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Prescription Sunglasses for Men: Pick the Perfect Pair

Whether you’re on the road or out fishing, playing golf, hiking, or lazing on the beach, life is always better when you can see clearly. That’s why stylish and functional prescription sunglasses for men are the ultimate accessory for the modern man who could use a touch — or a ton — of vision correction.

Let’s take a look at what a great pair of prescription sunglasses for men can do for you. We’ll also walk you through how to choose the perfect pair of sunglasses for you, so you look and feel great.

Why You Need Men’s Prescription Sunglasses

Of course, prescription sunglasses for men help you see better when you’re out and about.

But that’s not all they need to do.

Safety glasses aside, your pair of prescription glasses should look good too. Add the sunglasses factor and you’ve got extra functionality plus a new level of coolness to play with.

Let’s start with your prescription. If your vision isn’t as good as it could be — or it once was — your first step is to visit your local optometrist for an eye exam. Based on the results, they’ll prescribe a specific type of lens for you.

Single-Vision Lenses

Single-vision lenses correct fairly simple vision issues, like myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) plus astigmatism. There’s a good chance you’ve had this type of vision problem since you were young, so you may know all about it.

Reading Glasses

Reading glasses offer a level of magnification to help you read small text. These usually come into play as you mature and the lenses of your eyes lose some of their flexibility. Suddenly it becomes more difficult to see anything too close to you, a condition known as presbyopia.

Bifocals or Progressive Eyeglasses

Multi-focals are your go-to solution if you suffer from more than one of these vision issues. For example, you may find yourself with nearsightedness plus the need for reading glasses.

Progressive lenses are the latest incarnation of multifocals and they seamlessly blend different prescriptions into your lenses, so you can see near, far, and into the middle distance too.

Glare Protection

Prescription sunglasses need to cut the glare directly from the sun — as well as the glare reflecting off surfaces around you, like water, sand, or light road surfaces — so you don’t end up with eyestrain or a headache. Anti-reflective lenses do a great job of this, especially if they’re also polarized.

Sun Protection

Your prescription sunglasses also need to offer excellent UV protection. And we do mean excellent — preferably 100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Check the label or the retailer’s product description of your men’s prescription sunglasses to make sure that’s what you’re getting. UV rays can cause some serious damage to your eyes, both in the short term and the longer term.

Now that you know what you’re after, let’s look at some other factors to consider when you’re selecting your men’s prescription sunglasses.

How to Choose Prescription Sunglasses for Men

Man holding a pair of sunglasses

Instead of paying a fortune for sunglasses, save that cash you worked so hard for and opt for a pair of high-quality prescription sunglasses for men from Pair Eyewear, starting from just $60.

Pair’s collection of men’s sunglasses offers a wide range of full-rim designs for every style preference. We can handle different types of prescription lenses too, from readers or single vision specs to progressive lenses.

With hard-wearing cellulose acetate frames and impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses, these glasses stand up to heavy-duty activity. All our sunglasses are anti-reflective, polarized, and 100% UVA and UVB protective. And best of all, if you have access to an FSA or HSA, you can put your pre-tax dollars to work when you buy them.

1. Choose Your Frame

Start at Pair’s men’s sunglasses page. The frame shape you choose should complement your face shape.

Rectangular or square frames are very masculine and as a bonus, they also add strong lines to a rounder face. Try one of these structured styles:

  • The Twain is an extra narrow, modified square frame with a keyhole nose bridge

  • The Larkin and The Finley are versatile, rectangular styles for narrow faces

  • The Kirby and The Casper are stylish medium-sized, rectangular frames

  • The Otis is a contemporary, modified square frame for medium faces

  • The Jessie is a wide, modified rectangular style with a modern look

  • The Murphy is an oversized, square style for wide to extra-wide faces

  • The Drew is a dynamic, extra wide, rectangular style with a keyhole nose bridge

On the other hand, if your face is more angular, a pair of oval or round glasses can balance that nicely. These are some great round frame options:

  • The Reese is a fun round style that’s ideal for narrow faces

  • The Soto is a medium, modified round frame with a keyhole nose bridge and a bit of a retro feel

Frame size is important too, so be sure to check our Size Guide to pick the right size for you.

If you’re not sure how to classify your face — or even if you are — our Virtual Try-On tool can help. (You’ll need to go to the non-sunglasses Base Frames page to access this.) See how different frame shapes look on your face. Once you’ve decided which you like best, head back to the sunglasses page and select that style to continue your order.

2. Pick Your Base Color Scheme

At Pair, you get to choose both your frame color and your lens color.

For your Base Frames, you may want to go with a strong matte black or a blue or brown tortoiseshell. Or select subtle and versatile clear frames.

For your lenses, choose from classic black (which is really more gunmetal gray), brown, or green lenses, or add some cool reflective lenses in blue, green, pink, or silver.

3. Get Creative

If you want to take your sunglasses to the next level, go ahead and add some colorful Top Frames. Top Frames attach magnetically to your Base Frames, giving you a whole new look in an instant. You might want to start your search with New Arrivals, Best Sellers, or our Premium Collection, then head to any other category that grabs you.

  • Prefer a stylish, classic look? Then head to our Classic Designs collection.

  • After some seasonal style? Look no further than our Limited Edition categories.

  • Want to rep your favorite team? Check out our NBA, NHL, or MLB collections.

Buy as many Top Frames as you like now or feel free to add them to your wishlist for later.

Other Ways to Create Prescription Sunglasses for Men

Prescription sunglasses for men: Matcha Split Sun Top

If you’re not up for a standalone pair of prescription sunglasses, Pair offers two other types of sun protection for your eyes.

Sun Tops

Instead of starting on the sunglasses page, order regular men’s prescription glasses. Then when you get to the Top Frame page of the order process, take your pick of the magnetic snap-on Sun Tops. They attach to your regular glasses to transform them to sunglasses in an instant.

Sun Tops are very lightweight and easy to carry around, but you might want to consider investing in a Top Frame Case to keep them safe on the move. Then when you need them, simply snap them onto your Base Frames.

Light Responsive Lenses

This lens type — also known as transition or photochromic lenses — is clear when you’re inside. Then when you move into brighter light, the tint darkens, effectively giving you instant sunglasses. Start by ordering regular glasses, then when you get to the lens customization page, choose Light Responsive Lenses.

If you have questions about any of these types of prescription glasses for men, check out our FAQ page or email us at [email protected].

Protect Your Eyes and Look Good Doing It

Men’s prescription sunglasses help you see clearly and protect your eyes from sun damage while you’re out and about. They’ll also add a whole new level of style to your look.

Head on over to Pair Eyewear to pick your pair of prescription sunglasses for men. Choose frames that suit your face shape and size, then get creative with colorful Base Frames and Top Frames. Or, as an alternative, go with regular glasses with Sun Tops or light-responsive lenses.

Whichever option you choose, the best sunglasses for you are the ones that make you feel confident.