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Did you know that more than 150 million people in the U.S. wear some type of prescription eyewear to improve their vision?1 If you're part of this group, you may also know that different lifestyles, activities and occupations call for certain types of both frames and lenses.
Specialty eyewear can provide you with optimal vision, protection and comfort in just about any setting. Just check out the variety of specialty eyewear options below that can protect and enhance your vision — and fit your lifestyle.
Specialty eyewear for work and hobbies
Specific tasks and occupations call for protection and comfort.
- Computer glasses are designed especially for intermediate and close distances to help reduce glare and relieve tired, dry eyes and other symptoms associated with digital eye strain.
- Safety eyewear for specific occupations and tasks uses lightweight durable materials like polycarbonate lenses and spring hinges. In addition to providing comfort and a wider coverage area, specialty safety eyewear can offer extra protection from impact and debris.
- Reading glasses can provide optimal vision for more than reading. Any activity or task that requires focus at a close distance, like jewelry making or gardening, can benefit from specialty reading glasses.
Specialty eyewear for sports
From fast-paced team sports to more leisurely activities, it's crucial to protect your eyes from injury with impact-resistant materials that provide ample coverage.
- Sport-specific eyewear can improve vision while protecting eyes from injury with lightweight polycarbonate lenses, nylon frames and non-slip features. You can even get sport-specific contact lenses!
- Goggles that provide additional coverage, water resistant padding and extra comfort can even be made with your specific prescription.
Other specialty eyewear
Varying tints and transitional lenses can take you from day to night with ease. These options let you look stylish and enhance your vision.
- Sunglasses can improve vision by changing the lens tint, while extra UV-blocking materials can help protect eyes from sun damage. Polarized lenses reduce glare and help you see objects more clearly in bright light.
- Driving glasses with an anti-reflective coating can help improve vision by reducing daytime and nighttime glare.
If you're thinking of adding a pair of specialty eyewear, be sure to schedule an eye exam first. It's an ideal time to discuss any vision and lifestyle changes with your vision care provider, who can help you choose the best lenses and frames for your needs. Remember you can use your CareCredit credit card to pay for expenses remaining after insurance coverage.* Use the Provider Locator to find a provider near you who accepts your CareCredit card.
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"Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses," The Vision Council, https://www.thevisioncouncil.org/topic/choosing-glasses-and-sunglasses, accessed Sept. 12, 2017
"Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses: For Eye Protection," The Vision Council, https://www.thevisioncouncil.org/content/eye-protection/adults, accessed on Sept. 12, 2017
"Protective Sports Eyewear," by Gary Heiting, O.D., All About Vision, updated Jan. 2017, http://www.allaboutvision.com/sports/protection.htm, accessed on Sept. 12, 2017
"Specialty Eyewear: Glasses for All Seasons, All Reasons," by Christy Walker, All About Vision, updated Aug. 2017, All About Vision, http://www.allaboutvision.com/eyeglasses/specialty_eyewear.htm, accessed Sept. 14, 2017