Prescription Sunglasses Vs. Photochromic Lenses: Which One Is Right For You?

by Fashion Eyewear on July 30, 2012

Prescription Sunglasses Vs. Photochromic Lenses: Which One Is Right For Me?Surely you have seen or heard of prescription sunglasses and photochromic lenses, but how do you know which one is right for you?

In this short post we will give you the pros and cons of prescription sunglasses and photochromic lenses then briefly summarize on which one we think is right for you based on your needs and concerns.

Prescription Sunglasses

Pros: Prescription Sunglasses Vs. Photochromic Lenses: Which One Is Right For Me?

  • They look like any normal pair of sunglasses and usually available with the brand’s most popular models
  • You can choose different tint depths, tint colours or gradients
  • Can be worn when driving  (however level 4 tint lenses are not suitable for driving)
  • Polarized lenses are available in prescription sunglasses

Cons:

  • You would still have to carry two pairs of eyewear with you
  • The darkest lens tint should not be worn when driving
  • Can be costly to maintain them e.g. when you need new lenses because your prescription changed
  • You may find it a hassle to change between eyewear and end up not bothering to wear them

Photochromic Lenses

Pros: Prescription Sunglasses Vs. Photochromic Lenses: Which One Is Right For Me?

  • It’s convenient; you won’t need to carry two sets of eyewear
  • Time saving; the lenses automatically turn dark or light in seconds
  • Can be more cost-effective as the photochromic lenses are fitted into your own optical frames (if you already own a pair)
  • Ideal if your eyes are photo-sensitive. Photochromic lenses also helps to reduce squinting, fatigue and eye strain

Cons:

  • You will still need two sets of eyewear if you drive as your lenses won’t darken due to the windscreen blocking out the UV light
  • Certain environments and temperature can affect the darkening of the lenses
  • Sometimes, it can take longer than a few seconds to fully darken or lighten
  • They just don’t have the same aesthetic appeal as sunglasses do

Summary

Photochromic lenses are a great choice as they are cheaper than investing in prescription sunglasses however they won’t darken when you are in a motor vehicle. Prescription sunglasses are great because they’re a great fashion accessory and protect your eyes against sunlight wherever you wear them.

Prescription Sunglasses Vs. Photochromic Lenses: Which One Is Right For Me?

If you truly want to invest in your eyes, the best option is to choose both.

Photochromic lenses are perfect for daily use as well as abroad (convenient as you will be mainly soaking up the sun and walking about). Your sunglasses will come in handy when you’re driving or when you simply wish to accessorize your look.

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