The 12 month period for insurance to buy me some new lenses is coming up, and I figure that this would also be a good time to buy some frames too since I am biking to and from work every day. The problem is that I need prescription lenses and won't consider contact lenses or prescription inserts. My eyes are at -4.25 for the right eye and -3.75 for the left eye which also has an astigmatism of -0.50.
I was over at Performance Bicycle and had a chance to try on a half dozen frames or so. What I found out was that half frames are not my cup of tea and the Tifosi Q3 lenses were the only frames I really had a good feel for. At $35 for a pair, they are pretty cheap too. Because I am located in Arizona, the Tifosi website says I won't be able to find a dealer for the Rx equivalents. It is tempting to buy the Q3s and hope I can have the lenses replaced.
After reading other posts and threads on the subject, it looks like Oakley would be the most widely available option with a decent premium for them even if they will be lasting many years. Online is out of the question right now because I am pick about the fit of any glasses I wear; I have to try before I buy.
So, my question is what route to go? Should I chance the frames I like with the possibility they won't work with my prescription? Or should I go to a good eyeglass store and pay a premium? Also, is there a certain cutoff point where prescription lenses just will not work on wrap-arounds? I know it takes a optician to be able to know for sure, but I want to know my general options and the direction to take.