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Prescription sunglasses are available for any vision problem and they can handle any type of lens prescription including bifocals and progressive lenses too.
Although many people get by with clip-on or magnetically attached sun lenses that attach to your prescription eyeglasses, actual prescription sunglasses are much more convenient and probably worth the additional investment if you live in an area with lots of sunshine all year round. Many people find that driving in bright sunlight is one activity that they would really prefer to be able to simply wear a pair of prescription sunglasses for, instead of fumbling around with clip-ons on the road.
People who wear contact lenses will also find that a pair of prescription sunglasses is the better solution when it comes to outdoor activities like going to the beach where the combination of sand, sun, wind and water can make contacts a less-than-perfect alternative as even non-prescription sunglasses worn over contact lenses may not provide enough protection. Prescription sunglasses are better than contacts for any swimming duties too, as microorganisms in the water can get under the contacts and cause irritation and even infection. It is just far more convenient to wear prescription sunglasses when outdoors than it is to hassle with clip-on sunglasses or deal with contact lenses.
Prescription sunglasses are available for any vision problem that requires corrective prescription eyewear, and they can handle any type of lens prescription including bifocals and progressive lenses if you are presbyopic and need magnifying lenses to help you read at the beach or poolside in the sun. Prescription sunglasses can utilize the same types of frames as non-prescription sunglasses, and all of the same fashion, designer and celebrity eyewear options are applicable too. The only situation where prescription sunglasses are limited is when it comes to wraparound sunglasses that curve around the head and employ curved glass that will typically distort the vision due to the extreme curves of the lenses. However, many manufacturers now offer wraparound prescription sunglasses with less extreme curves, but they are sometimes only available in a limited prescription range.
Prescription sunglasses are available in all lens materials too, including polycarbonate, regular plastic, and glass. Although glass lenses have the best optical quality properties, they are not the most popular choice for sunglass lenses because glass lenses are much heavier than lenses made of other materials, and they can shatter more easily too.
If you do choose to get prescription sunglasses, the most important factor is to make sure that the lenses block 100 percent of the sun's harmful ultra violet (UV) rays. UV protection does not depend on the color and density of the tint in sunglass lenses, meaning you can choose any lens color and darkness you like, as long as the lenses provide 100 percent UV protection. For even more protection, prescription polarized sunglasses also are available to protect your eyes from the light bouncing back from highly reflective surfaces like water, snow, and sand. Whatever your vision correction needs may be, there are some good options available with prescription sunglasses today.
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