Are you trying to figure out how to purchase prescription motorcycle glasses and goggles online? Are you looking for answers to the following questions?
“How do I purchase prescription motorcycle glasses and goggles online?”
“What lens options should I choose?”
“What motorcycle sunglass frames will fit my prescripton?”
“How do I know which sunglass frames will fit my head?”
If so, you have come to the right place. In this guide, we will explain to you the steps needed to purchase prescription motorcycle glasses and goggles. We will explain all lens options, and provide an easy way for you to pick the right frames that will fit your face.
If your eyeglass prescription is older than 2 years, it’s time to get a new one. Call your optometrist to set up an appointment, or look for a new one. Here’s a nice directory of optometrists around the United States.
Trying to read your prescription can be confusing. You really don’t need to know what each section means. But in case you are curious, here is a diagram which explains how to read your prescription:
Your “PD” or Pupilary Distance is REQUIRED for all single vision, bifocal and progressive lenses orders. If you do not have your PD #, please call your optometrist or whomever made your glasses last. You can also easily measure the PD with a partner or by yourself. Here’s how to measure your PD:
a. Put on your daily eyeglasses. Look at a partner eye to eye.
b. Using a permanent marker such as a Sharpie or a dry erase marker, have your partner dot each eyeglass lenses directly where the center of your pupils are. If you do not have a partner, you can look into the mirror with your glasses on (stand about 1 to 2 feet from the mirror) and dot each lens yourself. Do this for both the left and right lenses. Try to keep the dots fairly small. For accuracy, do not rush through this step. Sharpie ink can be removed with tissue and rubbing alcohol.
c. Set a ruler on a table and position the left dot of the left lens on 0 mm. Measure the distance between the dots from the left to the right dot in millimeters. It should be a number between 55 and 70 mm.
Wearing casual eyeglasses or sunglasses on a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous. Casual glasses do not seal out wind or debris and can easily fly off when you turn your head. If you wear a full-face helmet, then you probably do not need sunglasses with foam padding. If you wear a half helmet or no helmet, then you should definitely consider sunglasses with foam cushion. The foam cushion will help seal out wind, dust and debris. Choose a frame that wraps around your face, provides 180 degree protection and can withstand flying projectiles or debris. All WileyX, BikerArmour and 7eye motorcycle prescription motorcycle glasses are specifically designed for motorcycle riding.
Prescription Motorcycle Glasses are different than your every day casual glasses. The biggest difference is base curve, which measures the degree of curvature of the lenses.
Everyday casual glasses usually has a base curve between 1 and 2. Motorcycle sunglasses have a base curve between 6 and a maximum of 8. Because motorcycle glasses have a larger base curve, the fit of the glasses is determined by the size of your head. So, there are frames that fit smaller heads and frames that fit bigger heads. But the question we often get is, “How do I know my headsize?” Headsize is determined by the size of helmet you wear or your hat size.
Most people can figure out their own head size subjectively. Is your head bigger or smaller than most of your friends? Have people commented on your headsize before? Do you have a difficult time fitting sunglasses because your head is too big or too small? Do most hats fit you, or do you have to find special hat sizes that fit you?
Bikershades has designed an easy to use ‘Shop by Headsize’ page to help you find sunglass frames that fit you. Our Shop By Headsize Tool helps you determine your headsize by your helmet size or your hat size. Once you determine your headsize, simply click on the corresponding head size image. You will be linked to all the sunglasses that will fit your headsize. Now that’s revolutionary!
If you are still unsure which frames will fit, we can also send you 8 – 12 frames to try on with our Try Before You Buy Program.
With Try Before you Buy, you simply answer a few questions online and enter your credit card information for the deposit. We’ll personally select 6 to 10 frames which are most likely to fit you. You don’t have to pick the frames. Your frames will be shipped out in 2 to 3 days. Once you receive the frames, pick the pair that fits best. Then click the link contained in your confirmation email, and complete your order online. Use the enclosed USPS return label and send ALL the frames back to us. We’ll have your prescription motorcycle glasses complete in 7 to 10 business days.
Over 90% of our customers who participate in our Try Before You Buy program find a sunglass frame or goggles that fit them. However, if none of our sunglasses satisfy your fancy, your deposit will refunded minus a $19.99 service fee. Imagine the time and money you save rather than driving all over town trying to find some biker sunglass frames to try on!
Your prescription will either be for single vision or for bifocal/progressive lenses. Single Vision Lenses have the same vision correction over the entire lens. Bifocal and Progressive lenses have a magnified area at the bottom of the lens used for reading. You will know if you need a reading power if you have an “Add” power written on your prescription. However, keep in mind that you are NOT required to include this reading power if you don’t think you will use your prescription motorcycle glasses for reading items close up. So, you can get single vision lenses even if you have an “Add” power on your prescription.
There are two types of single vision lenses, Traditional and Digital:
Traditional Lenses are primarily used for casual frames with flatter lenses. Bikershades always recommends digital free form lenses for best optics. However, traditional lenses are acceptable for Sphere powers less than +/- 1.75. If you have a Sphere stronger than +/- 1.75, we recommend you upgrade to Premium Digital Free Form Lenses.
Also known as High Definition or Free Form Lenses, Digital Lenses are specifically designed for base 6 to 8 curvature lenses common in high wrap motorcycle sunglasses frames. Digital lenses take into consideration how the frames are actually shaped and how they fit on your face. Unlike “casual” frames, high wrap frames possess the following three differences: a more aggressive frame wrap, higher degree of frame tilt, and a shorter distance from the eye to the lens. Without compensating for these three differences, the Rx lens may result in unwanted astigmatism. This results in blurry vision, dizziness, and loss of peripheral vision.
Digital lenses are optimized with computer-controlled surfacing equipment that are much more precise than conventional tools. Digital lenses are surfaced in power increments of 0.01 diopter (D), compared with 0.125 to 0.25 increments with conventional tooling. So, digital lenses deliver superior clarity for each unique prescription for exceptional performance. This article from Columbia Eye Clinic explains a little more about the advantages of Digital Lenses.
Bikershades only offers premium DIGITAL progressive lenses. Bikershades does not sell Traditional progressive lenses, which is a good thing. If you are shopping around, make sure to ask if the lenses are digital before you purchase! If you are currently wearing bifocals, have difficulty reading small print, or have an “Add Power” listed on your prescription, you may need progressive lenses. Please note that you are not required to wear progressives or bifocals if you only want single vision lenses. Unlike bifocals, progressives offer an even transition from distance to near vision (without any visible lines on the lens). This allows the wearer to view objects at short, intermediate and far distances. Progressives restore clear and accurate vision at all distances, without the need to change glasses constantly.
Unlike progressives, Bifocal lenses have a noticeable line that separates the top area for distance vision, and the bottom area for reading. The “28” refers to the width of the bifocal area, and is the most common size compared to FT 35. You are not required to wear bifocals even if your prescription has an ‘ADD’ power. Also, if you are less than 40 years old, chances are you do not need bifocals or progressives (yet.)
If you have perfect 20/20 vision when you see far away, but need help reading or seeing items close up, you may be able to get away with purchasing Bifocal Motorcycle Glasses straight from Bikershades.com. You won’t need a prescription. All you will need to know is your bifocal power. Visit the Bifocal Sunglasses section on Bikershades.com for a wide variety of styles!
The New Horsepower Bifocal Motorcycle Sunglasses feature a foam cushion and polycarbonate lenses. Less than $20!
Like casual prescription eyeglasses, you will also have to choose your lens material for your motorcycle riding or sports glasses. For eye safety, prescription motorcycle glasses require impact resistant lenses made of polycarbonate or trivex. Plastic is definitely not recommended because plastic can easily shatter.
Polycarbonate is a tough, versatile polymer used for bulletproof windows, helmet visors and compact discs (CDs). If you have ever tried to break a CD, you know how tough polycarbonate can be! Normally polycarbonate is a a lens upgrade, but Bikershades includes polycarbonate without additional charge. The advantages of polycarbonate include:
Trivex lenses offer superior optics and impact resistance compared to any other lens material. As far as clarity goes, they are the closest alternative to glass, which is the clearest medium on the planet. Advantages of Trivex include:
The videos above shows the results of a 500 g missle with a 1mm point drop tested on Spectralite Plastic Lenses, 1.60, Polycarbonate, and Trivex Trilogy lenses. This test was conducted by Younger Optics. The plastic lenses were tested from a drop height of 50 inches, while the Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses were tested from a drop height of 75 inches. You will see that plastic lenses can shatter quite easily and not recommended for motorcycle glasses. Polycarbonate and Trivex, on the other hand did not shatter. You can imagine the damage a rock or projectile at high speeds can cause to plastic lenses.
Choose your type of lenses depending on the time of day you ride the most. If you ride both in the day and the night, choose genuine Transitions brand lenses. If you purchase Prescription Motorcycle Glasses, you will only need one pair of glasses to wear in the day and at night. How convenient! If you ride only in the day, we recommend polarized lenses to filter out the most light and blinding glare.
These are the most responsive Transitions lens, so they change much faster when lighting conditions change. The lenses will change color when you are walking in and out of buildings or when the sun begins to set.
Xtractives are the latest Transitions Lenses that gets darker than any Transitions lens on the market. If you ride your motorcycle in the day, you will enjoy the benefits of Transistions XtrActives. These lenses get as dark as your regular sunglasses. We always hear from our customers that they spend hundreds of dollars on photochromic lenses that don’t get dark enough. If you are looking the absolute best prescription Transition motorcycle sunglasses, choose no other than XtrActives.
Visit the Transitions Comparison Chart to help choose the best Transition lenses for you. Bikershades currently offers Transitions Signature, Transitions XtrActive, Transitions and Vantage Lenses. Transitions Drivewear lenses are for behind the wheel of a car. To learn more about photochromic technology for motorcycle goggles and sunglasses, click here.
Polarized lenses eliminate glare from shiny surfaces such as chrome, water, mirrors, etc. Polarized lenses clarifies and sharpens vision. Once popular only with fishermen, polarized lenses also benefit bikers, golfers, and drivers. Polarized lenses offer clearer vision by reducing glare from reflective surfaces such as the lake or the hood of a car. Compared to drivers, bikers are surrounded by glare coming from all directions. Polarized lenses are an excellent choice for prescription motorcycle glasses and prescription goggles.
As sunlight bounces off a horizontal surface such as the road or hood of car, the reflected light travels in a horizontal direction rather than scattered. Sunlight bouncing off a horizontal surface creates an annoying and dangerous intensity of light, which is referred to as glare. Polarized lenses contain microscopic vertical stripes on the surface of the lens which filters out horizontal rays that cause glare.
If you prefer a standard single color lens for your prescription motorcycle glasses, Bikershades offers a wide variety of colors. All lens tints including clear offer 100% UV protection, even clear lenses. Choose from the following:
Dark Smoke: Good for general purpose use. They are dark enough to provide overall protection with true color perception, and also reduce glare, especially off water. Good for driving, baseball, tennis, football, soccer, water sports, and all other outdoor activities. Great variable weather tint for sunny or overcast days.
Dark Brown: Improves contrast and contains a red element to enhance depth perception. Excellent for golf, tennis, high-altitude sports, fishing, boating/sailing, or any sport where distance needs to be judged. Can be used for partly cloudy to sunny conditions.
G-15 Smoke/Green: Emphasizes colors our eyes see most easily (green and yellow) and de-emphasizes less noticeable colors (red and blue). The G-15 lens absorbs 85% of visible light, and transmits only 15%. The G-15 lens results in more natural vision – true colors that are easy on the eye.
Copper HD: Improves contrast and contains a red element to enhance depth perception. Good for golf, tennis, high-altitude sports, fishing, boating/sailing, or any sport where distance needs to be judged. Can be used for partly cloudy to sunny conditions
Yellow: Provides greater clarity in fog, haze, and other low-light conditions and filters out blue light that can make focusing difficult. Good for skiing, mountain biking, hunting, aviation, tennis, and target shooting. Good for dawn and dusk. Also good in foggy or hazy conditions.
Clear: Great for night riding. When combined with an anti-reflective coating offers the ultimate night riding experience by drastically reducing the halo effect around lights at night.
Green: Transmits all colors evenly, good for general purpose use, dims glare while brightening shadows. It is good for all outdoor activities and can be used rain or shine.
Blue: Fashionable and cosmetically appealing. Reduces glare, helps to see contours, and improves color perception. Can be used for spectator sports and golf. Good in misty, foggy and snowy conditions
Rose: Enhances visual depth and provides good road visibility. Helps adjust contrast, comforting the eyes, so it reduces eye strain. Can be used for cycling and racing. Good in most weather conditions, especially in snow
Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating – AR coatings block reflected light, which results in a reduction in glare, annoying reflections and halos around lights at night. They reduce the glare that you see as well as the glare that others can see on your lenses. AR Coatings prevent reflections from your lenses so your eyes are more visible to others.
Choose from TWO types:
a) Classic A/R Includes:
b) Elite A/R includes:
Mirror Coating: Highly reflective coatings applied to the front surface of lenses to reduce an additional 10% – 60% of light entering the eye. Bikers who purchase Mirror Coating on their prescription motorcycle glasses describe the color as soothing and comfortable. The additional protection from light makes them especially beneficial for activities in very bright conditions. The color of a mirror coating is a purely cosmetic decision. Solid mirrors not recommended with Transitions; flash mirrors are fine.