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Last fall, I went snorkeling for the first time in the waters off of Maui. Honestly, I’m not sure why I haven’t gone before — it was a blast.
One thing I was a bit worried about as I got on the boat was actually seeing things under the water. That’s because I’ve worn glasses since I was 10 years old, and by now, unless I’m wearing them, I can’t see details more than a couple of feet in front of my face. Fortunately, the tour company had masks with just about every glasses prescription built in, so I went through the large box, holding up different masks to my face until I found one that fit and had the right vision correction.
Wearing glasses is incredibly annoying when it comes to sports, or work that requires protective face gear. When I was younger I was a volunteer firefighter, and had to get a special prescription insert for my air mask. Finding ski goggles that fit over glasses can be difficult, and running and biking is genuinely annoying, as my usual glasses and sunglasses tend to slip down my nose when I get too sweaty.
SportRx is an online shop that sells prescription eyewear for just about any purpose, ranging from everyday wear to extreme sports. It’s basically the perfect solution for active people who wear glasses and don’t use contacts — whether because of preference (like me), or because of safety concerns with a particular activity.
I’ve started biking more actively this spring and summer, and tested SportRx out by ordering a pair of Oakley cycling sunglasses — as much as I loved snorkeling, cycling is something I do a lot more often.
The process of ordering specialized glasses is incredibly simple. You can browse by gender and then filter results by sport or activity, or just browse by sport right off the bat.
I scrolled through the various options and clicked on a few. Each option includes a complete set of measurements on the product details page, so I compared the results to my normal glasses to get a sense of what kind of frame I wanted. I settled on the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL.
After you find a set of frames or goggles that you like, click on the relevant option — in my case, prescription sunglasses. Choose whether you want branded or in-house lenses, pick options for the lenses (like polarization), and enter your prescription and pupillary distance information — if you don’t have these handy, you can get a copy from your eye doctor pretty easily. You can also choose to order the glasses and send the prescription info in later.
Some of the information can be a bit confusing, but SportRx has a live chat feature with experts who can answer any questions that come up as you build your order.
Orders tend to ship quickly — I got my glasses within less than three weeks from when I placed the order. Shipping is always free.
Ordering glasses or custom goggles sight-unseen is always a bit risky. After all, there’s no guarantee that they’ll fit or look like you hoped they would on your face. That’s a big part of the reason I hadn’t ever considered buying glasses online before. Fortunately, SportRx offers a no-questions-asked return policy, even on fully custom orders. You have 45 days from when you receive the glasses to initiate a return, simple as that.
SportRx offers products for just about every sport, as well as safety glasses and military/tactical glasses. You can, of course, order any pair of glasses or goggles with non-prescription lenses as well.
Getting a set of prescription sports glasses is a sensible investment for any bespectacled active people. SportRx makes it easy and risk-free.