As I've gotten older, I find I depend more and more on my progressive lens glasses. I once wore them only when working at my desk, but because I regularly use my iPhone — with its itsy, bitsy print — indoors and out, I wear my glasses in the house, outside of the house, in the car and even at the park.
Indoors, I'm okay. Outdoors, it's far too bright for my eyes, so I need sunglasses. My progressive lens glasses, though, aren't tinted. Which is why I was delighted to have the opportunity to try out Dioptics Solar Shield sunglasses. They promised to be stylish shades that can be worn directly over my progressive lens glasses.
Now, I've tried wearing sunglasses over regular glasses in the past — and not only looked like an idiot while doing it, but they didn't stay on well and made it more difficult to see, not less.
I chose to review the Shades by Solar Shield model from Dioptics Fits Over Sunglass collection. (They also offer clip-on shades.) The Solar Shield shades claims included:
• Designed to fit over eyeglasses
• Lightweight nylon frame
• Polarized lenses reduce glare
• Lenses block 100% UV rays
• Sleek, fashionable frame shapes
My Dioptics Solar Shield sunglasses came just before I left to visit my grandsons. It was perfect timing, considering the amount of time I spent outside with my grandsons.
While outside with my ever-active grandsons, I took a lot of photos — with a camera that requires me to see the small print on the dials and such. Plus, I needed to be able to read any texts on my iPhone that came from my daughter checking in on us while we were out and about.
Using my camera and phone in the bright desert sunshine is usually a silly juggling act, swapping shades with progressive lenses and back and forth again and again. This time while visiting my grandsons, though, there was no juggling required, no matter the hundreds of photos I took of them outdoors during my week with them.
The Shades fit perfectly and comfortably over my progressive lens glasses. There was no funky coloring as I looked through them, unlike some other sunglasses I've worn in the past that make everything orange or green. They provided just the perfect amount of shade that kept me from squinting... yet allowed me to read the dials on my camera, ensure my photos were coming out okay, read texts that came from my daughter, see the little bugs and such my grandsons pointed out on our walks (not to mention, be able to see where to open the darn fruit snacks packages they were treated to now and again while at the park).
The only thing I found funky about the lenses was the way my iPhone screen appeared when looking at it through the glasses. It's hard to explain, but there was a bit of an iridescence to the screen, surely related to the polarized lenses. Not a big deal, as the funkiness went away if I held my phone in a bit of an awkward position. Time on the phone while outdoors was short, so the polarization was more important than an easily viewed smartphone, for sure.
One thing I worried about with wearing glasses large enough to fit over prescription glasses was that they'd be unwieldy as well as unfashionable. My daughter — one of the more fashion conscious of our family — let me know right away that the glasses were quite fashionable, in fact, and looked great.
I always appreciate being fashionable. More important to me, though, is being economical. The Dioptics shades, at around $25, are far less expensive than tinted prescription glasses. They're easy to find, too, available at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and other major retailers. They also can be purchased online at www.solarshield.com.