Dating back to 1975, Oakley has always been recognized as a brand that pushes the perceived limitations. Decades of innovation and over 800 patents later, Oakley continues to deliver the most technologically advanced sunglasses on the planet. Proprietary materials like O Matter™, Unobtainium™, and PRIZM™ sound cool—but do you know what it all means? We’ll explain how these materials and technology work and how they set Oakley apart from the competition.

Table of Contents

1. Oakley PRIZM™: Almost an Unfair Advantage
2. Oakley HDPolarized Technology
3. Can Oakley Sunglasses be Prescription?
4. Oakley Lens Material
5. Oakley Frame Material
6. Oakley Sunglasses Fit
7. Oakley Sport Sunglasses
8. Oakley Lifestyle Sunglasses
Oakley Sunglasses in Prescription at SportRx


Oakley PRIZM™: Almost an Unfair Advantage

Oakley rocked the optics world with the introduction of PRIZM™ lens technology in 2014. The idea of having a fine-tuned lens to match the environment you are in was unheard of at the time, and many brands are still scrambling to try to catch up.

PRIZM™ wasn’t created overnight; it’s the product of over fifteen years of research and development. First, Oakley engineers measured the visible light spectrum in different environments. From there, they studied the human eye to see how it responds to these colors and how that affects what we see. Then a specific dye was developed to match each environment.

The dye used in PRIZM™ lenses manipulates the light spectrum and boosts contrast to make everything in your environment more vivid and easier to see. There are three distinct categories of PRIZM™ including Sport, Everyday, and Snow.

For a full breakdown of PRIZM™ lens technology and all the different categories, check out our ultimate Oakley PRIZM™ Guide.


Oakley HDPolarized Technology

From causing headaches to making the water’s surface a blinding nightmare, glare can ruin your day. Instead of suffering through the day, try Oakley PRIZM™ Polarized lenses for optimal glare protection. HDPolarized is Oakley’s patented polarized lens technology that blocks 99% of reflective glare. They are so successful at fighting glare because each set of lenses is made at the same time to guarantee the axis of polarization is centered across both. Other brands manufacture their lenses at different times, which throws off the axis of polarization and lets more glare pass through the lens. This can lead to eye fatigue and a ruined day because of a splitting headache.

Oakley HD Polarized


Can Oakley Sunglasses be Prescription?

YES! Here at SportRx we pride ourselves on helping you see better while doing the activities you enjoy. Most Oakley sunglasses are available with custom prescription lenses. That’s right! You can get Oakley Authentic PRIZM™ lenses in prescription.

If you ride a mountain bike and have special clothes or gear you wear while riding, doesn’t it make sense to have a specific sunglass too? Oakley sunglasses with PRIZM™ Trail lenses help you spot roots, rocks, and dips ahead of time so you can have a safer and more enjoyable experience. Contact one of our certified opticians to learn more about how you can order a pair today!


Oakley Lens Material

Oakley Plutonite®

Plutonite® is Oakley’s proprietary lens material. It is a high-grade polycarbonate which strikes the perfect balance between optical clarity, impact resistance, and weight reduction. Perhaps the most important characteristic of Plutonite® is impact-resistant, but it also blocks 100% UVA, UVB, and UVC light and blue light up to 400 nanometers.


Oakley Frame Material

O Matter™

The vast majority of Oakley sunglasses are made of O Matter™. Oakley’s proprietary frame material was first developed for sport sunglasses, but it is equally useful in lifestyle frames. O Matter™ is pliable enough to take a hit but durable enough to stand the test of time. It is the perfect blend of flex and weight without sacrificing strength. Having a sunglass that is lightweight and durable increases the overall comfort and longevity of your sunglasses.

What is Oakley Unobtainium™?

Unobtainium™ is what first put Oakley on the map as a sport performance brand. This proprietary grip technology is embedded in all Oakley sport sunglasses. As Sunglass Rob says, “the more you sweat, the stickier and tackier it gets.” Unobtainium™ keeps the sunglasses securely on your face, so you don’t have to worry about readjusting your sunglasses when you are on the move.


Oakley Sunglasses Fit

We have a complete Oakley Sunglass Size Guide if you want to narrow down your selection and find a pair of sunglasses that fit you best. And if you have a big dome, we’ve got you covered with our list of Best Oakleys for Big Heads.

Three Point Fit System

Not all sunglasses are created equal. Luckily for you, Oakley engineers understand the importance of comfort, especially when you are wearing your shades for hours on end. Every Oakley sunglass is designed to encompass Oakley’s Three Point Fit System. This means the frames evenly distribute weight between your temples and nose bridge. This reduces any overbearing pressure buildup and discomfort.


Oakley Sport Sunglasses

Check out some of our favorite Oakley sport frames below!

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

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Flak 2.0XL prizm field

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Polished Black with PRIZM Field

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Oakley Mainlink

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Oakley Mainlink XL

Oakley Mainlink XL in Matte Black with PRIZM Black Polarized Lenses

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Oakley Lifestyle Sunglasses

Oakley Holbrook

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oakley holbrook prizm sapphire

Oakley Holbrook in Matte Black with PRIZM Sapphire Polarized

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Oakley Frogskins

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Oakley Frogskins with PRIZM Rose Gold

Oakley Frogskins in Matte Brown Tortoise with PRIZM Rose Gold

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Oakley Sunglasses in Prescription at SportRx!

Need prescription Oakley sunglasses? Done. 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 Oakley sunglasses.

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