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Aviate Prescription Sunglasses for Pilots


Innovative, stylish and practical, the Aviate Prescription aviation sunglasses from Rapid Eyewear are perfect for spectacle wearers searching for the optimum in visual clarity. They bring all the benefits of our non-prescription eyewear, including interchangeable lenses, wrap-around styling and superior eye protection to those with less than perfect eyesight - all for a great price.


* High-quality, polycarbonate frame
* Light-enhancing Category 0 lenses, for dark conditions
* Category 2 lenses, for fairly bright conditions
* Category 3 lenses, for normal sunny conditions
* Category 4 lenses, for very bright conditions
* Bespoke carry case
* Cleaning cloth
* Neck / head strap


Our aviation prescription sunglasses are built around a matt-black finished frame that has a prescription Rx clip housed in the back, whilst the tinted, interchangeable lenses sit on the front. This two-part arrangement allows for great versatility and performance, without compromising on the stylish look. The wrap-around frame blocks unwanted wind and light encroaching from the sides and bottom of your vision. The frames are lightweight and tough, whilst the Rx clip, made from an almost indestructible TR90 material, ensures maximum protection for your eyes from impact. An important feature of our Aviate sunglasses is that, unlike other types of Rx eyewear, your eyelashes will not touch the lenses. The tinted lenses clip onto the top of the frames, allowing them to be flipped up for momentary ‘normal’ vision when required.


In a word, yes - the frames have flat side arms, making them perfect for use with any headset.


Wrap-around sunglasses offer great benefits when it comes to blocking unwanted light and wind from the sides of your vision, but placing a curved lens in front of your eyes would normally cause distortion. However, all Aviate lens sets are de-centred, which means they are calibrated to remove the distorting effect. They also benefit from an anti-scratch coating.


Aviate Prescription flying sunglasses conform to EN 1836 regulations for safety eyewear, and US Z80.3 standards. They offer 100% UVA / UVB protection. A sample of every batch is impact tested at the factory to ensure their strength is up to standard.


Aviate pilot sunglasses can be used for any regular (single-vision) prescription where the SPH (sphere) requirement is no stronger than plus or minus 4.5. Due to the curvature of the tinted lenses, they will not be suitable for those with very strong prescription requirements that exceed 4.5. The Aviate are also suitable for bi-focal, varifocal and prismatic lenses. We are pleased to offer a full prescription service for single-vision and bifocal customers at prices that are highly competitive and indeed cheaper than most opticians. To take advantage of this service, select your chosen prescription from the buying options at the top of this page. if you have a requirement for varifocal or prismatic lenses, please purchase the glasses only and take them to your regular optician to have the prescription lenses fitted.


This is the distance, in millimetres, between the pupils of your eyes, when measured across the front of your glasses. The average PD for people in the western world is 62 - 63mm, however a PD can range from 55 up to 69mm - if your PD is not in the national average, we need to know about it. Unfortunately, most opticians do not put the PD on a standard prescription card - if you do not know your PD, ask your optician to let you know what it is. If they do not know, or are unwilling to release the information, you can measure it simply yourself, by asking a friend to hold a ruler up against your glasses whilst you are wearing them. Try to be accurate, but note that, if you are 1 - 2mm out on your calculation, your glasses should still be fine. NOTE: We have become aware that many opticians are reluctant to provide information on their customer's PD, usually because they do not like you going elsewhere to have eyewear made. Measuring your own PD is a simple process, and we would like to stress there is no need to pay an expensive fee to your optician for this information, should they request one. If you would like more information about your PD, please contact us - we will be glad to help.


Our turnaround time is 7 - 10 days from the date of order.


We have a good stock of spares - if there is anything you need, please ask and we shall be happy to help. You can also buy spares by selecting the option from the menu on the top-right of this page, which will take you through to our main Rapid Eyewear website.


In addition to our normal 12-month warranty, we will be happy to work with you should you discover the prescription sunglasses as made are not working correctly. If we subsequently discover that we have not made the sunglasses correctly, we will be happy to rectify the problem free of charge. However, extra fees may be incurred if the optical work has been executed incorrectly due to our having received incorrect or insufficient information from the customer.


It has come to our attention that some opticians and their optical suppliers clean lenses and frames with alcohol-based solutions such as Solution 30, after adding a prescription to our Rx inserts. Alcohol based solutions will destroy an Rx insert. We will not cover warranty on any Rx inserts that have been cleaned with alcohol or other spirt-based solutions. A little soap-free handwash or similar works well - alternatively, try our new Rapid Eyewear non-toxic, alcohol free lens cleaner, available here