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Opinions on prescription cycling glasses?

Old 03-23-17, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
So, just curious, is there any reason or is it possible to just find any cycling frame, eg. the below $40 pair from TIfosi, bring them to an optician, and have them measure and make prescription lenses to fit? IOW, why can't a lens be ground to fit whatever frame we want to bring into an optician?




Anything with a curved lens (like in your picture) is not so simple. IMO, Oakley owns the market on good optics in a curved lens. I've never experienced another one that didn't have distortion.


I would think that most other "flat-lens" frames could be taken to an optometrist for prescription lenses to be installed.
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I have a pair of Oakley Conductor sunglasses for my everyday sunglasses and two pairs of Nashbar Oculus sunglasses with the Rx insert that I use for cycling. On my cycling glasses I have an Rx lens for the left eye so I can read street signs and a non-Rx lens for my right eye so I can read the cue sheet. I got the lenses made at Lenscrafters for around forty bucks with insurance. I'd recommend the Oculus for cycling.
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Old 03-23-17, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by snidely View Post
Anything with a curved lens (like in your picture) is not so simple. IMO, Oakley owns the market on good optics in a curved lens. I've never experienced another one that didn't have distortion.


I would think that most other "flat-lens" frames could be taken to an optometrist for prescription lenses to be installed.
Not sure.. any $5 pair of reading glasses sold at the local drugstore have a curve to them. And, if lenscrafters' company is making the lenses anyway, what happens if you walk into their store with a frame and ask for lenses? So, they have the capability, but would they just turn you away?
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
All I know is, best colors for cycling is white and green. I don't know why white and green, but I hear, if you're serious about cycling, it needs to be white or green.

Also now it is all about contrast, so you see certain colors better.

And I thought most glasses just have those prescription attachments, so can get whatever you want.

FYI, Oakley warranty is only 2 years. Current favorites from this brand is Jawbreaker and Radar EV. I have Foakley Jawbreaker, and Oakley Radar EV, personally think Radar fits better.

Go for POC. Most flashy, hey look at me sunglasses.



I'd probably a few pairs. Maybe a Tifosi if you think your sunglasses could be damaged in some event, those are cheap.
Prescriptions can't be filled for single lenses only two. That's the way it is for Oakley at least and I suspect the others as well.
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Old 03-23-17, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Oakley makes prescription glasses.

The Oakley glasses referenced in post number 5 are not off the shelf sunglasses. They are prescription no-line bifocals, non-polarized with frosted edges and transition lenses. My local optician helped me with the features, design, fit and pricing. The lenses were ground by Oakley's own in-house prescription lab.

Flak 2.0 frame. Glasses were $200 through my insurer, VSP Vison Care. VSP is excellent.




-Tim-
+1 on the Oakleys, they are the business. I have the above pair, they cost me $750. Left them on the top of the car after a group ride after owning them for one month. Drove off and got an 8th of a mile down the road when I had that oh s..t moment. Drove right back and someone had already picked them up; I wasn't gone more than one minute. The dealer replaced them at his cost. One year later, my prescription got weaker and had to get new lenses at $380 which was a discount of over $100 I was told by the dealer. The lenses are amazing but on the last lenses I had, the beveled edge developed a small crack not once but twice. Oakley replaced the first no problem but balked at the second. They gave in when the dealer kept working with them. Hope my most recent lenses don't do this again. Seems Oakley is more difficult to deal with since they were bought out by Luxotica.
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Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
Prescriptions can't be filled for single lenses only two. That's the way it is for Oakley at least and I suspect the others as well.
What do you mean by that? Aren't most prescription glasses single lens?
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Old 03-23-17, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by kingston View Post
What do you mean by that? Aren't most prescription glasses single lens?
Has to do with the grinding process of the lens; for some reason, they can't do the single lens versions. They can do the two lens frames like the Flak Jackets but not single like the Radars. Hey, really wish they could and I'd have them.
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I see what you mean. No Rx for single lens covering both eyes. Got it.
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Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
Luxotica.
Satans of glasses. They own the brands, own the factories/manufactures, own the stores and outlets and own the insurance for them. What a racket. Hard to believe this is legal, or rather no one has legislated anything to prevent a single company to control every aspect of purchasing glasses.
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
Satans of glasses. They own the brands, own the factories/manufactures, own the stores and outlets and own the insurance for them. What a racket. Hard to believe this is legal, or rather no one has legislated anything to prevent a single company to control every aspect of purchasing glasses.
You express yourself very dramatically; but I have to say that I agree with you. Luxotica seems to have a worldwide monopoly that would have made Andrew Carnegie or any of the Rockefellers blush. In the face of it all, there is the Lion's Club, whose mission would seem to be the work of Sisyphus.
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Old 03-23-17, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Not sure.. any $5 pair of reading glasses sold at the local drugstore have a curve to them. And, if lenscrafters' company is making the lenses anyway, what happens if you walk into their store with a frame and ask for lenses? So, they have the capability, but would they just turn you away?
LensCrafters doesn't make the lens for Oakley eyewear.
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Old 03-23-17, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by kingston View Post
I see what you mean. No Rx for single lens covering both eyes. Got it.
Incorrect. Oakley can make Rx shield style lenses like those for Radarlocks or Jawbreakers.
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Old 03-23-17, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
LensCrafters doesn't make the lens for Oakley eyewear.
Ok, but then Luxottica makes the lenses for both Oakley and Lenscrafter brands..? or do know that separate prescription lens factories are servicing one brand vs. the other? Either way.. is there anything wrong with a lenscrafter brand sunglass lens?
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Ok, but then Luxottica makes the lenses for both Oakley and Lenscrafter brands..? or do know that separate prescription lens factories are servicing one brand vs. the other? Either way.. is there anything wrong with a lenscrafter brand sunglass lens?
Luxottica owns them all. Which is why all the brands sold by Lens Crafters are literally the same, more than likely from the same manufacturers. It's a scam.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Ok, but then Luxottica makes the lenses for both Oakley and Lenscrafter brands..? or do know that separate prescription lens factories are servicing one brand vs. the other? Either way.. is there anything wrong with a lenscrafter brand sunglass lens?
I'll try to explain this better in the morning.
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
Satans of glasses. They own the brands, own the factories/manufactures, own the stores and outlets and own the insurance for them. What a racket. Hard to believe this is legal, or rather no one has legislated anything to prevent a single company to control every aspect of purchasing glasses.
Absolutely agree with all of this. I used to wear RayBans and Oakleys. Now I would not buy them under any circumstances. The way that Oakley was "acquired" was unbelievable.
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Old 03-24-17, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I'll try to explain this better in the morning.
Thanks.. though this thread seems to be turning into a Oakley thread. Even leaving lenscrafters/oakley/luxottica out of it, my original question was about walking into perhaps any optician for sunglass RX lenses made to fit a preexisting frame I might have. Here in NYC there's probably an eyeglass store every few blocks. How easy to get prescription lenses but in a shatterproof polycarbonate (or whatever material is used these days)?
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I bought my first pair of prescription sunglasses a few years back, from Sportrx. Bolle', came with 2 sets of lens, bi-focal, one clear and one polarized. Perfect fit. KB
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Not sure.. any $5 pair of reading glasses sold at the local drugstore have a curve to them. And, if lenscrafters' company is making the lenses anyway, what happens if you walk into their store with a frame and ask for lenses? So, they have the capability, but would they just turn you away?


The curve I'm referring to is more extreme, like in a wrap-around glass. It makes the lens-making process more complex.


Maybe I brought something into the conversation that didn't belong.


Yes, you should be able to take any normal frame to a Lens Crafters and have them made into sunglasses. No, they won't turn you away.
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I've been pretty happy using regular 'scrip glasses behind Giro Air Attack lens. Especially with dirt road group riding, where there's a lot of abrasive particulate getting blasted at glasses, and where I might need to quickly wipe a glob of mud or something off, lenses just don't last very long before getting scratched up. Replacement Air Shields are $40, so mich less pricey than scrip lenses.

I was lucky to find the right kind of frames to fit behind both the Giro and the DuxHelm visors back in '12; there's not a lot of room back there, so they need to have wrap-type frames.
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
Luxottica owns them all. Which is why all the brands sold by Lens Crafters are literally the same, more than likely from the same manufacturers. It's a scam.
Oakley is still Oakley and they make their own lenses. They are owned by Luxotica but they are a separate entity under the auspices of Luxotica.
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Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
Oakley is still Oakley and they make their own lenses. They are owned by Luxotica but they are a separate entity under the auspices of Luxotica.
This is correct. Patented materials and processes that are exclusive to Oakley, will continue to be exclusive.

FTR LensCrafters will make their own lenses for some Oakley frames(traditional Rx styles), but sport frames still require genuine Oakley lenses. Oakley can also make Rx lenses for their shield styles(Radars, Jawbreakers, etc).
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Originally Posted by adamhenry View Post
The way that Oakley was "acquired" was unbelievable.
How so? What is so unbelievable?
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
Luxottica owns them all. Which is why all the brands sold by Lens Crafters are literally the same, more than likely from the same manufacturers. It's a scam.
So they all come from the same factory, but can you get someone to actually ship out your order?



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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
How so? What is so unbelievable?
The disagreement on Oakley pricing resulting in Luxottica sales of knockoffs resulting in a patent infringement lawsuit.
Oakley Settles Suits Against Luxottica - latimes
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