/ Good optician for prescription sunglasses?

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kevin stephens - on 10 Oct 2016
I use vari-focal glasses which are great for day to day use, driving, rock climbing etc. For road cycling I use cycling glasses with a small prescription panel in the bottom of the lens so I can read my computer.

I would really like some good quality sun glasses suitable for skiing and climbing etc. (ie good at blocking out the sun and wind) with my custom vari-focal prescription. Unfortunately Specsavers usual range of frames seem pretty poor for this even if I paid for tinted coating. I appreciate that having prescription lenses restricts some wrap around styles that use as sun glasses for skiing but there must be opticians who can come up with something better than Specsavers? Any recommendation for national chains or Sheffield opticians?
jonesieboy on 10 Oct 2016
In reply to kevin stephens:
I never had any luck with prescription sunglasses. The Adidas sport ones with the insert screwed up my sense of distance (as they did for a friend who also tried them). An expensive failure.


John2 - on 10 Oct 2016
In reply to kevin stephens:

I would recommend Optilabs. I've used their Blackbird glasses with varifocal lenses, and been very happy with them for skiing, cycling and driving. If that's not what you want I'm sure their cycling range would have something suitable,
Chris Craggs - on 10 Oct 2016
In reply to kevin stephens:

I have used David Inmann on Ecclesall Road for many years, and they have always provided excellent service. I often get tinted prescription glasses there,

Chris
Siward on 12 Oct 2016
In reply to kevin stephens:

I used Eyekit for some really nice Bolle wraparounds, polarised and mirrored. Lovely things but the trouble is that they make my eyes water (on account of the price!)
james.slater - on 12 Oct 2016
In reply to kevin stephens:

I used Vision Express to get a pair of Oakley wraps on prescription. Was expensive but so worthwhile. Good service, and a good optician, at least thats the case in Worcester!
Rockarch - on 12 Oct 2016
In reply to kevin stephens:

try Extreme Eyewear, as that's what they do!
Lil_Pete - on 12 Oct 2016
In reply to kevin stephens:

I used RXSport - https://www.rxsport.co.uk - to get a pair of Adidas Eyewears with the inserts that were mentioned before, unfortunately I'm just going to muddle the issue, because I really like mine and didn't have any problem!

RR on 13 Oct 2016
In reply to Lil_Pete:

Wait and see with the Adidas glasses. I never got the right inserts prescription glasses. Double focus etc. Tried several times, different shops / ophthalmologists. Did cost a fortune. Because the inserts are that expensive I thought it was wise to get two pairs of the adidas glasses + frames with different colors. Beside that the inserts didnít work, the rubber pads of one frame came of and the coating of the glass does come of (8 weeks high altitude). Changed to Julbo explorer. No deteriorating of the glasses so far. But no inserts any more.
Lil_Pete - on 13 Oct 2016
In reply to RR:

Mine have been kicked about for years now, nothing higher than 4000m though and hardly abused, tbh mainly worn at sea level bumbling about!
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RR on 14 Oct 2016
In reply to Lil_Pete:

@ Lil_Pete @ Rockarch @James.slater
Thank you. Very interesting info.
Since the inserts donít work for me I will try to get prescription sunglasses with multi focal lenses at one of those specialist shops.

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