Sunglasses VS. Spectacles: What’s the Difference?

Eyeglasses, spectacles, sunglasses—these are just some of the terms associated with eyewear. Long ago, we used the term “spectacles” to refer to eyewear that helps us see better. With time, “spectacles” fell out of fashion and were replaced with “glasses”. However, the word “specs”, the shortened form of “spectacles”, seems to be making a comeback in recent years. Sunglasses, on the other hand, are fashion items that made their way into modern fashion. With all these closely related terms, it can get confusing sometimes which is which.

Once and for all, it’s time to clarify the differences. Spectacles are prescription glasses with specialized lenses that correct many kinds of vision problems. There are many types of frames and lenses that you can choose from to fit your lifestyle. On the other hand, sunglasses, as stated above, are modern-day fashion items that protect the eyes from the sun. You no longer have to choose between your specs and sunnies when you’re out on the beach because prescription sunglasses are now available to you.