ChromaPop™ is now available in prescription sunglasses from participating Optical outlets! Made right here in Australia (a first for SMITH), a selected range of our best designs can now be made with your prescription. Check out the full list of optometrist at the store locator.

Whether you’re reading the water for trout or kicking around the city, protecting your eyes against harmful UV rays is a must. However, if you have less than perfect vision, you know that sun protection can pose a challenge. Contacts don’t work for everyone, and doubling up on glasses is impractical. Near- or far-sighted, the best prescription sunglasses make sure you never have to make a choice between blurry vision and harsh rays. Check out our complete guide to the best Smith prescription sunglasses to get all the UV-filtering, glare-reducing, and contrast-boosting properties you need to safely (and clearly) see the view. 

What You Need To Know When Shopping For Rx Sunglasses

Can You Get Polarized Prescription Sunglasses? 

You sure can. Reflective surfaces such as lakes, rivers, and cars on the highway create glare, and polarized lenses help eliminate it. That means polarized prescription glasses are your best bet when you’re fishing, driving, or on the water for extended periods of time. You’ll also find polarized Rx glasses with color-enhancing ChromaPop™ that lets you see the terrain ahead and river bottom below in perfect detail. Your optomotrist will have great advice on which frame suits your lens and activity needs. 

Sports Prescription Sunglasses

Running the trails or sending Class IV rapids, there are endless ways to pursue your thrill in the great outdoors. While you’re out there, prescription sports sunglasses offer superb clarity, fit, and comfort. Think no-slip designs that stay in place even when you get sweaty and wrapped frames that give you full coverage. Add your custom Rx, and you’re set to focus on the trail, road, or river ahead.

How to Buy Prescription Sunglasses Online

  • Step One: Choose your shades: Look for frames that meet the demands of your sport and shades that match your personal style.
  • Step Two: Select your lenses: This is your chance to check out Smith’s lens technologies. Consider polarized fishing sunglasses if you spend your days on the water. With different lens colours, such as amber, blue, and gray, you have options for varied environments and light conditions. We also offer colorful, glare-blocking Rx mirrored lenses. 
  • Step Three: Enter your prescription: You’ll need an up-to-date Rx from an optometrist, so be sure to schedule an eye exam if you don’t have one yet. Once your Rx is in hand, fill out your prescription details online — including your PD (pupillary distance) — for single vision or progressive lenses. 
  • Step Four: Receive your order: It typically takes about 5 to 8 days to prepare a prescription order, plus shipping time. Once your sunglasses arrive, your only job is to get outside and soak up some rays.

Best Prescription Sunglasses for: Men


The thing about a classic pair of sunglasses like the Lowdown XL 2 is that they fit seamlessly into every moment of your day. You can just as easily wear them on the golf course as in the ski lodge. Grippy Megol nose pads mean the glasses stay in place even when you work up a sweat. The XL version comes with ChromaPop™ polarised RX lenses and is well-suited to wider faces.

“Great coverage. High-quality craftsmanship. Crystal-clear optics.”

Patrick K.

Best Prescription Sunglasses for: Women

Day at the beach. Weekend in the backcountry. The Shoutout RX sunglasses look and feel great wherever sunny days find you. Classic, but with modern touches, they feature bio-based frames, no-slip nose pads, and auto-lock hinges that let you put them on with one hand. See the world in full-color thanks to ChromaPop™ lenses.

“I LOVE these sunglasses. I find myself wearing them on runs, hikes, dog walks, and just for casual use. They have excellent coverage and stay put thanks to the grippy nose pads. I’d highly recommend!”

Caitlyn V.

Best Prescription Sunglasses for: Fishing

If you think life is best lived on a boat deck or waist-deep in the water, the Guide’s Choice RX sunglasses are for you. They feature Italian spring hinges, Megol nose and temple pads, a detachable sunglass leash, and an aggressive wrap for superior light protection. See below the water’s surface with perfect clarity thanks to polarized ChromaPop™ lenses paired with your personal prescription. 

“Everything about Smith Optics Guide’s Choice sunglasses in copper polarized ChromaPop is top-notch. I fly-fish all over the world. I have found my underwater visibility with these glasses to be wonderful. I need prescription-progressive lenses and Smith’s lab made the glasses conform perfectly to my prescription. Also, the people in Smith’s sales department and lab were very helpful. Six stars out of five.”

Ed F.


Best Prescription Sunglasses for: Hiking

Hop across boulders, pick your route across snowfields, and stroll down dusty paths. No matter your destination, the Riptide RX sunglasses are an essential part of your hiking kit. They have spring hinges that expand to fit just right and polarized ChromaPop™ lenses that cut out glare. Bio-based frames are so lightweight, you might forget they’re on your face.

“By far some of the clearest optics I have worn in a pair of sunglasses. The fit is terrific. I love the blue tint of the lens. The Riptides are awesome!”

Derek N.

Still Have Questions About Choosing A Pair Of Smith Prescription Sunglasses?

You can get in touch with us on the contact page, or check out the FAQ 

Your optometrist will be more than happy to answer any questions and help find the best Chromapop solution for you. You can find the nearest outlet at our store locator


November 24, 2023