Do you love the style element of sunglasses, but you're a spectacles wearer? And do you think that because of that you are limited to one of those "sun covers" that might be very functional, but often not very fashionable? Or to cough up the money for an entire collection of prescription sunglasses? Do not worry! You have a few options.
Best sunglasses options for glasses wearers
But your best options might include a choice for a specific vision solution that you might have not considered yet...
Read all about the combination of sunglasses and contact lenses. A story about comfort, freedom and fashion!
Spectacles wearers often think that they have only one or two options when it comes to wearing sunglasses. First you have prescription sunglasses. Specifically made for you and for you only. Which can be great, because prescription lenses can be made in any shape and form. So they can be fit in any frame you select. But there are some downsides, like price and freedom of movement if you have an active lifestyle.
The downside of prescription sunglasses
Unlike many non-spactacles wearers (people that don't need vision correction), you are normally stuck with just one pair of precription sunglasses because they are often very expensive. So you need to think about and make a decision about what model you want to wear. And you make that decision for a relatively long period of time.
Out of style
Even if you've made the best choice at the time and have your great looking prescription shades, there may come a time where the model goes out of style. And even if it doesn't, most people want to change their look every so often. Per occasion or even per outfit. This fashion element applies to normal fashion, as well as for eyewear fashion.
Sun covers or fitovers
The second option you have, if to wear a sun cover. A sun cover is one of those oversized sunglasses that litterally fit over your prescription glasses. Some people also call them "fitovers". Very functional, and you even have sun covers with polarized lenses, combining the best of two worlds. But one thing most people agree on about sun covers: they are not the most fashionable accessory in the world.
Other sunglasses options for glasses wearers
Those are the two most suitable sunglasses solutions for people wearing spectacles or glasses. There are some options that we do not recommend, for instance a specific UV-blocking foil that you can apply to the lenses of your spectacles. But as we are discussing the fashion element of sunglasses here, it hardly makes sense to mention solutions like this here..
Contact lenses as vision solution
The last solution is the one we mention in the title of this post. Chances are you have never considered contact lenses. Many spectacles wearers haven't. But did you know that most people who switch to contacts, indicate that they wished they tried them earlier in their life? And did you know that for most people that require vision correction there is a suitable contact lens solution? And the last fact: technology has advanced so much that if you have proper instructions chances are that you won't even notice that you have them in. t say about every pair of glasses!
Contact lenses have several advantages compared to spectacles. Contacts are perfect for an active lifestyle. For almost any type of sports or activity you can wear contact lenses. You will not have to worry about your frame falling from your face during running or other sports. Or about your spectacles lenses fogging up.
Wear any accessory and sunglasses with contact lenses
And the absolute best part of wearing contact lenses is... You guessed it! You can wear almost any accessory in combination with contact lenses. Including sunglasses! You can switch around different styles, shapes and brands like any other non-spectacles wearer. Mix, match , swop, shop and borrow any new pair or shades as you see fit.
Your options suddenly are almost limitless!
What to do if you want to wear contact lenses
If you are interested in wearing contact lenses, you should visit your optician first and discuss it. He or she will first determine if your eyes are suitable for contact lenses. You might bump into some discouragement simply, because contact lenses cost less than spectacles (yes, really! That can be a reason!). But if you insist you will experience a level of freedom you have not had in years (or for some people - ever).
Options if you require vision correction AND love sunglasses:
- Wear prescription sunglasses. And if you want different styles and variations, you can have different pairs made for you
- Buy a sun cover (sometimes called a fit over)
- Wear contact lenses for eye correction. Your sunglasses can be worn easily and effortlessly over your contacts
I hope after reading this blog post you understand more about your options when you are a spectacles wearer (you require vision correction) but also love your sunglasses. As you have read you do have a few options, and you can select your best option based on your lifestyle, style requirements and budget.
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