What you need to know about prescription sunglasses

You rely on your glasses to help you see the world clearly and concisely, whether you are working in an office, studying at school, or enjoying a movie night or evening out for dinner. What about when you spend time outdoors? Prescription sunglasses in Calgary are a must to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays while still allowing you to focus on outside activities.

Here is a prescription sunglasses guide for you to consider when choosing your next pair of glasses.

Vision type

The cost of your glasses will vary depending on the type of prescription lenses you require. Single vision for far-sightedness or near-sightedness are the most common. You can also get corrective lenses for astigmatism for either one or both of your eyes. Other available options for your vision correction are multifocal or progressive glasses that allow you to see different perspectives. Bifocal prescription sunglasses can incorporate your regular prescription with a lens for both distance and close-up vision.

Frame material

As with your regular prescription lenses, you can get prescription sunglasses in Calgary made from a variety of different materials. The lightest-weight materials are plastic and titanium, with the latter being more costly. Frames can be constructed from different types of metals and come in a plethora of shapes, colours, and sizes. Choosing a full-frame style will provide you with the best overall vision for your new prescription sunglasses.


The hinges are important as they complete the look and function of your prescription sunglasses. Barrel hinges hold the arm to the main frame portion held together by a small screw. If you want a good fit, you may opt for a pair of glasses affixed with a spring hinge. The spring hinge allows for the arms to hug your face and provide comfort and stability.

Brand or generic

If you are on a budget, you may want to choose a generic manufacturer for your new prescription glass frames. Mid-range frames are available from more recognizable brands like Oakley, Ray-Ban, or your personal favorite. Higher-priced frames from couture designers like Prada and Valentino can run you into several hundred or even thousands of dollars.

After reviewing the options from the above prescription sunglasses guide, you will know what to look for when shopping for a pair of new sunglasses. As with any prescription pair of lenses, you should always check with your eye care specialist to make sure your glasses are giving you the proper vision.

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