eyewear chat

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Larry Winget
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eyewear chat

I'm been considering getting some glasses for riding forever, but I don't do the contacts thing so contacts x cheap shades isn't really on the list. Getting tired of squinting in the summer and picking glops of mud out of my eyes when MTBing and racing cross.

I know nothing about this stuff. Any suggestions on a good prescription solution? Doesn't necessarily have to be cheap. Just has to fit my skinny face, provide good coverage, and not look too douchey.

How about tints? I'm thinking maybe an amber/brown since it's often overcast here? Are the light reactive lenses any better now or should I not consider that?

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 15:17
VT regularbike
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I've got frame ##705818 from zennioptical. They are slightly heavy though and only have a slight tint which makes them okay for mtb since you go in and out of shade a lot.

Edit: I had looked into Oakley since they're like the only company that can put the prescription I have onto a curved lens but the frames with 1 set of Rx lenses was close to $500. Maybe if I had vision insurance I could get em cheaper but I don't. Looks like Rudy project have Rx inserts for some of their shades, but you might want to try the zenni ones first to get a feel for what its like with the insert before shelling out the $$$

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 15:35
Larry Winget
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Didn't realize the Oakley stuff was quite that spendy.

744321 looks ok. I dunno. Even after tweaking them the plastic frames I got from Zenni still don't sit straight.

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Sat, 11/23/2013 - 16:21
aek
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I don't have to get prescriptions or anything, but my M-Frames with the dark grey and clear lenses give me all of it on the bike.

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Sat, 11/23/2013 - 17:03
jeffro
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I've got stuff from Zenni, the Wayfarer clones, untinted for night riding and with the cheapest photogray treatment for day. For the price I can't complain too much. I will say that their tint films scratch easily. And even though I baby the photograys they've still got super fine scratches that make them glare-y at night. I think Coastal's stuff is a bit nicer and I have a pair of prescription shades from them that are polarized and have medium brown/amber tint. Those things are the tits, and I actually don't wear them for riding because I don't want to wreck them. I guess my official recommendation for riding glasses would be the Zennis because you can get them cheap and not give a single fuck about them. So cheap you could get a day pair and night pair.

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 17:18
ergott
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Laser eye surgery. Best thing I did about 10 years ago.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 18:39
Gary Fissure

I stepped on my back up pair of glasses last night. (I get up in the night a lot with babby, operate on not enough sleep, and don't have enough room for a nightstand next to my bed)
get me into lasik.

mander wrote:
And what if the part is, like, just a nut? *huge bong rip*

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 19:53
ergott
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Life changing. Seriously.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 20:19
Shortpants
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I'm getting prescription oakleys, both regular and sunnies. But I'm saving for laser. I should have gotten it years ago, it would have saved me money at this point with how often I break glasses.

Sun, 11/24/2013 - 03:47
Gary Fissure
(Reply to #9)

ergott wrote:
Laser eye surgery. Best thing I did about 10 years ago.

okay, so do I got my optician and get a referral? go straight to a lasik place? does insurance cover it?

mander wrote:
And what if the part is, like, just a nut? *huge bong rip*

Sun, 11/24/2013 - 08:52
ergott
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My insurance didn't cover it. I have a flex plan though that let me take the money out of my paycheck pretax. It was also interest free that way. I went straight to the Lasik place myself, but your doc might have someone he likes to refer. There were a few high end places in NY that did it so I had some choices. My coworker did the procedure a month or two before me so I had some great feedback from him and went to the same doc.

The procedure took less than a half hour for both eyes. I know there are different methods now, but I don't know what's in vogue. Mine was under the outer lens layer so they literally sliced and pealed back the outermost part of the eye. Then they zapped me, put the flap back down and I kept my eye closed for a couple of minutes. No pain at all. The most uncomfortable part for me was the Clockwork Orange gizmo holding my eye open because I hate having anything anywhere near my eye. If you are less of a woos than me it's cake.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Sun, 11/24/2013 - 09:45
ergott
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(Reply to #11)

.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Sun, 11/24/2013 - 09:45
bexley
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Fuck the foggy glasses season. Getting into eye surgery itt. Was about to replace my scratched glasses/dead frames plus get some Rx lenses for the Adidas shades....but screw that. Also had to stock up on contact lenses.

Just have to mentally prepare for some Andalusian dog.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 01:45
lukasz
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Sportrx.com and Oakley frames off ebay. I think I paid around 150 for a pair of lenses and chump change for Oakley Flak Jacket on ebay.

Totally lasiking once I have a real job.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 22:43
Roundabout
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Rudy makes some styles with drop-in compatibility; rather than make the sunglass lens prescription, they have prescription lenses that sit just behind the sunglass lenses. Have a coworker that loves his.

I am stoked on my contacts x Smith Pivlock V2 Collabo, great at keeping air out and contacts from drying out, but might try to get my eyes neutered one of these days...

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 00:33
motorbacon
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(Reply to #15)

ergott wrote:
Laser eye surgery. Best thing I did about 10 years ago.

Too bad it won't do shit for people like me. I have microscopes for eyes, shit you not.

Contacts4lyfe

I use whatever shades supgirl donates to my cause, as long as they're not metal framed.

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 00:59
motorbacon
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(Reply to #16)

Sneaky Viking wrote:
I stepped on my back up pair of glasses last night. (I get up in the night a lot with babby, operate on not enough sleep, and don't have enough room for a nightstand next to my bed)
get me into lasik.

True 'blind' folk can function at 95% capacity within the home without corrective lenses. 22 years of reading shadows and deciphering blurry blobs into actual objects allows me to do anything at home without contacts or glasses. That's with -8.00 prescription on each eye.

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 01:08
Petr5
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Wat? When I lose my glasses I curl in to a fetus and rock until my wife finds them for me. But you're saying if my vision was worse I'd be okay?

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Tue, 11/26/2013 - 01:32
motorbacon
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If your vision was shit as a child, you adapted to a degree in which you can do everything at home without corrective lenses.

To put it into perspective, I can see anything clearly as long as it's 5 inches from my face. Everything else is a blur. All blurs have different shadows/highlights. that's how I differentiate between objects when not wearing glasses/contacts.

I've even ridden my MTB without contacts when I rode through a shitty trail and both eyes were full of mud. Rode back to the car, threw on glasses and drove home.

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 01:40
motorbacon
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(Reply to #19)

bexley wrote:

and this if amazing.

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 01:41
Petr5
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I see. I'm at about the 5" mark too. I didn't wear glasses as a kid and don't recall needing them, I just had constant headaches that resolved when I got my first pair. I've skied sans glasses out of necessity, but it was ugly. I'm pretty helpless. Don't have a back up pair either. YOLO!

Sneaky Viking wrote:
"Your bike sucks and we have a team of biased experts to pseudo-scientifically test that hypothesis, all in blue shirts."

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 01:45
jamey
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I was so close to pulling the trigger on lasik, but then a doctor finally told me the unfortunate truth. I was legally blind in my left eye as a kid, didn't wear glasses for a majority of my life, and at some point my brain just stopped paying attention to my left eye because it didn't do much of anything. Lasik would correct my eye, but it would be almost pointless, since my body basically started ignoring its existence years ago. Feels bad man.

truckdoug "never turn down free beer, dont stick your dick where you wouldnt put your face, and always ride shimano"

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 09:19
that guy
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(Reply to #22)

jamey wrote:
I was so close to pulling the trigger on lasik, but then a doctor finally told me the unfortunate truth. I was legally blind in my left eye as a kid, didn't wear glasses for a majority of my life, and at some point my brain just stopped paying attention to my left eye because it didn't do much of anything. Lasik would correct my eye, but it would be almost pointless, since my body basically started ignoring its existence years ago. Feels bad man.

Holy shit, no way. Do you have depth perception issues?

I think I'm going to get some glasses from SportRX. I've worn nothing but contacts for 15+ years. I can *barely* see with the ancient pair of glasses I have. I wouldn't leave the house in them, let alone drive.

Anyone know anything about the Oakley crossover models? I hear they're like hybrid bikes, but for your face.

Bikes suck. Don't ride one.

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 16:02
VT regularbike
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I had a pair of Oakley's similar to the keels in college. Fucking terrible. Kept slipping off when doing anything vigorous.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 16:20
jamey
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(Reply to #24)

that guy wrote:
jamey wrote:
I was so close to pulling the trigger on lasik, but then a doctor finally told me the unfortunate truth. I was legally blind in my left eye as a kid, didn't wear glasses for a majority of my life, and at some point my brain just stopped paying attention to my left eye because it didn't do much of anything. Lasik would correct my eye, but it would be almost pointless, since my body basically started ignoring its existence years ago. Feels bad man.

Holy shit, no way. Do you have depth perception issues?

Not that I've ever noticed. I can actually function decently without glasses, just because my right eye is near perfect.

truckdoug "never turn down free beer, dont stick your dick where you wouldnt put your face, and always ride shimano"

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 17:57
VT regularbike
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Yeah brains are awesome at compensating for tons of stuff.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 18:07
EJ
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Lenscrafters does Oakley, the price isn't insanely terrible if you have the insurance. Not cheap but pretty close to brodeal Rx price.

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Sun, 12/01/2013 - 18:19
VT regularbike
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They still can't do sport curve lenses in house only the hybrid type ones. Unless that's changed in the past couple years

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 18:24
EJ
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They order the lenses from Oakley, takes a week. Amy just got some flack jackets through them. Insurance picked up the Rx, she paid for the frames and a coating upgrade.

ckd wrote:
Hey Josh, WTF is up with your signature?

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 19:06
VT regularbike
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Yeah that's awesome if you have insurance...

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 19:40
Larry Winget
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Mebbe I should post this in the geezer thread. Can a 40 year old dude pull this off?

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Sun, 12/01/2013 - 21:59
scrub
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(Reply to #31)

tarckeemoon wrote:
Mebbe I should post this in the geezer thread. Can a 40 year old dude pull this off?

AYHSMB

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 22:12
jeffro
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(Reply to #32)

tarckeemoon wrote:
Mebbe I should post this in the geezer thread. Can a 40 year old dude pull this off?

On the bike, yes. Anywhere else, probably not.

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 22:13
lukasz
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Depends how dumb you want to look. I got grey Oakleys so they don't stand out so much when used as sunglasses off the bike. I'm self-conscious about people thinking I'm a douchebag who never takes his sunglasses off. THEYRE PRESCRIPTION, I CAN'T HELP IT.

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 22:18
Larry Winget
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(Reply to #34)

jeffro wrote:
On the bike, yes. Anywhere else, probably not.

That's what I'm thinking too. On the plus side it would discourage me from wearing them in situations where I would look like a douche where I might think I was getting away with it with something less obnoxious.

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 22:22
lofarkas
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(Reply to #35)

Roundabout wrote:
Rudy makes some styles with drop-in compatibility; rather than make the sunglass lens prescription, they have prescription lenses that sit just behind the sunglass lenses. Have a coworker that loves his.

Rudy also makes prescription sunglass lenses. They make them in Italy on special order so they cost a ton, but I'm sure they're better than the clip-in extra lenses. They're a lot lighter for one thing.

My eyes are just about getting bad enough that I need to do something about them, so I asked about this at the Rudy shop. I guess I will see if my eyes can tolerate contact lenses.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 11:20
randsome beast
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Saw a greybeard walking with his wife the other day wearing bright colored glasses like that I'd bet were RX. Get something more tasteful for off the bike or suffer getting laughed at for trying to look like a 20 y/o.

AYHSMB works too.

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Mon, 12/02/2013 - 14:40
ShartAttack
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(Reply to #37)

jeffro wrote:
On the bike, yes. Anywhere else, probably not.

We've got a middle aged guy at work who rides a lot and has some prescription biking glasses. Looks totally fine on the bike but when he gets off the bike you are always double-taking because he looks like some sort of sci-fi villain.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 17:23
Larry Winget
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I made an exam appointment. Talked about the Rudy options a bit with the one of the folks there. Based on my current prescription my frame options are pretty limited. Most would require an insert. They had a sample insert and holy shit did it suck. It was tiny and had a rim, so peripheral vision was total crap and while she told me they usually adjust the nosepiece to get the insert out from the eyes a bit it was really close. Plus it looked terrible, like I was heading out to play racquetball or something.

Supposedly these will work. Man, I need to get some hair implants so I can look this cool.

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Mon, 12/02/2013 - 20:49
jeffro
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If I had hypothetically picked up a pair of Oakley Whiskers a year ago just because Gearscan had them for stupid cheap, what would be involved in getting scrip lenses in them? Just take them to Lenscrafters?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:17
jeffro
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OK, so the answer to that is that those are the 8 base frames, which will support prescriptions up to -4.0 correction for near-sightedness. I'm only -3.5 so I can and will use them. adseyewear.com can hook up the lens-only order for untinted polycarb anti-glare genuine Oakley lenses for 180 bucks. That seems fair.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:03
lofarkas
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(Reply to #41)

rando wrote:
Saw a greybeard walking with his wife the other day wearing bright colored glasses like that I'd bet were RX. Get something more tasteful for off the bike or suffer getting laughed at

Totally, but if you ride a lot there could be an argument for getting good quality prescription riding glasses. Switch them for normal glasses when you get off the bike.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 13:49
lofarkas
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(Reply to #42)

jeffro wrote:
adseyewear.com can hook up the lens-only order for untinted polycarb anti-glare genuine Oakley lenses for 180 bucks. That seems fair.

That's a hell of a lot less than what I was quoted for prescription Rudy lenses, which was in the $500 range iirc. 180 almost sounds reasonable. Almost.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 13:51
jeffro
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Yeah, I got the sunglasses for maybe 60 and can probably ebay the dark lenses. So, I bumblefucked my way into sub-$200 prescription Oakleys, probably.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:40
lukasz
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That's why I ended up with Oakleys. They're so common that you can get everything pretty cheap, and then use a website to get the lenses. I am tempted to try contacts, though. I'm pretty good with suffering through annoying itches and feelings and daily regimens similar to what people who use contacts complain about, so maybe they're for me.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:46
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #45)

tarckeemoon wrote:
Mebbe I should post this in the geezer thread. Can a 40 year old dude pull this off?

yup!


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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:45
Larry Winget
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Lady at the optometrist did some napkin math and the upshot is the Rudy Project option is probably largely not going to be covered and what isn't is going to be fucking expensive.

According to SportRX the Oakley Split Jacket will work with my new prescription which as it turns out is not that different than my old one.

Meanwhile swapping lenses on my regular non-bike-jock glasses is going to be pretty fucking expensive in itself and could very well suck up most of my FSA money anyway in which case I will be more inclined to do the cheapass/cobbled together/yolo route.

Never has eye surgery seemed more attractive.

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Tue, 12/31/2013 - 01:17
jeffro
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update: ADS eyewear did a fine job on those prescription Oakley lenses. A -3.5 scrip in an 8b curve lens ends up being really thick at the edges, but they're polycarb so they're still light and optically they're Oakley standard fare so they're tits.

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 08:40
VT regularbike
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I need new safety glasses for work. I had been using some regular glasses w/ side shields since I used to just work the CNC's and everything was behind a window anyway but now I bounce around more and definitely need a safety lens. I haven't found a single place i can just input my RX through a drop down menu and order some damn glasses like zennioptical. Whats the go to site for rx safety glasses. I know AO safety is a popular brand but ordering seems like a pain.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 21:14
Edward_Phelan

How much are you looking to spend? I have a lovely pair of Ray Bans that I use most of time but also have more than a few relatively cheap pairs that cost something like, £6.

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:37
imoscardotcom
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get outta here mr phallus

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:52

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