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Old 01-05-19, 08:08 AM
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Prescription sunglasses - where to get online?

With my FSA account refilled I want to get a (cheapish) pair of prescription sunglasses for the bike. I have been looking around and sportrx is too expensive for me. Safetygearpro.com is very inexpensive but there aren't many reviews on them I can find, and what I do find isn't that positive.

Can anyone with direct experience recommend a site for prescription cycling glasses that can be all-in for under $250 or am I trying to be too cheap?
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Old 01-05-19, 09:15 AM
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I got Costco's "drivewear" prescription glasses for under $250. I got the "Shaq" model and wear them with a Croakie. No complaints after a year, although obviously not as much coverage as an Oakley style pair would have.
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Old 01-05-19, 09:48 AM
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Don't have a costco membership but I was thinking of swinging by walmart as well. No chance for Oakleys but some of the tifosi are in range (on the safetypro.com site, but then there is the quality/service question)
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I get my RX glasses from www.glassesusa.com. They have a large selection of frames and lens of all kinds. They always have a "sale" of some kind. Just remember that when you check out using the sale code is necessary. I have progressive lenses and they usually are in the $250 range after the code discount. I usually purchase one of the lower cost frames., but upgrade the lenses for thinness and anti-glare.You can also purchase protection for damage or loss. Also, you need to get a copy of your glasses script to send with the order. The only problem I have with new glasses from them is the fitting of the frame. I always have to do some adjustments. However, I have had occasions of going to my local eyeglasses business to get new nose pieces or adjustments and they have done so with no charge. It is where I get my yearly vision check up. The last time I was going to buy glasses from them I purchased from glassesusa for about half the price, very similar frames.
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I have purchased all of my glasses from Zenni for several years. I am up to 5 or 6 pairs. My prescription is for bifocals or progressive lenses. I get the progressive lenses which I think should be expensive. My glasses have only cost $60 - $100. Zenni ships from overseas and the wait time may be 2 weeks.

The first time you buy glasses online, you need to spend some time measuring your current frames to make sure you get the sizing right.

I have had a pair of sunglasses get "crazed". This can happen with any brand. It happens when the glasses are overheated in your car and the coating is affected. I will buy my next pair of sunglasses with no coatings.
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Old 01-05-19, 02:18 PM
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I've gotten several RX glasses from eyebuydirect.com . I am failry certain they'll do shaded lenses. I also second glassesusa.
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Old 01-09-19, 08:32 PM
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Followup - I found even more negative posts about the safety gear pro glasses so i ended up using eyeconic.com since they were the only in-network site for my insurance. Still seems like a rip-off when the insurance company pays marked-up rates to the website they own for glasses but at least it isn't (directly) my money. FWIW I am getting progressive trivex lenses with hydrophilic & scratch resistant coatings in semi-wraparound Nike frames for $181 after the insurance. Not really cycling-specific frames, but at least 'sporty' and some decent-looking protection from wind. I'll post a follow up to give details on lens quality when I get them (a couple of weeks from now)
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Old 01-10-19, 09:12 AM
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I just get the automatic darkening glasses whenever I get new glasses. Saves the hassle of having to get prescription sunglasses, and switching them between being outside or inside.
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Old 01-10-19, 09:22 AM
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I wouldn't go cheap. This fall I was fortunate to score a pair of Rudy Project Sun Agnon with transitional lenses and bi-focal inserts for a grand total of $370 (including 8% sales tax). The glasses themselves (i.e., without the Rx inserts) were discounted from $250 to $132 because they were a year-end closeout. Note that you cannot buy Rudy Project Rx from them on line.
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Old 01-12-19, 10:32 AM
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Not online, but I got these Liberty prescriptions at local Lenscrafters. They are everywhere, same day delivery, and these were $300 for blended bi-focals. I've also had lined bifocals in a similar frame.
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Old 01-12-19, 10:47 AM
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Hoya now owns the AO safety line. Lots of choices there $165 flat rate

Hoya Safety Rx
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www.sportrx.com

I've bought several pair , Rudy Project, Tivosi etc.
Excellent quality but it will probably take a few weeks for them to make them.
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Old 01-22-19, 06:06 PM
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I am jealous, With heavy astigmatism, and progressives low cost even under my vision plan is a pipedream. Costco and Walmart will not even accept the prescription. I use clip-ons or an older pair of sunglasses that are ok for distance, but not close up.
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Old 01-22-19, 09:18 PM
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I've had good experiences with Zenni for 15+ years. Consumer Reports has recommended them.
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Old 01-22-19, 09:27 PM
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Zenni has treated me well, though admittedly my prescription is not super strong or complicated. My whole family now uses them. I love getting my glasses online. I hated having to drive somewhere twice and having to put up with the hard sell on every possible expensive option.
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