Prescription Sunglasses Styles

Make the Most of a Sunny Day with Our Prescription Sunglasses

With the winter behind us and warmer days right around the corner, many are looking forward to finally hitting the beaches again and getting out into the world. While many look forward to bright sunny days, those with glasses might already be dreading the hassle of finding the right pair of sunglasses. While your current eyeglass prescription might be the perfect fit for the majority of the year, you will need a bit more to keep your vision safe and clear once the sun comes out. Prescription sunglasses allow for vision correction while keeping you comfortable and your eyes safe. It can be challenging to find the best fit for you and your lifestyle with various lens and frame styles available. Luckily, we are here to break down some of the current trends and discuss what you should be considering when picking out your new sunglasses. 

The Importance of Lens Material

Lenses are an essential aspect of any of our prescription sunglasses styles, as UV protection is a necessity. For this reason, you might want to consider either polycarbonate or glass lenses. These offer notably high refractive indexes, meaning the glasses can remain thin while still providing excellent optics. Both are also very resistant to UV light, making them perfectly suited for sunglasses. Polycarbonate is highly resistant, making it far more durable than regular plastic lenses. They are highly resistant, making them very unlikely to shatter. On the other hand, glass remains the top choice for optics, with an unmatched level of clarity. There is a reason glass is still popular despite being around for hundreds of years. However, these lenses are more prone to cracking and shattering. Both are excellent choices, and it comes down to personal preference. If you are looking for something durable and effective, polycarbonate is your best bet. If you want to keep your vision clear while keeping your eyes protected, glass lenses are for you. Later, we will talk more about extra steps to make these lenses perfectly suited for the sunnier seasons.

A Wide Variety of Styles and Fits

Frame styles come and go each year, and 2021 is no different. Two styles have caught our eye for this summer, with aviator and geometric frames rapidly rising in popularity across the country. Aviators can add some old-school charm to your look, while the shape inherently does an excellent job of blocking out the sun. While you might think this trend has come and gone, they have risen in popularity once again with new takes on that signature style. On the other hand, geometric frames can vary in shape to match any face – perfectly complimenting your facial structure or your unique style. With large frames and a nearly limitless variety of shapes, this trend is definitely about making a statement.

Plastic vs. Metal Frames

Plastic and metal have become the two hottest options for sunglasses, remaining affordable while providing a stunning look. Plastic is lightweight and avoids erosion, meaning sweat poses no threat to your new look. There are also many color options available, meaning you will surely find something that matches your look. Plastic has the added benefit of flexibility, perfect for summer sports or any other physical challenge you might want to take on. Metal weighs about the same but is more resistant to warping from extreme heat. Additionally, this material better maintains its shape and is less likely to break. Metal frames can be further customized with rubber/silicone tips for additional comfort.

Polarization & Glare Control

Once you have your new style picked out, you should consider polarization. Polarized glasses cut back on glare, which can benefit you in a variety of situations. Driving during the summer and finding that glare plagues your vision? Straining your eyes to see through the water? Polarization can ease your troubles and improve your comfort. The only downside is that polarized sunglasses can make certain things difficult, such as viewing LCD screens. Despite this, polarized sunglasses can significantly benefit you and your vision. Whether you are looking for clearer vision on sunnier days or want to look stylish without sacrificing your vision, Gordon Optical is here to help find the fit for you. We have a wide variety of lenses, frames, and more available to keep your sunglasses up-to-date. Contact us today to learn more about our selection of prescription sunglasses styles, or stop by the store to see for yourself.

Sources Cited: All About Vision


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