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Prescription Sunglasses

What are prescription sunglasses? | How to add a prescription to sunglasses | Is it worth buying prescription sunglasses? | Where to buy prescription sunglasses? | Are prescription sunglasses more expensive? | Choosing prescription sunglasses | Conclusion

Prescription sunglasses shield your eyes from the sun while giving you perfect vision, tailored to your own needs. Find out more about them in this article.
Prescription sunglasses

Ever have that dreadful feeling in the back of your mind when you know you’re hitting the beach and will have to keep on your non-prescription sunglasses? Solely to protect your eyes from the sun and to hide your straining eyes from your friends.

Believe it or not, most prescription glasses wearers encounter this feeling every summer or when in the sun. The annoyance of switching from sunglasses to prescription eyeglasses is real, and most people suffer in silence!

Your years-long problem will finally be over with a pair of prescription sunglasses! Find out why you’ll benefit from a pair while enjoying the sunshine, how to add your prescription to a pair of sunglasses, and where and how to buy your sunshine-ready pair. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know!

What are prescription sunglasses?

Prescription sunglasses
Prescription sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses are quite literally your normal prescription glasses in a pair of sunglasses. Yes, you can add your eye prescription to a pair of sunnies!

Prescription sunglasses are an excellent option for anyone interested in receiving excellent optics, as well as all-day UV protection. Not only are they practical and affordable, but they are also extremely convenient to have on hand.

We wouldn’t walk around every day without our prescription eyeglasses, so why do we do it with our sunglasses?!

Are you tired of straining your eyes behind a pair of sunglasses and suffering in silence without your prescription glasses? Are contact lenses not quite for you? Would you find a pair of sunglasses more ‘for you’  than clip-on sunglasses lenses?

If either of those issues has got you pondering, it might just be time to try out some brand spanking new prescription sunglasses!

Believe it or not, those with a weaker prescription can get away with hiding their eyes behind a pair of non–rescriptionl sunglasses but canl suffer with eye strain, headaches, blurry vision, and much more by not wearing their prescription lenses.

These irritating symptoms, combined with the sun, sea, sand, and suncream, are a no-go! Those with strong glasses prescriptions simply wouldn’t be able to go without a pair of prescription sunglasses, as they rely on them as much as their everyday prescription glasses.

With prescription sunglasses, you’ll be able to go out and enjoy the sun while leaving your normal prescription glasses at home! Indeed, prescription sunglasses correct your vision the same as your daily glasses or contact lenses would, with the added benefit of UV protection and shielding intense and bright light.


You can get single lens, bifocal, and progressive prescription sunglasses.

How to add a prescription to sunglasses

Want a pair of prescription sunglasses? If you have a pair of sunglasses that you want to add your prescription to, you’ll be happy to know that you can! You can automatically add your prescription at checkout online when purchasing prescription sunglasses. For example, at VisionDirect, all you have to do is:

  1.  Select a pair of sunglasses that you’re ready to purchase
  2. Add to basket – select ‘buy with prescription’
  3. You will be directed to add your prescription at checkout
  4. You’ll have the option to add your prescription manually or later via email to the Optical Center

You’ll also have the option of selecting what type of lenses you’d like to add to your prescription sunglasses, such as anti-reflective lenses that are hydrophobic and UV400 protected.

You’ll be able to see these packages at checkout, as well as having the option to add Transitions® light intelligent lenses, the popular mirrored prescription sunglasses, or polarization to your sunglasses. Later in the article, we will go through the rest of the advanced lens options to help you find the perfect prescription sunglasses.

Is it worth buying prescription sunglasses?

Prescription sunglasses
Prescription sunglasses

Just take a minute to picture these scenarios…

  • Enjoying a day on the beach without irritating your contacts with the dreaded ‘three S’s, sun-screen, sand, or seawater
  • You do not have to strain and squint your eyes in the sun because you will have your prescription sunglasses!
  • Enjoying a relaxing drive by taking off your usual specs and slipping on a pair of sleek sunglasses that give you the same great vision correction as your prescription lenses without having to worry about getting the sun in your eyes
  • Being able to play your favorite outdoor sports – or even just going for a run – without worrying about your clip-on lenses falling off or breaking

Your everyday lifestyle in the sun will certainly transform once you invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses, as mentioned by happy customers at VisionDirect. Once your sunnies go prescription, you’ll never go back!

Where to buy prescription sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses
Prescription sunglasses

Getting your hands on a pair of prescription sunglasses should not be a challenge. You’ll be able to shop for prescription sunglasses online or at your opticians. However, depending on where you shop, the costs could vary from place to place.

As you may have noticed yourself, shopping in-store or at your optician’s practice tends to be a little pricier than shopping for prescription sunglasses online. You are also bound to receive your prescription sunglasses within a faster time frame than shopping in-store or at an optician.

The real question is, who will offer you the best prices with more benefits? At VisionDirect, you can shop for a pair of prescription sunglasses with the best price guaranteed, which you’ll be able to read about on our website, as well as having FREE shipping and a 100-day return policy.

You’ll also be able to find everything you need to know about our company on the authenticity page, which includes information about who we are, what we stand for, operating locations and contact information.

Are prescription sunglasses more expensive?

Prescription sunglasses
Prescription sunglasses

For obvious reasons, prescription sunglasses are more expensive than non-prescription sunglasses. For those with a more detailed prescription such as progressive, it may cost a little more but overall is extremely worth it.

As previously mentioned, you may find that adding your prescription in-store or at an optician tends to be more pricey than shopping online. 

Why would it cost more to make?

The science behind how polarization is added to lenses is pretty interesting, which is why there is an additional fee. Whether they are polarized or tints, manufacturing sunglass lenses requires more time and resources.

A technician will start making your prescription sunglasses with a blank lens. The technician will then ensure that the unique lens curvature corresponds with the customer’s prescription. This will be done by hand and with advanced machinery, with fine attention to detail and strict guidelines that must be followed at all times. 

Choosing prescription sunglasses

Already have a favorite pair of sunglasses in mind? Well, you’re in luck. No matter the brand or model, virtually any pair of sunglasses can be fitted with prescription lenses.

In addition, prescription sunglasses can be matched with any lens prescription, including bifocal and progressive lenses for conditions like presbyopia. They are also very useful for outdoor reading if you generally wear reading glasses.

Prescription sunglasses can be made with a wide variety of lens materials, including high-index lenses, polycarbonate lenses, CR-39 plastic lenses, Trivex lenses, and even glass lenses (although it must be noted that while glass lenses provide the best optics, they tend to be heavier and are more fragile than plastic lenses.

If you’re looking for a pair of outdoor shades, we’d recommend sticking with some lighter plastics). When selecting prescription lenses for your sunglasses, you may also want to consider adding a photochromic tint or color-matching your lenses.

Photochromic Lenses: A photochromic tint will give your lenses a transition effect – which means they will automatically adjust to changes in ambient light conditions (i.e, they darken in the sun and become clearer indoors).

The transition effect of photochromic lenses is only activated when in direct contact with the sun’s UV rays, which means they do not darken inside cars – modern windshields and windows block a significant portion of UV light (excluding Transitions® XTRActive® lenses).

Arise Collective™ Clarity prescription lenses: VisionDirect offers groundbreaking durability, pristine clarity and perfect vision – all in the same lenses. Arise Collective™ Clarity prescription lenses are made for the everyday wearer, but also offer advanced protection making them suitable for any adventure.

The Arise Collective™ Clarity lens collection comes packed with protective elements to provide you with an unbeatable pair of prescription glasses. From scratch resistant and anti-reflective coatings to UV 400 and superhydrophobic protection, these lenses are guaranteed to keep your eyes comfortable in any situation.

These lenses are also aspheric, making them thinner and lighter than many other prescription lenses. These high-performing, durable lenses feature innovative lens technology that provides optimal clarity and comfort in the urban jungle.

Virtual Try-On: Once you have selected your perfect pair of prescription sunglasses, you’ll be able to try them on virtually with the ingenious Virtual Try-On-Tool!

Given the current pandemic, going to your local opticians’ or eyewear store isn’t so easy at the moment. The time wasted going to and from the store and the typically high costs of visiting a brick-and-mortar shop. It is the perfect socially distanced try-before-you-buy! Virtual Try-On eliminates the stress of making your mind up in person


Prescription sunglasses
Prescription sunglasses

With a click of a button, you’ll now be able to add your prescription to your chosen sunglasses online at VisionDirect, as well as maintain all the benefits previously mentioned from having a personalized pair of your own!

Now you’ve got the learning out of the way. It’s time to select a pair of prescription sunglasses that’s right for you.

VisionDirect host a whole range of luxury brandsvalue models, and the most in-demand collections such as prescription aviator sunglasses, high-quality designer collections, and  kids prescription sunglasses all with the best price guaranteed! What pair will you choose?

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