All about our lenses

Here’s everything you need to know when choosing your lenses—in the order you’ll need to know it when you order.

Prescription types

Single-vision

Most people order eyeglasses with single-vision prescriptions, meaning their lenses will correct for one field of vision (near or distance).

Progressives

If you want to correct for both your reading and distance vision, and everything in between, progressives are for you. Your prescription is eligible if it includes an “ADD” value. (Learn more here.)

Non-prescription frames and readers

Select “Single-vision prescription” when adding a frame to your cart, and in checkout you’ll have the option to select lenses that have no prescription at all, or lenses that offer simple magnification (like the ones you get off the spinny rack at the pharmacy). They both come with all the same protective treatments as our prescription lenses.

Lens colors

Clear

We’re talking crystal clear. If you want completely uncolored vision while wearing your frames, inside and out, go with our standard clear lenses.

Light-responsive

These lenses transition from fully clear indoors to dark grey outdoors (even on a cloudy day, because they respond to UV rays). Head here for details.

FYI: The animation above is for illustrative purposes only, and darkens and lightens more quickly than light-responsive lenses do.

Lens materials

Polycarbonate lenses

Standard with any Warby Parker optical order, these are some of the most lightweight and impact-resistant lenses available.

These lenses are included in the price of any Warby Parker eyeglasses

1.67 high-index lenses


If you have a strong prescription, you may want to opt for 1.67 high-index lenses, which are up to 20% thinner than polycarbonate lenses with the same prescription. (You’ll be able to select this option during checkout.)

These lenses cost an additional $30

1.74 high-index lenses

These lenses, recommended for anyone with an especially strong prescription, are up to 10% thinner than 1.67 high-index lenses with the same prescription. (We’ll reach out after you’ve placed your order if they’d be a good fit for you.)

These lenses cost an additional $130

Included with every pair at
 zero additional cost

Scratch-resistant coating

Just what it sounds like! (Oh, and if any scratches appear, we’ll replace your lenses for free within a year of purchase.)

Anti-reflective coating

This coating does double duty: It eases eye strain caused by reflections and also eliminates any glare from your lenses in photos.

Superhydrophobic coating

“Hydrophobic” describes something that does not like water. We treat our lenses with superhydrophobic coatings, which repel moisture to help prevent smudging. (Because smudges are the worst.)

UV protection

Our lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays for superior eyeball health. (Protect those peepers.)

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Lens colors

Solid

Our solid sun lenses come in a glorious array of colors, from blue to green to brown to grey to violet (and beyond).

Flash Mirrored

These lenses’ mirrored surfaces cut down on the amount of light entering the eye. (Healthy.) And they keep things mysterious. (Stealthy.)

Gradient

These lenses gradually transition from one color at the top to another color (or a lighter tint of the same color) at the bottom.

Lens materials

Our non-prescription sun lenses are crafted from CR-39, a lightweight polymer that holds color beautifully and hits that sweet spot of lightweight and durable.

Lens treatments

UV protection

All of our sun lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays for A+ eyeball health.

Scratch-resistant coating

Just what it sounds like! (Oh, and if any scratches appear, we’ll replace your lenses for free within a year of purchase.)

Polarization

Light rays reflecting off pavement, snow, or water can impair your vision. The polarized filter in many of our sun lenses reduces this glare—and that filter comes securely encased in your lenses so it won’t wear off over time. (Any sunglasses marked as “including polarized lenses” come with this treatment at no additional cost.)

Lens colors

Our prescription sun lenses come in a versatile palette of solids, from grey to green. Each pair of prescription sunglasses comes with lenses selected to complement the color of the frame. (FYI: We’re not able accommodate requests for different lens colors.)

Prescription types

Single-vision

Just like our single-vision optical lenses, these will correct for one field of vision, reading or distance.

Progressives

Sunglasses with progressive lenses will correct for both your reading and distance vision (and everything in between). How to tell if you need progressives? If you see an “ADD” value on your prescription, you’re eligible. Wahoo! 
Learn more here.

Lens materials

Polarized polycarbonate lenses

Standard with our prescription sunglasses, these are treated to reduce glare entering the eye and are made from one of the most lightweight and impact-resistant lens materials around.

1.67 high-index lenses

Those with stronger prescriptions can opt for 1.67 high-index lenses during checkout for lenses that are up to 20% thinner than polycarbonate lenses with the same prescription.

These lenses cost an additional $120

Included with every pair at 
zero additional cost

UV protection

All of our sun lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays for A+ eyeball health.

Scratch-resistant coating

Just what it sounds like! (Oh, and if any scratches appear, we’ll replace your lenses for free within a year of purchase.)

Polarization

Light rays reflecting off pavement, snow, or water can impair your vision. The polarized filter in our prescription sun lenses (and many of our nonprescription sun lenses) reduces this glare—and that filter comes securely encased in your lenses so it won’t wear off over time.

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