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    i have been authorized for prescription sunglasses purchase

    I am looking for some prescription sunglasses that I can wear on the bike and off. i have a pair that are polarized and sometimes to dark while riding leaf covered trails but I love them for road. My presciption is a single RX.

    I would love to have the prescription built into the lense instead of an adapter.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingMatthew View Post
    I am looking for some prescription sunglasses that I can wear on the bike and off. i have a pair that are polarized and sometimes to dark while riding leaf covered trails but I love them for road. My presciption is a single RX.

    I would love to have the prescription built into the lense instead of an adapter.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

    thanks
    Yep. I've been doing this with Rudy Project Rydon's for years. Works great. Only thing is that lenses with photo chromatic ImpactX tend to get a little thick. I have a progressive prescription with a very slight stigmatism - mostly they are reading glasses. Been very happy with them and love the Rydon's for cycling.

    j.

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    I've cot a cool pair of Carrera wrap arounds. The are really dark, and suck for up close. I only use them for bright daylight rides. They're awsome. Too dark for shaded, overcast, but it's a trade off I find acceptable.
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    I got a pair recently from Zenni Optical, an on-line glasses manufacturer that I had used for conventional glasses in the past. I used to use Wiley-X SG-1 Goggles without an rx, they were good, but tended to get foggy and hot. The ones I purchased recently came complete with prescription for under $40, and I really like them. Reasonably comfortable, well ventilated while keeping the wind and dust out of my eyes, I can see well with them, and I don't have to worry about them if for some reason they get lost or damaged. They don't seem to have the same model I got available still, but here is a search result of cycling glasses they have, many in the same price range for the frames.

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    I have a pair of cheaper Rx sunglasses from Wal-Mart that wrap around and work great, but if I were to be purchasing a new pair today I would look for some that have the padding to absorb the sweat around the frame so you don't drip onto the lens as easily.

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    Love my Oakley "Fives Squared" and I'm looking forward to a another pair w/ different glass for low light situations next time my insurance allows.

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    I couldn't do Oakleys ... due to my prescription and my desire for a wrap around type. Their lenses just couldn't handle it.

    So I got a pair of RayBans ... I think they're these: Ray-Ban RB4115 601S71 57-16 Rb4115 Sunglasses | Ray-Ban USA

    I love them ... buying Rx sunglasses was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and they're great when cycling.

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    My eyesight is too poor for any sort of wrap-around or sport glasses, so I just bought regular glasses with tinted lenses. Works for me...

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    I've got one of each (wrap-around cycling-specific and just plain prescription sunglasses), and there's not a lot of difference up to about 35-40 mph. If you want, you can just get a cheap pair of prescription sunglasses with big lenses.

    If your prescription is strong enough, there's not a lot of difference in weight, either. Big lenses vs. little lens inserts plus outer tinted flip lens is pretty close, and the single lens has half as many surfaces to fog or catch sweat.

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    I think this is what I use:

    Ray-Ban RB4033 601 60-17 Rb4033 Sunglasses | Ray-Ban USA

    They're not exactly cycling glasses, but they wrap around enough to keep my eyes from watering at high speeds. My prescription is strong enough to limit my choice a frames somewhat, and these work for me.

    I don't know what to say about lenses. Mine are just standard dark polarized. I've thought about getting a second pair in amber for lower light conditions.

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    Frames are very personal with regards to style and fit, but I would recommend going to an optical shop and trying on some different styles and brands. My prescription is such that most conventional wrap cycling glasses won't work. So I ended up buying some Maui Jim glasses that have worked great for cycling as well as general use. I just replaced them after 5 years with some Rudi Projects that my optical shop had discounted a lot. Regardless of the frames, I would highly recommend Transition lenses, particularly if you commute. They darken or lighten depending on light conditions, so you can use them riding in the dark or bright sunlight. I would not recommend Polarized lenses because they make it difficult to read your computer. I also have some RayBans, which are great for driving but don't provide enough coverage for cycling, plus their Polarized lenses make it hard to read the computer.

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    The insert behind the wrap around are probably easier to cope with at your local prescription shop.

    then the color of the wrap around lens can be interchangeable .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
    I couldn't do Oakleys ... due to my prescription and my desire for a wrap around type. Their lenses just couldn't handle it.

    So I got a pair of RayBans ... I think they're these: Ray-Ban RB4115 601S71 57-16 Rb4115 Sunglasses | Ray-Ban USA

    I love them ... buying Rx sunglasses was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and they're great when cycling.
    Those are same ones I run. I'm finally on my second pair of frames, the first lasted a decade (and multiple prescriptions/lenses). They're decently goggle-like in that they usually keep the wind and rain out of my eyes and they look normal off the bike. They only fog on me in the winter if I'm wearing too much clothes and overheat. If I have any gripe about them at all, is that my eyes are pretty light sensitive, and I prefer a really dark tint and so their moderate tint is pretty lightweight for my taste. Great frames though, I heartily recommend them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    Frames are very personal with regards to style and fit, but I would recommend going to an optical shop and trying on some different styles and brands. My prescription is such that most conventional wrap cycling glasses won't work. So I ended up buying some Maui Jim glasses that have worked great for cycling as well as general use. I just replaced them after 5 years with some Rudi Projects that my optical shop had discounted a lot. Regardless of the frames, I would highly recommend Transition lenses, particularly if you commute. They darken or lighten depending on light conditions, so you can use them riding in the dark or bright sunlight. I would not recommend Polarized lenses because they make it difficult to read your computer. I also have some RayBans, which are great for driving but don't provide enough coverage for cycling, plus their Polarized lenses make it hard to read the computer.
    Good point about the polarization. I've always opted for it, but I'm almost positive one could choose not to have it on the Ray Bans. I'd swear it was an option I was paying for, but I might be confusing it with the regular glasses I was usually purchasing at the same time. I don't use a computer, but it is a little bit annoying to have to take them off when I pull out my phone to take a picture. I can usually see the screen with them on otherwise, but something about polarization+sunlight+phone camera = can't see anything on the screen. Probably worse with different phones, and I think I had better luck with this when there wasn't a clear protective film on my phones screen. In the end, I've opted for the minor inconvenience of taking the glasses off every now and then and having maximum protection (polarization and the protective screen film).
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    I find ~40% light transmission is good place for general use sunglasses. Still light enough for shadows and dusk conditions, and dark enough to handle all but the very brightest days.

    The problem with polarized lenses is that they're automatically dark (<20% light transmission). The polarization cuts 50%, so if there's any tinting you get a dark lens.

    There's always the chromatic lens options.

    I vote Oakleys. Excellent glasses.

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    i do have a pair of clear -ish ones from Zenni. I really like them but I was looking for something that had a single prescription in the lense. I will have to check out the local eyeglasses places for research.

    I know what you mean about the polarized they are quite dark and make it hard to read my bike computer (recently installed) and even see the display in the car but they sure do cut down glare off of cars, water, etc AMAZINGLY WELL>
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingMatthew View Post
    I am looking for some prescription sunglasses that I can wear on the bike and off. i have a pair that are polarized and sometimes to dark while riding leaf covered trails but I love them for road. My presciption is a single RX.

    I would love to have the prescription built into the lense instead of an adapter.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

    thanks
    How about getting contacts? That way you can get any pair of sunglasses you want without restriction.

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    http://www.julbousa.com/fileadmin/fi...spec-sheet.pdf

    I love mine, but i do not need corrective lenses.

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    Lens Crafters has a wide selection of sunglasses, for what it's worth.

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