While prescription sunglasses are arguably the best option for prescription eyeglass wearers that want UVA and UVB eye protection, they are very expensive so they are not a viable option for everyone.
Rest assured, there are 3 affordable and effective eye protection options for prescription eyeglass wearers: static cling film, clip on sunglasses, and wearover sunglasses. Each type of aftermarket eye protection mentioned is effective, functional and has strengths and weaknesses. This article will help you find which type of eye protection is best for you.
Why do prescription eyeglass wearers need UVA and UVB eye protection? UV rays can contribute to many preventable eye conditions. UV rays are always present outdoors, it doesn't matter if it’s sunny or cloudy. Protect your eyes the same way you protect your skin.
All of the options that provide UV protection for your eyes have a tinted UV protective layer that goes between your prescription lenses and the sun.
Applying a tinted static cling film to your prescription glasses is the newest way to get UVA and UVB protection while wearing prescription glasses. EyKuver is the leader in this new segment of eye protection. Their technology is patented and doesn't have any adhesives so you will not damage your expensive prescription eyewear.
The optical film comes in a small packet that is roughly 2” x 2”, flat and sealed.
To apply the film, peel the film off the backing and apply to the outside of clean prescription lenses. If there are any bubbles, press them towards the outside edge and they will disappear.
EyKuver film comes in 2 sizes, medium and large, allowing you to get a good fit on many styles of eyewear. The film can be trimmed to shape for a truly custom fit. If there is a small margin between the tinted film and the frame of your glasses, you will not notice it when you are wearing the glasses.
EyKuver offers 2 tint colors for different conditions.
Areas where the tinted film shines is that they are very affordable at $9.99 for a 3 pack, and they are very packable. Because EyKuver is very small and affordable it’s easy to stash a pack in your car’s glove box, jacket pocket, purse, golf bag and drawer at home. That way, your eyes will always be protected from the sun’s UV rays. In addition, there is no noticeable addition of weight to your prescription eyeglasses. You will also maintain the style of your prescription eyeglasses.
Clip On Sunglasses
Clip ons had their heyday of popularity in the 50s. Since then their popularity has waned a bit however, recently they have had a resurgence. Fashion brands like Tom Ford and Ray-Ban have begun offering them.
It really depends on your definition of “cool” whether you’ll like the look provided by clip ons. Clip ons are attached to the frame of your eyewear. They do add some weight to your glasses.
Clip ons range from $12-$150+ so they're not particularly inexpensive, especially the high quality clip ons. Like your regular prescription glasses you have to store and protect when you're not using them.
Wearovers, like the name implies, are meant to be worn over your prescription glasses. They are oversized to accommodate fitting over prescription eyeglasses. The style is typically wrap around and oversized to minimize sunlight sneaking in on the sides and top. Wearovers are popular with fisherman and women because they are often available with polarized lenses which decrease glare reflected off the water.
Due to their large size, they can be heavier than what you're used to wearing. Their size can be a challenge to store and like clip ons you still have to remember to bring them with you.
With 3 good options, you will surely find a way to protect your eyes from UV rays.