In addition to all the other protective gear you need to get with the purchase of a new motorcycle, a high-quality pair of prescription motorcycle sunglasses make a huge difference when riding in sunny conditions. Depending on what state you live in, wearing protective eyewear may even be the law. At Marvel Optics, we carry only the best motorcycle goggles and sunglasses so you can stay safe and comfortable every time you ride.
Motorcycle Goggles Vs. Glasses
Motorcycle riders have two options to consider when it comes to eyewear: sunglasses and goggles. Sunglasses frames are often more lightweight and versatile than goggles. While glasses are designed to fit inside your helmet, goggles can sometimes be worn around the helmet. Goggles may be more prone to fogging, but they are less likely to slip or fall off your face.
Polarized and Photochromic Lenses
When customizing your sunglasses, you have the option to get polarized or photochromic lenses. Some people always ride their bikes during the day with polarized motorcycle sunglasses, which are designed to reduce glare from reflective surfaces. However, others like to have the ability to see the glare from puddles and oil slicks on the road. For people who ride their bike for long hours, photochromic lenses automatically adjust to the lighting conditions outside.
Lens Coatings and Tints
When buying prescription motorcycle sunglasses, there are several coatings that can help keep you safe while you ride:
- Oleophobic coatings for repelling oil, dust, and fingerprints
- Anti-reflective coatings for reducing headlight glares and deflecting lights
- Anti-fog coatings for minimizing fogging when sweating or riding in cold weather
- Hydrophobic coatings for repelling water when riding in rain or snow
You should put some consideration into what environment you typically ride in when choosing what color tint you want your sunglasses. While clear lenses are best for night riding, gray lenses are best for bright conditions or daily use. Yellow lenses are good for hazy or overcast conditions.
Prescription Motorcycle Sunglasses FAQs
Can You Wear Prescription Sunglasses and Ride a Motorcycle?
Wearing prescription motorcycle sunglasses with your helmet on is possible and recommended to provide the most protection possible while you ride. You need to fully see twists in the road and any hazards in your path when riding, so going without corrective lenses is not an option.
Can You Get Wraparound Prescription Motorcycle Sunglasses?
While wraparound prescription motorcycle sunglasses are generally more difficult to make than regular sunglasses, many prescriptions are compatible with wraparound frames. Strong prescriptions can sometimes pose a problem due to thicker lenses, but there are technologies in place to make the lenses thinner and avoid distorted vision with digital lenses.
Are Yellow Lenses Good for Night Motorcycle Riding?
While wearing yellow lenses may improve contrast in hazy or foggy conditions during the day, they are not effective for night riding. While there are many misconceptions surrounding yellow lenses labeled “night driving glasses” this eyewear does not actually reduce headlight glare or help you see the road better at night.
Are Transition Lenses Sunglasses?
Like sunglasses, transition lenses provide UV protection and can help reduce eye fatigue in sunny conditions. However, photochromic glasses are unique because they function as normal eyeglasses when inside and darken their tint when exposed to sunlight. Many people enjoy prescription motorcycle transition sunglasses since they can change their tint when driving through shaded areas.
What Are the Best Sunglasses for Riding a Motorcycle?
When looking for a quality pair of motorcycle glasses, you want to pick wraparound frames that offer the best peripheral vision. Foam cups around the frames will provide a secure fit and prevent dust from getting inside. Anti-fog technology is a necessity, especially in colder weather. Both the frames and lenses should be durable and meet ANSI Z87.1 standards for protection.