I first became enamored of sunglasses worn OVER prescription glasses when I saw my friend Fran Black* wearing a pair; I suddenly noticed that there was a pair of glasses underneath her sunglasses. That’s just what I need, I thought, so I hunted a pair down.
They made my life way easier. I didn’t have to buy an expensive pair of prescription sunglasses to switch to when I was in the sun, while always carefully putting my regular glasses away. I could simply put a pair of glasses OVER my prescription ones; if I took them off, I still could see.
The ones I went with are basically a sleek wrap of plastic that claim UV protection. (They come in various tints; my favorite is “copper” a smoky brownish gray.) They cost about $15.
As with all sunglasses, I don’t have a sense of how they really look on me but don’t care; they are doing me too much good. Style-wise, there are LOTS of other options here. These big retro-ish glasses look like possibilities. It will depend a lot on the size of the prescription glasses they need to cover. As one reader let me know, it is possible to scratch your expensive prescription glasses if you don’t get a size over-glass that covers them with knocking into them.
These oversized chunkers are pretty appealing…
From what I’ve read, my big wrap-around glasses with their top and side panels may be effective in protecting from contagion, in much the way that a face shield does but more comfortable to wear. Lately, a couple of strangers have remarked on that, and asked me where I got them. The combination of mask and huge sunglasses didn’t seem to daunt them.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about the pandemic has been the license so many people feel to drop the reticence they would have maintained were there not a threat to their life. That means all sorts of face coverings and outfits designed for virus-repulsion… personal exercise routines done in public with no hint of embarrassment… Zoom calls in sweats with homely or chaotic home life in the background.
*Fran Black has written some wonderful articles for Improvised Life. I’ve rounded them up below in Related Posts.