If you have a vision problem that requires corrective prescription eyewear, you have several choices when it comes to sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses are available for virtually any lens prescription, including bifocal and progressive lens options if you are presbyopic and need lenses to help you read magazines, books etc. These types of sunglasses can also help you if you need reading glasses only or if you wear contact lenses to correct only your distance vision and still need that additional boost for reading.

You might also consider prescription swimming goggles when it comes time to take a dip.

Prescription sunglasses come in many frame styles

The styling of prescription sunglass frames is nearly the same as with non-prescription sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses are available in almost all of the same fashion, designer and celebrity eyewear styles. Availability is limited when it comes to certain wraparound sunglasses that curve around the head. Prescription sunglasses made with extreme curves typically distort vision.

However, several manufacturers offer wraparound prescription sunglasses with less extreme curves. Typically these are available in a limited prescription range, so you would need to discuss options with an optician.

Prescription sunglasses are available in all lens materials, including high-index, polycarbonate, regular (CR-39) plastic, Trivex (a lightweight material similar to polycarbonate) and glass.

Though glass lenses arguably provide the best optical quality, they are no longer the most popular choice for sunglasses. This is because they are much heavier than lenses made of other materials, and they can shatter easily. However, they are still available if you request them.

Another sunwear option is to purchase prescription eyeglass lenses that have a photochromic tint. Photochromic lenses automatically darken in sunlight and then return to a relatively clear state indoors.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

McKenna & Scott Pinelands

Tel: 021 531 1953

pinelands@mckennascott.com