Prescription Sunglasses: Are They a Good Investment? By Gordon Wong, OD on January 05, 2018

Designer prescription sunglassesMany people who live in sunny climates or who enjoy the outdoors would benefit from having a pair of prescription sunglasses. Sure, you could just swap your normal glasses for a pair of store-bought sunglasses, but you’d be surprised how inconvenient it is to keep switching back and forth.

Here at Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry in La Jolla, CA, we offer a wide selection of designer glasses and sunglasses to patients. We’d like to go over some of the basics about prescription sunglasses and why they may be the right option for you.

Why Should I Consider Prescription Sunglasses?

There are multiple reasons why we think you should consider prescription sunglasses. Those include the following:

  • Convenience
  • Safety
  • Preventative eye care
  • Style and design
  • Ideal for San Diego living

Let’s explore each of these points in a bit more detail below.


Rather than switching back and forth between your normal prescription lenses and non-prescription sunglasses, having a pair of prescription sunglasses is just much easier. There's less to carry, and one less thing you have to worry about misplacing or losing. If you’re out for an afternoon in the sun, just bring your prescription sunglasses and that’s all you need to worry about.


There’s an obvious matter of safety to consider if you don’t have your glasses on. If you are particularly nearsighted or farsighted, having your prescription glasses off for a prolonged amount of time could make accidents more likely. With prescription sunglasses, you’ll see just fine while you’re out in the sun.

Protecting Your Eyes from Sun Damage

UV rays from the sun increase your risk of developing cataracts as well as other vision problems. Prescription sunglasses have UV protection, which helps reduce your risk of cataracts and other kinds of sun damage affecting your vision. There are may different lens colors and tints available depending on your needs. Some lenses are even sun-sensitive, which means they will automatically darken and lighten depending on the amount of direct sunlight in the environment.

Stylish Frames and High-Quality Design

If you wear prescription glasses, you know just how much the frames can make a difference. The same is true with prescription sunglasses. By working with an optometrist and a vision center such as ours, we can ensure you find the right frames that fit your personality and compliment your face.

Helping You Enjoy Life in San Diego

San Diego has so much to offer the people who live here. The beaches are beautiful, and there’s a lot of hiking and outdoor activities around the county for people looking to stay active. Even just getting around Balboa Park, Downtown, or the many diverse neighborhoods can be wonderful an enriching. In a place so sun-kissed and blessed with great weather most of the year, prescription sunglasses just make sense if you want to make the most of the area.

Contact Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry

To learn more about prescription sunglasses and how they can help you see clearly while protecting your vision, be sure to contact our experienced optometrists and eye doctors today. The team at Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry is here to answer your questions and address your concerns.

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Our team at GW Eye Associates in La Jolla and Del Mar can provide a wide range of high-quality eye care services. Dr. Gordon G. Wong and Dr. Wildon C. Wong have over 45 years of combined experience and belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call us at (858) 454-4699 today.

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