How Prescription Glasses Can Protect You From the Sun

by Nov 8, 2023

For individuals who wear prescription glasses, finding a way to combine clear vision with effective sun protection has long been a challenge. Having to carry around a separate pair of prescription sunglasses can be inconvenient and cumbersome. Thankfully, there are several solutions available that address this issue. In this blog, we will explore various options for prescription sun protection, including Transitions lenses and clip-on/magnetic attachments.


The Challenge of Prescription Glasses and Sun Protection

Wearing prescription glasses presents a unique problem when it comes to sun protection. Often, individuals find themselves needing to choose between clarity of vision and safeguarding their eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Having to juggle two pairs of glasses—one for clear vision and another for sun protection—can be bothersome and inconvenient.


Transitions Lenses for Photochromic Protection

A popular solution to this problem is Transitions lenses. These lenses are photochromic, meaning they automatically darken in response to UV light. When you step outdoors into the sunlight, the lenses darken, providing sun protection. Then, when you step back indoors or into an area with less UV light, such as a shaded area, the lenses gradually lighten and return to their clear state.

Transitions lenses offer convenience by combining your prescription with built-in sun protection. However, it is worth noting that the darkness and speed of transition for Transitions lenses may vary depending on factors such as temperature and UV intensity. Some users may find that the lenses do not darken enough or quickly enough in certain situations.


Clip-on or Magnetic Attachments for Instant Sun Protection

To overcome the limitations of Transitions lenses, clip-on or magnetic attachments are another excellent option for prescription sun protection. These attachments allow you to add a pair of tinted lenses, specifically designed for sun protection, to your existing clear glasses.

Clip-on attachments are usually made of lightweight material and can be easily clipped onto the front of your eyeglasses. They provide instant sun protection when needed, and you can easily remove them when indoors or in low-light conditions.

Magnetic attachments work similarly, but instead of clipping onto your glasses, they use a magnetic mechanism to attach the tinted lenses. This ensures a secure fit and easy removal when required.

Both clip-on and magnetic attachments offer the advantage of instantly transforming your regular prescription glasses into sunglasses, allowing you to protect your eyes from the sun without the need for a separate pair of sunglasses. They are also available in various tints and colors, allowing you to customize your level of sun protection and style.


Choose the Right Option for You

When it comes to selecting the best prescription sun protection option, it’s crucial to consider your specific needs and preferences. Transitions lenses offer the convenience of built-in sun protection. Still, they may not darken enough or quickly enough for some individuals. In such cases, clip-on or magnetic attachments provide a versatile and practical solution.

Consulting with your eye care professional can help you determine the most suitable option based on your prescription, lifestyle, and desired level of sun protection. They can assess your needs and guide you toward the best choice that combines clarity of vision with effective sun protection.


Our eye doctors at Neal Eye Group in Conshohocken, PA excel in the prescription of contact lenses, glasses and various eye diseases. Call our optometrists at (610) 828-9701 or schedule an appointment online if you would like to learn more about prescription glasses as sun protectors. Our optometrists provide the highest quality optometry services and eye exams in Conshohocken, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting, Lafayette Hill, and Philadelphia.


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