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Protect Your Eyes in Style With Custom Clip-On Sunglasses

Tossing on a pair of sunglasses can feel pretty luxurious. It’s also a necessity most days! If you wear prescription specs, protecting your eyes from the sun used to mean always carrying a pair of prescription sunglasses with you. Luckily, we now have an alternative: custom clip-on sunglasses.

Let’s clarify why your eyes need sun protection and how custom clip-on sunglasses can help. We’ll also explore how custom clip-on sunglasses work and where to get some of the most versatile and stylish options on the market. After all, you deserve to look great no matter what the weather. 

Why You Need Sunglasses

Sunglasses have become a universal form of eye care, no matter where you live. UVA and UVB rays from the sun can cause damage that ranges from temporary yet painful conditions like photokeratitis (basically sunburned corneas) to more serious disorders like cataracts and macular degeneration. Not to mention the aging effects of the sun — wrinkles and crow’s feet, anyone? Sunglasses protect your eyes from all this and reduce ambient glare so you can see clearly even in bright sunlight.

Of course, you could do without them, but you’d be putting your eyes at unnecessary risk. Besides, as any celebrity will tell you, a good pair of sunglasses is far more than functional. They’ve become style accessories that can dress up your outfit — or give you some privacy, if that’s what you prefer. 

3 Reasons to Get Custom Clip-On Sunglasses

Custom clip on sunglasses: Orange Reflective Sun Top

Why not simply wear ordinary prescription sunglasses, you might ask? In fact, custom clip-on sunglasses offer many benefits over regular sunglasses. For example:

  1. Convenience: Assuming you already wear regular prescription glasses, you’ll only need to carry one pair around rather than two, saving you space in your purse or pocket. When you move outside, simply clip on your sunnies and you have instant sun protection. Then, when you go back inside or need to do some night driving, for example, you can quickly revert to your regular prescription glasses.
  2. Affordability: You’ll save money as clip-ons are cheaper than buying a second pair of prescription glasses.
  3. Versatility: You can order more than one lens color and change them up as you choose.

Custom clip-on glasses are practical, convenient, versatile, and cost-effective — that’s a win on many levels.

Types of Custom Clip-On Sunglasses

Men holding 2 pairs of eyeglasses

The sun protection layer of clip-ons can attach to regular glasses in several different ways, depending on the design. When you’re shopping for clip-on specs, you might see one of these methods:

Clip-On Attachments

Some tinted lenses have a spring bridge that helps you adjust the tension as you put them on or take them off. You’ll also see small clips toward the outer corners of the lenses that help to keep them in place. These are often used on rimless and semi-rimless glasses.

Flip-Up Attachments

Other tinted lenses come with rubberized prongs that hook on close to the nose bridge of your regular glasses. These sometimes also allow you to flip up the sun layer, leaving them attached at the top of your frames — a fun and stylish blast from the past.

Magnetic Custom-Made Eyewear

When you wear magnetic custom clip-on sunglasses, there’s no need for wire bridges, hooks, or hinges. The top layer attaches magnetically to your regular glasses, creating a seamless appearance that doesn’t interfere with your vision.

Polarized Clip-Ons

Polarizing your sunglass lenses can sometimes cost extra but it’s well worth it. Reflective surfaces like roads, water, or snow tend to concentrate light horizontally, rather than scattering it evenly in all directions. As it’s difficult to see clearly, this can make activities like driving, skiing, or boating very uncomfortable and sometimes downright dangerous.

Polarized lenses block the glare from reflective surfaces, improving both comfort and clarity of vision. Because of this, they’re an excellent addition to regular sunglasses.

An Alternative to Custom Clip-On Eyeglasses

If for some reason you decide that custom clip-on sunglasses aren’t for you, but you still prefer only one pair of glasses, consider transition lenses. These light-responsive lenses look exactly like regular glasses when you’re inside, but when you head out into brighter light, they automatically darken to protect your eyes from the sun.

Where to Get Your Custom Clip-On Sunglasses

The Rainbow Mermaid Sun Top

For true versatility in your custom clip-on sunglasses, shop Pair Eyewear.

Our Sun Tops attach magnetically to our Base Frames, so you can go from sun to shade in a snap. They offer all the UV protection you need. They’re also polarized and have an anti-reflective coating, cutting glare to the minimum.

Start your purchase by choosing a Base Frame from our beautifully designed selection for men and women. 

Helpful tip: Check our Size Guide for the best options for you then use our Virtual Try-On feature to fine-tune your choice further.

You’ll also get to choose your prescription lens type, whether that’s readers, single-vision prescription eyeglasses, or progressives — our custom clip-on sunglasses cater to all types of prescriptions. If you spend a lot of time online, especially at night, you might consider adding blue light filters. And if you need a high prescription, lighten the load by choosing ultra-thin Premium Plus lenses.

Then go ahead and select your Sun Top lens color. You have several choices, for example:

If you’d like to expand your Top Frame collection beyond Sun Tops, feel free to add as many regular Top Frames as you like. Choose from our Classic Designs and Classic Colors, through to our Sparkle, Collabs, or unique Limited Edition styles. Then you can simply swap those out with your Sun Tops depending on whether you’re inside or out.

Our cellulose acetate plastic frames and polycarbonate lenses are scratch-resistant and impact-resistant so they’ll take you far. But if you’d like an extra layer of protection, invest in a Pair Glasses Case or Top Frame Case to keep your specs and Top Frames safe while you're on the move.

If you have a coupon code, add it at checkout, and before you know it, your order will be on its way to you.

And if for any reason you’re not completely happy with your custom clip-on sunglasses when they arrive, we offer a 30-day warranty. So, you can return your glasses to us for an exchange or refund. Your happiness is our priority. 

Protect Your Eyes with Clip-On Style

Custom clip-on sunglasses clip to the wearer’s regular prescription glasses, turning them instantly into sunglasses. They’re becoming ever more popular as people realize how convenient and affordable they are.

Pair Eyewear polarized Sun Tops attach to your Base Frame with tiny magnets. Trendy and versatile, they allow you to transform your regular glasses into stylish sunglasses at a moment's notice. They offer protection from UV rays and shield your eyes from glare so you can always see clearly, no matter where you are. You’ll never look at the sun the same way again.