Oakley Sunglasses Buyer's Guide

The mad scientists at Oakley deliver nothing but the best sport sunglasses for top-tier athletes. With the best, comes long hours of dedication to created superior (sometimes hard to graspy) technologies. Oakley sunglasses and Oakley prescription sunglasses come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and lens options that feature many great sunglass technologies. So we created this helpful Oakley sunglasses buyer's guide to inform you on what is out there and what to Oakley sunglasses and features to consider depending on your own personal style and use.


Oakley has a performance lens for every condition, from grass to snow, so now we will show you which lenses are perfect for which activity you're participating in.

  • Water - When you are near or on water, polarized lenses are very critical and Oakley has 3 lenses to help you. There is the Deep Blue Iridium Polarized lens, which is a grey lens with a blue iridium coating to block the blue light. Next is the Shallow Blue Iridium Polarized lens, which is a bronze lens that has a blue iridium coating to block blue light. This lens provides the best contrast in rivers, lakes, and streams. The final lens for the water is the Bronze Polarized lens, which is an amazing contrast lens often used for fly fishing. These are similar to the Shallow Blue Polarized lens, but this one does not have an Iridium coating.
  • Pavement - Pavement has a harsh surface glare that runners, cyclists, and drivers all deal with on a daily basis, and Oakley has 3 lenses to protect our eyes. First is the OO Black Iridium Polarized lens, which are perfect for the super bright days because the lenses adds contrast and cuts glare in those blinding conditions. There is the OO Red Iridium Polarized lenses, which reduce glare and allow for the best contrast and depth perception when you're in the full sun. Last is the VR-28 Black Iridium lens, which is available for polarized lenses or not, while still providing outstanding contrast in most light conditions.
  • Dirt - There are several details in the dirt that hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers can't see. However, with the 3 lenses that Oakley created, now they can. The Fire Iridium lens has a bronze base with an Iridium coating that enhances details and colors. The second lens type is the Bronze lens, which is an all purpose contrast lens. Lastly, if you're looking for a low light, dawn or dusk condition light, then the Persimmon lens is for you.
  • Golf/Grass - Using prescription sunglasses for reading greens, improving depth perception, and cutting glare can drastically improve your vision. Oakley realized this too and produced 4 lenses specifically for this group. First up is the G-30 Polarized lens, where the G is for Golf and these contrast lenses were designed specially for golfers. The VR-28 Black Iridium Polarized lens is available in non polarized lenses as well as polarized, and provide suburb contrast in the majority of light conditions. Next is the Bronze lens, which are an all purpose contrast lens. Bringing in the rear is the OO Black Iridium Polarized lens, which is top notch if you are light sensitive or find yourself squinting with sunglasses on because these lenses supply excellent color and contrast with prime comfort.

Now that you have the lenses down, let's move on to the lens shape.

There are a few semi-rimless sunglasses that feature a standard lens shape, as well as an extended lens shape with the name XL or XLJ depending on the model.

Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 Prescription Sunglasses Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 in Polished Black

For example, Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 sunglasses have a standard lens version and an XL lens version. The frames are exactly the same, but only the lens shape is different. Having a prescription order allows you to pick the lens shape you want.

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Next up are the Oakley sunglasses frame types. There are two frames Oakley has: the Semi-Rimless Rx Sunglasses and the Full Frame Sunglasses.

  • The semi-rimless Rx sunglasses provide an unobstructed view through the bottom of the lens and having a larger lens size does not alter the frame size. The lenses hook to the frame with two hooks on the top corners of each lens. Some popular frames are the Bottle Rocket, Fast Jacket, Flak Jacket, Half Jacket, and Quarter Jacket.
    Oakley Flak 2.0 XL prescription sunglasses Oakley Flak 2.0 XL in Matte Grey Smoke
  • Having a full frame allows the greatest lens security with a frame that fully encloses the lens. These frames are a solid option for those with stronger and heavier prescriptions because the frame will hide part of the thickness of the lens. A few popular full frame sunglasses are Frogskins, Gascan, Holbrook, Jupiter Sq, and Straight Jacket.
Oakley Holbrook Oakley Holbrook in Woodgrain with Prizm Daily

You now have all information regarding lenses and frames, but let's talk about how Oakley surfaces prescription sunglass lenses.

Let's first look at the various prescription lens types that Oakley provides:

  • Polarized lenses - These are the standard sun lenses that have a film embedded in the lends so it reduces reflections, glare, and scattered light. Eye doctors regularly prescribe polarized lenses for people who have had eye surgery, just had dilated eyes, or people who are generally sensitive to the light. Polarized lenses are often times a healthier lens when compared to a standard tinted lens.
  • Tinted lenses - These standard sun lenses come with and without Oakley Iridium mirrors and come in various colors.
  • Transition lenses - These lenses become darker when you're in the sunlight.
  • Clear Rx Sport/Work lenses - These lenses are optimal for people who participate in indoor or night-time sports.
  • Iridium Infusions - This is a lens infusion, patented by Oakley, that manufactures a mirrored finish. There are several Oakley Iridium Infusions that you can add to most lens colors, polarized or not.

Oakley utilizes a digital, free-form lens surfacing method. Oakley uses advanced computer controlled Rx surfacing equipment and calculations that recalculate your prescription at each point of the lens to give you more usable lens space with sharp optics that extend far into the peripheral portions of the lenses. Using this technology eliminates the peripheral distortion problem. The calculation is a combination of the distance between your eyes, the distance from your eyes to the back surface of the lens, and the tilt of the lens. That information is then melded into your prescription so you have an extremely detailed and personalized prescription map that gives you the best vision possible.

Now you know how the prescription works, so let's dive into the Oakley prescription lens options and designs.

  • Single Vision - These lenses are a distance only correction lens. If you do not want a reading bifocal, then you definitely want this lens design.
  • Progressive Vision - Sometimes called a "no-line bifocal", a progressive lens has a distance correction segment on top and a reading segment on bottom. Oakley created a standard progressive lens design and three sport specific lens designs for fishing, golf, and cycling.

There are also Oakley vented lens sunglasses, which are designed to increase airflow and decrease the fogging on the inside of your lenses.