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Topic # 198647 17-Jul-2016 17:18
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I've recently splashed out on a pair of progressive glasses. They're primarily used for reading though I do get a very slight improvement with mid to long range vision.

 

There are time where I will benefit from using sunglasses while also getting the advantage of the progressive lenses. However the amount of use doesn't justify getting progressive sunglasses.  I'd be better of with a second pair of clear progressives.

 

I've been looking around for pairs of clip ons. There's very little choice in the local Hamilton shops I've been to so far.

 

I like the idea of the the magnetic ones rather than the spring clip style, though the spring clip style would do as a last resort.

 

I also need them to be non polarised for work.

 

Have any Geekzoners had experience with magentic clip ons? Will they fit almost any metal frame that is magnetic? Do you need to buy a special frame to suit?

 

Where can I find non polarised lenses?

 

Thanks for any help.





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  Reply # 1594070 17-Jul-2016 17:27
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The last frames I bought had magnetic sunnies to suit. Most frames that have the magnetic sunnies are made as pairs as the frames aren't magnetic in any way shape or form. They were pretty much useless anyway. Too much light from all around. Before that I had transitional lenses, but they don't work when driving.

 

Now I have decent prescription sunnies. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1594099 17-Jul-2016 18:19
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http://www.zennioptical.com/

At the prices these guys charge I'd just purchase a pair of tinted progressives.
I currently have a couple of pairs of progressives from them and I feel they are of a better build quality than what I got at a local retailer / optometrist


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  Reply # 1594100 17-Jul-2016 18:23

I tried clip on sunglasses over my prescription glasses, but found them a pain.

 

Gave up and ordered polarized prescription glasses from Zenni Optical using my distance prescription. They work well for driving, walking, and other outdoor activities.

 

Cost delivered was $100 and only took a couple of weeks. Much better than the $700 quoted locally.

 

 




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  Reply # 1594184 17-Jul-2016 20:56
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Blakamin, I think the clip ons will cut out enough glare in the environment they will be used in.


k1w1k1d, in what way were the clip ons a pain?


I see some places have this style.

This is the sort of thing I think might work for me.

http://www.highburyeye.co.nz/Magnetic-Sunglasses-Clipons?chapter=60

Has anyone tried these?





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  Reply # 1594187 17-Jul-2016 21:04
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I have a pair of progressive reading/ distance glasses and a pair of distance sunglasses.

 

Can get away with just the distance lens in the sunglasses. Do you need to see

 

things (read close up) with a pair of sunglasses? Way cheaper for just a standard

 

lens in the sunglasses.


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  Reply # 1594192 17-Jul-2016 21:18
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They looked weird, especially when up.

 

Like looking through double glazed windows.

 

Didn't feel secure when down.

 

Light from the side came in between clear and tinted lenses.

 

Easily bumped out of place.

 

Much easier to wear one set of glasses and carry the other set in a case.

 

 

 

 


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I opted for photo chromatic lenses. I found clips ons made the glasses front heavy and uncomfortable to wear. The photo chromatically don't tint in the car so makes driving better.




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  Reply # 1594279 18-Jul-2016 09:29
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gumboot19:

I have a pair of progressive reading/ distance glasses and a pair of distance sunglasses.


Can get away with just the distance lens in the sunglasses. Do you need to see


things (read close up) with a pair of sunglasses? Way cheaper for just a standard


lens in the sunglasses.



My distance vision is fine, normal sunglasses work perfectly most of the time. I need them for close up work.




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  Reply # 1594280 18-Jul-2016 09:34
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MikeB4: I opted for photo chromatic lenses. I found clips ons made the glasses front heavy and uncomfortable to wear. The photo chromatically don't tint in the car so makes driving better.


Photo chromic are not suitable, they will not work in the environment where they will be used .




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  Reply # 1595341 19-Jul-2016 22:13
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I'm leaning towards a set of these or similar.

 

 

 

The design of my frames should allow the clip on lens to be made bigger then the corrective lens and thus cut out more glare.

 

 





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  Reply # 1595346 19-Jul-2016 22:22
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Do you have your head down over anything? Any light behind you? It's really hard to let you know what works without knowing the environment.




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  Reply # 1595350 19-Jul-2016 22:34
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There will be no light from behind I will be always looking out into the light.

Will be head down at times.

I guess you're thinking of situations where the sun or light source shines between both lenses or from behind the lenses.

That is only likely with the sun at right angles to me which will be possible from time to time. In these situations the sun visor will block the direct light.




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  Reply # 1595386 20-Jul-2016 02:52
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you seem intent on going for the clipons despite most advice to avoid them.

 

My own experience with clipons is that they make a pair of comfortable glasses uncomfortable.


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  Reply # 1595443 20-Jul-2016 08:57
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You seem to have pretty much made your mind up already, but let me add my story to what other people have offered...

 

I wear glasses all the time. Initially (about 15 years ago) it was just for close up stuff but now I need them for distance as well and have had progressive lenses for about nine years. I love that I just wear them all the time. My father has two pairs of glasses, one for distance and one for close up, and he's always taking one pair off and putting the other pair on every few minutes. Looks like a PITA to me and I don't can't be bothered with that. I get up in the morning, have a shower, put on my glasses, and that's it for the day. The only change to my life has been that my PC monitor is very low (only a couple of inches off the desk) so I can read the screen through the bottom of the lens without physically angling my neck.

 

The first pair of progressives I ever got were the Convertibles where the frames have a section near the hinge that's designed for a magnetic spot on the tinted outer frame. These were OK but, as others have said, they do make your glasses very front heavy when the tinted frame is attached. If you're looking down while wearing them they do tend to slide off your face. As I was living in Australia at the time, where it's very bright in summer and very hot (so sweat makes them slip more), I found them impossible to wear if I was doing any work outdoors. Sometimes in Adelaide when it was 43˚C+ just being outside was enough.

 

When I got back to New Zealand, the next time my prescription changed enough to need new glasses, I went to SpecSavers and got one pair of normal progressive lens glasses and one pair of tinted progressive lens sunglasses in one of their "two pair for [whatever price]" deals. You pay extra for the tint, more again if you want them polarised, but it's not prohibitive. The sunglasses are not the most stylish things - you usually can't have a lens that's too curved ("wraparound") with a progressive lens - but they're OK and ther work, no fuss. I can drive and see out the windscreen and look down at the speedometer, I can sit on the beach and look out to sea and read a book, I can work in the garden and see both ends of the fence, etc. all with the one pair of glasses.

 

Personally, I would never go back to clip-ons.




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  Reply # 1595577 20-Jul-2016 12:32
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farcus:

 

you seem intent on going for the clipons despite most advice to avoid them.

 

My own experience with clipons is that they make a pair of comfortable glasses uncomfortable.

 

 

You say the clip ons made the glasses uncomfortable but you don't explain how/why.

 

In my original post I asked for info on types of clip ons and where to buy, I wasn't looking to compare clip ons with other options.  So yes my intention was to buy clip ons.  

 

Having said that I have taken on board the comments on here and have done some more research.

 

It appears some people swear by prescription sunnies, others transitions, and others clip ons.  They all have their good and bad points.

 

I'm still discerning what will work best for me.

 

andrew027 Thank you for your detailed reply. I only need glasses for close up work/reading small print. I don't need them otherwise and for general outside use I will still just use normal sunglasses. I don't see the slipping off problem arising if I had the clip ons.  Like you I can get the two for one deal (well two for a bit more than the price of one).  

 

I had considered making the second pair prescription sunnies, but I don't see them getting enough use. I think I'd get better value out of having a second pair of normal prescription glasses. Since I don't use the glasses all the time I find it a pain having to remember to put them in my flight bag (which usually stays in the car) and then having to remember to get them out again at the end of the day to take them inside. I can leave one set at home and leave one in the car.

 

When I use the glasses at work I need them in poor light or at night, but once the sun is shining I need sunnies. My normal sunglasses for work are Ray Ban aviator style, so there is no wrap around lens. The prescription lenses cover much the same area. Hence the thought about using clip ons.

 

Some of you have recommended Zenni and I must admit that option is attractive especially from a dollars perspective. However I've read mixed reviews on mail order glasses including Zenni and this makes me a bit wary.

 

Mean time I'm still assessing the various options.

 

 

 

 





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