Prescription Sunglasses Designed for You
If you’ve ever found yourself driving directly into the sun, you can relate to this experience – the sun is in your eyes, you’re struggling to get the visor in the right position, and you’re squinting at the cars passing you by. Most drivers keep a pair of sunglasses handy, but most sunglasses don’t work for you. What you need is a pair of prescription sunglasses so your eyesight isn’t compromised.
People who normally wear eyeglasses or contact lenses have a tendency to put off purchasing prescription sunglasses until it becomes an absolute necessity. A word of advice? If you wear prescription lenses on a daily basis, prescription sunglasses are worth that extra investment.
Prescription Sunglasses Benefits and Options
Available in photochromic lenses: these are eyeglasses that are clear indoors and become dark when you are outdoors in the sunlight. Transition Lenses are similar although they don’t always fully clear when indoors and may not darken enough when you’re in those uncomfortable driving situations.
If you are a patient with contact lenses, you may also want to consider prescription shades for outdoor use, as there is no Transition option for contact lenses. You may not always want to wear your contact lenses to places like the beach where you are up against sand, wind, and water, which could make your eyes itchy and/or even infected.
Additionally, you can wear your prescription sunglasses the same way you like to wear your regular prescription eyeglasses out at the lake (or ocean), for example. Contact lenses could be exposed to bacteria close to the water and cause an eye infection upon contact.
Wearing non-prescription sunglasses over your prescription glasses may not provide enough UV protection for your eyes, and that’s never a good idea. With prescription sunglasses you are doing your eyes a favor.
Patients who choose contact lenses as their every day option will have an outdoor and active option to avoid uncomfortable or possibly infectious situations for their eyes, and patients with prescription eyeglasses can swap their pairs for an option more amendable to sunlight.
Individual eye prescriptions must be tailored to the person wearing the sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses can be made to fit any prescription, from myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), bifocal lenses and progressive lenses, to astigmatism.
If you have presbyopia and you use your lenses to help you read a magazine or book at the beach, there are options available for you as well. Prescription swimmers’ goggles have also been made available for those who like to see underwater.
Prescription Sunglasses Frame Styles and Options
Similar to non-prescription sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses come in a variety of frame styles, from all of your favorite fashion designers and celebrity brands. However, if cost is a concern, it is not necessary to buy the designer, fashion, and celebrity brands. For the budget minded, they can also be bought at discount prices from discount brands online and in-store.
You may also want to consider polarized, as opposed to tinted, lenses in your prescription sunglasses. Regular sunglasses diminish the amount of horizontal and vertical light that filters through the lens from the sun. With polarized lenses, there is a chemical filter that absorbs and filters out horizontal light and only allows vertical light to pass through the lens. This function eliminates the glare that can be experienced with traditional sunglasses.
If you are a prescription eyeglass or contact lens wearer who isn’t happy with what you’ve had to use up until now, you may want to spend the extra money on prescription sunglasses or even polarized prescription sunglasses. You won’t have to sacrifice style and you can save on the cost if you look in the right places.
Contact Your Eye Specialist Today | Dr. Ghosheh
If you think prescription sunglasses are right for you, schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes. You can have a comprehensive eye exam and find out what prescription is right for you. You will also be able to choose the frames that fit you the best.