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stranger 08 Nov 2015, 00:09

Hi everyone

I am after some advice.

I am considering investing in some multifocal prescription sunglasses (I will be living under a bridge for a few months to pay them off :) )

My distance prescription is weak, and I go without glasses mostly unless I need to see something up close - I have a strong reading prescription.

I would wear the sunnies for driving, reading a book on the beach, and checking my phone in the sun.

I have heard that it can be hard to read small print with prescription sunnies because it is too dark! Is that true?

Also I have heard that there are situations where polarised is better than unpolarised and vice versa. What's the deal here?

I am really sensitive to glare after a botched cataract operation, so am after the best sunnies for driving that would help with this.

Thanks for your help. You people should really start charging!!

Soundmanpt 22 Sep 2015, 20:13

Hey when your wrong your wrong. I am good with that. I know it wasn't all that long ago that not just small shops but the bigger high end stores also said they couldn't make rx sunglass lenses for many of the wrap around sunglasses and that included Oakley. It seems they now have the technology to make them now.

JS 22 Sep 2015, 20:02

I also disagree. I have sent out at least 10 tight-wrap frames in the past 6 months to have RX Base-8 lenses installed. Some have been CR-39, and some have been Trivex.

They have turned out very well, with the exception of a Ray Ban 3217 frame. On that frame the Trivex lenses had to drilled and edged by hand because the lenses must be mounted to the front of the frame. This frame was getting +1.75, -1.00 X 180 lenses. I was sure that the person was not going to like them due to the thickness of the inside edges of the lenses. Instead, he told me that these were now going to be his primary sunglasses. He thought they were really cool. Who would have known...

Melyssa 22 Sep 2015, 04:48

I have never had a problem with buying regular sunglasses and having them made up in my prescription with clear CR39 lenses. Included in my collection are my favorite blue drop-temples, my oldest pair of cat's-eyes (red Foster Grants), and a large, orange cat's-eye frame with white polka dots.

Daffy 22 Sep 2015, 03:35

Soundmanpt-I don't agree (sorry). They say they can't because they stock standard lenses and always push higher index lenses. The high index lens base curve is so small ie the front lens curvature being flatter, that the frame will not fit the lens. Better optical stores will know more about this and find lenses to fit the frame. They will have access to higher base curve lenses. Even Oakley, with very highly curved frames, have their own lenses to fit, although very pricey. The max Rx in the high curve lenses is -6. The only frame that won't work is where the lens of the sunglasses is basically one lens

Daffy 22 Sep 2015, 03:35

Soundmanpt-I don't agree (sorry). They say they can't because they stock standard lenses and always push higher index lenses. The high index lens base curve is so small ie the front lens curvature being flatter, that the frame will not fit the lens. Better optical stores will know more about this and find lenses to fit the frame. They will have access to higher base curve lenses. Even Oakley, with very highly curved frames, have their own lenses to fit, although very pricey. The max Rx in the high curve lenses is -6. The only frame that won't work is where the lens of the sunglasses is basically one lens

Soundmanpt 21 Sep 2015, 08:08


The reason I can see that the optician would say that those designer sunglasses you have won't look so good by replacing the lenses with prescription sunglasses lenses is that many non prescription lenses in sunglasses have wrap around shaped lenses. Prescription lenses can't be shaped the same way. So your prescription lenses would be much more flat and probably wouldn't look as they do now. The amount of prescription you need is certainly not the problem because -2.00 isn't very strong at all. You probably are better off finding a frame in his shop, or any optical shop that is made for regular eyeglass lenses and have them made into prescription sunglasses.

ric 21 Sep 2015, 01:09

Nadine: sure sunglasses will be right with this prescription.

Nadine 20 Sep 2015, 11:57

I wanted to buy designer sunglasses and get prescription lenses in them but the opticians say they won't look as good. They are quiet big sunglasses I have -2.00 prescription would this be ok? I don't want to wear contact lenses all the time.

High Myopic 28 Sep 2014, 13:15

I have 24 pairs of sunglasses in my collection now.

I bought a huge blazing red pair of sunglasses yesterday for 7 dollars. They say B47120 CE (Composite Euro) on the right temple and say Made In China on the left temple. I love them. They fit my face very well.

Soundmanpt 02 Jun 2014, 16:10


I know I have mentioned this before but I have 2 friends that are now in a small way like Melyssa. They both got there in different ways. The first one was someone I knew that was working as a barmaid at a local sports bar. When I first met her she didn't need any vision correction. But she hadn't had her eyes checked in a very long tiem and decided she should get them checked. She came away with a very weak prescription for distance. I asked her if she wanted to see my samples from Zenni and she quickly responded that she was not going to wear glasses and she got fitted with contact lenses. The following year when it came time to renew her contacts and an eye exam is required her vision had gotten a bit worse and not she had enough astigmatism that it required toric lenses which are considerably more expensive than regular contacts. She was now suddenly much mire interested in wearing glasses part of the time to save on the contacts. She had me order her 3 pairs of glasses. She only had them less than a month and she contacted me and she said she needed to order several more pairs. This time she got 5 more making a total of 8 pairs. It turned out everyone thought she looked better with glasses.

The 2nd young lady was a manager of a jewelery store chain. She always wore contacts, at least for about 3 or 4 years that i had known her. She suffered badly during allergy season as her eyes were runny and made a mess of her contacts. Finally out of the blue she showed up at work wearing new glasses one day. When I first saw her wearing glasses I was quite surprised and only assumed she got them form a local shop. But she got them from Zenni and even more shocking was when she told me that she actually got 8 pairs all at once. Then after less than a year she went back in and got another 8 pairs. I never saw her in contacts again.

Clare 02 Jun 2014, 15:28

Melyssa, Soundmanpt - thanks for the comments. I'm still getting used to the idea of a glasses wardrobe. I seemed to have picked well for my main pair, or so people say. I like the idea of a range of frames but less so the idea that people, once again, comment. No-one notices my glasses any more as everyone here has said happens after a while. Ttill waiting for some sunshine to try them out!

Melyssa 02 Jun 2014, 15:23


Don't stop at 4 or 5, try for 7, a pair for each day of the week. :)

I have two (2) pairs of sunglasses, both of which are nonprescription ones that fit over my regular glasses (a wee bit difficult with the largest frames), and I only use them when driving.

Clare & Soundmanpt,

If I had to choose from 48 pairs of glasses each day, I would be late for work 5 times a week. LOL (I have them all set out the day before.)

Matching frames with outfits is easy for me when they are blue, red, purple, black, or gray (gray clothes with clear frames), or at least brown frames with beige or tan clothes, but not so easy with just one green frame, one pink frame, and no orange, yellow, or white frames.

Soundmanpt 02 Jun 2014, 00:30


So glad you like them. Of course I guess having some sun to really test them might be nice. But I am sure your vision won't be any problem with them. The main issue was how well you would like how they look and the quality of them.

Now since you have found that you really don't have to spend a big part of your paycheck on glasses you may even decide to get a few more pairs of regular glasses form Zenni. Your now wearing glasses much more than you ever have int the past so at least you should try and make it as much fun as possible. Being able to match your glasses to different outfits of clothing is one way to do that. Now I am not suggesting you become another Melyssa and have 48 pairs of glasses to choose from each day, but maybe 4 or 5 would be nice.

Clare 01 Jun 2014, 16:01

Hi Soundmanpt, yes, they arrived in the week. They are a style truly nothing like I've ever had before - that has to be good. The quality and the fit are great, no complaints. Just need some sunshine to try them out. I'm off to Asia in a couple of weeks where I'll be bound to need them. Hope I get chance to try them in England before I go!

Soundmanpt 20 May 2014, 09:40


Still waiting to hear your reactions to the prescription sunglasses you ordered from Zenni? I would think by now they should have arrived?

Soundmanpt 12 May 2014, 16:10


Just being curious because it should be about 2 weeks since you ordered your prescription sunglasses from Zenni if they have arrived yet or if your still waiting?

Now remember when you get them and try them on if they feel lie they need any adjusting you can take them to any optical store or even a sunglasses shop to get them adjusted.

Soundmanpt 30 Apr 2014, 01:29


When you get your sunglasses if they need any adjusting at all I assure you your regular opticians won't have any problem adjusting them for you and if they were to ask, which I doubt they will, where you got them from you shouldn't hold back in telling them. After all you have spent plenty with them over the years. The other option is to just go to any optical store and they will gladly adjust them without any questions.

I really think you will be happy with your sunglasses when they arrive.

If you later decide to order your regular glasses from Zenni besides just going by the pictures the real true way to know about the size being right is to take a pair of glasses you have that you feel fits your face the best. Measure that pair across the front (face) from the very outside left to the outside right using a ruler that is millimeter. When you get hat size you probably noticed that Zenni provides all the measurements of their glasses. The one you would be most interested in is what they call "overall width" that si the measurement across the front of their glasses. If that number compares very close to your glasses then they should be a very good fit for you.

Crystal Veil 29 Apr 2014, 18:17

Hi Clare, cat eye sunglasses really seem to make a come back in the streets of Holland (you are right, I'm Dutch) so your choice would not be regarded quirky here. On Saturday I will see a model who did two photo shoots for me last year. She finally made her choice from the Zenni glasses that we used during her second shoot and I will bring her the glasses. They are sunglasses with "dégradé" lenses which will give her a bit of a mystery look. I hope to use the frame of your choice in an up coming photo shoot with a model who really likes the cat eye style. Dutch models are not shy to experiment with many different frame styles and maybe that's what you see in the choice of your Dutch colleagues as well. I always find the differences in frame choice in various countries a fascinating part of a stay abroad. I hope the sunglasses will work great for you.

Clare 29 Apr 2014, 15:03

Thanks Crystal Veil. I checked the size of the lenses against my regular glasses and could see that they were much deeper, in fact they came half way down my nose which I thought was weird but I checked and the model too had the same which reassured me. I quite liked the quirky look (hope it works for me) and I've never had cat eye frames before. Can't wait for the delivery!

You're in NL aren't you? I always found my NL colleagues had great glasses taste.

Clare 29 Apr 2014, 14:54

Thanks Soundmanpt - I'm assuming it will take a few weeks as they have to ship them across the pond. I've never bought online before and though I posted a photo of myself to see how they looked I'll be interested to see how they look. And if they don't fit you think I can just take them into a local optician and ask them to tighten them up? I've only ever done that at my own optician and I wouldn't want to go to them with something obviously bought somewhere else!

 29 Apr 2014, 01:07


Please stop begging everyone to send you very strong glasses for your collection. You have been the subject in a bad way over on "Lenschat" and you need to stop. You have been told more than once how you can get strong glasses and if don't chooses to do that fine but stop the begging. It's getting very old.

HighMyopic 28 Apr 2014, 20:49

Crystal Veil, you have any pairs of strong glasses that you can give away? I looked at thrift store for thick glasses and they usually do not have very thick glasses. I looked at one today but they had no super strong glasses. They had mostly empty cases. Should I go to my eye doctor and ask if I can look through the eyeglasses donation box for some very thick pairs to add to my collection?

Crystal Veil 28 Apr 2014, 19:35

Zenni is very, very cheap. Their prices start at seven dollars, lenses included.

HighMyopic 28 Apr 2014, 18:54

You have any extra pairs that I can have? I collect eyeglasses. I cannot afford expensive rx glasses right now.

Crystal Veil 28 Apr 2014, 18:31


Zenni Optical does not ask for your own glasses receipt. The strongest pair I ordered from them was -19.25 (left) / -19.75 (right), 1.67 lenses.

HighMyopic 28 Apr 2014, 18:27

Has anyone ordered -20 glasses without having to show them a photocopy of your real rx?

I want to order them and I hope that I do not have to show them a pic of my real rx from the doctor. I worry then they might not mail me the -20 glasses if I show my real rx picture.

Soundmanpt 28 Apr 2014, 18:05


Glad you were able to find something you liked and for what its worth I think you made a great choice. They should look very nice as prescription sunglasses. I will be patiently waiting for them to arrive and keeping my fingers crossed as well since I have been recommending Zenni to you fro so long. If your not pleased I am sure you will let me know about it. lol

But I thing your going going to be very happy with them and so much so that you may decide then to order a pair or 2 of regular glasses.

As you have been reading you should receive your glasses in about 2 weeks or even less. I have never had them be more than 2 weeks, but I have received orders in 10 days time.

Crystal Veil 28 Apr 2014, 17:31


from my experience with over fifty models who posed for me in glasses, a PD of 59 is only slightly below average. The largest PD's were 67 - 68 and the smallest PD's were 55. In both cases this called for a careful selection of glasses for the photo shoots. I bought the same Zenni pair recently and my life partner (PD 64) thought that the frame was just a bit on the narrow side for her. You ordered them as sunglasses and they can be chosen a bit bigger than what you would chose for regular glasses. It sounds as if you made a good choice.

Clare 28 Apr 2014, 17:00

Nothing as on trend as that for me Trent - I'd be a little too worried about making a *spectacle* of myself!

I have just ordered a pair of sunglasses from Zenni. #626325 if anyone's interested, a pair of cat's eye in tortoiseshell. I had a bit of trouble selecting as some of the frames were too big for my PD, which is 59. Is that small?

Also I wanted a brown lens so, after looking at their instructions, selected 80% amber. Hope that looks okay but at $40 it's okay to experiment. Will be great to have some stylish sunnies for the summer, hope they look as good on me as they do on the website.

Trent 27 Apr 2014, 21:49

Check out these trendy sunglasses!a474814435be0ca8a9016fa0b42be2b9

Soundmanpt 27 Apr 2014, 16:03


Just remember don't call out "sunglasses" per say. Just look as if you were looking for regular glasses. you add the sunglass tint later on.

Clare 27 Apr 2014, 15:52

Thanks Soundmanpt - will take another look. I'm looking for plastic frames and contemporary, those I saw where either whacky or a bit dated!

Soundmanpt 25 Apr 2014, 19:03


It looks like Zenni is coming around to the style and size of glasses you seem to like. They just sent me an e-mail showing a "new arrival" that you maybe interested in. Look at #305225 and #305226. I checked the size and they are slightly over 5 1/2" wide so they should fit you perfectly.

Melyssa 25 Apr 2014, 07:44


I have the opposite problem. I need frames to be at least 5.5 inches wide, which is why some old glasses of mine are no longer useful. Then again, if it's only my head that has gained in size over the past 30+ years, that's not such a bad thing. :)

Soundmanpt 24 Apr 2014, 19:36


Yeah that's pretty small and sadly I have noticed like you have that they have a few that are 125mm but as you go smaller there seems to be even less available for some reason. I know I asked them once why they don't offer more smallish frames and they only claimed that they try to cater to the masses. But they seem to have far too many that are over 135mm and most of the orders I take for glasses are in the range of 129mm to 131mm.

Because of you small nose I assume you get a better fit from glasses that have adjustable nose pads? So maybe a nice semi-rimless is best for you? If i notice new arrivals that are in a size more like what you need I will try and let you know.

Juicebox 24 Apr 2014, 16:08


My ideal overall width is about 122/123mm, so 125 is ok but I have a petite nose and they tend to fall down if they're any bigger because they aren't close to my head. does that even make sense?!? what I'm trying to say is if there's wiggle room, the nose width bit becomes more important. bugs bunny, yes, if have a problem with that. Disney princesses on the other hand...haha!

Curt 24 Apr 2014, 15:54

I'm talking welders goggle dark!!! I don't normally wear them indoors, but if you walk in from outdoors, it's like going into a cave...

Soundmanpt 24 Apr 2014, 14:35


I agree, but most really like their sunglasses to be nice and dark. Remember you shouldn't be wearing sunglasses indoors anyway.

Of course as you say if Clare doesn't like her sunglasses dark then she cab do like you and go a little less on the tint.

Curt 24 Apr 2014, 12:59

I have a pair of Zenni prescription sunglasses with 80% grey tint, and they are VERY dark. They are really only good on the brightest of days, and if I walk indoors with them, I can't see anything!!! Next time, I will probably go with 60%...

Just my $0.02

Soundmanpt 24 Apr 2014, 12:55


May I ask what the "overall width" you need for glasses to fit your face properly? Most of the on-line retailers provides an overall number which is in millimeters This overall width is across the front of your glasses from the outside left to the outside right. Most of the samples I have or between 125mm and 132mm.

If you don't know what size you need just measure across the front of your glasses using a ruler in millimeters.

Now to be honest if you need glasses smaller than 125mm Zenni is rather limited unless you go to the kids frames. I don't know you would have a problem with Bugs Bunny being on your temples. lol

Soundmanpt 24 Apr 2014, 12:47


As it turns out, yes you were looking in the wrong place. Don't look specifically for "sunglasses" I think what happens is that your only seeing the pre-made non prescription sunglasses which they also now offer. At any rate the correct way to do it is to put in any preferences you may have have for color, frame shape, and materials, but go in as if you looking for regular prescription glasses. My guess is even by narrowing your selection down in this way you will still be shown well over a hundred glasses. Now once you find a pair you like and start the ordering process, by the way you can stop at anytime even up to the very end of the process, it will ask you if your getting single vision glasses, bifocals or progressives, or non prescription glasses. Of course you will be selecting single vision glasses. Next it will open an area where you need to fill in your prescription and it will be setup just as your prescription slip form your doctor has it written. It is easier to use the select bars to post your prescription. Next it will ask for your PD measurement. If you don't know that let me know and I will explain how you can get that on your own. Now it will say something about "tints" this is where your making your regular glasses into prescription sunglasses. Zenni recommends that if you like your sunglasses to be nice and dark that you order the 80% gray tint. I have ordered a good number of prescription sunglasses and for several that claimed they were light sensitive and they were very happy with that tint. Then just finish out the easy step by step ordering process.

So like I was telling you, anything you see can be either regular glasses or prescription sunglasses.

Juicebox 23 Apr 2014, 17:41


I've had the same issue with Zenni, I believe it's mostly because of my tiny head though as size seems to be the factor that cuts the most out of the selection. The only online retailer I have used (and their shipping was super quick - only 3 days without paying for next day delivery! They are based in the UK) was eyewearbrands. I don't know what your budget is, but they sell all the designer brands for much less than on the high street and the prescription is included in the price.

Clare 23 Apr 2014, 16:33

Thanks Soundmapt but when I narrowed down my selection - colour, material, snap - I was left with 6 options. Not what I expected! Was I looking in the wrong place? I was searching specifically for sunglasses.

Soundmanpt 23 Apr 2014, 15:57


I'm a little surprised out of the several thousand to chose from at Zenni that you weren't able to find anything. You do understand that you can have everything they show made as prescription sunglasses, meaning nearly every pair of glasses you see can be sunglasses.

Another one you may want to check out is "" they are very similar to Zenni but may have a frame that you like.

There are many other on line retailers but I have not dealt with any of the others but i assume they are okay.

Clare 23 Apr 2014, 15:09

I really need some prescription sunglasses for the summer. I drive a cabriolet and, as it discovered this weekend, with the hood down the sun beams straight down on the face. On Soundmanpt's advice I've checked out Zenni but am not finding anything that inspires me. Has anyone found any sites they'd recommend please?

SGS 17 Jan 2014, 00:48

these sunglasses are very unique, light weight and special good for sport. also have TAC harden polarized lenses they are super price too.

Soundmanpt 25 Aug 2012, 10:19


As big as your glasses are the only sunglasses that come to mind are the ones that if I recall were called "Solar" sunglasses, very large and they were designed to be worn over peoples prescription glasses. I have to admit to being surprised that you don't have any prescription sunglasses.

Melyssa 25 Aug 2012, 10:10

Surprisingly, this is my first post to this topic. I wear those big sunglasses that fit over regular glasses whenever I drive on sunny or partly cloudy days, as most of the time I am driving in the direction of the sun.

Of course, I have purchased a number of sunglasses over the years and immediately had clear prescription lenses put in them, including my favorite blue drop-temples, my 22-year-old red cat's-eyes and white cat's-eyes, along with my bleudame drop-temples and a mystery pair of cat's-eyes which will join my collection shortly.

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