How To Buy Prescription Sunglasses Online
1. Get a prescription and pupil distance measurement from your doctor
2. Find any frame you like - sunglasses or not
3. Choose the right prescription lenses
4. Buy prescription sunglasses online
Best Brands Of Prescription Sunglasses
The most popular brand of online prescription sunglasses is definitely Oakley, followed by Ray Ban prescription sunglasses. Eyeglasses.com offers Official Oakley Prescription lenses. To find them, pick your prescription Oakley sunglasses frame and then click "Add Lenses To Frame" and you will see Oakley prescription lenses among the lens choice. You can also add any other prescription lenses to Oakley or Ray Ban frames. Other stylish top brands include the contemporary Tom Ford sunglasses collection, classic Prada sunglasses, and fashionable Persol sunglasses, to name just a few.
How To Choose Prescription Sunglasses Lenses
STEP 1: Find a sunglasses or eyeglasses frame. Choose "Add lenses to frame". Some sunglasses cannot take prescription lenses. In that case, the "add lenses" option will not be present.
STEP 2: Use the prescription lenses wizard to choose a lens type, material, and model.
STEP 3: Choose lens tinting options: sunglasses tint, fashion tint, polarized, or Transitions
STEP 4: Add the lens to the shopping cart, and check out.
Many Types Of Prescription Sunglasses
We offer an extraordinary number - over 5000 - prescription sunglasses designs. Whether you want prescription sunglasses with polarized sunglasses, designer sunglasses, clip on sunglasses, retro vintage or round sunglasses, aviator sunglasses or maybe just sunglasses for men or women we feel confident you will find many sunglasses designs that complement your face and fit your personality.
Begin making prescription sunglasses by selecting a pair of eyeglass frames or sunglass frames that can hold a prescription. Lower quality sunglass frames are not designed to hold a prescription lens, and are called non-"RXable". RXable sunglasses are sunglass frames that can accept a prescription lens. Sunglasses frames with an excessive wrap design can only accommodate prescription lenses up to a power of approximately +/-5.00 sphere. You cannot put a prescription in sunglasses with a shield design. Some sunglass manufacturers have facilities to maker prescription lenses for their own frames, like Oakley, Bolle, and Maui Jim.
Prescription Sunglasses Lens Materials
You can customize prescription sunglasses to your exact needs. They can be made with in any type (single vision, bifocal, or progressive) lenses, and in a variety of lens materials and colors. Most prescription sunglasses use the high index polycarbonate lens material, and for high performance prescription sunglasses lenses, we recommend using the Trivex lenses material. Once you have chosen your type, and material, then you can move on to the lens tinting options.
Trivex Sun Lenses
Trivex is a great substitute for polycarbonate lenses in prescription sunglasses, because Trivex can be easily tinted but polycarbonate cannot. Trivex is much better suited for tinting and is an excellent choice for rimless drill mounted frames. Like polycarbonate lenses, Trivex also has inherent 100% UV protection. However it is optically superior to polycarbonate lenses, meaning it is much less distortive.
Lens Tinting And Lens Colors
After choosing the frame, and lens type and material, you can now choose the lens tint. For tinting, you must first choose the tint type among these three: custom tint, polarized, or Transitions. Polarized sunglasses and Transitions lenses have a very limited choice of tint colors and tint densities (tint strength), mostly limited to brown and grey. If you want a custom tint, we can tint any shade in the rainbow. After choosing your lens color, you can move on to lens coatings.
Custom Lens Colors and Tinting
A custom lens color is created by dipping the lenses into a "tint tank", and the tint is then infused into the lenses. We can tint any color in the rainbow, but if you want a specific color, we will ask you to send us a swatch for us to replicate. The next consideration is tint density, or strength. For example, 80% brown or grey tint is typical for dark sunglasses, and 50% for regular sunglasses. Fashion tinted sunglasses have a 20% tint density.
Brown Tint: Sunglasses, Fashion, Or Gradient?
Brown and gray are the most popular colors for sunglass lenses. Brown is the best color overall because it offers the best contrast and the best depth perception. Brown lenses provide the wearer the widest light spectrum through to the eye, while blocking blue light and offering optimum contrast. Brown is great for applications where distances need to be constantly judged, like tennis or golf or skiing or other sports requiring acute visual perception and contrast differentiation. Brown is also best for lower light situations, like fishing in the late afternoon or early morning.
Grey Tint: Sunglasses, Fashion, Or Gradient?
Grey tint is best for bright light situations like water sports because it blocks out the brightest of the suns rays. Other colors like green and blue are used more for fashion purposes than for utility. Blue is the overall worst color of all for the wearer because it enhances blue light which creates more glare. If you like blue as a fashion choice, consider a custom-made lens tinted brown but with a blue flash mirror coating. Yellow is used to heighten contrast without blocking too much light, and it is commonly used for shooting and skiing on cloudy days. Bolle makes a special green tint that is designed specifically for tennis (the Competivision lens); the green tint helps to accentuate the yellow color of the tennis balls and make the white lines stand out.
A gradient tinted lens has a full tint at the top, fading gradually to no tint at all at the bottom of the lens. A double gradient tint is a lens with a full tint at the top and bottom of the lens, and a medium tint in the center of the lens. Double gradient tints are popular with skiers, because the lenses block glare coming from above (sun) and below (snow), while allowing for a clearer viewing area in the middle.
Sun-Sensitive Transitions Lenses
Sun-sensitive lenses are also known by the brand name Transitions, and the technical name "photochromic". Sun-sensitive lenses automatically darken to a moderate shade when they are exposed to the ultra-violet rays of direct sunlight. When the direct sunlight is removed, the lenses lighten again. Sun-sensitive lenses are typically only available in brown and grey and always include 100% UV protection. Sun-sensitive lenses are available in the normal range of vision correction for prescription sunglasses.
Polarized lenses are essential to wear if you will be on or near the water. Polarized lenses are tinted in a special way block vertical light from hitting your eye and causing eye strain. Hunters, boaters and fishermen, golfers, and drivers are the most common users of polarized lenses. Any surface can create glare in sunlight, including water, sand, snow, windows, vehicles, and buildings. Polarized lenses ease eye stress and fatigue in the sun, and lenses are available in several color and density options. Polarized lenses have a technology that is similar to a venetian blind, which is great for blocking glare, especially the glare that comes off of water and ice.
Sunglasses Lens Coatings
Sunglasses lens coatings are applied after you have chosen your lens tint (custom, polarized, or Transitions), and they are applied to the surface of the lenses. For sunglasses, the most important coating is Anti-Reflective coating, which we strongly recommend for all sunglasses.
Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating For Sunglasses
Anti-Reflective coating goes on the backside (side closest to your face) of prescription sunglasses and non-prescription sunglasses. Backside anti-reflective no glare coating prevents light and glare from coming in to either side and from behind you, bouncing off the inside of the lens and into your eye. This kind of glare is very common in sunny situations, it is extremely disruptive and it is very valuable to eliminate this glare from your vision. Without anti-reflective no glare coating on your sunglasses, your eyes are subject to much more strain, and your vision is appreciably impaired.
Mirror Lens Coatings
Prescription sunglasses lenses can receive a mirror coating on the outside that has looks to others like a mirror. It reflects light back away from the wearer. The advantage of this coating is that it serves to reduce the amount of reflected light or glare that makes it harder to see especially in bright light conditions. For example, when skiing on a sunny day, there is a lot of reflected light and glare coming off the snow.
Fitover sunglasses "fit-over" your prescription eyeglasses, to create the effect of prescription sunglasses. They are designed to fit over your eyeglasses, covering them completely. Fit-overs are useful for eyeglasses that do not have matching clip-ons, and they also serve to block out light from entering around the sides of your glasses. Side-glare is extremely annoying, especially on the water, so fit-overs may be a better solution that sunglass clip-ons.
Designer Prescription Sunglasses
Sunglasses have come a long way from being just a coveted accessory to being a must have in every fashion fanatic's collection. The sunglasses style mavens or "fashionistas" know exactly what we're talking about. Sunglasses offer protection against excessive exposure to light, including its visible and invisible components, but most people wear them as a fashion accessory.
Numerous well-known fashion houses design sunglass lifestyle appealing not only to the fashion conscious, but also who are into all sorts of sports. Eyeglasses.com offers the iconic brands of sunglasses that never go out of style such as Gucci with its fashionable Italian style, Tom Ford with its highly recognized designer and edgy styles, and Prada, one of the world's great design houses. There are a slew of contemporary brands as well, like Versace sunglasses, to young hipster sunglasses brands from Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, and Guess.
How To Find The Perfect Pair Of Sunglasses
Most folks want to find a perfect pair of sunglasses that defines his / her persona; making them stand out in the crowd. With an immense selection of frame styles, you can do just that at Eyeglasses.com whether you are looking for a particular designer sunglasses frame that is in vogue at the moment, or a similar pair of sunglasses of your favorite celebrity. In our celebrity driven culture it's not surprising certain people will influence the popularity of a particular sunglasses design.
For instance, remember Tom Cruise sporting the mirrored Ray Ban Aviators in Top Gun, or Katy Perry hiding away the hangover effect behind huge sunglasses, or the aviator style sunglasses Jon Hamm wore in season 4 of in Mad Men. It is no wonder that the sales of a particular designer brand of sunglasses just shoots up the moment a celeb is spotted wearing it, either in the movies or in any public appearance. The designer brands promise an air of sophistication. Don't you feel like a million bucks as you slip on a pair? Some of the top notch designer brands include Calvin Klein sunglasses, Gucci sunglasses, and of course, Vera Wang sunglasses.