Every prescription lens go through a 10-step coating process, including:
• Anti-reflective treatment helps minimize reflected glare to give you clearer vision, whether it's indoors or outdoors, daytime or nighttime.
• Scratch resistant treatment for durability. Please follow the care instructions to properly maintain your lenses.
• Superhydrophobic treatment helps repel water to make the lenses easier to clean and gives you clearer vision in the rain.
• Oleophobic treatment helps the lenses resist smudges and fingerprints from sticking and leaving streaks.
• Dust resistant treatment prevents dust to keep your vision clean and clear.
Single Vision is our most popular option as it is the most common type of prescription requested. Single Vision corrects one field of vision, such as near or distance. So whether you are near-sighted or distance-sighted, this is an option that is designed for you. Starts at just $55 for prescription lenses.
Progressive eliminates the need to switch between reading and distance glasses. With these, the prescription power gradually changes from the top of the lens to the bottom. It allows you to see clearly at any distance with one pair of glasses. If you have an ADD power on your prescription, you are eligible for progressive lenses. Starts at $250 for progressive lenses.
Polycarbonate 1.59 Index Lens includes anti-reflective treatment, superior scratch-resistance and 100% UV protection. This type of lens is lightweight and impact-resistant. Included with your purchase of prescription lenses.
1.67 High Index Lens is our thinner lens option and includes anti-reflective treatment, superior scratch-resistance and offers 100% UV protection. We recommend opting for this lens if you have a strong prescription such as ±4 and would prefer a thinner lens than a polycarbonate lens. There is an additional $35 charge.
1.74 High Index Lens is available upon request. If your prescription is strong, we’ll reach out to you if this type of lens would be a good fit.
Blue Light Blocking
Add an extra coating to protect your eyes from harmful blue light and provide more comfort while using digital devices. Blue Light Protection is available on lenses with or without prescription. There is an additional $40 charge.
Eliminate the need to switch from glasses to sunglasses with our light-adaptive lenses. Photochromic lenses quickly adapts from clear to grey in UV sunlight. They transition from black to clear in just three minutes. Our photochromic lenses offer 100% UV protection and provide protection against blue light when dark. Photochromic lenses are available for an additional $110 charge.
Polarized Sun Lens
Reduce glare and improve vision with prescription polarized sun lenses. We offer these in solid grey or solid brown in both Polycarbonate 1.59 Index and 1.67 High Index lens options. All prescription sun lenses are polarized, have anti-reflective treatments and offer 100% UV protection.
If purchasing the frame only, the frame will come with a clear, non-prescription sample lens. This lens is meant to hold the shape of the frame and is not recommended for daily use.
Blue Light Protection is available on lenses with or without prescription. Add an extra coating to protect your eyes from harmful blue light and provide more comfort while using digital devices. There is an additional $40 charge.
Our sunwear frames feature Nylon lenses. These premium performance lenses are extremely lightweight and shock-resistant.
Polarized lenses are available on select styles to help reduce harsh glare and increase visual clarity and comfort. There is an additional $40 charge.
What are UV rays?
Most know that ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful to the skin, but most don’t realize the harm it can do our eyes and overall vision. UV radiation can cause eye damage over time, including cataracts, eyelid cancer, and photokeratitis, which is similar to having a sunburn in the eyes, amongst others. In the same way that sunblock can protect your skin, sunglasses provide protection for our eyes.
There are three types of UV rays- UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. Thankfully, the ozone blocks harmful UV-C radiation by absorbing the rays. However, UV-A and UV-B radiation can have both long- and short-term negative effects on our eyes.
UV-A can hurt our central vision by passing through the cornea and reaching the lens and retina inside the eye.
Most UV-B rays are absorbed by the front part of our eye, but these rays cause even more damage to our eyes than UV-A rays.
Common Myths About Sunglasses
Myth: I only need to wear sunglasses when it’s sunny out.
UV rays can pass right through clouds, so it is essential to wear sunglasses (and sunscreen) with UV protection on a cloudy day and even in the shade. Sun damage to our eyes can occur all year round, including cloudy and snowy days. In fact, sunglasses or ski goggles are just as important in the winter because snow reflects UV rays, increasing solar UV radiation.
Myth: Darker lenses provide more UV protection that lighter lenses.
Darker lenses don’t necessarily offer more UV protection. Although they do help reduce glare, it does not assist in blocking UV rays. To be sure that your sunglasses are protecting your eyes, make sure that your sunglasses block 100% of UV rays despite the color of the lenses.
Myth: Polarized lenses offer UV protection.
Having polarization and UV protection are two different things. Polarized lenses offer increased visual clarity, but has nothing to do with UV protection. When shopping for polarized lenses, look for those that also offer sufficient UV protection. All of our polarized lenses also offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.
Myth: It’s okay to look at the sun as long as I have sunglasses on.
It’s never a good idea to stare into the sun. Due to the sun’s harmful UV radiation, staring at the sun can cause permanent eye damage.
How can I prevent UV damage to my eyes?
To best protect your eyes, have comprehensive eye examinations regularly and look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays. You can also look for lenses that are labeled as “UV400,” which blocks UV rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers and covers all UV-A and UV-B rays.
UV protection is essential all year round, so it’s important to wear sunglasses and practice safe sun protection all year round.
Shop our sunwear with 100% UV protection.
Blue Light 101
Remember learning about ROY G BIV in school? Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet are the colors of the spectrum. Well, in recent years, a lot has been said about the effects of exposure to high-energy visible (HEV) blue light on vision and health, and it is finally being addressed.
Sunlight is a natural source of blue light, but computers, mobile, and other artificial light sources can emit high amounts of blue light.
What are the effects of overexposure to blue light?
At its most basic, blue light is often referred to as visual noise. Due to environmental factors or the condition of the eye, blue light will scatter and not easily come to focus on the retina. This often makes for less than comfortable viewing.
More critically, some wavelengths of blue light have now been identified to be possible risk factors for age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to vision loss. Also, exposure to some blue light will affect sleep/wake cycles, resulting in not being able to fall asleep easily.
Due to both the increased amount of time spent using these devices and the close proximity of the devices to our eyes, there is growing concern about the effects on our eye health.
How can I best protect my eyes from harmful blue light?
Although blue light is certainly everywhere, the exposure to blue light has increased significantly with the use of electronic devices – phones, tablets, computers. If you are a regular user of any of these, you should seriously consider blue light protection. Cosmetically, the lenses are virtually clear, and functionally, they are a very smart choice. Blue light blocking lenses not only help prevent eye damage, but also improve comfort when using digital devices.
(Fun fact: High-energy visible (HEV) light rays make the sky look blue.)
Discover our specs with blue light blocking lens options, available with or without prescription.