Can You Turn Sunglasses Into Prescription Glasses?

The question “can I turn my sunglasses into prescription glasses?” is one that is more common than you might think. Whether you have a high quality frame from an old pair of sunglasses that you want to still get use out of or you need your tinted shades to provide you with corrective lenses, you can indeed get your sunglasses converted into prescription glasses. How? We are glad you asked! In this post, we will take a look at some more information regarding how sunglasses can be turned into prescription glasses and answer many other common questions that are asked about this process.

Yes, You Can Turn Sunglasses Into Prescription Lenses! But, be Mindful of The Frame

We have already determined that it is indeed possible to turn sunglasses into prescription lenses. But before you jump into the process altogether, it is important to be aware of the fact that the frame of the sunglasses matters. For example, if you want to fit prescription lenses into frames that came from sunglasses, you aren’t going to want to do this yourself or hire someone who isn’t going to know what they are doing. In these cases, you’ll probably end up with prescription lenses that continuously pop out of the frame or become loose over time. Make sure to choose a professional company or eye wear expert who has experience turning sunglasses into prescription glasses. Otherwise, you’ll just end up with an irritating problem on your hands and potentially end up spending more money on a new pair of glasses. In addition to getting the right professional to convert your sunglasses into prescription glasses, you also need high quality frames to begin with. Don’t waste your time with cheap, plastic frames that came off a pair of five dollar sunglasses. These won’t last you for very long and it will prove to be a waste of money.

Take The Time to Talk to an Expert First

This point ties in a bit with the last one we just made. The quality of the frame is important when deciding whether or not to convert your sunglasses into prescription glasses. Secondly, the professionalism and expertise of the person who is converting your sunglasses into prescription glasses is equally as important. And now, we’ll discuss the importance of first talking to an expert about how the process works before jumping into it. By talking to a professional, you can have all of your questions answered before moving forward. Talk to an expert about what the total cost of everything will be and what frames work best for prescription lenses. By taking the time to first talk to someone who knows what they are doing, you will end up saving lots of time and money and protecting yourself from any headaches.

Schedule an Appointment With Your Eye Doctor

So you’ve done your research and determined to convert your sunglasses into prescription glasses. The next thing you should do is call your eye doctor to schedule an appointment to order your lenses. At this appointment, your eye doctor will be able to examine the frame and ensure they are the proper type and quality to support prescription lenses. Next, they will look over the frame to make sure you can get the correct lens size installed into the frame. Chances are, you won’t be able to take the prescription lenses you currently have and fit them into the frame of your sunglasses. This is why you will probably need to order new prescription lenses altogether. After this appointment, your doctor will be able to order your prescription lenses and bring you one step further to properly converting your sunglasses to prescription glasses.

Weigh All Your Options And Know What You Need

Before you can know all of your options, you have to first determine the reason behind why you want to convert your sunglasses into prescription glasses. Are you just doing it because the frame is in excellent condition and you want to save a little money by getting traditional clear prescription lenses instead of buying a new frame too? Or do you want to keep both the frame and the lenses of your sunglasses and have your prescription custom-built into your current lenses? Discuss the different options that are available to you with an eye wear expert or your eye doctor.

In Conclusion

Finally, it is important to keep in mind that if you decide to take the do-it-yourself route when converting your sunglasses into prescription glasses you should first solicit the advice of a professional. Even if you do decide to install the prescription lenses into your sunglasses, you are still going to need professional help along the way. If on the frame of your sunglasses you notice hinges with screws, it won’t be difficult to install prescription lenses. But you will need to make sure that you get the correct lens size so it will properly fit into the frame.

Are you looking for more information regarding how to properly convert your sunglasses into prescription glasses? Or are you in need of assistance regarding any other eye wear topic? Please don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions or concerns you might have! We are commit to helping men, women, and children get the eye wear they need whether it is for school, work, sports, outdoor use, casual wear, or any other purpose!

  1. B.G. says:

    Love the article. Can this be done with Locs sunglasses?

  2. Dylan says:

    I have a pair of spy sunglasses I really like and want to know if it is possible to get prescription lenses put into them?

  3. DJ says:

    So Oakley only makes Asian Fit Holbrooks in their sunglasses but not eyeglasses. Can I get the Holbrook Asian fit sunglasses and have, say, Essilor eyeglasses lenses cut and installed into them? Or does this only work with Oakley’s Holbrook eyeglasses? Thank you!

    • SanMartin says:

      Hi DJ,

      Yes, you can add to an Oakley Sunglass frame Eyeglasses lenses.

      Here is the link to our replacement webpage:

      If you need any further assistance, you can contact us by email at [email protected], or you can give us a call at 888-245-6638. There is also a chat option on our website to talk directly to our customer service reps.
      It would be a pleasure to help you!

  4. Cheryl Foley says:

    Can you add prescription lens to the “GoodR” sunglasses brand? Or O’Neils?

    • SanMartin says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      We have a Sunglasses lens replacement service where you can add the prescription to your sunglasses.

      The link to our Lens Replacement Service is the following:
      If you need any further assistance, you can contact us by email at [email protected], or you can give us a call at 888-245-6638. There is also a chat option on our website to talk directly to our customer service reps. It would be a pleasure to help you!

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