It’s every glasses-wearer’s eternal struggle: How can you keep your eyes protected from the sun if you’re out and about while wearing your frames? It’s not as simple as just putting on shades when your regular glasses are in the way. Some solutions to this problem have been to wear contacts with regular sunglasses, or to invest in transition lens frames. But, for various reasons, those options may be unappealing to you. Instead, you may consider investing in a pair of prescription sunglasses. We’ll help you answer this question: are prescription sunglasses worth the price?
While cost is an important consideration, it’s important to first think about your need for prescription sunglasses. But, do you really need sunglasses? The short answer is yes! Sunglasses protect our eyes from the sun by blocking ultraviolet (UV) rays, and we should wear sunglasses outside on a regular basis. If contacts or transition lenses are not an option for you, it’s likely that prescription sunglasses are worth the price.
As with most things, there are pros and cons to wearing prescription sunglasses. Depending on your eye-related needs, you’ll have to weigh these advantages and disadvantages yourself. The good news is that by knowing your needs, as well as the pros and cons of prescription sunglasses, you can make the right decision for you.
Even those who wear contacts may prefer to have a prescription sunglasses option. If you are a regular contact-wearer, you know that your eyes can become irritated with your lenses in, particularly at the beach or over a long period of time (such as driving for a road trip). Also, wearing contacts in the water is not a great idea, because this increases your risk of getting a bacterial infection. With prescription sunglasses, you don’t have to worry about having your contacts in on a sunny day; you can just switch out your frames. Prescriptions lenses give you a contact-free option that doesn’t make you sacrifice your sight or protection from the sun!
Transition lenses are a specific type of lens that you can buy with your regular eyeglasses. The lens reacts to UV light and will darken accordingly, like when you step outside on a sunny day. However, it’s typically an additional cost to add transition lenses to your frames, and you can’t control the tinting (how much the lenses darken). The transition can also be slow between outside and inside lighting, and the lenses don’t react to natural light, so they won’t darken in cars because of the special tinting in windshields. Prescription sunglasses, on the other hand, give you more control over when and where you want your shades to offer protection.
A major disadvantage of prescription sunglasses is the hassle of remembering to keep them with you. To really benefit from the sunglasses, you’ll have to commit to using them by switching between two sets of glasses. This can be easy to forget at first if you’re used to wearing contacts with regular sunglasses, or regular glasses with transition lenses. However, after a while of bringing both pairs, you probably won’t think of this as a hassle because you’ve developed a (good) habit.
We understand that you may still have the same question: “Are prescription sunglasses worth the price?” They can be expensive, but the good news is they may not be as much as you think. There are styles, frames, and brands out there for every budget! And, even if your dream shades are out of your price range, your insurance coverage may be able to help you out. (We’ll talk more about that later.)
A common misconception about prescription sunglasses is that your frame options are limited. Sunglasses, even more than regular frames, stand as a style choice, and people are drawn to particular looks, frames, and lenses. But, don’t worry! Prescription sunglasses do not limit your style options, and you can find a wide variety of frames and lenses to choose from at your eye doctor’s office. When looking at styles, be sure to opt for 100% UV protection – but everything else (shape, size, frame color) is up to you!
Of course, there is an additional cost because you’re purchasing an extra set of frames, but it may not be as much as you think. Check your insurance coverage to see what allowances you have, as well as with the eye doctor you’re purchasing from. It’s also important to remember that different frames and brands offer a wide price range for you to choose from. We promise there’s an option out there for everyone! If prescription sunglasses meet your need to keep your eyes healthy, and the “pros” outweigh the “cons,” then prescription sunglasses are worth the price. Your eyes will thank you!
Mather Vision Group is an optometry office in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact Mather Vision to schedule an appointment, or stop in to see the optometrist’s large variety of glasses and frames. You can find Mather Vision online, on Facebook, and on Google+.