I’ve never been blind – but I definitely don’t see as well as I should. In fact, my vision seems to be getting worse and worse. Throughout the years, I’ve amassed a collection of Ray-Bans eyeglasses that I wear whenever I’m going to be spending hours sitting in front of my computer meeting deadlines and writing stories.
But I never thought about expanding that to the world of sunglasses.
Admittedly, wearing prescription lenses helps quite a bit with my vision when I’m driving, but that’s mostly at night. Plus, I have about a dozen cheap-o sunglasses from Outdoor Retailer swag bags and press trips – why invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses?
As Rob from SportRx puts it: “If you had to pick a sense to lose forever, it wouldn’t be vision – but it’s the first one people choose to compromise.”
I never really thought about it that way. Sure, I’m not blind as a bat when I’m not wearing glasses, but there’s no denying that I see a lot clearer with ‘em on. So when SportRx offered to send me a pair of my favorite Ray-Bans fully customized with my prescription, I was stoked.
The process was simple – you just need you prescription information which is easily entered on their website. The hardest part for me was figuring out my pupil distance, but after a few phone calls I was able to pester my optometrist into giving me the information (apparently they don’t like to give it out because it’s a clear indication that you’re going to go buy glasses somewhere else).
Since receiving my new Club Masters, I literally take them everywhere with me. They’ve accompanied me all over Colorado, and on adventures like beach hopping in Puerto Rico, city strolls in Paris, bushwhacking along the coast of Ibiza, Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, and more. The only downside to all of this? Now I notice the difference when I’m not wearing my glasses. But as Rob told me, “why go on a hike if you won’t be able to properly see the view?” Touché, Rob.
Despite my not-so-gentle lifestyle, I’ve managed to keep my glasses scratch-free for months. My only complaint is that I don’t know how I feel about polarized lenses. I’m always glued to my phone, and the polarization makes it all rainbow-y and funky. Just something to note when you’re looking at options!
Do you wear prescription eyewear when you’re out adventuring? I’ve never been a fan of contacts, so glasses are a must for me. I still forgo eyewear when I’m on certain adventures (especially if it’ll involve me doing something like swimming), but these days I’m definitely a glasses gal.