It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, but even more so in Chennai. Our city is known for having four seasons – summer, summer, summer and more summer. One everyday accessory that is mandatory during the summer months is a pair of sunglasses. But what about people who wear prescription glasses? Carrying a separate pair of sunglasses can be cumbersome. However, that’s a thing of the past. Enter clip-on sunglasses – the convenient counterpart to your usual black shades.
Essentially, clip-on sunglasses can be clipped on to and off the frames of your prescription glasses. They come with a clear magnet that attaches itself to your prescription glasses. There are no visible clips. They also come with magnetic metal frames and hence can’t be used with plastic frames.
Sunglasses through the years
Sunglasses have come a long way since they first came about. These protective gears, though, just started out as lenses made of flattened pieces of smoky quartz in the 12th century, courtesy the Chinese and protection from the sun at that time wasn’t a concern. It wasn’t until the 1900s that Sam Foster created the sunglasses that we know today. Although they didn’t offer protection from UV rays, they did protect peoples’ eyes from the sun. In 1929, he began mass production and sunglasses soon gained popularity, especially among Hollywood stars. The well-known and coveted brand Ray-Ban created anti-glare style sunglasses during World War II, and in 1937, they began selling to the public. These days all sunglasses come with UV protection and now double up as powered lenses. Though sunglasses came from humble beginnings; today they are an indispensable accessory, especially for those continually exposed to the sun. Over the centuries, they’ve taken on a variety of forms, shapes and styles.
So in its latest avatar, sunglasses now come in a clip-on form. Here’s why you need these new-age 2-in-1 glasses.
How do the clip-on frames work?
Clip on glasses come in three types:
Standard Clip-On Sunglasses – This type of clip-on glasses clip the bridge of your powered glasses. The standard clip-on glasses came in early to the market and are less expensive than other clip on frames. While they are cost effective, they are the most difficult to attach to and remove from glasses.
Flip Clip-On Sunglasses – This type covers the prescription one and can be flipped up or down. They don’t have to be continually removed and attached but they are not the most fashion forward frames out there.
Magnetic clip on - Magnetic clip-on glasses are the most advance clip-on glasses as they fit directly onto your frame. It is easy to remove and fix them back easily. They are extremely convenient to use, especially compared to the other two types of clip-ons.
Advantages of using clip-on sunglasses:
It is convenient
Eyeglass wearers always feel like they have no options in the sun. Imagine a fun day at the park, or you’re driving to work and you cannot wear sunglasses because you’re wearing your prescription glasses? Worry not; you can now beat the heat and protect yourself from the harmful UV rays wearing the clip-on glasses.
It saves you money in the long run
With magnetic clip-on sunglasses, you don’t have to buy a separate pair of sunglasses. A magnetic clip-on won’t set you back as much as if you were to buy prescription glasses along with another pair of sunglasses. They can easily fit into your bag or pocket, and you can carry them anywhere. In addition, they also protect your lenses from scratches and other small damages, saving you money in the long run. This is especially helpful if you’re somewhat clumsy with your glasses. Learn how to properly clean and care for your glasses here.
Using magnetic clip-ons are the easiest way to beat the heat. They are easily removable when the clouds come out, or you have to walk indoors. They’re considerably cheaper than owning two pairs of glasses, and because of their low price point, you can buy a number of frames in different colours and styles.
Both trendy and convenient, magnetic clip-on glasses are the latest way to beat the heat. If you want to get your hands on a pair (or four!) head over to Specsmakers today. Our Sun On clip-ons is available in showrooms across Bangalore, Chennai and Madurai.