I have a pair of prescription sunglasses, polarized, that I really like, but they are one prescription older than my current one. I am finding that when I get home from work (9 mile ride usually in full sun) my eyes are VERY sore, itchy, and tired. I can't figure out if the problem is one of:
- old prescription leading to eyestrain (I do notice it a bit when I switch glasses)
- Lens size not big enough to catch all the road grit - they are a regular wire frame, not aviator style or wraparounds
- Tint not dark enough
- lenses letting in glare from the side/over top of glasses (I do have a visor on my helmet)
Or maybe a combination. Has anyone else had this experience, and what was your solution? I can't afford to drop $300 on new sunglasses only to find I have the same problem...
I went round to several optical shops yesterday and got very discouraged and confused. Two of them told me I should switch to contacts (I have a phobia of contacts, and they would not be practical on the long distance rides I want to do anyway) and the third only carried sunglasses in the $300 range for frames ALONE (with my prescription the lenses were quoted at $200, ).
Then there is the problem of the level of tint or polarization to get for the widest useful range. None of the opticians could help me with that as they were only familiar with fashion sunglasses, not sport requirements.
I've seen the ads for cycling sunglasses that take a prescription insert - what do you do, buy those separately and then take them in to the optician to have the Rx lenses done?