How to Order Prescription Sun Lenses

Hey, it’s Emily from the Sunglass Underground! Today I’m going to explain how to order prescription lenses for your sunglasses in just 2 or 3 minutes – and save $200 to $300 dollars!

Ordering prescription sunglass lenses from the Sunglass Underground is super-easy. It doesn’t matter if you have fashion frames like my favorite Prada shades, or a sports frame like Oakley, Maui Jim or Costa del Mar. We make prescription sunglass lenses for every brand!  So, buy a pair of sunglasses you love, make sure they fit well, and then get your lenses from our amazing lab, at prices that are 50 to 70% less than retail!

Let’s take a look.  Go to, click on Shop Lenses, then choose Prescription Sun Lenses. We’re the exclusive maker of LUMINA lenses, the world’s finest prescription sunglass lenses. You can also order Lumina clear lenses for regular eyeglasses and Lumina specialty lenses for Golfing and Driving, but we’ll cover those in another video.

First, enter your sunglass brand. Let’s say it’s an Oakley. Then, you can enter the style name or number if you know it, this field is optional — but let’s say it’s the Flak 2.0 in Black.

Next, enter the Lens Type: our Lumina, Digital Single Vision lens, OR, our Lumina, Digital Progressive, Elite 4K.  No matter which lens you choose, it’s going to be made right here, in the USA!

Single Vision means your lenses have one type of correction or “power” over the entire lens.  A Progressive lens, also called a No-Line Bifocal, has two corrections or powers, one for distance vision on the top part of the lens and one for near vision and reading on the lower portion of the lens. A Progressive lens blends your near and distance corrections seamlessly, so there’s no-line!  And, all of our Lumina lenses use the most advance digital technology.  Let’s choose, Single Vision, cause that’s what I wear.

Next, choose the lens material: Polycarbonate or Trivex. Both materials are impact resistant and great for sunglasses. The main difference is that Trivex, developed for NASA and the military, has a higher optical clarity and greater impact resistance than polycarbonate. In fact, Trivex has the same clarity as the human eye, which gives it an optical clarity value about 40% higher than Polycarbonate. Let’s choose Lumina Trivex.

Next, if you have a strong prescription, higher than plus 5 or minus 5, you can add Lumina Ultra-Thin, only available at the Sunglass Underground. It’s a patented technology that allows us to make high prescriptions 20% to 40% thinner, and still use impact resistant Polycarbonate or Trivex to make your sunglass lenses.

Next, do you want them polarized?  If you’re wearing them in bright sunlight a lot, you’ll want them polarized to reduce eye strain. It cuts the glare shining off cars in front of you when you’re driving, cuts the glare off water when you’re at the beach or boating.  Let’s make them polarized.

Next, Choose the Lens color, let’s choose Neutral Grey.

Next, you can add one of our fabulous Xanadium Mirror Coatings. Each of our coatings has a brief description of what it does, just click on the “?”.  Whenever you want to know more about anything on our website, just hover or click on the “question mark” or the “learn more” button.  If you don’t want a mirror coating, click the X for NONE.

Next, you can add extra-coatings, like Anti-Reflective or even Anti-Fog for you skiers. I’m going to choose a Backside Anti-Reflective coating. This cuts reflections bouncing into your eyes off the backside of the lens, when the sun is behind you.

Next, enter the type of frame you have. A “Full-Frame” surrounds the lens on all sides. It can be plastic or metal. Semi-rimless means the bottom of the lenses are exposed. A Rimless or Drill-Mount means the lenses are exposed on all sides, usually by drilling holes into the lenses. Just choose the photo that’s closest to your type of glasses. If your lenses are interchangeable or notched, select that choice. Mine are “semi-rimless”.

Now, we need to get 3 things from you: your glasses, your prescription and your PD measurement. And we make all of that really easy too!

How will you send us your glasses?  We can send you our pre-paid mailer. Or, you can send them yourself if you’re in a rush. Let’s choose, “Send me your pre-paid mailer.”

Next, we’ll need a copy of your prescription. You can upload a photo of it, email it to us, or send it with your glasses. You can also tell us to use the prescription we have on file. I don’t have mine right now, so I’m going to choose, “I’ll send it with my glasses.”

Next, we need your PD measurement, which stands for “Pupillary Distance” – the distance between the center of your eyes. You can usually get this measurement from your eye doctor. If you don’t have it, don’t worry. Just click on “How to get your PD” at the bottom of our home page, and we give you a few easy ways to get it. Your PD can be one number or two numbers.  I have one number: 58, so I’ll enter it here.

Now click “Add to Cart”, Go to: Checkout, and you’re done!

That’s it!  You just saved $200 to $300 dollars on prescription lenses!

This is Emily, from the Sunglass Underground, where the more you know about lenses, the better we look!

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