What to Know About Prescription Sunglasses

With summer just around the corner, it might be time to start thinking about prescription sunglasses. Many of our customers view prescription sunglasses as an added luxury, which it is, but if you are a full time glasses wearer, it is essential.  Prescription sunglasses are a worthwhile investment especially if you spend a significant amount of time outside. They provide you with protection and flexibility, both in terms of your lifestyle and frame options. We’ve answered a few of the most common questions regarding prescription sunglasses below.


Q: What are the advantages of prescription sunglasses?

Prescription Sunglasses give you the best of both worlds. They provide optical clarity outside on a sunny day, while also protecting your eyes from harmful UV/UB rays. Most sunglasses will have tinted UV/UB protection.  If you are more sensitive to sunlight glare, we’d recommend polarized lenses.  This is an extra filter that adds further benefits to your prescription shades. Prescription sunglasses allow the wearer more flexibility.  Such as when working outdoors, driving, relaxing at the beach.  

Q: What is the difference between Prescription Sunglasses and Transition Lenses?

Transition Lenses, also known as Photochromic Lenses, darken automatically when exposed to sunlight and go back to clear when indoors. As you might have guessed, Transition Lenses are appealing to many customers as they allow a wearer to utilize one single pair of lenses, which adapt to the user’s lifestyle. Transitions and Polarized lenses provide protection from UV rays. Ultimately a more traditional Prescription Sunglass pair will provide more protection, as Transition Lenses often do not fully darken in cars (behind windshields), at certain temperatures or block against added sunglare. 

Q: What frames are a good fit for prescription sunglasses? 

Another benefit of prescription sunglasses is that you have much more flexibility in your frame selection. Due to the lens being tinted, the coke bottle effect that can occur with higher prescriptions is not as visible. Also, there is the possibility of selecting an eyewear style, or utilizing a frame you already have by replacing the lens with a tinted or polarized prescription lens. We still always recommend connecting with our opticians to ensure that your new frames will be a fit for your prescription. 

Q: What David Kind frames are the best fit for Prescription Sunglasses?

The majority of our frames can be made into prescription sunglasses and are already available on our site. The Richmond and Kodachi Windsor are popular and timeless styles that can transition from summer to fall easily. You can view all of our prescription sunglasses for men here and women here.


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