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4 lens Ideas to Save (and Upgrade) Your Favorite Sunglasses

So, you are having the best day of your life. It’s that great weekend again when you get to go dashing outdoors with friends or just your pet. As you are putting what you need together, you remember your favorite sunglasses. You have it on one hand and your coat on the other. Then you open the door and you don’t know how it happened but your sunglasses slip and hit the hard floor. The lenses crack! The best day just became the worst day.

You can admit that this is a very common scenario, even if it’s not in this exact order. Lenses cracking happen all the time and it’s funny how it’s often the favorite one. The good news is regardless of if your lenses cracked or you just fell out of love with them, you can save and upgrade them with new replacement sunglass lenses.

Keeping your old frame, but putting new lenses on is a lifesaving service that several people have found useful. To upgrade, you simply need to choose new lenses better than the former ones and with so many possibilities it’s normal to get confused.

We have saved you the trouble of wondering what upgrade to make by putting together these 4 great lens ideas. Any of these will both save and upgrade your favorite sunglasses, giving you that brand new feel. The best part is, replacement sunglass lenses -with the right lens replacement store like Rx-able – are built to match or exceed the quality of your original lenses at a fraction of the cost of new sunglasses.

Check out these 4 ideas below.

  1. Polarized Lenses

Spending time outdoors is wonderful, but it’s much better when you can enjoy the beauty of the sun with nothing to distort your view or perception of colors. However, without the use of polarized lenses, the glare from the sun can keep such a good thing away.

How it Works

To understand polarized lenses and what they do, you need to understand a bit about the sun and its glare.

When the rays from the sun hit an object the light scatters because it bounces at various angles of the object’s uneven surface. For smooth surfaces, it’s different because the light reflects at one angle which is often right into your eyes. This is known as glare. Uneven surfaces include trees, grass, and asphalt while even surfaces include the calm body of water, the hood of a car, and so on. As we have stated above glare can cause not only temporarily blinding effects, it can also distort vision and cause visual discomfort. In situations like driving, this can be dangerous.

Polarized lenses are made with a special chemical that allows the lenses to filter light. The molecules of the chemical are specifically lined up to block the light from passing through the lens. Hence, because glare is usually horizontal light, polarized lenses block this with its vertical filter and allow only vertical light to pass through. The result is goodbye glare.

The Benefits

These replacement sunglass lenses are especially beneficial to those who spend time outdoors such as fishermen, athletes, golfers, hikers, and more. The primary advantages of polarized replacement sunglass lenses are;

  • Clearer vision in bright light
  • Reduced glare, reflection, and eyestrain
  • Increased contrast and minimal color distortion
  • They make for safer driving and boating
  • They help anglers discern fish in the water

The Disadvantages

Yes, there are a few drawbacks to polarized lenses, but it’s up to you to decide if they are enough to skip this option for your replacement sunglass lenses.

  • Polarized lenses make it hard to see LCD screens clearly. These include screens like ATMs and car dashboards.
  • They are not good for driving at night or low light environments
  • They are not good for those whose eyes are sensitive to changes in lighting.
  1. Ray-Ban Lenses  

The word often used to describe Ray-Ban glasses is ‘iconic’. Ray-Ban is one of the most well-known and loved designer sunglass brands. While you can upgrade your favorite glasses to any variant of this most popular and recognizable replacement sunglass lenses, you can also make sure your replacement looks as good as the day you bought the original one.

The Ray-Ban brand was founded in 1936 and since then has been worn by several popular faces including a good number of Hollywood stars both on and off sets. Ray-Ban takes pride in providing lenses and frames of the highest quality. These replacement sunglass lenses provide UV protection and are built to be durable lasting you for years.  Regardless of which Ray-Ban lenses you choose, each offers you clear vision and comfort.

You can choose either Ray-Ban Plastic lenses which are also known as called Polycarbonate or Ray-Ban Crystal (Glass) lenses. The crystal glass lenses offer unique benefits such as the greatest clarity and homogeneity. They stay blemish-free and are scratch-resistant. Ray-Ban Polycarbonate replacement sunglass lenses give greater comfort, lighter weight, and impact resistance.

Ray-Ban lenses can also be polarized or non-polarized depending on what you choose. There is a wide variety of lenses color which includes brown, brown gradient, green, blue gradient gray, brown-red mirror, crystal brown, and light blue gradient. Save your favorite pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses with original lenses for your Ray-Bans. Can’t find your model? Drop us an email on with the size and model number of your glasses or a picture of the inner arm of your temples.

  1. Transition Lenses

Why not upgrade your sunglasses with a one-solution-fits-all lens?  Transition lenses can be described as lenses that adjust to the amount of light in an environment.  These lenses help to block both harmful blue light and UV light making them useful both indoors and outdoors. They can be crystal clear, slightly tinted, and dark depending on the exposure to light.

How it Works

Transition lenses work to protect your eyes from exposure to harmful rays based on the unique layered dyes comprising carbon-based molecules. The carbon-based molecules are constantly changing, vibrating, making, or breaking bonds in response to light. So when outdoors and exposed to UV light bonds form quickly to darken the lenses and protect your eyes while giving enhanced vision. When indoors or in a dimly lit environment, bonds break to give clear lenses and still enhanced vision.

The Benefits

A lot of people take advantage of transition lenses for prescription glasses and sunglasses. When you choose transition replacement sunglass lenses the benefits to be enjoyed include;

  • Nothing beats having one pair of glasses do everything you need.
  • They offer continuous UV protection. No more squinting or damage from UV rays.
  • It saves the cost of getting stylish sunglasses and indoor prescription glasses or reading glasses.
  • You can be flexible with style and design after all you are aiming to save and upgrade your sunglasses.

The Disadvantages

The drawbacks of transition lenses are hardly anything substantial, but considering your preferences and needs, only you can decide that. Here are the disadvantages of transition replacement sunglass lenses;

  • While they are quick to darken outdoors, some say it takes a few seconds longer to clear indoors.
  • Adjusting in cold weather can be slow.
  • Transition lenses don’t darken too well while driving, but Transitions XTRActive lenses are designed to react to visible light and darken in the car.
  1. Tinted Lenses

Tinted lenses have long been a fashion trend for sunglasses in the outdoors. Aside from helping you make a fashion statement, you want tinted replacement sunglass lenses for their unique ability to block only visible light. They are the kind of lenses you need gracing your frames for when you want to take a stroll or run errands.

How it Works

Tinted lenses are lenses that carry pigmented dyes of various colors. These colors are often based on personal preference. While the color itself does not affect how much protection you get, the density of the tint does. The tints can be lighter or darker based on what you choose, but a lens tinted at a 75% gray will offer greater protection than a lens tinted at a 25% gray.

While the tints filter visible light in different ways, some are better at it than others. Some tints enhance the clarity of colors and others distort colors. Some tints improve vision as well.

Use of Various Tints

  • Gray is a common neutral tint that improves the quality of colors, reduces brightness and glare, and is ideal for outdoor sports and driving.
  • Green can help filter blue light, reduce glare, offer high contrast, reduce eyestrain in bright light, and is ideal for precision sports like tennis.
  • Yellow and orange increase contrast in low-light conditions, increase visual sharpness, cause color distortion, and are useful for snow activities, and indoor sports.
  • Rose or red tints are useful for blocking blue light, soothing the eyes, offering comfort, improve visibility while driving and using screens, and are a good choice for longer wear times and computer users.
  • Amber and brown brighten vision, increase contrast, and work well for fishing, hunting, cycling, and baseball.

Disadvatages of Tinted Lenses:

  • Do not provide UV protection.
  • Can some out different than expected.
  • Fade over time.
  • Doesn’t protect the eyes against glare or UV rays.

It is recommended to go for polarized lenses or photochromic lenses for your sunglasses in order to get the best out of them. See our varied options of replacement sunglass lenses right here at

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