Sunglasses are now a key fashion item, impossible to ignore if you want to keep on top of the latest trends. But they are also practical items, protecting our eyes from the Sun’s harmful UV rays, as well as making our eyes feel more comfortable in bright lights. And for those of us with prescription lenses, sunglasses can also help us see when out in sunny weather. The internet is full of well-meaning articles with fashion tips about sunglasses, but here at Red Hot Sunglasses we want to offer more practical advice as well. Prescription sunglasses are an absolutely essential piece of equipment for some of us, and we’d like to explain why that is. So read on to learn about the benefits of wearing prescription sunglasses.

Prescription Glasses Are Ideal for Driving

Anyone who drives a lot understands how difficult it is to drive when sunlight gets in their eyes. This usually happens on really sunny summer days, but it can also happen in the winter, when the Sun is much lower in the sky. Many drivers without the need for corrective lenses keep a pair of driving glasses in their car specifically for this problem.

But for those who use prescription lenses, it’s not as simple as picking up a cheap pair of sunglasses, and they probably won’t be able to wear their sunglasses over their prescription glasses. This is where prescription sunglasses come in. Keep them in your car and you’ll always have them handy for those super bright days where driving is almost impossible without them. Also… they make you look pretty cool! 

Prescription Sunglasses Are Available for Almost Any Prescription

Some people avoid prescription sunglasses because they think that their prescription is too unique or strange for any company to make into sunglasses. But this is almost always wrong. Prescription sunglasses are available for most kinds of lenses, including bifocal lenses and progressive lenses if you are presbyopic and need help to read your book by the pool on holiday. Prescription sunglasses have become so sophisticated that almost anyone can get hold of the appropriate prescription for them and save money when buying prescription glasses or sunglasses. So it’s easy to see well, and look good while you do it!

Ditch Your Contacts for Prescription Sunglasses When You’re at the Beach

Anyone who’s ever worn contact lenses at the beach will probably know that the combination of wind, water, sun, and sand can make your eyes very itchy and watery. There are just far too many things for your contact-lensed eyes to contend with at the beach! Wearing prescription sunglasses is the ideal alternative as they will not only allow you to see what you’re doing, but they’ll also protect you from the elements – especially the sun!

You should be protecting your eyes from sunlight anyway, so sunglasses are essential beachwear, and it also helps that the right pair of sunglasses can really improve your look by balancing out your features. On top of all of the benefits of wearing prescription sunglasses instead of contact lenses, you should also make sure you avoid swimming with contact lenses in, as there are many dangerous micro-organisms in the water that can cause your eyes serious damage. If water gets into your eyes while you’re wearing contact lenses, you should take them out and clean both your contacts and your eyes thoroughly.

Some of the sunglasses in our Dragon collection have been designed to float (although they aren’t prescription sunglasses), so that swimmers don’t lose them, and some specialist companies even offer prescription swimming goggles, which pretty much solves the problem entirely! 

Prescription Sunglasses Are Incredibly Fashionable

Looking good is always a benefit, and choosing a pair of sunglasses to accentuate your features and add a touch of style to your outfit is definitely worth doing. You can choose almost any brand or design you like from our entire range of prescription sunglasses. Gone are the days of settling for the stale selection of two or three pairs of prescription sunglasses at the opticians – you can choose anything you want.

The only exceptions with prescription sunglasses are wraparounds, or any style that bends the lenses too much. This is because the bend tends to distort the corrective properties of the prescription lenses. However, if the wraparound style isn’t too severe, then prescription lenses work absolutely fine – we even have a small range of wraparound prescription sunglasses here at Red Hot Sunglasses, if you’d like to check them out. 

Multiple Lens Material Options

Glass used to be the only material used for prescription lenses, but there has been a lot of development in this area and now you can also choose from several other high-index materials that work, such as polycarbonate, Trivex (this is lightweight and is similar to polycarbonate), and regular plastic.

Glass generally offers the best refractive properties, so it produces the best-quality prescription lenses, but it is also by far the heaviest material, and people want prescription sunglasses that are lightweight and more comfortable to wear for a long period.

Glass is also less durable than the other materials mentioned above, and it can shatter fairly easily, which is especially problematic for people playing sports. This leads neatly onto the next benefit

Prescription Sunglasses Are Perfect for Sports

Whether it’s just for running, or if it’s for outdoor sports that require a great deal of accuracy and hand-eye coordination (such as golf, tennis, or even beach volleyball) prescription sunglasses are absolutely essential.

Not only do they give you the same vision-correcting effects that normal prescription glasses give you, helping you hit the ball or weave through a busy street on your run, they also protect your eyes from the sun and reduce glare, which can actually give you an edge against your opponents or improve your performance.

Most also come with special bridges and arms that hold the sunglasses to your face tight. Prescription sports sunglasses are a no-brainer for anyone serious about sport, so we hope you’ll check out collection in the link above.


It can be tricky to find the right prescription sunglasses and glasses. And buying them online gives you huge savings and a lot of choice, but it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. It can be hard to know which brand, material, style or special lens coating to choose from. This is where Red Hot Sunglasses comes in. We want to dispel the myths and tell you everything you need to know about prescription sunglasses and glasses.

If this article helps you out and you want to do a touch of shopping, check out our prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses collection. Everything below has been written to help you make a fully informed decision before you buy your next pair of prescription sunglasses or glasses. 

Choosing the Right Lenses

Different visual impairments and prescriptions require the help of different corrective lenses. There are also day-to-day problems caused by some visual impairments that can be solved by choosing the right lenses. Always make sure your prescription is entirely up to date before you buy a pair of prescription sunglasses online.

Your prescription can change over time and you might require a slight adjustment before your next pair of prescription lenses.

Enhanced reading glasses

You may also benefit from enhanced reading glasses, which are designed to work at two different reading distances, allowing you to look through one part of the lenses when you’re reading a book, for example, and another part of the lens when you have to look at something a little further away, such as a tablet or computer screen. There is also the option of getting varifocal lenses, which are like enhanced reading glasses, although they combine two much more distinct distances into one lens. One part of the lens could help you read, and another part could help you see things at a medium distance.

Single Vision Lenses

If lenses are listed as ‘single vision’ online, it means that they have only one prescription. Almost all prescription sunglasses will have single-vision lenses. Think long and hard about what you use your prescription sunglasses for most. If you drive a lot and you need a prescription to help you with medium and long distances, then make sure your sunglasses match this prescription.

If you use your sunglasses mainly for reading when you’re on holiday, then make sure they help you with short distances.

Choosing the Right Lens Material

Depending on the prescription glasses or sunglasses you choose, your lenses might be made from a different material. Understanding the pros and cons of the different materials will help you understand whether or not the glasses or sunglasses are right for you. Out of all the materials, glass has superior refractive properties and, for this reason, it is usually considered the best choice for prescription lenses. However, glass is also known to crack and shatter if its knocked or put under strain. For this reason, glass isn’t always the best material when you need a tougher pair of sunglasses or glasses, perhaps for when you’re playing sport, for example.

Material other than glass

If you’re choosing a material other than glass, then it will either be plastic, Trivex, or polycarbonate. All three of these materials can be engineered in a way that gives them a high index (meaning they can be made thinner and will function as prescription lenses). These three materials are all tougher and more resistant to cracks and scratches than glass is. Out of these three alternatives, Trivex is the strongest, so if you’re choosing prescription glasses or sunglasses with thin lenses or a semi-rimless or rimless style, then you’re best to go for a model that offers Trivex lenses.

Choosing Between the Different Lens Coatings

It’s common for lenses on designer sunglasses and glasses to come with a scratch-resistant coating, but you shouldn’t assume that this is the case. When ordering your prescription glasses online, read the product description to find out everything you need to know about the lens coating. If you’re ordering from a reputable company, they should have a product description, or at least a bullet-point list of the glasses’ or sunglasses’ features. However, if the products are brand new, it may just take them a few weeks to write up all of the product descriptions.

Complete UV protective coating

All authentic, designer sunglasses will come with a complete UV protective coating, but it’s always worth checking in the description. If anything about the wording confuses you when it comes to the sunglasses UV protection, then get in touch with the vender. Many prescription glasses also come with a coating that protects the wearer from UV rays.

They do this without darkening the lenses. Some materials, such as Trivex and polycarbonate automatically filter out UV rays and do not require the additional protective coating.

Oleophobic coating

Oleophobic coating resists oil and thus makes your lenses anti-smudge and resistant to dirt. An oleophobic coating is especially useful if your lenses have an anti-reflective coating, as an anti-reflective coating can make smudges and blemishes especially noticeable. So combining the two coatings together is ideal. So, opting for a combination of coatings is often the best way to ensure your lenses work for you. 

If you have any questions, you should email or phone the company. You can contact Red Hot Sunglasses on our enquiry page or call us on 0191 466 1118.

Choosing the Right Frames

The best thing about buying prescription glasses and sunglasses online is the amount of choice you get and the fact that you can buy sunglasses from the top designers at heavily discounted prices. So, choosing frames should be an enjoyable experience for online shoppers. However, you need make sure the frames match your style and that they serve your purposes. Not all frames were created equal, and knowing the differences and what you should be looking for might make all the difference when it’s time for you to buy your next pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses online.

Frame Shape

When it comes to shape, it’s important to find a pair of sunglasses that matches your face shape. We’re working on a comprehensive guide that helps people figure out what style of frames suits their face best, and we’ll put the link in here once it is ready. In the meantime, it’s a good rule of thumb to remember to balance out your face with an opposing shape: if you have an angular, square, or rectangular face, then round and curved rims (such as Aviators) are idea for you. And if you have a round or oval face, then angled square and rectangular rims will suit you best.

Frame material

When it comes to the frame’s material, look out for large frames, as they will require much thinner, more expensive lenses. So this usually factors into the glasses’ or sunglasses’ final cost. It’s also worth watching out for rimless and semi-rimless frames (such as Clubmasters) if your prescription is over +5.00, as these lenses will be so thin that they may be in danger of developing cracks or other damage. It’s also a good idea to ask your optometrist if they think there are any frame shapes you should avoid due to your prescription.