Prescription Lenses for your AO Sunglasses
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Prescription Lenses for your AO Sunglasses

Can I Put Prescription Lenses in My Sunglasses?

Imagine soaking up the sun on a bright summer day, your favorite sunglasses perched stylishly atop your nose, but oh, the blur of the world without your prescription glasses! It’s a struggle many can relate to. The good news? You don’t have to compromise style for clarity. Yes, you can indeed have prescription lenses put in your own sunglasses and enjoy the best of both worlds.

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Is it Worth Getting Prescription Sunglasses?

Considering prescription sunglasses but unsure about the investment? Undoubtedly, they’re worth it! Merging the benefits of regular prescription glasses with the protection of stylish sunglasses, they ensure sharp vision during outdoor activities, from driving to soaking up nature. Shielding from harmful UV rays, they defend against sun-induced risks like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Prescription sunglasses are especially beneficial for contact lens wearers, granting the freedom to venture outdoors with clear vision sans contacts. The blend of vision clarity, UV protection, and personal style they offer makes wearing them an unrivaled eyewear choice.

What Are the Benefits of Putting Prescription Lenses in Existing Sunglasses?

Choosing to fit prescription lenses into your existing sunglasses comes with an array of benefits:

  • Convenience: No need to put in contacts before putting on sunglasses; experience clear vision and sun protection simultaneously.
  • Cost-Effective: It’s often cheaper than buying a new pair of prescription sunglasses. Add prescription lenses to the sunglasses you already love and save!
  • Retain Personal Style: Keep your favorite pair, whether they have sentimental value or just look damn good on you.
  • UV Protection: Along with clarity, ensure your eyes are shielded from harmful UV rays, guarding against potential issues like macular degeneration.
  • Quality Assurance: American Optical sunglasses are designed to accommodate lens replacements, thanks to their lasting quality.

Incorporating prescription lenses into your beloved sunglasses seamlessly combines style, function, and cost savings.

Is it Possible to Put Prescription Lenses in Sunglasses?

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The feasibility of inserting replacement lenses into sunglasses often hinges on the frame’s quality and design. Some plastic frames, for instance, may weaken over time and might not endure the pressure of fitting custom lenses. Moreover, certain wireframes might lack the essential fixtures to support these lenses.

The frame shape, especially if it’s overly curved, might also pose challenges. It’s always prudent to consult with an optometrist. They can evaluate if your sunglasses are apt for prescription lenses and guide the transformation of your shades into prescription eyewear. If not, they can suggest similar frames aligning with your style preferences.

All American Optical sunglasses are built to last and to accommodate prescription sunglass lenses, but your optician will inspect your frames first to see if any adjustments are needed or if it’s time for purchase a new frame.

Which Types of Sunglasses Can Be Made Into Prescription Sunglasses?

If you’re in need of prescription sunglasses but don’t want to sacrifice style, you’ll be happy to know that many types of sunglasses can be made into prescription sunglasses. The frame design and shape are important factors to consider when determining compatibility with a variety of prescription lenses. Here are different types of sunglasses frames that can be customized with prescription lenses, along with the pros and cons of each type.

Full Rim Frames

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Pros – Full rim frames are generally compatible with most types of prescription lenses and offer good support for the lenses.

Cons – Some full rim frames could actually be too large for prescription lenses.

Semi-Rimless Frames

Pros – Semi-rimless frames offer a more minimal look and are compatible with most types of prescription lenses.

Cons – They may not be as sturdy as full-rim frames, and the lack of a full-frame means that the lenses may be more susceptible to damage.

Aviator Frames

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Pros – Aviator frames have a classic and timeless look, and they offer a wide range of prescription lens options.

Cons – Some aviator frames may have a curved design that requires special lenses.

Saratoga or Wayfarer Frames

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Pros – Wayfarer frames are compatible with most types of prescription lenses.

Cons – Some may find the thicker acetate frames interfere with their field of vision and prefer aviators.

Sunglasses Frames to Avoid for Prescription Lenses

While many sunglasses frames can be tailored to fit prescription lenses, some styles might pose challenges. Notably:

  • Wrap-around Sunglasses: These sunglasses, with their distinct curvature, might not be ideal for those with higher prescriptions. Their design can lead to a “fishbowl” distortion, especially when thicker lenses are involved.
  • Irregularly-shaped Sunglasses: Frames featuring two varied lens shapes or sizes often don’t play well with prescription needs. Crafting two distinct lenses offering the right vision correction proves intricate.

Even though these frames might sometimes be custom-made for prescription purposes, the process is intricate, especially for those with strong prescriptions. Always consult an optometrist to ensure a perfect fit.

The Process of Putting Prescription Lenses in Sunglasses

Putting prescription lenses in sunglasses is a straightforward process that can be completed in a few simple steps. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get prescription lenses in sunglasses:

  1. Get an eye exam: The first step is to schedule an eye exam with an eye care professional. During the exam, the eye doctor will test your vision and determine your prescription.
  2. Choose your sunglasses frames: Once you have your prescription, you can choose the sunglasses frames you want to use. You can either use your existing frames or choose a new pair of sunglasses frames.
  3. Choose your lenses: There are several types of prescription lenses to choose from, including single-vision, progressive, and photochromic (or Transitions) lenses. You can discuss your options with your eye care professional and choose the lenses that best meet your needs.
  4. Pick up your new prescription sunglasses: Once your lenses are ready, you can pick up your new prescription sunglasses and have a final fitting with your optician.

Overall, the process of getting prescription lenses in sunglasses involves getting an eye exam, choosing your frames and lenses, and waiting for the lenses to be made. With the help of an eye care professional, you can enjoy clear vision and protection from the sun with your new prescription sunglasses.

How Much Do Prescription Lenses Cost?

The cost of lens replacement service varies depending on several factors. The type of lenses, such as single vision, progressive, or Transitions lenses affect the cost. Additionally, the lens material, and any special coatings, such as anti-glare or scratch-resistant coatings, can also impact the price.

You may have vision insurance that covers or offsets the cost. It’s important to consult with an eye care professional to determine the best lenses for your needs and budget.

Where Can I Get Prescription Lenses Put In My Sunglasses?

There are several options for getting prescription lenses put in your sunglasses.

  • Our recommendation is to visit an optometrist or an optical shop that specializes in eyewear. Many of these providers offer a wide selection of frames and lenses, and they can help you choose the best options for your needs. They will also be able to determine if you can put a prescription in your existing sunglass frames.
  • Another option is to use online retailers that offer prescription lenses. Despite their popularity, this option offers less value as you may not get the valuable advice needed to select the best lenses for your lifestyle and will likely not be able to use an existing frame. It’s important to research and compare different providers to ensure you get the best quality and value for your money.

Pick Out the Perfect Frames at AO Eyewear Today

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Discover meticulously crafted sunglasses at American Optical. While we specialize in delivering high-quality sunglasses, we recommend seeking professional assistance to customize them with prescription lenses, ensuring you don’t compromise on the integrity of our expertly designed frames.

Our shades are not only a testament to exquisite craftsmanship but are also tailor-made for those wanting to infuse prescription lenses without sacrificing style. Dive into a world where premium quality meets fashion-forward designs. Before making any alterations, remember to contact us and ensure you’re guided by professionals.

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