American Optical Original Pilot Progressive Polarized Sunglasses


Matte Silver
Lens Tint

The Original Pilot has been a favorite of U.S. military pilots since 1958. Expect uncompromising quality - engineered to rigid military specifications. The rounded-square lens shape and bayonnette-style temple tips produce this signature look for the classic military aviator - and creates a fantastic look for men and women.  Wear it for life, it's a look that never goes out of style.

All of our Progressive Rx sunglasses come standard with thin and light, impact-resistant lenses and our premium anti-reflection coating to enhance visual clarity and comfort so you can see clearly in the distance and read up close, too.  And our 1-Year Scratch Warranty means we'll replace your scratched Rx lenses within one year of purchase — at no charge and with no questions asked.

The Original Pilot is available in three sizes - and features adjustable nosepads to achieve a personalized fit:

Original Pilot 57 (Large):

Frame Measurements: 57 – 20 – 140  Learn how to measure your existing frames to compare

Maximum Frame Width: 151mm 

Vertical Lens Height: 48mm 

Comfortably Fits:  Larger Faces - View our Eyeglasses Fitting Guide

Original Pilot 55 (Medium):

Frame Measurements: 55 – 14 – 140  Learn how to measure your existing frames to compare

Maximum Frame Width: 137mm 

Vertical Lens Height: 46mm 

Comfortably Fits:  Medium Faces - View our Eyeglasses Fitting Guide

Original Pilot 52 (Small):

Frame Measurements: 52 – 20 – 140  Learn how to measure your existing frames to compare

Maximum Frame Width: 138mm 

Vertical Lens Height: 42mm 

Comfortably Fits:  Small Faces - View our Eyeglasses Fitting Guide

For nearly two centuries, AO sunwear has been the choice of US presidents, the first on the moon, and has been immortalized in Hollywood history. Today, in their state-of-the-art American factory, AO produces the quality, classic eyewear that has defined their True Original style... since 1833!

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Byron Wiley
Alex's Review

Glasses are awesome!! Very happy with this purchase!!

Jason M Baer
AO Original Pilot sunglasses are amazing!

I bought 2 pairs of the AO Original Pilot 52 Matte Silver Polarized Sunglasses, and love them. They sent me a pair to try on first, which helped me figure out the perfect size and style. Now that I have them, I'm a huge fan- they're just like the classics, high quality and look great.

Tom McGee
Great sunglasses

My AO Pilots came quickly with beautiful grey Rx lenses. I'm happy with the smaller frame that I went with and they۪ve been very comfortable to wear. Thank you!


Also known as ‘no-line bifocals’, Rx Progressive sunglasses help you to see clearly into the distance and up close. With Rx Progressive sunglasses you’ll be able to drive – and easily glance down to view your screen for directions, or enjoy your outside activities – and easily look down at your phone for text messages. As we age our eyes tend to lose the ability to focus up close. If you wear reading glasses, then you already know what we’re talking about. If you’re not sure if you are a candidate for Rx Progressive lenses, check your doctor’s prescription to see if you have an “ADD Power” (the magnification power required to help you focus up close) – usually listed on your Rx Script after Sphere / Cylinder / Axis. If you don’t have an “ADD Power” indicated on your doctor’s prescription, then you don’t need Rx Progressive lenses.


Our mission is to get your glasses done right. Period. That means we’ll work with you to return or exchange your eyewear if something isn’t right. If you don’t love the frame style or color you selected, send them back to us within 90 days and we’ll make a fresh pair of lenses in a different frame style or color – at no charge. Sometimes a new doctor’s script is a little off; no problem! Just send us an updated doctor’s script and we’ll re-make your lenses at no charge. That is what we mean by Glasses Done Right.


Say “goodbye” to squinting. We choose to make our prescription sunglasses with premium polarized lenses because polarized lenses eliminate irritating glare to produce a super clear and comfortable viewing experience in all outdoor environments. And all of our prescription sun lenses block harmful UV rays so you can get outside and protect your eyes from the harsh elements.


L&F Rx Progressive sunglasses are custom made just for you in our California lens lab with state-of-the-art equipment including digital surfacing, in-house coatings, multi-axis lens edging, glazing and finished by hand in the frames of your choice. You’ll begin to experience crystal clear vision as soon as you put on your new L&F premium prescription sunglasses. Right out of the box, you’ll be looking great and seeing clearly.

Exclusive Lens Technology


All our eyeglasses and sunglasses are covered by L&F's one year scratch warranty which means that we'll replace your scratched lenses one time for free within the first year.

Custom Made Lenses


All of our prescription lenses come standard with premium Anti-Reflection coatings engineered to knock down unwanted bounce-back reflections which will enhance clarity and comfort while boosting oleophobic and hydrophobic properties to keep your lenses cleaner longer.


We use sustainable, eco-friendly cellulose acetate for all of our frames (except those that are made of titanium). Cellulose acetate is widely used for premium optical frames because of the unlimited colors and patterns that can be produced, and because it is highly adjustable in order to personalize the frame fit to your head shape. Need to tighten the frame to stop it from sliding down your nose, no problem: gently bend the temple tips to hook more tightly around your ears. Feeling a little pinch behind your ears, no problem: gently straighten the temple tips to relax the frame fit.

Exclusive Lens Technology

Frequently Asked Questions


We understand the very personal nature of finding the right eyewear that reflects your unique sense of style and comfortably fits the size and contours of your face. That’s why we invite you to take advantage of our free shipping – and free returns – so you can shop online stress-free*. Enjoy no-risk try-ons at home for our premium reading glasses and custom prescription glasses. If you don’t love them, click here to contact us to initiate a return label anytime within 30 days of the date you received them. In order to be eligible for a refund, please return your glasses in the original packaging and in the same “as new” condition as was shipped to you. If you paid for expedited overnight shipping on your original order, please understand that these shipping costs will not be refunded to you.