Prescription Cycling Glasses and Sunglasses
The Prescription Cycling Glasses and Sunglasses on this page meet the unique needs of cyclists. These specific requirements include: extended wear comfort, lightweight frames, high contrast lenses, as well as UV protection. Bicyclists need cycling prescription sunglasses that will protect their eyes from every angle while providing additional visual definition on the road or trail. AR coatings are recommended in cycling glasses to prevent UV light from bouncing into your eyes from the back of the lens.
Prescription Cycling Glasses with HD Lenses
Prescription lenses are not all created equal. This is especially important to consider when customizing Rx lenses for prescription cycling glasses and sunglasses. Many retailers are still using a standard lens design that does not account for the wrap of Rx cycling glasses. This standard or 'old school' method of lens surfacing other retailers are using limits your vision. New Digital Free-Form surfacing used by ADS Sports Eyewear provides a much larger sweet spot and sharper overall clarity. Free-Form digital lenses are available in both Single Vision and Progressive formats.
Prescription Cycling Glasses + Digital Free-Form Lenses = High Definition Vision
VSP, the only national not-for-profit vision care company, describes Free-Form surfacing:
"It's called "free-form," a revolutionary digital manufacturing process that uses computer-aided design and surfacing to create high-level, customized eyeglass lenses with your unique prescription. Think of it as a tailor for your eyes. Just like you can take an off-the-rack pair of pants and have it customized to fit your specific measurements, you can now have lenses made customized for your specific prescription and frames."
In addition to the added clarity that Digital Free-Form provides, it also gets rid of peripheral distortion that comes with putting older, standard Rx lens designs in a wrapped frame.
Wrapped Frame Example: The left lens illustrates what happens to your peripheral vision in a traditionally surfaced lens. The right lens illustrates an undistorted field of vision thanks to Digital Free-Form surfacing.
This peripheral clarity is achieved by recalculating the prescription at every point on the back of each lens. No matter what angle you are viewing, that part of the lens has been made for your eyes, at that angle, for that distance. Motorcyclists are especially benefited by the sharp vision as no one likes their sight limited when they are flying down the road at 90 mph.
Prescription Cycling Glasses and Sunglasses - Lens Materials
There are three approved lens materials for prescription cycling glasses. They are polycarbonate, Trivex, and SR-91. All three are unbreakable and safe, but have their differences.
Polycarbonate is found in 99% of non-prescription sports and cycling glasses. It can be made clear, tinted, polarized, or in transitions that lighten and darken depending on the amount of light that is going through the lenses. In the stress test below, the lens holds up and would protect your eye but is irreparably damaged. This is our default lens material for prescription cycling glasses.
Trivex is a specialty material developed by the US military as an improvement on polycarbonate. Trivex can be made clear, tinted, polarized, or in transitions. We like to say that the 'Tri' stands for the three added benefits of Trivex:
1. Better optics, especially in peripheral zones.
2. Lighter weight
3. Super Durability In the same stress test, Trivex holds up better than polycarbonate and shows almost no damage after impact.
It is no wonder that the military uses this material for windows on combat jets and helicopters!
SR-91 is a polarized version of Trivex developed by Kaenon. They basically take two Trivex lenses and sandwich a premium polarization film in between the two. The optics of an SR-91 lens are amazing. SR-91 lenses are only available in polarized form with a tint. SR-91 glare and reflection reduction is second to none.
Prescription Cycling Glasses - Lens Information Recap
1. Digital Free-Form lens surfacing is tailored specifically for you and provides the best possible vision. It is available in both Single Vision, and Progressive.
2. ADS Sports Eyewear only uses sports approved, premium lens materials when making your Rx cycling eyewear.
3. We have the best prices on the internet for the Digital Free-Form lens design that we use. We use the Shamir Autograph 3 design and it is the best on the planet. If you find a better price on this lens design, we will beat it!
JoeFrielsBlog.com Review of Rx Cycling Sunglasses
Joe Friel's Blog is for the serious endurance athlete who wants to stay current on the science and art of training for sport. He tested new Free-Form lenses from ADS Sports Eyewear, check out what he has to say over at JoeFrielsBlog.com!
LovingTheBike.com Review of Rx Cycling Sunglasses
Bob Avery reviewed a pair of Prescription Adidas Adivista sunglasses and loved them. See his full review at Lovingthebike.com!
Nick Burklow's High Rx Cycling Sunglasses Review
Nick Burklow, an avid cycling commuter and trail rider has an above average strength prescription, so we used our Lenticular Free Form lens design to limit the thickness of his lenses while also providing high definition vision. Read his review over at BikeRumor.com!