Best prescription sunglasses 2022: From designer lenses to affordable lenses


As a glasses wearer, it can be quite stressful to buy regular glasses, try on hundreds of frames but somehow none of them look perfect. So, when summer comes, the dread of searching for prescription sunglasses kicks in. However, with the rise of online eyewear stores, finding your perfect summer frame has never been easier.

We caught up with Tom Broughton, founder of modern eyewear maker Cubitts, to hear his top tips for us prescription sunglass wearers:

  1. In terms of style, consider that sunglasses can be slightly more oversized than eyeglasses. That said, you still need to make sure the frame fits your nose and ears snugly to prevent them from slipping off in the heat.
  2. When buying online, ask yourself if they will usually cover your hairline. Also consider the pantoscopic field of view – how big you want the lens to be and how much of your peripheral vision you want to cover. To maximize coverage, you can opt for aviator or pilot style sunglasses.
  3. As a general rule, opt for a frame with the opposite characteristics to your face. For example, if you have a round face, an angular frame might work for you. Also think about your facial features. Is one eye higher than the other? If so, avoid small lenses or heavy, dark frames. Do you have heavy features? If so, you can look for a rounded lens with a thin frame (a metal rim can help soften heavy facial features).

Remember that sunglasses offer more than just a fashion statement. Tom reminds us that “when buying sunglasses, the main thing to think about is the level of UV protection. To prevent your eyes from being damaged by the sun’s rays, always look for UV380 or higher. The level of sun absorption is also a key factor in protecting your eyes. Look for 85% or more to be effective in blocking sunlight and preventing UV rays from reaching your eyes.”

Understanding Prescription Sunglasses

If you’re not sure what type of coating or sunglasses you need, see a helpful explanation from Dan McGhee, Director of Optical Services at Vision Express below:

Polarized – When visible light scattered by the sun encounters a horizontal surface, such as a road or water, much of it is reflected, causing white glare which can reduce visibility and cause eye strain. Polarized lenses filter out these reflections, allowing you to see more clearly in situations where glare can be a problem or even dangerous, such as when driving.

Mirror – As well as having a distinctive and fashionable look, mirrored sunglass lenses dramatically reduce the amount of light entering the eye, making them ideal for people who are sensitive to sunlight. They also reduce glare from surfaces, including snow and ice, and are therefore particularly beneficial if you participate in water sports or high altitude outdoor activities, such as skiing or snowboarding.

Anti-UV coating – If you add a colored tint to your lenses, we also recommend UV coating, which will protect your eyes from the sun; prolonged exposure to which could eventually damage the retina and lead to cataracts. A UV coating added to clear lenses can give you the same protection as sunglasses, without changing the color.

Tints and coatings – Whether for function or fashion, adding a colored tint to solid lenses can help reduce eye strain and glare, protect against potentially harmful UV rays, and increase visual perception by improving contrast and improving depth perception.

Adaptive lenses – Automatically adjusting according to the level of natural light, adaptive lenses allow you to see comfortably in all conditions, without the need to change glasses. This makes them ideal for people with light-sensitive eyes or those with an active outdoor lifestyle.

Now you know what kind of sunglasses you want, but what about frames? We’ve rounded up the best prescription frames that cover all shapes, colors, sizes, and budgets.

Prada PR 08XS


Who said accessories had to be boring? These glossy tortoiseshell square frames bring intrigue to your vacation wardrobe and can be paired with neutrals or vibrant hues to really get you in the summer mood.

Polaroid Sleek Cat-Eye PLD


With the return of summer festivals fast approaching, these neon blue cat eye sunglasses are a bold and fun statement that will work with any outfit, rain or shine. They’re also very economical, so if you end up falling face-first into the mud when trying to locate your tent, it won’t be the end of the world.

OAKLEY FLAK 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses


Oakley Flak 2.0 XL glasses are perfect for being active. Whether it’s hitting the ski slopes or taking on a cycling challenge, these sunglasses offer enhanced coverage with high-definition optics covering all of your peripheral vision. The style has seen a huge revival in recent years, co-opted by street style set to become the frames of your choice. Lens and frame color and type can be customized and are available with Authentic Oakley Prescription Lenses.

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Direct Glasses

These sunglasses are simple, classic and economical, which means they are perfect for any occasion and could also serve as a useful backup pair. Additionally, Glasses Direct offers an at-home try-on service where you can order up to five specs at home to try on before ordering. You also get a second pair of glasses free with every purchase.

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Ralph Lauren

Want your outfit to speak for itself, or just as a classic everyday look? Then these Ralph Lauren Havana glasses are a great buy. Simple yet still well-designed, these sleek specs are perfect to go with any outfit, whatever the weather.

Rayban Erika Classic


In any collection of sunglasses, a pair of Rayban glasses must naturally feature. With a sleek design and sturdy, well-made frames, these glasses will be by your side all summer long, whatever your favorite activity.

Chloe Sunglasses


Hello 60s! Adopt the flower power look with these delicate and feminine round glasses that have a beautiful pink tint. The glasses are also available in baby blue and light brown.

IOLLA Murray


These perfectly rounded glasses can be purchased as prescription or regular glasses and are available in five colors with different colored lenses. What we love about IOLLA is that your prescription (complicated as it is) and any necessary lens thinning are free so you can stay stylish all summer long without breaking the bank.

Blooming Prodigy


Those with a high prescription may find that sometimes the lenses alone can be thick and heavy, so you don’t want the extra weight of a heavy frame pressing down on your face all day. These gorgeous Bloobloom rimless glasses are incredibly lightweight without compromising style or sturdiness, meaning you can be both comfortable and fashionable.

Monc London LØKKA

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These quirky sunglasses don’t just look good, they also do good with their fully biodegradable and recyclable frames. All packaging is also sustainable and made from recyclable coffee cup packaging. If you like the design of the frame but are unsure of the color, Monc London gives you plenty to choose from as most frames are available in 15 different shades ranging from ‘Matt Poppy Red’ to ‘Champagne’. “.

Ace & Tate Allen Small


If you want sunglasses with frames that are bigger than the lenses, then Allen Small sunglasses are perfect. These chunky square glasses come in both a patterned design and a black to soft lilac gradient style.

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