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How to Change Oakley Lenses [Step-by-Step Guide]

Changing the lenses in your sunglasses can be extremely useful to adapt to your environment. Whether in sports or everyday life, having the right lens for the weather or conditions can make all the difference. But changing lenses isn’t the same for every pair of Oakleys.

Keep reading as we help you find what type of Oakley frame you have, and a step-by-step guide on how to change your lenses.

What Oakley frames feature replaceable lenses?

Most Oakley frames sold today feature replaceable lenses. But based on the type of frame, how you change your lenses will differ.

We’ve broken down the 6 main types of frames below so you can quickly identify which you have.

Types of Oakley Frames

1. Full Rim Twin Lens

These are frames with two distinct lenses (compared to a shield lens), where the rim wraps all the way around the lens. Examples of these frames include the Gascan, Holbrook, Split Shot, and Gibston.

Change Oakley Gascan Lenses
Full rim Twin lens frames like the Gascan feature friction fit lenses – Photo: Oakley

2. Semi-Rim Twin Lens

These are frames with two distinct lenses, where the rim wraps halfway around the lens, typically leaving the bottom of the lens rimless. Examples of these frames include the Flak 2.0 and Half Jacket.

Change Oakley Flak Lenses
Semi-Rim Frames like the Flak Jacket are made for easy lens swaps – Photo: Oakley

3. Semi-Rim Shield Lens

These are frames with one large shield lens, where the rim wraps halfway around the lens leaving either the bottom or top rimless. Note for frames with Switchlock technology, see item #4. Examples of this frame are the Radar EV and Flight Jacket.

Replace Oakley Shield Lenses
Semi-rim Shield frames can be a bit more difficult but still allow for lens changes – Photo: Oakley

4. Switchlock Frames

These are frames featuring Oakley Switchlock technology, usually with some type of specific mechanism for releasing lenses such as a jaw or switch. Examples of these frames are the Fast Jacket, Radarlock, and Jawbreaker.

How to use Switchlock Technology
Jawbreaker Sunglasses with Switchlock technology – Photo: Oakley

5. X-Metal Frames

Any frame that’s a part of the Oakley X-Metal line. Typically these frames require special tools such as screwdrivers to replace lenses (more on that later). The complete list of X-Metal frames can be found in our guide linked earlier.

Oakley MUZM Series
X-Metal frames require specific tools to change lenses – Photo: Oakley

6. Non-Replaceable Lens

This is a catch-all for any frame that doesn’t include replaceable lenses. Usually, these are very unique designs where the lens is integrated into the frame in some way. Examples include the Lugplate, Kato, and Kato X.

Oakley Lugplate Sunglasses
Oakley Lugplate lenses aren’t design to be changed or replaced – Photo: Oakley

How do I change Oakley Lenses? (Step-by-Step)

Now that you’ve identified which type of frame you have, we’ll cover exactly how to change your lenses.

You can also reference the useful video from Oakley’s YouTube channel below which shows how to change lenses for types #1-#3.

1. Full Rim Twin Lens

To change the lenses in your full rim twin lenses, simply follow the 3 steps below:

  1. Start from the back of the frame and use your thumbs to push on the lens forward (Note: if you try from the front you won’t be able to due to the impact protection backstop)
  2. You should hear a pop which means the lens has released
  3. To insert a new lens, simply reverse the process, lining up the lens groove and pushing the lens in from the front of the frame this time

2. Semi-Rim Twin Lens

Changing the lenses in your semi-rim frames will involve a bit of force but can be done following the steps below:

  1. Firmly grip the frame on either side of the lens, and spread the lens open to release the hooks circled below
  2. You’ll want to focus on the hook near the nose area first as this is typically the larger one, but once it releases the lens should slide right out of the frame
  3. To insert a new lens, start by inserting the lens using the hook near the nose area first, then firmly push the remainder of the lens into the frame

Don’t forget to check out the video above which demonstrates this technique in action.

How to Change Oakley Lenses

3. Semi-Rim Shield Lens

Changing Semi-Rim shield lenses is a bit unique compared to the other frames since the nose piece places a big part in the process. See the 3 steps below for how to change these lenses:

Note: This guidance does not apply to the Flight Jacket due to it’s unique system of hooks (see video above).

  1. From the front of the frame, push the nosepiece inwards (towards itself) until the lens releases from its groove in the nosepiece (For
  2. Then pull the lens out of the frame until it fully releases
  3. To reverse this process, start by pushing the nosepiece inward again, and aligning the lens around the piece then push the lens into the frame until it’s secure

4. Switchlock Frames

Switchlock frames are the easiest to change lenses for. These lenses all have some mechanism – usually a switch or jaw, that unlocks the lens. To change lenses in a Switchlock frame, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Locate the “switch” or “jaw” on your frame – this is the mechanism that locks and unlocks the lens
  2. Release the Switchlock mechanism and remove your lens
  3. To insert a new lens, simply guide the lens into the grooves in the frame and lock the Switchlock mechanism

You can see Switchlock technology explained and in action in the video below:

5. X-Metal Frames

Replacing your X-Metal lenses is likely the trickiest of any Oakley sunglasses but with the right tools, it can be easy and fast.

Each type of X-Metal Frame will require a different tool or screwdriver which you can find in the guide below:

  • Juliet, Penny, XX, X-Squared, Romeo 1.0: T6 Torx screwdriver
  • Mars: Small flathead screwdriver (similar to those used for eyeglasses repair)
  • Romeo 2.0: Hex wrench

Now that you have the right tool, you can replace your lenses following the steps below:

  1. Unscrew the frame around the lens using the tool mentioned above (where the screw is located will vary based on the frame, but most are pretty obvious, see this guide for specific details)
  2. Once the frame is open, spread the orbital slightly and grip with a soft cloth around the bottom and get it out first before the top (XS is the opposite)
  3. To replace the lenses, insert the new lens and tighten the screw back into the frame

Note: Each x-metal frame is a little different and you should consult specific guides for your frame

Where to Buy Replacement Lenses?

If you’re looking to buy replacement lenses your first stop is likely Oakley. But if you’re looking to save or your frame is discontinued you’ll want to take a look at aftermarket suppliers. Lenses from these suppliers are often over 50% cheaper than those sold by Oakley.

For more information plus our complete comparison of aftermarket suppliers check out our full Oakley replacement Lens guide.

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Great article! Makes me more confident to see it in writing!

Only thing I might argue in the wording is... "once unscrewed the lense is easily removable" on X Metals! Have you changed many lenses in the XS, XX, J, and penny frames? That noise it makes when it finally does come out makes my heart murmur in anxiety for hours! I would add in a little more info there like "spread the orbital slightly and grip with a soft cloth around the bottom and get it out first before the top, though each frame is a little different and sometimes the round XX and J pops better from the top. With the XS though it has to come out bottom first! I have little experience with Penny or Mars so someone else might chime in on methods there!

Have a Romeo? No problem... the others are a little tougher than you make it seem.
 

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Great article! Makes me more confident to see it in writing!

Only thing I might argue in the wording is... "once unscrewed the lense is easily removable" on X Metals! Have you changed many lenses in the XS, XX, J, and penny frames? That noise it makes when it finally does come out makes my heart murmur in anxiety for hours! I would add in a little more info there like "spread the orbital slightly and grip with a soft cloth around the bottom and get it out first before the top, though each frame is a little different and sometimes the round XX and J pops better from the top. With the XS though it has to come out bottom first! I have little experience with Penny or Mars so someone else might chime in on methods there!

Have a Romeo? No problem... the others are a little tougher than you make it seem.

Haha thats a fair point, will edit to add in those details!