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.

Everything You Need to Know About Oakley PRIZM Sunglasses

A. What is PRIZM?
B. Key Benefits of Oakley PRIZM Lenses
C. How Do Oakley PRIZM Lenses Work?
D. What are Oakley PRIZM Lenses Made of?
E. Are all PRIZM lenses polarized?
F. Can I Get PRIZM in Prescription?
G. Do PRIZM lenses have UV protection?
-PRIZM Sport
-PRIZM Everyday
H. Oakley PRIZM Sunglasses in Prescription at SportRx

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 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. Sunglass Rob and Andrew give you everything you need to know about Oakley PRIZM Lens Technology in the video below.

Key Benefits of Oakley PRIZM Lenses

    • 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.

What are Oakley PRIZM Lenses Made of?

All PRIZM lenses are made of Plutonite, Oakley’s proprietary lens material. Plutonite is a high-grade polycarbonate that is highly impact resistant. PRIZM lenses are created by melting Plutonite down to liquid form and then adding dyes to give it the desired color and tint. This manufacturing method is better than other brands because the lenses never fade over time and the UV protection cannot be scratched off because it is infused in the lens.

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. Oakley PRIZM 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?’ Don’t 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.

Can I Get PRIZM in Prescription?

YES you can! As an Oakley Authentic dealer, SportRx can make custom Oakley PRIZM lenses in YOUR prescription. Wearing PRIZM in a sport specific Rx sunglass will make the details in your environment easier to pick up on and in turn, improve your performance. You can also spice up daily activities with PRIZM Everyday in Rx. Learn more about prescription options in our PRIZM prescription guide.

Do PRIZM lenses have UV protection?

All Oakley Authentic lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC and harmful blue light up to 400 nanometers. Blocking out harmful UV rays reduces strain and increases the long-term health of your eyes. By reducing this stress, you can stay focused on what matters.

PRIZM Sport Lens Chart

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

PRIZM TypeColorActivitiesConditionsRx-ablePolarized available?VLT %
Road Blackoakley prizm road black cycling, runningmedium to bright lightnono11%
Deep WaterOakley Prizm Deep Wateroffshore fishing and boatingbrightyesyes12%
Shallow WaterOakley Prizm Shallow Waterinshore fishing and boatingmedium to brightnoyes15%
FieldOakley Prizm Fieldbaseball, softball, and cricketlow to brightyesno15%
RoadOakley Prizm Roadcycling, runninglow to brightyesno20%
Dark GolfOakley Prizm Dark Golfgolf, tennismedium to brightyesno22%
GolfOakley Prizm Golfgolf, tennislow to mediumyesno30%
Trail TorchOakley Prizm Trail Torchmtb, trail runningmedium to brightnono35%
TrailOakley Prizm Trailmtb, trail runninglow to mediumyesno36%
Low LightPrizm Low Light cycling, runninglownono75%

*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.

Oakley PRIZM Sport

Oakley PRIZM Sport lenses are widely recognized for the performance-enhancing contrast they provide. Higher contrast gives you maximum clarity to see every little detail in your sport environment. This allows you to react quicker and play smarter. Each PRIZM lens is optimized for a different environment so you can get the most out of your experience. No matter your sport of choice or the conditions you play in, there is a PRIZM lens for you.

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Limited Edition Matte Carbon with PRIZM Field Lenses

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  • Accentuates the colors you want to see in your respective sport environment
  • Filters out the ‘noisy’ colors
  • Offered in a variety of tint levels to match weather conditions

PRIZM Everyday Lens Chart


PRIZM TypeColorActivitiesConditionsRx-ablePolarized available?VLT%
Blackoakley prizm blackeverydaybright lightyesyes11%
SapphireOakley Prizm Sapphireeverydaymedium to bright lightyesyes12%
Rose GoldOakley Prizm Rose Goldeverydaymedium to bright lightnoyes13%
JadeOakley Prizm Jade everydaymedium to bright lightyesyes14%
TungstenOakley Prizm Tungsteneverydaymedium to bright lightyesyes14%
RubyOakley Prizm Ruby Polarizedeverydaymedium to bright lightyesyes17%


Oakley PRIZM Everyday

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.

holbrook prizm sapphire

Oakley Holbrook in Matte Black with PRIZM Sapphire Polarized Lenses

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  • Deeper reds
  • Enhanced blue sky
  • Blooming hues of green
  • HD Polarized lenses that block 99% of reflected glare

*PRIZM Daily polarized options: Black, Sapphire, Jade, Ruby, and Tungsten

PRIZM Snow Lens Chart

PRIZM TypeColorActivitiesConditionsRx-ableVLT%
BlackOakley Prizm Snow Blackski, snowboardsunnyyes5.5%
SapphireOakley Prizm Sapphire Snow ski, snowboardmedium to bright lightyes13%
JadeOakley Prizm Jade Snow ski, snowboard medium to bright lightyes15%
TorchOakley Prizm Torch Snow ski, snowboard medium to bright lightyes19%
RoseOakley Prizm Rose Snow ski, snowboardovercastyes26%
HI PinkPrizm Low Light ski, snowboardovercast, whiteoutyes38%

Oakley PRIZM Snow

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.

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Oakley Flight Deck in Matte Black with PRIZM Torch

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  • Enhanced contrast with a PRIZM option for any condition on the mountain
  • Read the lines and bumps in the snow more clearly
  • Get the maximum or minimum amount of light desired based on the weather

*PRIZM Snow is available with a prescription insert



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.

Airbrake mx

Oakley Airbrake MX in Dungey Sig Fastlines Orange with PRIZM MX

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  • 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 PRIZM Sunglasses in Prescription at SportRx

Did you know you can get most of the Oakley PRIZM lenses in YOUR prescription? That’s right! Oakley authentic PRIZM lenses made custom for your sunglasses. We also make prescription inserts that are compatible with any Oakley goggle.We’re here for you 7 days a week so call or Live Chat an optician with any questions about Oakley PRIZM prescription sunglasses , Oakley eyeglasses, or Oakley PRIZM prescription goggles. All you have to do is contact us to order yourself one of the many goggles or glasses with Oakley PRIZM technology.

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