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Poor man's prescription sunnies

Post by Old Techo » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:04 am

For decades I have used only Polaroid or polarised sunglasses. Bright sunshine makes me sneeze and with most brands of sunnies they are not good enough in keeping light out from the sides. The only ones that do are sold by the Cancer Council. These are a proper wrap-around design with side panels :D

The issue that arises is when prescription glasses are needed for driving. Yes, you can get prescription sunnies - maybe even with polarised lenses. However I have not found any with a wrap-around to match the Cancer Council version but these are not available in prescription.

My solution was to attach my prescription distance glasses (with the arms removed) to my preferred sunnies. I have been using these combined glasses for several years.

Sure, it may look a bit agricultural but it works. The main combining structural member is a cable tie in the centre. A small blob of Blu Tak at each end completes the stability job.
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Re: Poor man's prescription sunnies

Post by TramcarTrev » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:32 am

A novel solution to the problem....

OPSM will fit script lenses to Cancer Council frames provided the lens required is not such that it needs a special frame.
Specsavers will do likewise and supplied me with multifocal lenses for CC frames and the lenses are polarised.... Cost was $99 plus the CC sunnies to start...
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Post by Archer63 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:19 pm

Have just got a pair of new glasses from OPSM OT and also got a pair of wrap around polarised sunnies with graduated lenses which keep out a lot more light than my previous pair. Think there has been minor breakthrough with this.
After having them now for a couple of weeks I would say that the sunnies for distance vision are not quite as good as my regular glasses and take a bit of getting used to but they are not bad.
The sunnies are expensive though....not much change out of $1000 for the pair....ouch !!
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Post by Old Techo » Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:17 pm

Archer63 wrote:The sunnies are expensive though....not much change out of $1000 for the pair....ouch !!
Wow :shock: :o

I got my script distance glasses from 'glassesonline' @ $49 :D
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Post by Archer63 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:02 pm

2 x glasses with graduated lenses...yes..is expensive...better not loose them overboard on my boat :cry: :cry:
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Post by dieseltojo » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:18 pm

So OT, how do you clean 'em ? boil 'em? :)
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Post by Gerry M » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:42 pm

dieseltojo wrote:So OT, how do you clean 'em ? boil 'em? :)
Probably has a spreadsheet to advise when to use one of those ultrasonic cleaners, or as they look like a plunder made them, perhaps a soak in draino :mrgreen: :lol: :lol:
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Post by Old Techo » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:34 pm

OK you funny fellas :lol:

It is obvious that the exposed surfaces can be cleaned conventionally.

Between the lenses rarely gets dirty except for a bit of fluff or dust. I can blow this out with my mouth or use compressed air.

Occasionally I put the glasses under a running tap for a good squirt then dry the exposed surfaces with a tissue. Then I dry between the lenses by slipping the end of a tissue into the gap and pulling it out the other side and then a little back and forth tissue action to complete the drying.

It is also easy to snip off the cable tie and separate the glasses, but I've only done that once.
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Post by Murray & Anita » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:19 am

I did a similar modification to that done by OT, when we went to Antarctica earlier this year.
I removed all but the central section from an old pair of frameless glasses and slid this under the nose piece on a pair of sunnies, so didn't need the cable tie even - did the job and others couldn't see the prescription lenses behind the sunnies.
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Post by GeeCee » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:53 am

Old Techo wrote:For decades I have used only Polaroid or polarised sunglasses. Bright sunshine makes me sneeze and with most brands of sunnies they are not good enough in keeping light out from the sides. The only ones that do are sold by the Cancer Council. These are a proper wrap-around design with side panels :D

The issue that arises is when prescription glasses are needed for driving. Yes, you can get prescription sunnies - maybe even with polarised lenses. However I have not found any with a wrap-around to match the Cancer Council version but these are not available in prescription.

My solution was to attach my prescription distance glasses (with the arms removed) to my preferred sunnies. I have been using these combined glasses for several years.

Sure, it may look a bit agricultural but it works. The main combining structural member is a cable tie in the centre. A small blob of Blu Tak at each end completes the stability job.

You are way too clever for this or any other forum OT!!!

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Post by Jeffie » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:03 pm

O.T. & others.
Go to your optom' store and ask to see Fitovers.
They cost about $50.00 and as the name suggests they fit over your normal glasses.
Been using them for several years.
I find them very useful when driving as my normal glasses go dark in the sun but not when driving.

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Re: Poor man's prescription sunnies

Post by Old Techo » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:57 pm

Thanks Jeff, but I was aware of fitovers.

They seem like a good idea but what would niggle me is having to remove, find a spot to rest them and then replace 2 pairs of glasses when I quickly wanted to swap to reading glasses. I would sometimes do this at traffic lights to check or change the sat nav but needed to be ready to go on green so may swap back by feel. Double glasses, double trouble.

Also I didn't like the thought of 2 sets of glasses arms hooked over my ears.
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Re: Poor man's prescription sunnies

Post by dieseltojo » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:20 am

Thumbs up from me OT.
I got the same sort of comments on trying to help with tightening a gas bottle.... :)
Not too sure about the Occupational health and safety act police on self medicating for the eyes though.

What I like about this idea is that you can choose the level of tint in the polaroids.
I was talked into a set of self darkening glasses and in the car as they don't get sun on them they are useless.

I went with their prescribed darkened lens's and they were of limited availability of strength of tint. So in mild sun; too dark.
With OT's idea you can use your favorite tint Polaroids and achieve the correct result for your self.

My wife has a set of clip overs and we all know how the look. You can even flip them up if you like for the ultimate look of the jet setter..... :) But she can't wear them for long as all the crap that make "em work is just too heavy.
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Post by Shaggy Dog » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:44 am

OT,
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Post by dieseltojo » Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:02 am

Some times there is method in the madness.


This blind bloke almost got hit by a car due to his guide dog not seeing it. I thought what's he doing??

The blind bloke was giving a bikky to the dog!!!!

I went up and said "Mate I saw that dog nearly get you killed and you are feeding him a bikky?"

He said "Year I am trying to find which end is his arse so I can kick it".... :lol:
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