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A Buyer’s Guide for Prescription Sports Glasses for Basketball

Basketball has always been a physically demanding, fast-paced, and high-scoring game where players are always on the ball. Whether you are a professional or recreational basketball player, the sport's inherent contact nature increases the risk of accidental falls, hits, and collisions when players go for rebounds, block shots, or try to steal the ball from an opponent.

According to annual data from Prevent Blindness, basketball is often the top sport for eye injuries. There's so much action happening at one time, and injuries to the eye can happen quickly and without warning. As a player, having the protection of prescription sports goggles for basketball is important if you want to improve and protect your game. 

Guide to choosing a new pair of basketball sports glasses

Frame Fit & Style

Sports Goggles: In basketball, vision performance and protection comes first. If you wear glasses, sports eyewear is a must-have to keep your eyes safe from an on the court injury from the ball, another player's arms, hands, or fingers, or your regular glasses breaking.

Sports goggles have a headband strap to keep the frame stable and secure in motion and during a fast-paced sprint down the court, this is a great solution to perform and protect.

Frame: If goggles are not for you, we recommend sports frames for basketball. They have a traditional temple arm that folds out and runs along the side of your head. They are easy to wear and take off when needed and come with a frame strap to help secure the frame on the face.

Interchangeable: An interchangeable frame to goggle style is a great option for multi-sport athletes, or those that prefer one style to the other for the different sports they play, as it provides the versatility of both options in one.

Gear Compatibility

One of the best things about basketball is that you don't have to invest in a lot of specific gear or equipment or worry about fit with helmets or face masks. This makes it easier to fit your sports glasses or goggles and select something that suits your style and comfort level.

For accessories, an additional strap may be useful as a back-up pair in case sweat collects in the band.

Lens Technology

Polycarbonate Lenses

Polycarbonate lenses are shatterproof and will protect your eyes upon impact. These are recommended for basketball players as they won't break upon impact from the ball or a collision.


Choosing the right tint for your prescription sports glasses is essential for an enjoyable game day experience and will keep you safe on the court. After all, you want to see the ball clearly and improve your performance.

A clear tint is recommended as it allows the most light. It’s perfect for indoor sports such as basketball. For varying light conditions, you may opt for a photochromic or light responsive lens tint that stays clear (or nearly clear) indoors and darkens automatically when exposed to sunlight. 


2x2 ProCoat offers an industry-leading double coat of fast fog recovery and anti-glare resulting in superior vision performance on the court. This is included at no additional charge with your Rec Specs prescription lenses.

Top Recommendations for Basketball Sports Glasses

We have picked out some of our best options for 'prescription' basketball sports glasses that will help improve and protect your game.

Sports Shift (XL): Shift into your game with an interchangeable frame and goggle all in one. Purpose-built for multi-sport athletes.



Slam Goggle: Geared with premium optical quality polycarbonate lenses, this frame offers comprehensive protection, exceeding ASTM F803 impact resistance for several sports such as basketball. Available for teen and adult fitting.

Maxx Air: Engineered with fast fog recovery to ensure clear vision for maximum performance via its 9-point ventilation system. Available in youth and adult sizes.

All Pro: Being a pro is within reach. This frame offers certified protection and features a patented eye rim assembly and 6-base lens curve allows for a wide range of Rx lens powers.

Maxx Series: A crowd favorite! Available in both frame and goggle styles and a variety of colors to match your team. Engineered for protection, style, and confidence to get after it on the court.

Rec Specs offers a range of prescription glasses for basketball. Whether you are going for a rebound as the center or dribbling down the court as a power forward, keeping your eye on the ball is crucial. Good defense means good on-court vision which, in turn, could mean the difference between victory and defeat.

Our Outfitters are here to help in case you’re unsure of what prescription sports glasses to get. Click here to start shopping or chat to our agents from the ‘chat’ icon.

You can also use our easy at-home try-on process to test out basketball sports glasses from the comfort of your home. Start building your basketball home-try-on kit now. Don’t forget – we also offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on your purchase!

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