Introducing The Dawn of the Most Advanced Lens Technology: Oakley PRIZM Lens Technology

Everyone has heard about Oakley PRIZM lenses, but do you really know what it's all about? Oakley is known for combining cutting edge technology and performance-driven function. PRIZM continues that legacy with a ground breaking sport specific, prescription-ready lens technology.

What is PRIZM?

There is no way to fully understanding the benefits of Oakley PRIZM lenses until you experience them for yourself. But we will start by comparing sunglasses to a stereo. In the past all we could do was make lenses lighter or darker, kind of like only having a volume knob on your stereo. Then contrast enhancing technologies became available, which would be like also having bass and treble control. Oakley however takes that technology one major step further. They fine tune the light spectrum with PRIZM dyes to increase contrast and reduce glare for your specific sport, environment, and condition. That would be like having a personal sound technician to make all necessary adjustments for the highs and lows throughout each song so you can feel the individual notes.


- Sharpens visual perception to help you see more clearly and react faster
- Enhances color recognition through boosted contrast to help you quickly spot what you need to see
- Optimizes your ability to better see the important moving objects in your environment  

How Do Oakley PRIZM Lenses Work?

PRIZM is a new Oakley lens technology that fine tunes vision for specific environments. The lenses work to emphasize colors where the eye is most sensitive to detail, which in return, helps to enhance performance and safety.

Traditional sunglass lenses force us to make a compromise between the colors we want to see in an environment and the other colors that interfere with our perception. Oakley PRIZM works to filter out any "noisy"  light that could interfere with vision, while emphasizing the colors necessary for optimal performance.

Oakley achieved this innovation by utilizing hyperspectral imaging, a technique used by spy satellites that helps analyze light in real-world environments. The hyperspectral camera allowed engineers to see the patterns and conditions of the spectral peaks that exist in a wide variety of conditions. Once the transmission peaks found in nature were identified, a lens dye was scientifically engineered to match the absorption peaks, which help to boost the "good" light and filter out the "noisy" light. 

Are all PRIZM lenses polarized?

Not all PRIZM lenses are polarized. This is because not every situation will require it and in some instances it may inhibit performance. Polarized lenses are great for glare reduction and recommended for water activities or driving. Glare is created when the vertical wavelength from the sun reflects off  a surface such as water or car bumper and combines with a horizontal wavelength. The main drawback to polarized lenses is that they throw off depth perception due to the polarized filter that cuts out the horizontal wavelength found in glare. 

Aside from PRIZM Deep Water and PRIZM Shallow Water, the PRIZM sport lenses are not polarized. So you may be asking yourself, 'What If I encounter glare in a sport environment?' Dont worry, Oakley has a solution for that too. There is a mirror coating on the outside of all of the PRIZM sport-specific lenses that will help with brightness from the sun without sacrificing depth perception or contrast. Here's a closer look at how these game-changing lenses function in their respective sport environment.


We created this PRIZM guide to help you make the best possible lens choice for your favorite activity.

*VLT-visible light transmission is the amount of light that passes through the lens to your eye. For example, a darker tint lens will have a lower VLT percentage and a lighter tint lens will have a higher VLT percentage.

PRIZM Type Color Activities Conditions Rx-able Polarized available? VLT %
Golf Golf, Tennis low to medium yes no 25-35%
Dark Golf Golf, Tennis medium to bright yes no 16-25%
Road Cycling, Running, Driving low to bright yes no 16-25%
Low Light Cycling, Running low no no 75%
Trail Mountain Biking, Trail Running low to medium yes no 31-41%
Field Baseball, Cricket low to bright yes no 12-20%
Deep Water Offshore Fishing and Boating bright yes yes 12-20%
Shallow Water Inshore Fishing and Boating medium to bright no yes 16-26%
Daily Everyday low to medium no yes 10-21%
Black Iridium Everyday bright yes yes 8-15%
Sapphire Iridium Everyday medium to bright yes yes 8-18%
Jade Iridium Everyday medium to bright yes yes 10-21%
Tungsten Iridium Everyday medium to bright no yes 8-18%
Ruby Iridium Everyday medium to bright no yes 12-21%


PRIZM Golf and PRIZM Dark Golf


Targetline prizm dark golf Oakley Targetline in Matte Black with PRIZM Dark Golf

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PRIZM Golf and PRIZM Dark Golf lenses allow a golfer to see the changes in texture and the different greens so they can recognize where the rough begins and the green ends. PRIZM Golf lenses are suitable for low to medium light conditions, whereas PRIZM Dark Golf lenses are ideal for bright light conditions. Gauge distance and grass conditions better than ever when hitting the course in a pair of Oakley PRIZM Golf Sunglasses.  


- Helps you spot grass textures you might otherwise miss
- Improves contrast between changes in the greens, therefore helping you spot fairways/fringe/rough transitions
- Enhanced ability to see and track the ball

*PRIZM Golf and Dark Golf is available in prescription 



flak 2.0 xl prizm field Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Polished White with PRIZM Field

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PRIZM Field lenses work to enhance contrast between the ball and the background, making the important colors more vivid. This makes the ball easier to see among the other colors present in a baseball field environment. Perform at your peak with Oakley PRIZM Baseball Sunglasses.  


-Gives an infielder the ability to see the greens and reds which allow the ball to stand out more against the grass and dirt
-Enhances the sky colors to yield better contrast for fly balls

*PRIZM Field is available in prescription

PRIZM Deep Water and PRIZM Shallow Water

split shot deep water polarized Oakley Split Shot in Matte Black with PRIZM Deep Water Polarized

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Likewise with baseball, there can be completely different light conditions for fishing and so Oakley created PRIZM Shallow Water Polarized lenses and PRIZM Deep Water Blue Polarized lenses. Both of these water lenses have been enhanced with HDPolarized filtering to block 99% of reflected glare, leaving out distortion. So whether you're a deep sea fisherman or a stream fisher, Oakley has you covered. 


Shallow Water Polarized:

- Boosts green and copper hues that define hiding spots
- Maintains bright whites to easier spot the fish and flies on the surfaces of the water
- Helps define shadows of the fish

Deep Water Polarized Lenses:

- The deep water lenses filter out specific shades of blue that crowd your vision on the open water so you can see below the surface
- Strengthens the reds and greens colors that will give you a better view of the activity below the surface
- Darker than the shallow water PRIZM lenses

*PRIZM Deep Water Polarized is available in prescription 

PRIZM Road and PRIZM Low Light

Oakley Flight Jacket Oakley Flight Jacket in Polished Black/Matte Black with PRIZM Road

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PRIZM Road lenses will enable a cyclist to see all the details and changes of the road surface or trail they are riding on, as well as enhancing the blues and greens of their path for a more enjoyable ride. As great as the PRIZM Road lens is, Oakley saw an opportunity to bring something new to the market by identifying every possible need for a cyclist. The PRIZM Low Light lens is the newest addition to the PRIZM family. Designed as a high transmission lens, it was made for low light situations such as early mornings, twilight, or canopy cover. See all that you are meant to see and more with Oakley PRIZM Cycling Sunglasses. 


- Improved vision in both bright light and shadows
- Traffic lights become more vibrant, and white and yellow lines are more clearly differentiated
- Blues and greens are enhanced for a more pleasant ride

*PRIZM Road is available in prescription


Oakley Field Jacket w PRIZM Trai Oakley Field Jacket in Matte Dark Grey and Celeste with PRIZM Trail

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PRIZM Trail lenses are perfect for trail running, hiking, and mountain biking because it enhances the colors on the trails along with the light conditions in and out of shadows. You will be able to see and react faster to the patches of sand, roots, rocks, and other obstacles that are crucial to avoid. Experience the trail like never before with Oakley PRIZM Trail. 


- Enhances reds and browns
- More vividly represents plants and foliage colors
- improved vision in both bright light and shadows

*PRIZM Trail is available in prescription


Airbrake MX in Tld Megaburst Orange Navy with PRIZM MX Torch Airbrake MX in Tld Megaburst Orange Navy with PRIZM MX Torch

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Spotting ruts and dips ahead of time is key in motocross. Many top riders consider PRIZM MX lenses a necessity out on the track. This lens will allow a rider to see the subtle changes in dirt conditions to make the split-second decisions for a safe ride. PRIZM MX lenses are available in multiple tints to meet your riding needs. 


-Boosted contrast to help you see the variations and textures in track surfaces
-Increased depth perception and ability to pick up on and read shadowy ruts
- improved vision in both bright light and shadows

*PRIZM MX is available with a prescription insert


Oakley Flight Deck Oakley Flight Deck in Blackout with Prizm Jade lens

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PRIZM Snow technology allows you to see the bumps, holes, and small details in the snow that other goggles won't catch. Engineered to perfection, the lenses can help you perform better with a greater range of lighting conditions, which also reduces the need to have different goggles for every weather condition. Now do you understand why these lenses are worth the hype? They're revolutionary! Oakley PRIZM Snow Goggles are available in several tints so you will have a ripping time no matter what.

*PRIZM Snow is available with a prescription insert

PRIZM Everyday

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Oakley created PRIZM Everyday lenses so people can enjoy the benefits of PRIZM technology all the time. The PRIZM Daily lens was first tint introduced for everyday use and now other tint combinations have been added for multiple aesthetic and performance options. These lenses will maximize contrast and enhance visibility so you can have an experience that is relaxing and pleasing to the eye wherever you go. 


- Deeper reds
- Enhanced blue sky
- Blooming hues of green
- HDPolarized lenses that block 99% of reflected glare

*PRIZM Black Polarized, PRIZM Sapphire Polarized, and PRIZM Jade
Polarized are available in prescription

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And if all this PRIZM talk doesn't intrigue you, we don't know what will!  We're here for you 7 days a week so call or Live Chat an optician with any questions about Oakley PRIZM prescription sunglasses or Oakley PRIZM prescription goggles. Visit SportRx or call an optician at 888-831-5817 to order yourself one of the many goggles or glasses from the incredible Oakley PRIZM collection.