Bring in the Clones? (generic Serengeti Driver sunglasses?)

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Mark, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    [reply either here or at ]


    For several years I've used non-prescription Serengeti Driver
    sunglasses (with brown coating), and love them. I like how they
    brighten the reds and greens. Great not only for driving, but also
    for outdoor use. They really cut through the haze as well.

    Recently, my slight near-sightedness has worsened (I'm now at -1.25,
    or about 20/40) so I'm considering a pair of prescription sunglasses.

    To my chagrin, I find that the price of official Serengeti Driver
    prescription lenses to be *very* expensive (I was quoted $180/pair
    just for the lenses, then add in the cost of the frames.) They are not
    covered by my eye plan except for a small token reimbursement.

    However, I was also told that the lab which makes lenses for my
    optometrist can put on their own coating which they claim is
    virtually identical to the Serengeti Driver. The cost for the generic
    Driver lenses is a fraction of what I'd pay for the official Driver
    lenses, plus they are well-covered by my eye plan.

    So, without commenting on the specific lab, has anyone found such
    Serengeti-generics to work as well as the official Serengeti's? If
    the coating is a known formula (I assume the patents have long
    expired), in theory the formula should be duplicatable by any
    reputable optic laboratory.


    (Either reply here, or you may reply at )

    Mark, Oct 9, 2004
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  2. Mark

    Ann Guest

    and you just posted this before.. it won't get any more responses with
    a repost...
    Ann, Oct 9, 2004
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  3. Mark

    Rod Speed Guest

    You dont know that. Some reposts do, presumably because
    some who initially consider what they can say may not be that
    useful change their mind when there are no useful responses.

    Rod Speed, Oct 9, 2004
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