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Prescription Sunglasses or spectacles

Updated on July 24, 2013

Prescription sunglasses can look good

Why bother?

Prescription sunglasses may seem a little strange at first glance, however they are not. When I first wore spectacles I did not especially need them to help my eyesight when reading outdoors. I could toddle off on holiday with any old sunglasses and still enjoy a good read whilst relaxing in the sun.

Time however has taken its toll on my eyesight and I now wear varifocal glasses, as otherwise I would need a pair of glasses for reading and another pair for simply seeing long distance. So relaxing in the sun, reading a good book became a little tricky.

Sure I could wear common or garden sunglasses bit could not then read, or I could simply wear my ordinary glasses and be dazzled by the sun. The solution to these problems came in the form of sunglasses which are made specifically for me and to the specification of my everyday spectacles.

As we all know our eyesight is very precious and the sun, lovely as it may be, can damage our eyes. Having a good level of protection from the sun's rays is vital for our eyes. Whatever the cost our eyes are worth it, but finances are never so simple, are they?

Surely these prescription sunglasses cost you a small fortune?, I hear you say. Well actually they do not.

In the UK, when you have your eyes tested, you will be given a prescription for spectacles if the optician deems them necessary. This prescription will recommend what lens is needed for both of your eyes to correct your vision. These days you can take this prescription to any optician, or spectacle retailer, once you are given it. In other words you do not have to buy your glasses fron the optician who tested your eyes.

There are many competitively priced retailers in this field, including more than a few on-line. Prescription sunglasses often come as Free or a set cheap price when you purchase your spectacles.

Of course the Free or cheaper prescription sunglasses often are only available in a limited choice of frames. These are usually fine but will not be designer names. For designer frames you will pay more but there is a great choice and the price should not be exorbitant.

One thing I like is that you can buy Varifocal sunglasses. I love these. It means that people like me can wear them all day, if necessary, in the sun. They will incorporate your lens for reading and your distance lens. This means that you do not have to take lots of glasses with you, when visiting the beach, for example. As spectacles can be pricey these days this makes good sense.

Prescription Sunglasses are available in a range of:-

  • Designer names.
  • Brand names.
  • Different coloured lenses from quite pale to very dark.
  • Rimless frames
  • Titanium frames for those with skin allergies.
  • Specific styles for men or women.
  • Light-weight frames for easy wearing.
  • Ane so on, and on, and on.

So the next time you have your eyes tested check out the range or prescription sunglasses and any special offers available. You may be pleasantly surprised.


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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks. Yes I can too.

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      these sunglasses look really nice, I am glad you shared your experience and I can see these being very popular this summer.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I had transition glasses and also prescription sunglasses. These are all no good since my cataract op. Its lovely being able to see again though :)

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I love my prescription sun glasses.....well they are actually transition lenses and I don't know what I would do without them. I rarely wear my contacts anymore because I love these Prada frames I finally got so sunglasses are helpful when you are outside!!! Fabulous hub for sure!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I've tried clip ons, Peggy, but they tend to end up skew whiff.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I usually just use clip ons over my prescription glasses when outdoors. I might give those lenses a try that automatically darken and lighten depending upon lighting conditions the next time I get new ones.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Tony. I have reacalite lenses in my varifocals but need a stronger tint for really sunny weather

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Very interesting Hub, Ethel. Thanks for all the research you must have done. I used to work for the South African Optomentric Association many years ago, though I'm not an optometrist.

      I use a tint on my prescription lenses which Ifind bery helpful.

      Love and peace