It’s a fact – as we age our eyes age too. By the time most people reach their mid-40’s some kind of bifocal reading glasses are required. Bifocals are amazing because they allow you to see both near and distant objects clearly – with the same pair of glasses. Yet, what happens when you want to head outdoors for a round of golf or if you’d like to enjoy some time reading by the pool, but you don’t want the look of lined bifocals? That’s where no line bifocal sunglasses come in handy.
Standard No Line Bifocal Sunglasses
If you simply need a pair of non-prescription Benjamin Franklin bifocals, going with a traditional pair of bifocal reading sunglasses likely your best bet. Non-prescription bifocal sunglasses are relatively inexpensive and are handy to have when you plan on spending time outside.
Polarized bifocal sunglasses are particularly helpful in situations where sun glare may be an issue, for example skiing or around water. Polarized or tinted glasses of some kind can really help improve your vision outdoors, but more importantly it will protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.
Progressive bifocal sunglasses are available in a huge variety of styles – and the best part is, with no line bifocals, otherwise known as progressive bifocals, no one will even know that you’re wearing bifocal prescription sunglasses at all. If you need a prescription pair of sunglasses and don’t want to manage multiple pairs, you should investigate photochromic bifocals. But if light glare at night bothers you it may be wise to invest in an additional pair of night driving glasses for help driving at night as well.
Some people prefer to have one pair of glasses that they use for everything: reading, doing crossword puzzles, driving, playing golf. When it comes to progressive bifocal sunglasses there are some options. Instead of having a pair of regular bifocals and then a pair of no line bifocal sunglasses, you can invest in a pair of bifocal glasses with photochromic lenses? Photochromic lenses darken when exposed to sunlight which means that your regular prescription bifocals turn into bifocal sunglasses when you step outside. With Transitions lenses instead of managing two pairs of glasses, you only need one!
The cost of adding a photochromic coating to your lenses runs about $80, which can be less expensive than another pair of prescription no line bifocal sunglasses.
There are some drawbacks of transitions lenses. The lenses will only darken when exposed to UV rays. That means that they don’t work well as sunglasses in the car — unless you drive a convertible with the top down. Also, if you’re looking for very dark sunglasses, photochromic may not be the best bet for you since they do not darken past a deep gray or brown. For most people, these drawbacks are fairly minor and do not outweigh the benefit of having to only manage one pair of no line bifocals.
When you order your next set of lenses, ask your eye doctor about photochromic lenses, also sometimes called Transitions lenses. Once you become accustomed to using one pair of glasses for all of your activities — you may never order another type of no line bifocal sunglasses again._____________________________________