Many eyeglass wearers are vying for prescription sunglasses. The question is, are they a good idea?
If you find yourself driving down the road with the sun shining in your eyes and you are searching for your clip-on or magnetically attached sunglass attachments, you may think prescription sunglasses are worth the investment. They are much more convenient and comfortable to wear.
The same hold true for contact lens wearers. They too, may find wearing prescription sunglasses is a far more practical alternative outdoors. Wearing contact lenses on the beach may make your eyes itchy and watery, because of the sand, sun, and wind. Prescription sunglasses take the worry out of wearing contacts to the beach or when you are playing in the sun. Wearing non-prescription sunglasses over your contacts still does not prevent the itchy and watery eyes. Also, it's a bad idea to wear contact lenses while swimming. The lenses can become lost, or even worse, cause serious eye infections due to micro-organisms in the water.
Prescription sunglasses give you the option of wearing them anytime outdoors, without the need to search for clip-on glasses or deal with contact lenses.
To make it even more convenient and transparent to your vision, prescription sunglasses are available for any lens prescription, including bifocal and progressive lenses.
As with non-prescription sunglasses, your primary concern when buying prescription sunglasses is that the lenses block 100 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays. UV protection is unrelated to the color and density of the tint in sunglass lenses, so you can choose any lens color and darkness you like, as long as your optician verifies that the lenses provide 100 percent UV protection.
For additional glare protection from light reflecting from surfaces like water, snow, sand and concrete pavement, polarized prescription sunglasses are a good choice.
Prescription sunglasses also come in many different styles and types. Names like Calvin Kline, Ray-ban, Adidas, and Columbia, to name a few. You can get sports glasses, wraparounds, safety, designer, or almost any style you can get in regular eyeglasses.
The cost of prescription sunglasses is not as much as regular eyeglasses. Many optical retailers offer special discounts on prescription sunglasses if you purchase them at the same time you buy your regular eyeglasses.
One downside to prescription eyeglasses is that you have to carry two pairs of glasses. Just like regular sunglasses, you will need to remove them when going indoors. However, if you are planning to spend the day in the sun, they are worth the cost and trouble.
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