Fit Over Shades – Sunglasses for Your Prescription Eyeglasses

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Vistana L OverRX sunglasses One increasingly popular option for sunglasses that those of us requiring eyeglasses are turning to are fit over shades. These are slightly oversized sunglasses made to slip right over your glasses. Among the advantages to fit overs compared to clip-ons or prescription sunglasses are the availability of peripheral protection from glare, bright light and UV rays since many fit over sunglasses have wraparound designs.

What, you moan, those radiation goggles that old people wear? Argh!

Fear not, web surfer, for these are NOT your father’s fit overs. You will not look like you just came out of a 3D movie wearing these. Today’s fit overs come in a variety of fashion styles, colors and shapes that fit any outdoor activity.

Among the various fit over shades available:

EyeArmor M300 fit over sunglasses EyeArmor over the glasses shades are great for work environments, featuring Flex2Fit temples, non-slip nose pads, frame venting, a custom safety strap and safety lenses that are scratch resistant and include anti-fog treatment.
Fitover sunglasses - Aurora series fitovers Fitover Sunglasses – the name says it all. These fit overs are available in serveral stylish designer shapes and colors and also feature side protection as well as convenience.
Cocoons OverRX - Slim Line series sunglasses Cocoons OverRX completely envelope your eyes to provide advanced UV protection. Some models can be worn either over eyeglasses or as simple sunglasses.

There are also Vistana over-eyeglasses shades (pictured at the top of the page), which are available in several modern styles. Live Eyes are also great to slip over prescription eyeglasses.

So, with all of these great fit overs online, go ahead, treat your eyeglasses to a pair of stylish sunglasses!

Also see Sunglasses for Glasses, Small Prescription Sunglasses.

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  • Eyeglasses Guy
    March 21, 2012

    Alex – The are some smaller sized Fitover Sunglasses that might work but it depends on the size of your prescription glasses. Take a look and see if anything works.

    Another idea would be a clip-on shade. This would be an inexpensive option.

  • Alex
    March 17, 2012

    I’m currently in baseball and need fit over shades, is there anything for sports that doesn’t look huge and weird over my face? Another kid on my team got prescription eyeglasses/shades and I wanted some but they just cost so much and I don’t even want to ask my parents for it.

  • Eyeglasses Guy
    February 22, 2012

    The bad news is that I doubt you will be satisfied with the look of an over-RX sunglass frame compared to the style of the Wayfarer.

    The good news is that you can still wear your RayBan Wayfarers and order them with a progressive multifocal polarized lens. Simply go to our RayBan RB2140 Original Wayfarer Prescription Sunglasses page and make your frame and lens color selection, enter your prescription and PD (pupil distance) measurement, place the order and we will do the rest. If you are not sure about ordering it online, give one of our expert opticians a call at 800-248-9427 and we will place the order for you.

  • Amanda
    February 21, 2012

    I’ve been wearing Rayban Wayfarers for 20 years. I love the look of them, but now I’m going into multifocals and I need something to fit over, polarised please.
    Do any of the brands look like Wayfarers? Its so me I don’t want to change too much.

  • The Eyeglasses Guy
    January 7, 2010

    Dottie –

    The best thing to do is to go to and click on Size Guide at the top. Download and print it out. It should print to the actual size of each Fitover. The next step will be to place your frame on top to see if it will fit. The instructions will give you specific guidelines to follow to know what fits and what does not.

    I hope this helps. I wish I could tell you which frame would fit best, but this is the most accurate way to know which Fitover is best for you! Isn’t technology amazing!

    This sizing guide will be back on our website soon. We took it down as we reconstruct our product pages.

    January 7, 2010

    I am currently wearing prescription transitional lenses, they are not dark enough for me while driving. The numbers on the temple of these glasses are 130ysl61790knw. I have a smallish shaped face. what fitovers would you recommend for me?

  • The Eyeglasses Guy
    January 6, 2010

    Best lenses would be polarized and amber in color, according to our friends at Fitovers. One example would be the Fitover Aviator AV001A with Matte Black frames and polarized amber lenses. See our Fitover Sunglasses catalog for other choices.

  • mike corder
    January 5, 2010

    Im looking for fitovers that would be good for site fishing the flats in Florida. Could you recommend the best lens color and style?

  • Richard Burckhardt
    September 24, 2009

    Fitover makes an Aviator Sunglass that comes in a Matte Black frame with polarized blue mirror lenses (AV001B). Cocoon also makes an Aviator XL Sunglass but it is not available in mirrored lenses. The Fitovers and Cocoons are only available in plastic frames, unlike the Ray Ban Aviators which are metal.

  • Dan
    September 22, 2009

    I’m looking for fitovers that look like Ray Ban Aviators, with the same shape, but more than anything that they’re reflective (they look kinda like mirrors). Is that available somewhere?

  • Richard Burckhardt
    August 12, 2009

    The Fitover Aria would be the best for you. Especially if you are going to wear it over regular glasses. The “B” measurement (vertical measurement) is only 36mm so it won’t come down very far on your face at all.

  • Joy Acord
    August 12, 2009

    I have high cheekbones and most eyeglasses without nosepads sit on my face. Do you have any sunglasses/fitovers that will not sit on my cheeks?

  • Jennifer
    July 14, 2009

    What brand of eyeglasses do you wear and what is the model name/number? What is the size of the eyeglasses you wear?

    On the temple of your eyeglasses it should have a bunch of numbers, some of which will indicate the size and others may indicate what frame model and color you are wearing. If you are unsure what the numbers mean, that is no problem. If you can provide all of the numbers for me, I can decipher what size frame you have and then I can make a few suggestions that might work for you.

  • madr
    July 11, 2009

    Are there fitover-sunglasses that look ok on small faces (small nose too)? Can you recommend some brands/models? The ones I’ve seen and tried are huge (both lens width and height) and when I place them on my eyeglasses, they look like they’re floating over my face.

  • Richard Burckhardt
    May 22, 2009

    Costa Del Mar makes excellent lenses for water sports. Try any of the Wave 580 lenses. They have an extra polarizing filter that allows you to see pretty far into the water as well as providing great comfort for the eyes in the sun.

    You might also want to read our blog post, Lens Color Makes a Difference .

  • Gary B.
    May 20, 2009

    I kayak in Florida where I live and travel some (retired) after looking a some sites still can’t figure out what is the best tint for fishing in Florida waters, very bright sun and traveling when the sun is in my eyes which seem a lot. Could you help with pick. Thanks

  • Richard Burckhardt
    May 5, 2009

    All Cocoon, Vistana and Fitover frames have polarized lens, except the Fitover Classic Sport in Matte Black /Yellow lens and the Cocoon Low Vision colors that consist of Boysenberry, Orange and Lemon that we will be adding to our website in a day or two. Those would be the only ones that are non-polarized.

  • Tony Gill
    March 26, 2009

    What would you recommend to keep dust out of my eyes when riding that will fit over 130x35mm frames while blocking UV & Blue light and are not polarized?

  • Tony Gill
    March 26, 2009

    The lens options for the Cocoons PILOT and AVIATOR frames or for that matter all Cocoons frames are Polarized. Polarized lenses make plastic aircraft instrument panels and windscreens “rainbow”. Some LCD instruments are unreadable. Do they offer non-polarized options?

  • Richard Burckhardt
    September 19, 2008

    Nick –

    Any of the fitover type shades above will probably work for you outdoors. For the computer, you might want to call Candace at 1-800-248-9427 x 221 to discuss some options. Cocoons makes one with a clear lens but unfortunately not with anti-reflective coating. We might be able to custom make a pair for you using a Cocoons frame.

  • nick
    September 13, 2008

    Hello. looking for fitovers for my prescription glasses to alleviate computer vision syndrome as well as for outdoor activities (eyes are somewhat light sensitive).

  • Richard Burckhardt
    April 24, 2008

    Perhaps you can try fitover sunglasses that are designed to be worn over your existing prescription wear. Take a look at Cocoon Sunglasses and Live Eyes Sunglasses.

    Here’s a sizing guide for the Cocoon’s fitovers that should help you – Cocoons Sunglass Sizing Guide .

  • Jane
    April 12, 2008

    I have transition lenses, but want another sunglass to put over these to give me MORE protection all the time from sun and light. have sjogrens. Also need them to fit tight around the eye so no wind gets in them and makes the sjogrens worse. Any ideas?

    Thanks much
    Jane who has LUPUS

  • Richard Burckhardt
    January 16, 2008

    Fitovers – they all block out 400 nanometers.

    Amber lenses – more for outdoor activities.

    Grey lenses – more for driving and good for anyone who suffers from migraines or light sensitive.

    Blue Mirror lenses – for boating or skiing.

    Gold lenses – good for someone with eye conditions.

  • Bonnie
    January 12, 2008

    I’m considering buying fitover sunglasses. What is the difference between all the different tints in the lenses? Do different tints help in different light? I’ll be spending a lot of time by the water in Florida and I’m sensitive to bright light.

  • Richard Burckhardt
    January 2, 2008

    Serengeti used to make the clip ons but no longer does. They turned out to be too heavy and bulky.

    So, one of our opticians will be contacting you by e-mail to see if we can find another solution for you.

  • Warren
    November 29, 2007

    I’ve had prescription Serengeti drivers since the early ’80s, and would be interested if there is a clip on or fit over with Serengeti drivers lenses available or that could be made from same size lenses? Do you think there would there be an optical problem or undesirable effect from the anti-reflective coating on my lenses and the coatings on the drivers?

  • Lewis
    November 21, 2007


    I would recommend the following brands for sunglasses that would fit over your current eyeglasses:

    Cocoon Sunglasses

    Vistana Sunglasses

    EyeArmor Sunglasses

    These collections will assist with the sunlight. However, if you are looking for something to assist with night-time glare. I would suggest that you have an anti-reflective coating on your regular eyeglasses. Any of the “fitover” styles are designed for sunglasses.

    The anti-reflective coating is designed to reduce the amount of reflected light that enters the eye. This coating is highly recommended for those who: do a considerable amount of computer work, night time driving or public speaking. To learn more about this coating you may visit our Lens Options page.

  • douglas briggs
    November 21, 2007

    Looking for fit over glasses to cover my prescription glasses. I want something to cut down on the glare of oncoming head lights at night.

    What color tint would that be?

  • Richard Burckhardt
    November 15, 2007

    The cost of the Classic Sport is $38.95 and comes in a small, medium or large size, along with many color options. The Aviator is $49.90 and is considered a large size frame and again comes in many different color options. As for the size, I have contacted the manufacturer and they do not have an approximate weight, but it is considered a lightweight frame, but not considered feather-weight. As for the shipping fees, we can ship the frame directly to you from the supplier and the shipping methods are as follows: Free USPS, $6.99 Priority Mail, $12.99 2nd day, and $22.95 overnight. I sincerely hope this helps you in making your decision. Please let us know how we can further assist you.

  • Charlene Yanchak
    November 15, 2007

    I am considering ordering fitover classic sport or fitover aviator with UV and UVA coverage plus block out and filter blue light. What is the cost of each with shipping and handling. I live in Cleveland, Ohio. Also, let me know the approximate weight — hope these are light.



  • Richard Burckhardt
    October 25, 2007

    None are specifically listed as “melanin” but there are fitovers in an amber lens which is brown. Copper is more of a rose and they do have yellow.

  • rich
    October 24, 2007

    Do you have fit over with melanin tint?

  • Jennifer
    October 1, 2007

    All 9 styles of the Fitovers collection have regular UV and UVA coverage. The only frame color that blocks out and filters blue light is the Matte Black frame with Trilenium Gold lenses, which is available in each of the 9 styles.

  • pat scott
    September 29, 2007

    I am looking for a pair of fitover sunglasses that have regular UV and UVA coverage PLUS BLOCK OUT AND FILTER BLUE LIGHT. DO YOU HAVE THEM?

  • Jennifer
    August 17, 2007

    Here’s some information that we got from our rep at Fitovers Sunglasses that might answer your question.

    Fitovers do not rest against the lenses the way clip ons do. The patented brow bar (removable in the classic sport and integrated in the JP Fitovers) rests on top of the prescription glasses and prevent the lenses from touching one another.

    Because Fitovers sunglasses have high quality lenses that are 1.4 mm thick and optically correct, they do not cause the vision impairments that some of the lesser quality lenses do. The base curve of the lens can also affect the optics. Fitovers lenses keep a 4 base curve which provides much less distortion than some of the 6 or 8 base curves in the clips.

    I hope this helps.

  • Ginny Faulkner
    August 16, 2007

    So you put all of the anti-glare and coatings on my glasses. How do these “fitovers” not cause scratching or problems with my regular glasses. Also, doesn’t the extra lens affect the optics like clip-ons do?

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