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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Need prescription sunglass recommendation

    For me, the progressives give me a major headache. Most folks who engage in outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting, inadvertently use their peripheral vision quite a bit without ever realizing it. This is what causes the headaches. The progressives blur your peripheral vision causing your eyes to strain without knowing it's going on. I have a pair of prescription polarized RayBan's that I love. I like the traditional bi-focal in them since all I really use it for is to tie flies or look at my phone (not while driving of course ) The larger lens keeps the bi-focal line out of my line of site too. I wear low profile clear glasses also.
    Kevin
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    "If God had intended for man to only fish on weekends, He never would have created the other 5 days of the week."

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  3. #12
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    Default Re: Need prescription sunglass recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    I just visited Smiths site and though confusing, click on sunglasses and Techlite (glass) Polarchromic Cooper. I need a new pair too. I intend to visit both Smith and Costa assuming they each have a booth at the NJ Show.
    I am hoping to do the same at Marlboro, although it looks as though Smith may not have a booth there. At least the Costa rep will be able to advise me what I might like best out of their offerings.

    Techlite Polarchromic Copper is what I think I have on my current Smiths. It is very difficult to tell from the Smith website what the available options for prescription bifocals are, though.

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    I had to do an on-line "chat" with a Smith tech person to ascertain availability...but it apparently exists with the only limitation the frame styles they offer Rx in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonefish41 View Post
    ) then get three Cocoon overs in Yellow, Blue Mirror grey base, and Green Mirror brown base.
    I tried Cocoons also and I like them. They really work too. I was walking along the lake with my daughter and and I said, "Look at all the fish right here by the bank." She replied, "What fish?" I gave her the Cocoons and her response was "Wow!"

  6. #15
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    Default Re: Need prescription sunglass recommendation

    So what I ended up getting were Drivewear by Transitions progressive lenses in some basic frames from Costco for about $250. Like my previous Smiths, they are polarized and photochromic. I normally wear progressives and don't have a problem with headaches. I went for a walk around a local pond to peer into the water, and was quite pleased with their glare penetration. Costco's frame selection may not be as cool as Smith's or Costa's, but at that price I'm not complaining.

    Transitions Drivewear | Driving Sunglasses | Polarized Lenses | Transitions

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    I went through the same dilemma last year. I searched and searched, read and read. So........

    I went through an on-line service, Prescription Sunglasses, Rx Goggles & Glasses Online | SportRx I had my concerns, too but dare I say, it turned out 100% Perfect. I went with Smith 'Guide' Frames, ChromaPop Lens, Progressive Rx, too. What I received was 100% Smith .. Frames, Lens (Logo etched on the top.), etc.

    I'm very skeptical about doing such things on-line, but I couldn't have asked for anything better. If you go this route, I hope you have the same results.

    Oh.....it wasn't cheap either, but I use my eye's everyday and I have several rods that cost more; I consider my vision equally as important as my rods, reels, etc.

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    One more tidbit of information.

    Back in my younger mountaineering days, I also used a company based out of Lyons, CO. Home - Opticus You, talking about high quality lens and customer service. Wow, they know what they are doing. But also remember the environment for which they make lenses for, too. You don't want to be stuck on the side of a mountain in a far away land and have a problem.....

    Personally, I haven't used them lately......ONLY because of the frame selections. Ask...they may be able to make lens to your frame?

  10. Default Re: Need prescription sunglass recommendation

    My last purchase...after Cat surgery...new lenses achieved 20/40 and 20/30 uncorrected whereas before 20/200...
    so it was glass...and it was Smith photochromic glass copper in a closeout frame single vision $336 ordered direct with my 'script sent....I can seeIMG_2850.jpg...caught last Thursday Key West and the lenses worked...glass is heavy so if you have aggressive script then plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonefish41 View Post
    My go to polars for the flats are Attachment 9228 these are the old Julbo French Classic Glacier frames now called Julbo Vermont Classic with replaceable leather side shields and nose strap. The lenses are KbCo CR39 in Copper with solid gold mirror with the very effective side shields I did not put any anti glare coating...those old time cable ear pieces hold the glasses on the face even in heat sweat...not as fashionable as Costa, Maui, Oakley, Smith etc...but very function-able.
    "Not fashionable"? Those are the coolest shades I've ever seen!

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    Default Re: Need prescription sunglass recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by moucheur2003 View Post
    So what I ended up getting were Drivewear by Transitions progressive lenses in some basic frames from Costco for about $250. Like my previous Smiths, they are polarized and photochromic. I normally wear progressives and don't have a problem with headaches. I went for a walk around a local pond to peer into the water, and was quite pleased with their glare penetration. Costco's frame selection may not be as cool as Smith's or Costa's, but at that price I'm not complaining.

    Transitions Drivewear | Driving Sunglasses | Polarized Lenses | Transitions
    I too have worn Drivewear Transitions for a couple decades now, and they are my "magic" glasses. Day, night, rain, June sun, on the flats, in a flats boat, on the western rivers, on a wide open lake, driving in anything, just everywhere! Mine are on Habervision frames out of Golden Colorado. Price is right, quality is top notch. Don't ever miss Costa or Smith.

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