spend a lot of time participating in outdoor activities. Wind, water, and sand can cause eye irritation and damage your contacts. They’re available in readers too, so if you want to spend your weekends by the pool or lounging on the sand with a novel, they’re a great and affordable option.

Prescription sunglasses are great for almost all corrective prescriptions, and are available in progressive lens and bifocal styles. You can even get prescription swim goggle sunglasses!

Prescription Sunglasses Frame Styles

Prescription sunglasses are available in virtually any frame you desire with the exception of some wraparound styles that might distort vision due to dramatic lens curvature. If wraparound sunglasses are your favorite style, discuss your options with an optician, because certain designers offer wraparounds for mild prescriptions.

Prescription Sunglasses Lens Materials

No matter what lens materials you prefer, they are available in prescription sunglasses. These include glass and a wide variety of thermoplastics.

While corrective eyewear lenses in glass offer exceptional correction and are considered the superior option when it comes to overall lens quality, they are not the ideal choice for prescription sunglasses. This is because they are not as durable as thermoplastic alternatives, like polycarbonate, and are considerably heavier. Nevertheless, if you prefer glass lenses and do not plan on wearing them under highly active circumstances, you can request glass lenses.

Transition lenses, also called photochromic lenses, are a good option for outdoor activities, though they aren’t ideal for driving (windshields can interfere with the lenses’ response). However, because they adjust to UV intensity, they can offer more intensive protection in brighter conditions.

Prescription Sunglasses Glare and UV Protection

UV protection is the most important characteristic when purchasing sunglasses, whether they are prescription or non-prescription. While we are largely aware of the damage UV rays can do to our skin, we are less aware of the damage UV exposure does to our eyes over time. Sun damage can make you more susceptible to numerous eye conditions, including cataracts and even ocular melanoma (eye cancer). You want to be sure that you get 100 percent UV protection.

Lens color is not related to UV protection – light tints can block 100 percent of UV rays, and darker lenses can offer less protection. Additionally, polarization is more effective in blocking glare than lens darkness. This feature is especially important for highly reflective environments, like the beach or in the snow.

OptiExpress offers a huge selection of prescription eyewear from some of the world’s most renowned designers, including Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Coach, Prada, Versace, and more.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is one of Ft. Myers’s most respected and distinguished optometry specialists. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.