Buying and Lens Guide

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How to Buy Prescription Glasses or Prescription Sunglasses Online:

Forget the stress of buying prescription eyewear online. When you shop with SportRx, you're never stuck with a pair of glasses, and with the help of our buying guide and our knowledgeable opticians, all your confusions and doubts will be wiped away. Take a look at the step-by-step process we have laid out for you:

  1. Have your prescription handy.
    • First thing you need to do is have your prescription ready to send over. If your prescription is old, or you think it is time for a new prescription to make sure you're seeing as clearly as possible, go ahead and get a new exam.
  2. Finding your Pupil Distance.
    • Oftentimes, the pupil distance is not on your prescription. However, if you're going to get an exam, make sure they write it down for you.
    • If you don't have your pupil distance, and you're not going to get a new exam, we have a bunch of different ways and techniques on how you can get us your prescription. Our helpful Pupil Distance video will offer you more information about how to measure the distance.
  3. Find the right glasses for yourself. There's a few ways you can do that:
    • You can shop by Brand if you know what brand you're interested in
    • If you're an athlete and you're looking for sport-specific glasses, you can shop by Sport. Our opticians highly recommend this option.
    • If you just want to go for a more general category, that's an option for that as well. For example, if you needed safety glasses, you can search by that specific category.
    • Feel free to browse around, the site is pretty helpful with a lot of nice guides
    • The filter on the left hand side is also there to help you find the right size, color, shape, or other interests to try and narrow it down to the right pair.
    • Alternatively, if you'd rather talk to an optician one-on-one rather than browsing the site, feel free to give us a call. We have opticians on staff here who are friendly, knowledgeable, and would love to help you find the exact pair of glasses for your specific sport, needs and desires.
  4. Place your Order
    • Once you have your frames picked out, we will need a copy of your prescription. Go ahead and send it on over when you're ready.
    • There are a variety of options to get us that prescription: you can send it by fax, scan & email it to us, take a picture and email it to us, or upload it right through the order.
    • Once we have that, we will get to making your custom glasses or sunglasses.
    • Once they are done being built, we will be sure to email you a tracking number. 5. When you get your prescription glasses or prescription sunglasses, if you have any problems, issues, questions or concerns, please contact us. Again, you're never stuck with anything when you shop with SportRx. We have an amazing exchange and return policy. We're here for you and we want to make sure your glasses are the perfect fit.

How to Choose the Right Lens for Your Sunglasses

There are many different lens choices for your sunglasses - which is a good thing. But, with so many colors and options, how do you choose the best sunglass lenses for you? A great place to start is our Blog. Our Blog will provide you with answers to your everyday questions. And, to help you start thinking about your options, here are two key areas to consider when deciding on your best sunglass lenses.

Choosing the best sunglass lenses by sport or activity

It makes sense that you want sunglass lenses that will perform best in your favorite sport or activity. If your highest priority is performance, you should choose a lens designed for the unique visual needs or variables you'll experience.

  • If you're a golfer, brown lenses increase contrast off green surfaces. It's the best sunglass lens color that helps you pick up the golf ball quickly.
  • If you run or ride a mountain bike on trails, an amber-colored or rose copper lens will enhance contrast. This helps you read the terrain quickly for greater safety and performance.
  • Plus, you can get a mirror coating to decrease brightness for either of these activities.

That's just two examples. There are sunglass lens colors and coating combinations that are ideal for virtually any sport or activity, from motorcycling to mountaineering to skiing and more.

Choosing your sunglasses lenses by weather or indoor lighting

While weather is constantly changing, you should consider conditions you commonly experience when you choose your sunglass lens. Even activities you typically play indoors, such as racquetball, should account for the glare from harsh gym lighting.

For example:

  • Bright and sunny climates are best matched to a dark brown lens tint to minimize the effects of harsh sun.
  • A general purpose lens is best for mixed and widely variable weather, such as the rose copper-tint with the specific coating options you'll find in the SportRx Start-to-Finish lens.
  • Overcast conditions require a contrasting lens, such as brown, amber or rose copper. The SportRx Over-It lens is a good light-tint option.
  • For the best vision performance with indoor lighting, choose clear lenses with an anti-reflective coating.

How to Choose the Right Sunglass Frames

Selecting the sunglass frames for your SportRx prescription order is a highly individual choice. Of course, you want comfort and performance. But sunglass frames also make a personal statement, so you want it to reflect your unique personality. Whether you're looking for sports-specific performance, casual wear, or a stylish look, here are some factors to consider when choosing your sunglass frames.

Wraparounds: Many sunglass frames designed for active lifestyles or sports feature a wraparound design. These have the advantage of giving you good protection in front and on the sides. If an impact from a ball or projectile is a concern, wraparound frame shapes are a good choice (you should also check the frame's ASTM safety rating).

Aviator-style: This timeless classic frame design is often used for casual wear. This type of frame gives you a large lens surface for a greater visual field. Although it offers little in the way of side protection, it does give you more peripheral (non-prescription) vision.

Sports rimless: Popularized by sports performance and their athletes these sleek sunglass frames features lenses that are attached to a single, rimless bar. Lenses are often interchangeable. You get ultra-lightweight comfort, a wide visual field, great peripheral vision and excellent protection with these types of sunglass frames.

Face Size and Shape

It might surprise you to know that sunglass frames vary in how they fit different face shapes and sizes. Plus, some are specifically made for women's faces and others for kids. You'll find all SportRx product descriptions will help you match the frame to your face shape and size. And you can always contact us for help in finding your best frame size.

Comfort and Performance Features

Besides frame design and sizing, other factors are comfort and performance. Each brand has unique innovations and technology. Small—but important—details, like the padding used for the nose and ear pieces, can affect how snug and comfortably your sunglasses feel. For example, many brands use advanced hydrophilic-megol rubber, which actually increases the grip on your skin the more you sweat. Some use softer and more pliable nose and ear padding for form-fitting comfort in casual wear frames.

Check out our blog for more specifics on how to choose that perfect frame for you and your active lifestyle.

Yes, You Can Find the Perfect Frame for You

While these are just a few factors to consider, you can also:

  • Browse Sunglasses, Eyeglasses, and Goggles by Brand, Sport, or Category to find your favorite pair of sport specific eyewear
  • Find the right lens to go with your frame with our lens selection guide
  • View our Blog where SportRx Opticans review their favorite frames and lenses for the sports that they love
  • Contact us for personal assistance

Although the choices are almost endless, there is a sunglass frame that can give you exactly what you're looking for in terms of function, performance, comfort, style…or all the above.

Choose the Best Frames and Lenses for your Sport/Activity

The following guides are here to help you consider all the important features when it comes to shopping for eyewear most suitable for your active lifestyle environment:

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