Choosing sunglasses

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by tenplay, Feb 15, 2006.

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    tenplay Guest

    I want to get a pair of sunglasses that allows me to see clearly in
    bright sunlight. The inexpensive ones I have work well most of the time
    but really fail when hit by direct sunlight. What features should I be
    looking for? Does the lens need a non-glare coating? Are there some
    good OTC sunglasses or do I need to order them by prescription? Thanks
    for any advice.
    tenplay, Feb 15, 2006
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    Dan Abel Guest

    A hat? That's what I use. I almost never wear sunglasses, but *always*
    wear a hat (although not just to help me see). I'll be wearing
    sunglasses tomorrow morning because I expect that my eyes will be major
    Dan Abel, Feb 15, 2006
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    Mark A Guest

    A prescription is only necessary if the lenses have a power.

    It is possible that you can have custom made plano lenses (no power) to a
    fit any frame, with various coatings as you desire from a regular eyewear
    shop, but no Rx is needed.
    Mark A, Feb 15, 2006
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    Dan Abel Guest

    In the US, you can get reading glasses without a prescription.

    Costco used to (and may still) advertise these in the store, for really
    cheap. Don't quote me, but it may have been as little as US$5 over the
    cost of the frame.
    Dan Abel, Feb 15, 2006
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    drfrank21 Guest

    The cheapies (those throw away sunglasses you can get for a few bucks)
    can have moderate to heavy distortion/warpage in the lenses which can
    problems with fatigue and strain compared to the quality ones such
    as Ray Bans, Serengeti's. You get what you pay for.

    drfrank21, Feb 15, 2006
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    CatmanX Guest

    It is really simple. You go to a good SG store, put a few hundred bucks
    on the counter and tell the clerk you want to try the specs on outside
    in the sun. Take a pair at a time out and find a lens you think is
    best, then worry about what the frame looks like.

    p.s. Ray Ban are shit, try Serengetti, Revo, Maui Jim, Vuarnet, Oakley
    and Bolle. They all have different properties so will do different
    things. Personally, I am yet to find better lenses than Mako, but you
    can't get them over there.

    dr grant
    CatmanX, Feb 16, 2006
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    The Real Bev Guest

    We've had this discussion before, but hey, it's always a fun game.

    It's possible, by holding the cheapies at a distance and moving them around in
    front of a vertical line, to determine whether they have any distortion at
    all. Thus far I have found none. My former optician looked at one pair of
    them with <some machine> and asked me where I got them so he could get some.

    I've got a couple of pairs of decent big polarized lightweight sunglasses for
    $5/pair at the Big 5 sporting goods store -- ask for the cheap ones for
    fishermen that they have on sale every once in a while -- normal price is $7.
    The Real Bev, Feb 17, 2006
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    The Real Bev Guest

    I think Oakley M-frames are made of thin sheets of polycarbonate. I really
    like those and am regretful that since they're no longer fashionable you can't
    find $10 knockoffs any more.
    The Real Bev, Feb 17, 2006
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    Quick Guest

    I like the Rudy Project shades I have now. They're not
    inexpensive but I keep shades forever. Rudy has an unconditional
    lens guarantee. $15 and you can replace your lenses for
    any reason. They are not as good as the Nikons I retired
    because I was getting a bit worried about having glass in
    front of my eyes. They also were getting a bit heavy. I had
    them for more than 4? years or so. Nikon made shades for a
    very short amount of time (not just the frames). Darkest shade
    of neutral grey, double gradient mirrored, polarized, glass.
    The unique thing about the Nikons is that they put all the
    coatings on the inside of the sandwich (maybe not the AR
    coating). Can't rub them off or scratch them. Nikon or their
    retailers were dumping them at huge discounts when they
    got out of the business. Not sure if you can find them any

    Maybe technology has caught up but I always believed the
    way to go for no compromise shades was:
    Glass - best optics
    Darkest shade of neutral grey - it really is color neutral
    Polarized - *huge* difference with respect to fatigue
    Double gradient mirrored - I'm not so sure about the
    glare reduction but it does make it darker. I drove a semi
    so the glare came from above and below.
    AR coated.

    Downside is they're not so safe, heavy, and limited wrap.

    Quick, Feb 17, 2006
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    willie55 Guest

    Or better yet, find what you want then go on Ebay to buy them at 1/4
    the cost. I am partial to Vuarnet but you can find anything out there.
    willie55, Feb 27, 2006
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