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Old 05-17-2012, 08:42 AM
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I got myself prescription sunglasses (they only come as polarized) for the first time this year.
I was tired of juggling 3 pairs of glasses while I fished.
My regular bifocals, fit-over or clip-on sunglasses, and the cheater type reading glasses. That's a lot of tangled Croakies !

First of all... I wish that I had gotten the sunglasses as bifocals. I figured that I needed the magnifiers anyway so why bother. Mistake. You don't always need magnifiers, but it's hard to do without the bifocals
Otherwise the convenience of only needing 2 pairs of glasses instead of three is working out pretty well for me and I'm glad I did it.
Now if I can only keep from loosing them.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:13 AM
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I have needed distance correction since High School, with an Rx my vision is super sharp so, as an angler, Rx shades are a no-brainier for me. I got my first ones in the early 80's I think and have gone through diverse versions since then. Firstly, if you can handle the slight bit of extra weight, go with glass not plastic lenses; they are optically superior and have far less distortion plus are much more resistant to scratching. Smith's, Action Optics and Costa del Mar are the two dominant Rx Polarized suppliers to fisherman and have booth been around for some time. Their web sits can guide you through the process but let me instruct you that when you get your Rx from your Doctor, ask him to include your pupilary distance as well (the distance between the centers of your eyeballs). This is critical in having Rx glasses of any kind made. You can scan this Rx and e- it to Action Optics, pick out your frame style and lens tint and you are good to go. Copper is a great all round vision enhancing color, amber is ideal under cloudy conditions but some flats guides like it as an all round color too. Gray or green do little enhancement and mirror finishes simply diminish the amount of light that passes through the lens so forget that too. An 8-base curve (wrap around style) enhances peripheral vision and cuts annoying side glare but can introduce a bit of distortion. The above two companies have devised lens construction and grinding methods to reduce this phenomenon and I recommend the wrap around style. If you need close up correction they make their bifocals smaller than normal to preserve most to the lens for spotting fish. I have grown to consider my Rx Polarized glasses to be as essential, perhaps more critical than most of my other tackle, and will often travel with three pairs in different colors/densities. If you are a sight fisherman and need vision correction glass, fishing glasses will blow your mind they are so good.


Note that your local optometrist will not have the experience or availability of proprietary angling oriented tints as these specialty companies and it is critical that the lenses alignment be set to reduce glare coming from below as in off the water.
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adseyewear.com This internet site is VERY GOOD. When I got my prescription polarized glasses in, one of the lenses appeared out of focus. Called them up and no problem they were all about getting me fitted correctly. Another cool think about them is they will mix and match lenses and frames. I got kaenon lenses mounted in Smith frames.

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I have needed distance correction since High School, with an Rx my vision is super sharp so, as an angler, Rx shades are a no-brainier for me. I got my first ones in the early 80's I think and have gone through diverse versions since then. Firstly, if you can handle the slight bit of extra weight, go with glass not plastic lenses; they are optically superior and have far less distortion plus are much more resistant to scratching. Smith's, Action Optics and Costa del Mar are the two dominant Rx Polarized suppliers to fisherman and have booth been around for some time. Their web sits can guide you through the process but let me instruct you that when you get your Rx from your Doctor, ask him to include your pupilary distance as well (the distance between the centers of your eyeballs). This is critical in having Rx glasses of any kind made. You can scan this Rx and e- it to Action Optics, pick out your frame style and lens tint and you are good to go. Copper is a great all round vision enhancing color, amber is ideal under cloudy conditions but some flats guides like it as an all round color too. Gray or green do little enhancement and mirror finishes simply diminish the amount of light that passes through the lens so forget that too. An 8-base curve (wrap around style) enhances peripheral vision and cuts annoying side glare but can introduce a bit of distortion. The above two companies have devised lens construction and grinding methods to reduce this phenomenon and I recommend the wrap around style. If you need close up correction they make their bifocals smaller than normal to preserve most to the lens for spotting fish. I have grown to consider my Rx Polarized glasses to be as essential, perhaps more critical than most of my other tackle, and will often travel with three pairs in different colors/densities. If you are a sight fisherman and need vision correction glass, fishing glasses will blow your mind they are so good.


Note that your local optometrist will not have the experience or availability of proprietary angling oriented tints as these specialty companies and it is critical that the lenses alignment be set to reduce glare coming from below as in off the water.
What he said. But my optometrist carries Oakley, so i'm very lucky. My Rx polarized glasses are wrap around with what Oakley calls HD lens - the prescription is the same in all locations - even peripheral - and it works. The bad thing is, they are $640 BEFORE insurance, and even with my insurance, I had to pay $140.00. Thank goodness for my flexible spending account...
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Default Re: Prescription polarized fishing sunglasses

I've been wearing prescription glasses for over 20 years. I've always had a non polarized pair for indoors and a polarized pair for my sun glasses. Been getting them at Lenscrafters for years and have never had a problem seeing the fish in the water when I remember to wear them . For the most art they are covered by insurance, unless you get expensive frames. Don't see a need to go to a specialty shop for a pair of polarized sun glasses. I do agree with the post above about getting glass lenses. You'll be happier in the long run. Also would suggest a frame neck cord. I had one pair lost on the river when they fell out of my pocket. I didn't realize it until the next day.
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speaking as a 27yo that has been stuck wearing glasses far too long already.. I suggest putting the money into a good flexible ti frame and nikor glass, to use as a daily glasses, they dont get much lighter, and fairly durable. I use the bps Cocoons over my glasses for polerizing, this way Im not stuck out there on a day with dark glasses with its cloudy and dark. and a 40 bucks you can get a pair for bright and a pair for darker days. hope this helps.
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Long time glass wearer. My preference is bifocals for regular glasses but for polarized glasses prefer non bifocals. Reason is, I can see the fish much better and sharper. I'm near sited, so to see close up (tie knots) I just take them off.
Just my 2 cents. Got mine at Wall mart, depends on the optometrist you see but he did a great job. Got a frame made by "Bolle" (ski glasses frame), been wearing them for the last 6 years and still going strong.
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Just a tip. The last time I had my eyes cked. I brought along a sz 20 fly & 6x tippet. I told the Dr. that that's what I want glasses for. I ended up with a pair of verilux bifocals that I can actually tie a fly on with them on
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My eye doc's a flyfisher, he takes my old prescription and tints and polarizes the lens for cheap.

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I hear you on vision as we get old. I go through my eye doctor. I got a pair of prescription oakleys about five years ago but they were expensive. Got tired of using those plus magnifiers to put on flies, so last year got prescription Maui Jims with bifocals. Those were actually cheaper than the oakleys.
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