Costa sunglasses were invented in 1983 by fishermen who sought to create eyewear that could endure the harsh conditions of a salty sea environment. Formerly Costa Del Mar, Costa has since become the preferred brand for people who spend a lot of time on or near the water, and for good reason: These performance lenses protect your eyes from the harsh glare of full sunlight, and they resist saltwater damage.
Costa makes 580 lenses: available in glass or polycarbonate as indicated by a G (glass) or P (polycarbonate) after the model number. Glass offers the greatest clarity and resists scratching better than polycarbonate lenses. But polycarbonate lenses are lighter weight, resist impact, and they're more durable. All Costa sun lenses are 100% polarized and offer 100% UV A/B/C protection.
The revolutionary 580 lens contains a polarized film layer within the lens which benefits vision by filtering out yellow light, which typically distorts clarity and contrast, and eradicating haze by blocking blue light. These polarized lenses block 100% of UV rays and enhance red and green shades, resulting in the best definition, color saturation, and the sharpest contrast. Costa 580 lenses are among the most popular for outdoor and water sports enthusiasts.
Costa 580P lenses are made of lightweight, durable polycarbonate for impact resistance. Not only do they block UV rays and glare, but they also protect your eyes from projectiles. Though some polycarbonate lenses are more likely to scratch than glass lenses, Costa 580P lenses come with a scratch-resistant barrier.
Costa 580G lenses are glass lenses constructed with Costa's LightWave technology, providing superior clarity and scratch resistance. This lens is 22% lighter and 20% thinner than the average polarized glass.
Costa Trivex Lenses block 100% of harmful UV rays and they’re some of the safest on the market, rivaled only by polycarbonate lenses for their impact resistance. But unlike polycarbonate lenses, which are injection molded, Trivex lenses are cast molded. The cast molding process is much slower than injection molding, resulting in lenses with sharper optics. Glass lenses, while renowned for exceptional clarity, can be heavy and uncomfortable. Trivex lenses are made from an exceptionally clear, lightweight material that you can wear comfortably all day. So with Trivex lenses, you get the crisp vision of glass with the lighter weight and impact resistance of polycarbonate.
Costa offers seven specialized lens tints, created to function optimally depending on light conditions. This is especially important for fishing, where the peak times of day are often dawn or dusk. And there is a big difference in light levels between fishing out on open water in the ocean, for example, and fishing inshore in a stream.
The best lens for bright, full-sun situations on the open water and offshore. Gray base with 10% light transmission. Great for boating and fishing in deep water, or on open reflective water with harsh sun.
Ensures enhanced vision and contrast for fishing inshore and on the flats. Copper base with 10% light transmission. Number one for sight fishing in full sun. Creates high contrast.
A good everyday choice for activities on the water and land. Gray base with 10% light transmission. Perfect for everyday activities. Includes anti-fatigue properties. Great for overcast days. Reduces glare, especially off water.
Well-suited for stream fishing and other environments with varying light. Copper base with 12% light transmission. Excellent for sight fishing and everyday activities. Most versatile lens, even on cloudy days.
A good everyday choice for all-around activities on the water and land. 12% light transmission with natural contrast.
Cuts glare for eye comfort in a variety of situations, from sight fishing to driving. 12% light transmission. A versatile lens that works well even on cloudy days.
Extended wear lens. The perfect tool for dusk and dawn performance. 30% light transmission. A good choice for activities during sunrise and sunset. Provides heightened contrast in low light and overcast conditions.
Yes, Costa makes prescription lenses for sunglasses with the 580 lenses. Single-vision prescriptions with a conventional lens shape are available across the entire line of Costa sunglasses.
The easiest way to replace your Costa lenses is to let the trained staff at FramesDirect.com change them in our lab. Simply call 1-800-248-9427 and one of our expert opticians will help you choose a high-quality Costa replacement lens with the tint, coatings, and prescription you need.
We can add clear prescription lenses, prescription sunglass lenses, and even photochromic lenses to your Costa Sunglasses. If you have a frame you love and want to add prescription lenses to meet your needs, call FramesDirect.com at 1-800-248-9427 and let an expert optician start your order.
All Costa lenses are, in fact, etched to provide authenticity. The number etched on your lenses will depend on the lens type.
Currently, Costa lenses are not designed to interchange easily multiple times per day. Previously, they offered the Fluid Lens System, which allowed for quick changing of your lenses. While lenses can still be replaced, a true interchangeable lens system is not available as of early 2021.
The best way to clean Costa lenses is to wipe both sides of the lens in a circular motion with a non-scratch microfiber cloth. This method should work for most smudges, dirt, and grime. If your lenses need further cleaning, try soaking them in warm water for 30 seconds and then wiping with a microfiber cloth.
To see if your Costa lenses are glass or plastic, look for the etching in the top corner of your lenses. Glass lenses should be etched 580G (G for glass) and the plastic lenses should be labeled 580P (P for polycarbonate).
All authentic Costa lenses are polarized, including their polycarbonate lenses, labeled 580P.
Costa’s glass lenses, labeled 580G, are scratch-proof. Their polycarbonate lenses, labeled 580G, are scratch-resistant, but not 100% scratch-proof.
Depending on the tint, features, and/or prescription required for your Costa lenses, the price can vary widely, but expect replacement lens pricing to start around $50.
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