How Much Will it Cost to Put Prescription Lenses in Sunglasses?

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), sunglasses should be much more than a fashion accessory. Statistics tell us that 20 % of cases of cataracts are caused by too much UV exposure. Cataracts blur an individual’s vision. However, this isn’t all the sun’s rays can do to the exposed eyes. NEI states that other effects include:

  • Macular degeneration, resulting from damage to the retina that destroys central vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
  • Pterygium, a tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism.

Protecting your eyes with sunglasses is not only attractive but wise, as well. Sunglasses should be strong enough to block out 99 to 100 % of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation. Many of the better sunglasses already do this. However, for people who already wear corrective lenses or prescription glasses, they may wonder what they can do. Can they have their prescription lenses put in sunglasses? Besides protecting your eyes from UVA/UVB rays, this is a good idea for 2 more reasons:


Instead of having to buy clip-on sunglasses to go over your regular glasses, you have the ease and comfort of just one pair of glasses. This makes going outdoors much more enjoyable as you do not have to worry about the hassles of taking your glasses on and off. You also do not need to clip on sun visor attachments.


You will save money when you put your prescription lenses in sunglasses. This way you won’t need to purchase additional sunglasses on top of your regular prescription glasses or buy clip on sunglasses to go over your regular glasses


Even if it were safe to be exposed to the sun without sunglasses, it is not very comfortable. The sun makes you squint your eyes, which in turn makes it harder to see. When you have sunglasses, you can rest your eyes because you are not bothered by the brightness of the sun’s rays.

If you wear prescription glasses and want to convert them to one pair of sunglasses that are prescription strength, there are many options available to you. You can select from a wide range of styles and brands and have prescription sunglasses. How much will it cost to put prescription lenses in sunglasses? Here are a few of the more popular brands and their associated prices:


These simple oval and rectangular shapped sunglasses can be customized for a variety of lens materials. If you purchase the standard material, which is plastic, the price starts at around $100. You can select different lens colors as well, which will increase the price slightly depending on the color and type. There are transition sunglasses which are an extra $50.


These sunglasses feature a full rim with a metal frame. Select from a variety of different colors and slightly different lens shapes. The prices range from $59 to $162.

Nike Vision

Sporty and stylish, the Nike eyewear is always a popular choice for young and old alike. Quality glasses and reasonably priced, you can get sunglasses with your prescription lenses starting at $49. Some of the frames boast of being lightweight, which is an added quality for those who do not like the heavyweight of glasses resting on their face. Most of the other glasses stay in the $100 range. There is one pair that runs for $147, then for those who need a pair for extreme activity, the Nike Terminus starts at $111.30

Wiley  X

Anyone familiar with the Wiley X name knows they’ve been in the industry making superb glasses for decades. Meeting and exceeding industry standards for safety, they are an excellent choice if you have an active lifestyle, participate in sporting activities, or are involved in motorcycle riding. These glasses are very durable. The prices range from $46.80 to $140.40

For those who like to shop by a specific style, some of the more popular styles are:


Two styles are featured in the Hipster category. These include Nike Windfall for $69.50 and Carrera 130/S for $149.


The Wayfarer category features a variety of different styles and brands including Nike, Lacoste, Geek, and Carrera. Some of the lenses are more round with colorful frames making them fun and functional. Prices range from $99 to $192.


The Aviator style pulls from just about every brand. It selects the style of glasses that fit the look of the aviator. These glasses are bold and attractive with pricing starting at $59 and going up to $279.

To start the process of getting your prescription lenses put into the sunglasses of your choice, you simply need your original prescription and then Rx-Safety does the rest. We are a family owned business that’s been around for over 100 years. We are pleased that we can offer our customers the most reasonable prices. The reason we can do this is that we do not go through a middleman, we sell directly to you from the lab. That way you don’t have to pay any extra of your hard-earned money. This makes it easier for you to have the sunglasses you want and need to protect your eyes and look great too


  1. Henry Wetter says:

    Do you sell men’s rayban aviators ?

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