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Old 11-03-16, 07:55 AM
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Prescription Sunglasses recommendation

My doc is saying that my prescription is too strong to get sunglasses that curve too much... but I would like to find a pair that wrap a little and are light. Anyone rec anything good and light and sort of all-purpose?
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Oakley are the best. Period.

I went through this last year and tried really hard not to buy Oakley. At the end of the day no one was able to make the lenses I wanted and I had to go with Oakley. They make their own lenses in-house. They do not use third party labs and can do what the other labs cannot or will not. Optical quality is second to none. Pick a frame that works for you and done.

Polarized lenses can make reading a GPS difficult at times. I also did transitions because I ride at night.

I would absolutely buy Oakley again.


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Kind of hard since we don't know how much is too much, but for what it's worth, I got a pair of these when I got to the point that I needed Rx glasses to ride safely:


Sporty Rx Prescription Wrap Around Sunglasses Eagle [Black]


I tend to be careless with things so I didn't want to go high end. These glasses are functional and won't break the bank, but they are not the highest of quality. Also, they advertise them as adult-sized, but if you have a large head/face you might find them a bit small. Make sure you check the sizing information provided.
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On most of the online seller sites (Frames Direct, Sport RX, etc.) you can input your prescription and it will let you know if yours will work with a particular frame. I got my Wiley-X Valor through Frames Direct, and that's how it worked there. Apparently, my prescription must by similar to yours, because there were a handful of frames that came up as incompatible.

Definitely check out Wiley X. The frames are significantly cheaper than other brands, and as they specialize in workforce/tactical stuff, the glasses are really durable. I have zero complaints about mine, which came to just under $200 shipped for frames, lenses, mirror & anti-scratch coatings. In hindsight, I probably should have opted for anti-fog as well.
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Doesn't anyone know how to search for information anymore?

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Man. We are desperately in need of a Timtak update. Lenses must be 4" tall by now.
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How well do the glasses work by having a prescription insert that goes in behind the actual sunglasses lens?
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I can't speak for anyone else, but I found them annoying-- especially for cycling. Moisture loves to get between the insert and the lens, and there is invariably a little gap at the top where there is tinted lens but not insert, so there's constantly a blurry strip at the top of my vision. I much, much prefer tinted lenses, even with the significantly higher cost.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
On most of the online seller sites (Frames Direct, Sport RX, etc.) you can input your prescription and it will let you know if yours will work with a particular frame. I got my Wiley-X Valor through Frames Direct, and that's how it worked there. Apparently, my prescription must by similar to yours, because there were a handful of frames that came up as incompatible.

Definitely check out Wiley X. The frames are significantly cheaper than other brands, and as they specialize in workforce/tactical stuff, the glasses are really durable. I have zero complaints about mine, which came to just under $200 shipped for frames, lenses, mirror & anti-scratch coatings. In hindsight, I probably should have opted for anti-fog as well.
Maybe I'm wrong but this doesn't sound like the same thing as working face to face with an experienced optician.

There are lots of customizations that an experienced optician can help with. I moved the point where the bifocal changes way down on the lense so that there is a wider distance field at the top and a narrow close up field at the bottom for reading the GPS. I also had the edges of the lense frosted at the rear to avoid that distortion caused by the edge of the glass.

A experienced optician can help with the sports specific customizations apart from just a prescription. Mine did several cycling glasses in the past and was very familiar with glasses for other sports such as golf and baseball.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Maybe I'm wrong but this doesn't sound like the same thing as working face to face with an experienced optician.

There are lots of customizations that an experienced optician can help with. I moved the point where the bifocal progresses to close up way down on the lense so that there is a wider distance lense at the top. I also had the edges of the wrap around lense frosted at the rear.

A experienced optician can help with the sports specific customizations apart from just a perscription. Mine did several cycling glasses in the past and was very familiar with glasses for other sports such as golf and baseball.


-Tim-
Sport-RX actually has an in-house optician. I'm fortunate enough to live in San Diego where I was able to meet face-to-face with him. Another plus is I had a whole range of options available that are not available from the website. However, I've also dealt with them over the phone in the past, and had good experience there too.

And then I got laser surgery and magically my sunglasses got way less expensive
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I am fortunate that I do not need bifocals or any sort of special lens treatments/adjustments. Both of my pairs of sunglasses came via the internet (including my Oakleys) and my standard single-vision clear lens pair is 11 years old.

Every year, my optometrist triple-checks to make sure I don't need bifocals/readers. My football-shaped eyeballs continue to fight the good fight.
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Not Puma!

I have some Rx Pumas and I would not buy again. The right lens kept popping out on the original pair, and after 3 weeks without the glasses, the replacement pair has the same problem, although not as severe. They were also far easier to scratch than my regular Rx glasses, and I keep having to glue the rubber nose pieces back on because they peel off the plastic part of the frame.

All in all, very annoying.
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Originally Posted by howheels View Post
And then I got laser surgery and magically my sunglasses got way less expensive
Lots of people I know had the laser - but I just can't bring myself to do it - elective surgery on my eyes - probably the same reason I never got a tatoo - I just know they'd mess it up somehow.
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Maybe I'm wrong but this doesn't sound like the same thing as working face to face with an experienced optician.
Yep I've found Zinni and Frames direct for regular glasses are cheap - but they can never get me 100% of what the expensive lenses my doc gets. I'll order frames somewhere - but probably have my doc's place do the lenses even though they're stupid pricey.
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A little bit off topic but if your employer offers VSP Vision Care for insurance then take it.

Great insurance. I'm very happy with them.
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Maybe I'm wrong but this doesn't sound like the same thing as working face to face with an experienced optician.

There are lots of customizations that an experienced optician can help with. I moved the point where the bifocal changes way down on the lense so that there is a wider distance field at the top and a narrow close up field at the bottom for reading the GPS. I also had the edges of the lense frosted at the rear to avoid that distortion caused by the edge of the glass.

A experienced optician can help with the sports specific customizations apart from just a prescription. Mine did several cycling glasses in the past and was very familiar with glasses for other sports such as golf and baseball.


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You can get similar frames at Walmart under the DVX brand. I have the DVX Vizor frames which are almost identical to the Wiley X Tide frames, and they even say Designed by Wiley X on the inside of one ear piece. Face to face optician with similar to online prices, but you have to be willing to get over the fact you are buying RX sunglasses from Walmart. DVX Eyewear
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Rudy Project with photo chromatic lenses.

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I've got prescription Oakley Racing Jackets, and one eye requires too strong of a prescription for Oakley themselves (EDIT: or did as of a two years ago, but it looks like they have stronger ones now?). I ordered from ADS Eyewear (TX, I think?). Their in-house lenses were a bit cheaper, and essentially the same material and coatings as Oakley. My left eye is nearsighted enough to count as legally blind without correction, but just barely, so the prescription is decently strong.


I got the digital prescription, which counteracts the warping from refraction. My normal glasses have pretty small lenses, but they show a lot more warping than the cycling glasses. The effect with the digital lenses is a pretty much flat view (it curves a little bit if the glasses are not at their intended distance, and with cycling-specific glasses that's pretty close to your face). I was really surprised, there's a lot of curvature to the lenses.


The cost was a little less than my normal glasses, but they've got Transitions in them, but over half of the price was the frames. Not all frames are >$200. Even Oakley has cycling frames for less than $100.

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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
On most of the online seller sites (Frames Direct, Sport RX, etc.) you can input your prescription and it will let you know if yours will work with a particular frame . . .
Good to know. Years ago I shelled out something like $400 to my optometrist for something with a lot of wrap. They did a great job keeping wind and bugs out, but had about a dime-sized field of vision.

Anyone with progressive lenses found anything with a good wrap and good field of vision?
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
How well do the glasses work by having a prescription insert that goes in behind the actual sunglasses lens?

The cheap ones I linked to above are good enough, but note that I did not get bifocals (they are only for distance) so I cannot say how they would work if you are trying to read a GPS unit or cue sheet.
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bought a pair Rudy Project Rydon IIs on ebay for $100.

took them to my optometrist who sells RP glasses and had him fit them with polarized gradient bifocal lenses.

total cost for frames, exam, and lenses was ~$500.

worth every penny.
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Originally Posted by Gasser5.2 View Post
Good to know. Years ago I shelled out something like $400 to my optometrist for something with a lot of wrap. They did a great job keeping wind and bugs out, but had about a dime-sized field of vision.

Anyone with progressive lenses found anything with a good wrap and good field of vision?


Oakley did this for me.

They were the only one's willing to do the full wrap I wanted with progressives.


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I love my Nike prescription glasses. They were categorized as running frames however they work great for cycling, lightweight with great wrap, and are 1/2 the cost of Oakley's!

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I was going to go down the prescription Rudy route earlier this year but a cycling partner asked me why I hadn't considered contact lenses. I had rejected them out of hand as my father always had trouble with them. After some consideration and research, I realized I had unfairly dismissed them, and ended up giving them a shot.

Throw away daily contact lenses and a $100 pair of Photochromic/Hydrophobic/Anti-fog Ryders were my single best cycling investment this year. The contacts are cheap and comfortable and allow me to wear any pair of sunglasses I want.

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