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What are prescription sunglasses?

Are you constantly straining your eyes to see while wearing non-prescription sunglasses outside? If you wear prescription glasses every day, it’s time to invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses to wear outdoors. In addition to protecting your eyes from the sun’s UV rays, sunglasses with a prescription will help you to see, reduce eye strain and help you avoid squinting. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of these sunglasses, how to add your prescription, where to buy them and how to choose the best pair.

What are prescription sunglasses used for?

Sunglasses with your prescription will give you the best of both worlds: clear vision and protected eyes. Luckily, they’re now more affordable, durable and convenient than ever. If you struggle to wear contact lenses all day, sunglasses, including prescription could be perfect for you.

People with a prescription sometimes hide their eyes behind a pair of non-prescription sunglasses, but doing so can result in eye strain, headache and frustration from being unable to see. These irritating symptoms are far from ideal when combined with the sun, sea, sand and sunscreen. With prescription lens sunglasses, you can sunbathe, go for hikes and easily play outdoor sports. These sunglasses are available if you need a prescription for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. It’s time to reap the benefits of sunglasses with prescription lenses.

How to add your prescription to sunglasses

We recommend booking an appointment with your eye care provider for an up-to-date prescription before ordering your prescription lens sunglasses. However, if you have a current prescription but it’s misplaced, try our Lens Scanner to reveal it in minutes! Unlike contact lenses, your prescription will not differ for your eyeglasses and sunglasses. Once you have your prescription, you must follow these steps at SmartBuyGlasses:

1. Select your favourite pair of sunglasses 

2. Add to cart and select ‘buy with prescription’ 

3. You will be directed to add your prescription at checkout

4. You’ll have the option to add your prescription manually or later via an email to our opticians.

To find out more about your prescription, read our useful guide. You will also be able to customise the  sunglasses lenses with options such as anti-reflective lenses that are UV400 protected. You can also choose popular mirrored prescription sunglasses, or polarization lenses for your sunglasses. See the section ‘how to choose your prescription sunglasses’ later in this article for more information.

Are prescription sunglasses worth it?

People often refuse to get sunglasses with prescription because they want to avoid carrying an extra set of glasses. Your eye health is a priority, so ensuring that you aren’t straining your eyes outside will help avoid future eye issues. You may not realise it, but wearing regular sunglasses can strain your eyes if you can’t see well. This can lead to headaches, eye strain and feeling more fatigued than usual. 

Prescription eyewear will help you to enjoy your surroundings with clear, accurate vision. Your new sunglasses will be the pair you don’t leave the house without. Your everyday lifestyle in the sun will transform once you invest in sunglasses with your prescription.

Are prescription sunglasses more expensive than glasses?

Sunglasses with a prescription are often more expensive than non-prescription sunglasses since your specific prescription needs to be built into the frames. However, you can find affordable prescription lens sunglasses atSmartBuyGlasses. With brands such as SmartBuy Collection and Arise Collective, plenty of pairs fit your budget. 

How to choose prescription sunglasses?

It can feel overwhelming to choose a new pair of sunglasses because so many choices are available. Read our short guide to determine what frame shape will suit you. You can also use our revolutionary Virtual Try-On tool to wear your chosen frames digitally before you buy! SmartBuyGlasses has pairs available for you whether you require bifocal, progressive or distance lenses.

Sunglasses with prescription lenses can be made with a wide variety of materials, including high-index lenses, polycarbonate lenses, CR-39 plastic lenses, trivex lenses and even glass lenses. When selecting prescription lenses for your sunglasses, there are several types of lenses to consider:

Photochromic Lenses

A photochromic tint will give your lenses a transition effect - which means they will automatically adjust to changes in ambient light conditions. This means they darken in the sun and become clearer indoors, which is ideal if you do not want to carry multiple pairs of glasses.

Polarized Lenses

Polarized sunglasses greatly eliminate glare to improve visual comfort and reduce eye fatigue. This lens is ideal if you spend time near water, driving and playing outdoor sports. With polarised sunglasses, your vision will never be clearer.

Colour-matching Lenses

By choosing this option, our opticians will match your prescription lenses to the same colour as the original sunglasses. These lenses will still offer you UV protection and ensure you look trendy!

Mirrored Lenses

Opting for mirrored lenses is ideal for fashion-conscious wearers. These lenses have a mirrored coating that helps to reflect light away from your eyes more than any regular tinted glasses.

Where to buy prescription sunglasses?

In-store prescription lens sunglasses can often be more expensive than buying online. Ensuring you shop with authentic retailers, such as SmartBuyGlasses, is important to avoid buying low-quality sunglasses. SmartBuyGlasses offers a best price guarantee, so you will not find a better price elsewhere. We also offer a 100-day returns policy and  2-year warranty on eyewear. 


Now you know what prescription sunglasses are, it’s time to find the perfect pair for you. We recommend contacting your optician to ensure you have the correct and updated prescription before you start shopping. By having the correct prescription for your new sunglasses, you will be able to see clearly, avoid squinting and have fun in the sun without worrying about your eyesight.