What are clip-on sunglasses?

Believe it or not, clip-ons are back and bigger than ever. And we get it, clip-on sunglasses can be a great choice. Essentially, they combine clear vision with UV protection in a unique design.

Clip-on sunglasses come in three key styles: spring-fit, flip-up and magnetic. All three types work on the same basis by integrating prescription lenses with an attached clip-on sun lens that is designed to shield you eyes from harmful UV rays.

Magnetic clip on sunglasses

Magnetic clip-on sunglasses are a firm favourite because they provide unparalleled stability. These sunglasses attach magnetically to metal frames, seamlessly blending premium frames with exceptional sun protection. 

Tip: to make sure your eyes are best protected, it’s important to take a close look at the UV of your chosen clip-on lens. You can read up on the dangers of UV rays and our recommendations here.

Flip-up sunglasses

First made popular in the 1980s, flip-up sunglasses are still iconic today. Offering comfort, protection and convenience whether you wear them up or down. These clip-ons hinge at the browline allowing for seamless flipping. A convenient solution that kills two birds with one stone.

Tip: the 1980’s flip-ups were designed with small round lenses. To emulate this style browse our range of round sunglasses here.

Spring-fit clip on sunglasses

Unlike flip-up sunglasses that have a visible top bracket and hinge, spring-fit clip-on sunglasses attach smoothly and discreetly on to your normal glasses, resembling prescription sunglasses for a stylish look. Additionally, spring-fit sunglasses are more durable because of their flexible springs. This means less risk of accidental damage compared to standard hinges.

What are the benefits of clip-on sunglasses?

Clip-on sunglasses are a budget-friendly alternative to prescription sunglasses, making them an excellent option if you want to make a one-time purchase. Beyond affordability, clip on sunglasses solve two issues with one solution, making clip-ons a smart choice for anyone wanting to protect their eyes from the sun without having to worry about your prescription.

Are there disadvantages of clip-on sunglasses?

One clip-on sunglasses drawback is the potential for sizing mismatch. In some cases, your clip-ons might not perfectly align with the dimensions of your prescription glasses. This could mean reduced sun coverage and protection, allowing sunlight to filter through the gaps in your lenses.

To prevent this, it’s best to make sure you measure your prescription lens width and bridge size before settling for your favourite clip-on sunglasses. This will ensure a snug fit and optimal sun protection. Alternatively, get the two together so that you know for sure that they’ll work in harmony.

Alternatives to clip-on sunglasses

The good news is there are plenty of alternatives to clip-on sunglasses, including our full sun and UV tint lens treatment, prescription sunglasses, and reaction lenses.

Sun tint and UV lens treatment 

Transform your prescription glasses with a full sun and UV tint. Crafted to shield your eyes from UVA and UVB rays, our sun tint provides unmatched UN protection. Seamlessly integrated during tinting, the UV filter forms an impenetrable barrier against the sun. Rigorously analysed with a UV lens analyzer, each lens guarantees safety and efficacy. 

Find more information about how to turn any pair of prescription glasses into sunglasses for just £30 here.

Reactions lenses

Reaction lenses are the perfect sleek alternative to clip-on sunglasses. Elevating your prescription glasses into dual-purpose lenses that adapt to changing environments. No more worrying about flipping up and down, or clipping on and off. With light-reactive technology, they shift from clear optical lenses indoors to prescription sun lenses outdoors, blocking UVA and UVB rays for ultimate eye protection.

Prescription sunglasses

If clip-on sunglasses are too clunky for your liking, get yourself a pair of prescription sunglassses instead. Choose a frame and lens that allows you to see clearly and offers sun protection without having to compromise on the latest styles. 

Want some more guidance on glasses style? Find our takes on the classic forever shapes as well as the latest eyewear trends on our #LoveGlasses blog.

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