When you’re looking to buy sunglasses with prescription online, you have a vast range of models to choose from. However, choosing the right lenses for your sunglasses or even getting new lenses fitted has a few pitfalls. This guide will tell you what they are and how you can choose the perfect pair of sunglasses with prescription lenses or any other special features, whether you are short- or long-sighted.
Choosing Custom Lenses for Your Sunglasses: the Facts
- You can have new lenses fitted in almost every sunglass frame
- You can choose tint colour and tint level yourself
- Sunglasses frames are sometimes cheaper than prescription frames
- Tinted lenses with prescription are available for as little as £40.
- Note: if you choose a very light tint for large sunglasses, they can easily look too big.
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Sunglasses with Prescription Lenses: the Advantages
Whether you’re short- or long-sighted, you know what it’s like: as soon as the sun comes out, you start squinting your eyes. That’s why you need a good pair of sunnies, always with a CE mark for certified protection against UV rays. Most of the time we go for fashionable models without prescription – only to remember that contact lenses are no fun for our eyes on sunny days, even with sunglasses, leaving them dry and tired by the evening. Sunglasses with prescription have a clear advantage here. If you’re about to google “how much do sunglasses with prescription cost?” rest assured: they don’t have to be so expensive. Tinted lenses with prescription are available for as little as 40 pounds.
Fashion-lovers might be interested to know that when choosing the right frame, you don’t have to just look at sunglasses frames. All regular glasses frames can be fitted with sunglasses lenses. Tip: some brands like Ray Ban offer the same style model as sunglasses at a much lower price (or vice versa), for example the bestseller Round Metal in gold or the classic Ray Ban Aviator. Sometimes you can save a lot of money this way.
Get More Out of Your Shades with Custom Lenses
Choosing your own lenses for your sunglasses also makes a wonderful opportunity for self-expression – you’re not limited to the lens colour and tint chosen by the manufacturer, but can, for example, turn green-tinted sunglasses into blue-mirrored ones. After all, you’re the expert on what you like and on which colour suits you best.
Varifocal sunglasses also make the life of spectacle wearers much easier. No more switching between reading glasses with tint, wide-vision sunglasses and back. Simply order one of our inexpensive sunglasses, have it fitted with progressive lenses and relax while enjoying full UV protection.
Can I have new lenses fitted in all sunglasses?
In principle, yes, you can have new or replacement lenses fitted in all sunglass frames. Exceptions are glasses with a continuous, so-called monolens or panoramic shape or a strong curve, such as sports glasses. As a rule, only lenses with a maximum of two dioptres can be fitted into these frames. It should also be noted that lenses for short-sightedness become much thicker towards the edge. This can be very noticeable in curved glasses and destroy the cool look of your shades. In such cases, our opticians will be happy to help you – in one of our stores, by phone or via live chat.
Do I get the original lenses with my prescription?
Usually, no. The original sunglasses lenses are removed from the frame and sent to you with your order. The new custom ones will be fitted instead. But be careful when ordering and remember to add a tint, otherwise you will get regular, transparent prescription lenses.
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What tint should I go for?
If you want to have new lenses fitted in your sunglasses, you should bear in mind that they will only provide sufficient protection against UV light if the tinting level is also correct. This should be at least 75 percent, and if you want to read by the pool or go to the mountains with your glasses on, it is even better to choose an 85 percent tint. When ordering from us, you can choose from up to 20 different tinting colours, from azure blue to grey to gold-mirrored. These shades usually differ slightly from the original colour of the chosen sunglasses. Some manufacturers, such as Ray Ban, even offer original lenses with prescription, on which the Ray Ban logo is engraved. The tint is then also exactly the same as with the regular sunglasses.
Depending on the manufacturer, polarising lenses are also available online (for example with Ray-Ban sunglasses). Polarised sunglasses have the advantage that they filter reflections from smooth surfaces such as water, wet roads or even white walls and thus relieve the eyes immensely. Polarised lenses are therefore ideal for outdoor activities or beach holidays.
Do I need self-tinting lenses with prescription?
Self-tinting lenses with prescription are perfect if you don’t want to carry around two pairs of glasses. These photochromic lenses are equipped with light-sensitive molecules that react to UV radiation and darken the lens according to the brightness. This means you are well equipped for anything from a midday snack outside in strong sunlight to a gloomy evening on your drive home. However, caution is advised if you want to have a sunglass frame fitted with such lenses: when they are darkened in sunlight, the frame looks like regular sunglasses. Indoors, however, the lenses are clear and, due to the usually larger frame, they can look oversized in normal glasses form.
Sunglasses Frame as Prescription Glasses
Want to get your favourite pair of shades fitted with clear prescription lenses instead? This isn’t always the best idea: sunglasses these days tend to have bigger frames that provide increased protection against UV radiation. With dark lenses, they look bold and mysterious. With clear prescription lenses (or only very slightly tinted lenses), however, you can easily look give off the owl-impression. So, if you’re not so keen on this idea, it’s better to choose frames a little bit smaller than typical sunglasses for your normal glasses.
Sunglasses with Prescription – or without?
If you’re completely confused about what to choose, you might want to take a look at our own brand VOOY. Here, you get two pairs of glasses for the price of one in a duo-pack that you choose yourself. All styles are available in both prescription and sunglass versions, so you can immediately see how each model looks with or without tint. And of course, one pair of shades or specs isn’t enough anyway, is it?