Are clip-on sunglasses good?

The right sunglasses not only protect your eyes from potentially harmful UV exposure, they can also revolutionise an outfit. Whether you prefer a classic round or cat-eye shape, or wear wraparounds while enjoying your favourite sport, your sunglasses are part of your personal style. There are lots of different frames, lenses and more on the market today and, for some, the practicality of clip-on sunglasses has created a strong pull. Read on to discover if clip-on sunglasses are any good and whether you should consider them this year.

What are clip-on sunglasses?

As the name suggests, clip-on sunglasses are designed to attach to your existing glasses while providing a level of UV protection. They are made up of two lenses that connect by the bridge and feature retaining clips with clear vinyl protectors. Depending on the design, clip-on sunglasses tend to attach to the nose bridge but can also be magnetised or feature a hinged arm design. Once on, they darken your field of vision and add an extra layer of protection for your eyes.

Are they effective?

In short, yes. Clip-on sunglasses can be very effective but only if they fit properly. You need to ensure that the lenses are the same shape and style as your normal eyewear and that, when clipped on, they sit flush. This way, you gain protection over your full range of vision and don’t have any blind spots. As with all sunglasses, it is also important to choose clip-on lenses that have the appropriate UV protection. Glasses offering UV400 protection can block out nearly 100% of the harmful rays. Make this your priority at all times.

Can they damage my glasses lenses? 

After investing in a premium pair of prescriptive glasses, it’s understandable to worry about potential for damage when it comes to clip-on sunglasses. Our advice would be to shop for a high-quality product. The right designs will feature protective sleeves over the clips that significantly reduce the risk of scratching. Make sure to take care when fitting them and store them appropriately when not in use. The Garrett Leight Wilson Clip, for example, has been perfectly constructed to sit on top of the iconic Wilson frame while providing UV and AR protection too.

If you’re still concerned about damage, forgo clip-on sunglasses for a pair of prescription sunglasses. These are the most popular solution when it comes to UV protection, and come in a wide range of different styles, shapes and designs. Whether you’re drawn to classic styles such as the Mykita Lite Lahti or want to make a statement with the LGR Twiga, a wide range of designer sunglasses and clip-on sunglasses is available to suit your needs.

Are you unsure of what type of glasses or sunglasses you require? Contact us at The Eye Establishment for expert advice. We specialise in designer sunglasses for women, designer sunglasses for men, prescription glasses, lenses and frames. We also provide comprehensive sight tests and eye health assessments to ensure your vision is clear. Book your appointment today.