To help you decide whether flip up sunglasses or spring-fit clip on sunglasses are a better choice for your requirements, here are the relative benefits of each type.
Spring-fit clip on sunglasses are more refined in appearance.
The fitting mechanism is neat and unobtrusive and when fitted to spectacles the overall appearance is not dissimilar to wearing prescription sunglasses. In comparison, flip-up sunglasses have a noticeable central bracket and hinge mechanism at the top of the frames.
For comfort, the spring-fit type of clip on sunglasses is generally regarded as preferable...
Plastic spectacle frames have been experiencing something of a comeback in the last few years.
If you have plastic frames, the rims tend to be thicker than many of the latest metal or rimless frames. As a result many of our customers are asking whether they can get clip on sunglasses to fit over them.
Flip up sunglasses over plastic frames
Generally, there is no problem fitting flip up sunglasses over thicker prescription frames, as the central clip mounting can easily accommodate varying sizes and shapes.
With much of the UK and Europe currently experiencing overcast skies with damp, misty conditions, driving has been hazardous due to the poor visibility, especially when travelling at speed on motorways with the added problem of spray obscuring the road ahead.
It is in these conditions that wearing yellow polarized clip on lenses can most improve your vision while driving (in daytime). The yellow filter brightens your view and increases contrast and depth perception, while the anti-glare coating and polarizing lenses reduces headlight glare.
One of the questions that customers ask us quite often is whether the spring at the top of our spring-fit clip on sunglasses is designed to extend to accommodate wider frames.
This is actually a misconception. The purpose of the spring is to enable you to stretch the clip-ons when attaching them to your frames. Once clipped to your glasses, the spring contracts again to provide sufficient tension to hold the clip-ons securely onto your frames.
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If you drive regularly, you will encounter a wide range of challenging light conditions that not only present a potential hazard because your view of the road ahead is compromised, but also result in driver fatigue and eye strain.
Just this week here in the South West, people who commute to work by car have faced misty conditions, particularly first thing in the morning, often on the same day as dazzling glare from the sun at low angle.
Even today's mainly cloudy conditions presents a challenge because visibility is flat and contrast is reduced, making it more difficult to judge...