Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement. They play an important role in protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. If you’re like me, you require prescription lenses to correct your vision. So finding a pair of sunglasses that don’t compromise style or function can be challenging.
When creating a custom pair, you have a variety of lens tints to choose from, as well as options like polarized or mirrored lenses, both of which reduce sun, UV rays and reflection glare — and yes, you want some anti-glare coating at a minimum, that’s a must. Gray, green and brown tints are most popular. I tend to go with gray, but some sites also offer yellow, blue or rose options. (This is a good guide to lens colors.) Tint density is also important, with a higher density blocking out more sunlight. Nonfashion sunglasses’ tint density tends to range from 50% to 80%. You can also get gradient tints that offer more density in different parts of the lens.
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Our top pick for this roundup of prescription glasses is Warby Parker. Besides affordability, Warby Parker offers a wide array of stylish sunglasses that you can customize to your needs. It also has a great app that helps you see how your sunglasses will look on you.
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