Non-Prescription Glasses: Are There Benefits? Can They Cause Damage? (2023 Update)

Last Updated on February 9, 2024 by Josh Wilkerson

Many of us can recall our memorable days of being made fun of in elementary school for wearing glasses (Does “four-eyes” ring a bell?). 

Things have changed since then, and we are onto a new chapter of our lives. We now have a positive relationship with the glasses we wear every day. Nowadays, glasses give wearers a bold look, creating a fashion statement that enhances your overall appearance—rather than takes away from it. 

Different styles and frames can complement your outfit, whether you’re running errands or you’re at the office in heels. Sometimes, we all need a break from wearing contact lenses in our eyes so the naked eye can have more oxygen. However, people wear glasses just to look good, regardless of their vision. These are called non-prescription glasses and there are more benefits than just fashion. 

Here are the benefits of non-prescription glasses.


While having an amazing time with your friends playing beach volleyball, with the sun shining brightly on the horizon, suddenly your eyes start bothering you. They feel itchy, scratchy, and just plain uncomfortable. 

When you take a break from the game, you notice particles of sand got into your eye. This is when a pair of non-prescription glasses would have been the most helpful. Glasses offer protection from dust, direct sunlight, and computer radiation. Of course, these glasses would have to be enhanced with special coatings, but they’re worth it when you spend a significant amount of time under the sun.


Men and women can create many looks just by wearing non-prescription glasses. The best part is that you can select a pair that have the features you prefer. So many frames are made from high-quality materials that make them durable. They are comfortable and lightweight, which everyone can appreciate. They are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and styles so there will always be something that matches your needs, and even your personality.

Non-prescription glasses are also available through some of your favorite high-end brands. Although these brands come with a higher price tag, they can certainly make a bold statement. It might even make a great conversation starter. 

Picture this: while you’re waiting in line at the coffee shop, someone nearby notices your bold frames and compliments you by letting you know how nice they look on your face. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to buy high-end brands to achieve the “bold” look. You can certainly get high-quality yet affordable non-prescription glasses to achieve this look. No matter what your preferences are, non-prescription glasses are perfect for fashion-savvy men and women while providing comfort for daily use.

Financial Benefits

Unlike prescription glasses, which can be costly and require a visit to an optometrist, non-prescription glasses can be purchased at a lower cost and without a prescription. This can be particularly appealing for those who want to experiment with different styles and frames but don’t want to invest in expensive prescription glasses. The idea is to use your contacts as you experiment with frames to find a style, or colors, or brands that you like before making multiple purchases.

Furthermore, non-prescription glasses can be a more affordable option for those who want to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful rays or blue light emitted by digital screens. Where the savings can come from is pairing your UV-blocking glasses with contact lenses that don’t have this feature built-in, which in-turn saves you money. Budget options in contact lenses can be more than half the cost of full-featured lenses. With glasses taking on the roll that would normally be shoulder by your contacts, you’re gaining options to save.

Advances in Lens Technology

The landscape of non-prescription eyewear is being reshaped by the advent of advanced lens materials like trivex and high-index plastics. These innovative substances are revolutionizing the user experience by crafting lenses that are significantly lighter and slimmer than ever before. Not only does this technology reduce the bulk traditionally associated with glasses, but it also enhances the durability of the lenses, making them more resistant to the everyday knocks and drops.

Simultaneously, these modern materials bring forth an era where eyewear is as much about utility as it is about style. High-index plastics offer a crisp, clear viewing experience, making them ideal for use in front of digital screens, while trivex provides a combination of lightness and impact resistance that appeals to the fashion-conscious and active individuals alike. As a result, non-prescription glasses have transcended their role as mere accessories to become a functional, stylish, and essential part of daily living for many.

Will non-prescription glasses damage my vision?


The short answer is no. Wearing non-prescription glasses has no negative effects on your vision. Wearing non-prescription glasses is just like looking through a clear window. It will even help you have healthier eyes if they are provided with the right lens coating. There are blue light blocking lenses that can help prevent the side effects of prolonged exposure to blue light. If your lifestyle or work requires you to be in front of computer screens for a long time, consider wearing non-prescription glasses with a blue light filter.

Always double-check the frame before purchasing non-prescription glasses. Remember that practicality and comfort are the two most important factors when choosing frames.

Where can I buy non-prescription glasses?

The nice thing about non-prescription glasses is that they’re easier to buy than prescription glasses. The question is: where do you get the best deals? A lot of them can be found online.

Buying from online stores like Classic Specs can save you time, plus we have a wide variety of frames you can choose from (and virtually try-on before you buy). 

At Classic Specs, we also offer non-prescription UVA/UVB lenses and polarized lenses as well.

UVA/UVB lenses

All of our non-prescription sunglasses provide 99.9% UVA and UVB protection. Some styles are polarized while others feature CR-39 sun lenses in deep, vibrant hues. What makes them special? These lenses are treated with an anti-reflective coating.

Polarized lenses

Our non-prescription polarized sunglasses are composed of layers of material that deflect the sun’s rays. These layers eliminate the glare from horizontal surfaces such as lakes, roads, or oceans. 

This feature clarifies vision and provides comfort during outdoor activities such as fishing, driving, skiing, or spending a day at the beach. Polarized sunglasses also help people who struggle with light sensitivity. Our sunglasses will feel like you don’t have anything on your face. These lenses include anti-scratch coatings for protection and are 99.9% UVA/UVB protective.

Give non-prescription glasses a chance.

It’s great to live in a fashion-savvy and functional world. Non-prescription glasses protect the eyes from dust and other unwanted particles. You can never go wrong with wearing non-prescription glasses or sunglasses for further protection from the bright sun and other harsh elements like dust and sand. 

You can give yourself a disguise, or surprise yourself with the combinations of looks you can create. Since there are so many designs and styles to choose from, challenge yourself in buying multiple pairs so you have more to play with when it comes to pairing your glasses with your outfits.