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Polarized & transition lenses for Prescription Sunglasses

Choosing transition lenses is a great way to have both clear and tinted prescription lenses in the same frame. These lenses lighten and darken depending on the light level, meaning you can wear them indoors and out with no problems.

Adding a polarized coating to your new designer sunglasses helps by reducing the amount of polarized light reaching your eyes. Polarized light causes annoying, vision-obscuring glare and frequently occurs around flat reflective surfaces like water. Polarized prescription sunglasses will help you see much better in these environments.


Can any sunglasses be made prescription?

Most of the sunglasses we offer can be made prescription. When you purchase a pair of sunglasses through an optical retailer, whether online or in-store, the option to add your prescription is available.

As mentioned before, the cost to add your prescription relies on a few factors, like how strong your prescription is and from where you purchase the frames — some retailers may charge more than others.

Can you get polarized prescription sunglasses?

Yes! Polarized lenses are available to add to your prescription sunnies.

With polarized lenses, the amount of glare and eye strain experienced on a sunny day is reduced, providing further clarity to your vision.

There is an additional but not usually excessive cost to having your prescription lenses polarized, which varies depending on where you buy your sunglasses.

Will insurance cover prescription sunglasses?

It depends on what kind of vision insurance you have. It’s best to consult with your insurance carrier to determine the details of your coverage. Most vision insurance will cover, in a calendar year, either contact lenses or one pair of prescription glasses… whether traditional eyeglasses or sunglasses.

What if you already used your calendar year allotment for new glasses or contact lenses? Well, if you have supplemental coverage, like a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), those funds can be used toward a pair of prescription sunglasses.

Otherwise, you’ll either need to pay the full cost out of pocket or wait till next year and just use your vision insurance for prescription sunglasses as opposed to a new pair of eyeglasses or contacts.

Can you wear prescription sunglasses while driving?

Sure! As a matter of fact, we encourage those with a prescription to wear prescription sunglasses while driving during the day.

A pair of prescription sun specs can come in handy for any outdoor activity, but driving, in particular, requires clear and focused vision. Wearing Rx sunglasses while driving will provide clarity to your eyesight, protection from harmful UV rays and defense against bright sun reflections that can distract you from the road.

Is it illegal to wear sunglasses while driving overnight?

Although there aren’t official laws in place everywhere that prohibit wearing sunglasses while driving at night, an officer can issue a citation for “negligent driving.”

Wearing sunglasses while driving at night or in low-light conditions can be extremely dangerous and is not recommended. Yellow-tinted driving glasses are available for purchase, but research shows they may not offer much assistance.

A recent study on the effectiveness of driving glasses found that the lenses did not improve visibility for drivers. In fact, some participants said the driving glasses actually made their visibility worse.

If you have trouble driving at night or in low-light conditions, it’s best to book an appointment with your eye doctor and discuss your options.

Are prescription sunglasses a thing?

Absolutely! Prescription sunglasses are available to accommodate almost any prescription strength, including single vision, bifocal and progressive lenses.

Most frame styles available for sunglasses will also be available as prescription sunglasses, which allows you to show off your personal style while satisfying your vision needs.

Should I get transition lenses or prescription sunglasses?

That is totally up to you. Both photochromic lenses, such as Transitions®, and prescription sunglasses have their unique benefits.

Photochromic lenses offer the convenience of adjusting automatically to UV exposure, so you don’t have to change out the glasses you’re wearing.

Although the newest Transitions® technology detects light levels as well, the lenses may not darken completely when you’re driving. This is due to the fact that windshields block a high percentage of the UV rays that photochromic lenses require to “transition”.

Prescription sunglasses don’t offer the convenience of automatic adjustment to sunlight, but once you have them on, you know that the level of UV protection you are getting is effective and consistent.

Before investing in either option, it’s important to consult with your eye doctor to help you determine what the best option is for your vision and sunwear needs.

Is it bad to wear prescription sunglasses with contacts?

We do not recommend wearing prescription sunglasses with prescription contact lenses.

This is because the prescription contacts already work to correct your eyesight. Adding the prescription glasses on top of them can cause headaches, eye strain and can even damage your vision.

We suggest buying a pair of high-quality non-prescription sunglasses to wear on days you choose to wear contact lenses.

How do you know what size prescription sunglasses to get?

If you already own a pair of sunglasses or eyeglasses that you feel is a good size, then you can easily find its measurements and use them to shop for your next pair.

To find the measurements on your current frames, check the area of the glasses located near your temple. If there are no measurements present, check the bridge of the glasses on the side that rests against your skin.

What you’re looking for:

Your frames may have various numbers or symbols on the temples or bridge, but not all of them have to do with size.

Eye size and bridge size are normally side by side, but sometimes have a little box symbol between them. The temple size can either immediately follow the eye and bridge size or could be separated by some other information.

The eye and bridge sizes are each made up of a two-digit number, while the temple size is made up of a three-digit number. Here's how to pinpoint them: Eye size: ranges between 40 - 62 Bridge size: ranges between 14 - 24 Temple size: ranges between 120 - 150

Use these measurements to find a pair with a similar fit to what you already wear and prefer.

Don’t have a pair of frames to reference? No worries! Use our Fit & Style Eyewear Quiz to determine what frame styles, sizes and colors work best for you.

Should I wear prescription sunglasses?

You should wear prescription sunglasses if you usually wear prescription eyeglasses and also need a sun-blocking tint in your lenses. Prescription sunglasses are a great way to eliminate damage from UV light and comfortably correct your vision.

Can you buy prescription sunglasses?

You can buy sunglasses with prescription lenses from EyeBuyDirect, and all you need is an up to date eye prescription from your optometrist. You’re able to choose from a variety of different lens options, including bifocal and light-adjusting Transitions® lenses.

Do prescription sunglasses cost more?

Generally prescription sunglasses do cost more because the lenses are being customized to match your precise Rx. However, depending on where you buy, the upcharge isn’t too dramatic.

You can get the most expensive pair of frames with prescription sun lenses at EyeBuyDirect for under $100, which makes for an affordable investment.