“George, Do players who wear glasses, and need different prescriptions for reading and for playing, find that they can play well with one pair which combines both? Or do they find that it’s better to have one pair for playing tennis, driving, etc. and a separate pair for reading?” Best regards, Andrew Kessler
This answer from my brother the eye doctor:
“The combination prescription is called progressive lenses. If you are someone who wears them all the time, you can easily adjust to playing tennis with them. If you are not used to playing with a prescription, it will take some adjustment.
If glasses help you see better, then ultimately you will play better tennis with them. Some sportsmen don’t give themselves enough time for their brain to get adapted and choose to play with just a distance prescription.”
Bill Wachtel. O.D.
And eye doctors around the country highly recommend players wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the damaging rays of the sun. So regardless of playing better, it is smart to wear them to save your eyes.
But what if you need a prescription? Two solutions: Get a pair of prescription sunglasses or, if you really prefer playing with “wrap arounds,” like Bolle, get a pair of prescription inserts made (see picture of mine).
I ordered the insert frame from my pro shop and my brother had the prescription lenses (with my “progressive” combination) made and inserted. For me, they work well … allowing me to see the ball and protect my eyes at the same time.