When you've got a high Rx, it can be hard to find sunglasses that work for you. But the days of struggling with lenses you don't like are over! Browse our high Rx sunglasses buyer's guide and learn how to shop for the best sunglasses for the prescription you have.


High Rx Sunglasses Buyer's Guide

1. Frame Technology
2. Lens Technology
3. The Best High Rx Sunglasses of 2020
4. Prescription Sunglasses at SportRx


Frame Technology

Full stop—yes, it's possible to get the look you want with your prescription. Whether you're after sports or something more casual, we have the perfect style for you.


Fit

Aside from making sure your sunglasses fit your face without being too big or small, you'll want to look for a lightweight frame material. Since your prescription lenses will add a bit of weight, don't weigh yourself down unnecessarily with heavy sunglasses. For more casual styles, titanium is a great frame material pick. If you want to play sports, check out a polymer material like nylon or Grilamid.


Coverage

Before you buy, you should consider what base curve to get. Base curve refers to how curved the lenses and frame are. 6-base frames are your standard pair of sunglasses and can fit a higher Rx, but don't offer as much coverage. 8-base frames hug closer to your face and are better for sports, but might not be able to fit your prescription without distortion. There are exceptions, and we're great finding ways to make your prescription work, but as a rule of thumb a flatter frame is better for a higher prescription.


Grip

Since you rely on your prescription sunglasses to see, more so than others, grip is key. In addition to what we mentioned about finding a frame that's the right size for your face, grip on the nose and temples will keep your sunglasses optically aligned. This is especially important if you plan to use your sunglasses for sports.


Lens Technology

Now that you know what to look out for in your frames, let's talk about the lens tech you need to keep your eyes happy.


Contrast-Enhancing

This is a pretty easy one, since most brands have their own contrast-enhancing technology available in prescription. You've got PRIZM from Oakley, ChromaPop from SMITH, 580 from Costa, and so on.

If that's not the case, SportRx custom lenses also come in a wide variety of tints to help you see your surroundings like never before. The benefit of contrast-enhancing lenses is that they separate colors to bring out little details in your environment. They also darken your view to protect you from UV rays and bright sunlight.


Impact-Resistant

This is another easy one. Unless you're buying from Costa, it's pretty hard to find Rx glass lenses for your sunglasses. This is because the stronger the prescription, the thicker and thus heavier the lens. In most cases your prescription lenses will be made of polycarbonate, Trivex, or a high index material. These are all impact-resistant and won't break if you drop your sunglasses or something hits them.

Do keep an eye out for CR-39 (plastic) lenses though, since those are often available in prescription but not as impact-resistant as polycarbonate. If you plan to use your sunglasses in a sport application, you should steer clear of these lenses.

For more information regarding how a high Rx affects lens thickness, check out our Lens Material Thickness Comparison blog and video.


The Best High Rx Sunglasses of 2020

Now that we've shown you what features you need, let's look at some of our top high Rx picks for both sport and everyday application.


Rudy Project Exception

It's in the name—we're all about sports at SportRx. If you're familiar with our high Rx content, this one's a no-brainer. The Rudy Project Exception is hands down the best option for those who need a sports frame with high Rx capabilities.

Rudy Project Exception

Rudy Project Exception in SportRx Exclusive Kit 1 - Racing Red

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Rudy Project Exception Key Features:

  • Rx insert is built securely into the frame, ensuring the Exception can hold a much stronger prescription than your run-of-the-mill sports inserts.
  • Exclusive SportRx custom color kits let you choose from 6 different options to ensure you have the right lens tint for all your needs.
  • Flip-Up lens technology means you don't have to remove your sunglasses and lose the benefit of prescription lenses when indoors or in the dark.

Oakley Mainlink

The Exception is awesome, but maybe you need something more casual you can wear around town. Maybe you like having one pair of shades that look cool and work well. The Oakley Mainlink is the choice for you in that case. What's not to love about its versatility?

Oakley Mainlink Matte Black (OO9264-2757)

Oakley Mainlink in Matte Black with PRIZM Black Polarized Lenses

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Oakley Mainlink Key Features:

  • Unobtainium grip on the undersides of the temples as well as the nose pads ensures these sunglasses can go from a leisurely drive to an intense workout.
  • PRIZM lens technology is available in a variety of tints designed to boost the colors specific to your environment. It'll feel like a whole new world!
  • Available in an XL size for those with bigger heads.

Prescription Sunglasses at SportRx

We hope our buyer's guide was able to help you separate the good from the best when it comes to your new sunglasses. Need more help? When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, Contact Us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your prescription sunglasses.

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