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Originally Posted by Roger la Rock View Post


If your distance acuity is off, as an optometrist the first things I would be thinking of are the prescription and the lens centring. Getting a recheck is the right move.

The quality of the lenses is more important than the brand. The major manufacturers produce a large range of progressive lenses at different price points. As CC mentioned as a general rule you get what you pay for. The cheapest lenses may be decades old designs using traditional grinding methods which have optical limitations. Newer (and more expensive) designs use digital surfacing (CNC) which allow better control of aberrations and  optimisation for the prescription, the frame and how it fits, giving sharper vision, reduced distortion, better reading areas and easier adaptation.

You are not just buying a pair of lenses, but also expertise. Your eye doctor or dispenser are familiar with the brands of lenses that they use. By all means discuss with them which model of lens is most suitable for you, but asking for a brand which they are unfamiliar with may be a recipe for trouble.

Yes, lenses are not created equally. Computer use may be difficult with a regular progressive lens. Look into the Nikon DigiLife. It has a smaller distance but a ballooned intermediate and reading area.

As well, progressives must be fit correctly. Given 2 dispensers, 1 may help you see amazing and another may result in poor vision. Some dispensers just don't know what they are doing. Case in point, a good mechanic vs a bad one. Bad one can try to fix your car 10 times and never fix the problem. Good mechanic can just do a small tune up and resolve all problems.

With that said, not all progressives are created equally and you get what you pay for (well, except for at places like Lenscrafters where even their "good" lenses aren't that good, in most cases). There is a formula: Good dispenser + good lenses = good vision. Your vision will only be as good as the weakest link in this equation.
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Look for an optical shop that carries Fatheadz Eyewear.  They specialize in oversized frames.

I saw their booth at the Vision Expo East in New York. They had a big trailer with open sides with big dudes working their booth. Every last man in that booth, fit their description perfectly.
post #2613 of 2736
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Some updates on brands that I find made big improvements or new brands that have potential after going to the Vision Expo East in New York last month...

RetroSuperFuture: They have really stepped up their game in terms of fit and quality. The fit is MUCH more suitable. Their styles are limited but some are bang on. I find that the quality of their finish has improved as well. All around, they are improving.

Toms Shoes: They are now making glasses and sunglasses. The quality is similar to that of Paul Frank by Baum Vision. Price is conservative and styles are fun. In my opinion, the Toms are better than the Paul Frank. A bit more adult-ish.

Viktor & Rolf: Significantly better than their last run. They are made in France with a small manufacture. They are clean with a bit of edge. Price is similar to that most brand names. The production is limited so back orders are expected for the next little while, as they catch up to demand.

Oliver Peoples West: Their newer line that is replacing their other sunglass line..the name escapes me right now. They are using the same temple design as their last release of the other line. They are stream lining their branding all into the OP name. For the price, name and construction, relatively good value. A lot of the shapes are similar to that of OP styles.

Paul Smith: The styles and quality is a LOT better than I remembered it being in the past. Prices are fair for the quality of the frame and their minimalistic styling is great.

G-Star: I just glanced at it, but the styling looks pretty good. Modern, sharp styling and rather masculine. It is from Marchon, so quality will be similar to other lines of theirs.

Kio Yamato; Finally coming out with smaller frames. Their metals have more edge, literally. More angular and dimension to it, as opposed to their usual flat metal. They also launched a sunglass line with large plastisc.

Modo: Has a new release of thin and light plastic/metal combo frames. Supper comfortable and retro-ish without looking too crazy. No branding on the exterior and clean lines.

Italia Independent: A little disappointing. Either the North American distributor is not carrying all of their colors, but the line was rather boring compared to what I saw on their website and what I was anticipating.

That's off the top of my head, but I'm sure there is a bunch that I'm missing.

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Persol: I used to think it was overpriced but that design feature is actually pretty good. I've been wearing mine more these days and I'm starting to really get comfortable with them.
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thoughts on the Persol 649? i have a big head and i think i like the look...


also thoughts on the carrera safari. i have a pair and they seem like junk. care to recommend similar style from a better maker?

Persols quality will be one up from Carrera. The quality of acetate and finish is much better. The 649s are nice but the fit is tricky. I find it doesn't fit on a lot of people. But definitely worth checking out. It's a gentleman's Rayban. One step up from Rayban. Actually, in terms of quality, many steps up.
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I've got a large face, larger eyebrows. Most sunglasses without nosepads tend to fit like this, with lots of eyebrows showing. Should I stick with aviators?

I don't see anything wrong with showing brows. I think it looks much wierder with the suns covering the brows.
Edited by CityConnection - 4/24/14 at 7:01pm
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Does anyone have experience with Sama eyewear? I found some neat plastic sunglasses today - sort of a hybrid between the wayfarer style and round lenses.

 

Are these quality shades?

 

Thanks!

 

- Kent


Edited by frostiblack - 4/24/14 at 11:52am
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Hey there,

 

I am wondering how it comes, that some brands with the same good quality can be so much more affordable than RayBan & Co.

 

For example my new pair of eyeglasses which just arrived from American Glasses. Great look, very good quality, super cool case, but much cheaper than the RayBan I had before.

 

How comes that a start up like American Glasses can supply this kind of products for just $89 including thin lens, coating and so on, when I pay $300 or more for other brands? Is it just because they spent more money in marketing or does RayBan making a hell of a money?

 

Btw. I don't know if other online shops have it, but I didn't saw it before: American Glasses has a funny 3D try on where you can share 3D pictures of you with eyeglasses on Facebook. :-)

 

Greets,

 

Jerome

post #2616 of 2736

^ Marketing costs explain some of it. Something tells me you already know that good marketing is expensive and badly written shilling is cheap.

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Ahhh, yes true, you got me. I am the Head of Marketing :rotflmao:

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thoughts on the Persol 649? i have a big head and i think i like the look...


also thoughts on the carrera safari. i have a pair and they seem like junk. care to recommend similar style from a better maker?
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I've got a large face, larger eyebrows. Most sunglasses without nosepads tend to fit like this, with lots of eyebrows showing. Should I stick with aviators?
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Originally Posted by wagthesam View Post



I've got a large face, larger eyebrows. Most sunglasses without nosepads tend to fit like this, with lots of eyebrows showing. Should I stick with aviators?

Those look pretty cool on you!smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Jerome1988 View Post

Hey there,

I am wondering how it comes, that some brands with the same good quality can be so much more affordable than RayBan & Co.

For example my new pair of eyeglasses which just arrived from American Glasses. Great look, very good quality, super cool case, but much cheaper than the RayBan I had before.

How comes that a start up like American Glasses can supply this kind of products for just $89 including thin lens, coating and so on, when I pay $300 or more for other brands? Is it just because they spent more money in marketing or does RayBan making a hell of a money?

Btw. I don't know if other online shops have it, but I didn't saw it before: American Glasses has a funny 3D try on where you can share 3D pictures of you with eyeglasses on Facebook. :-)

Greets,

Jerome

I can assure you the $89 you spent may seem similar to the Raybans, which they may be, but are certainly not the same quality as some of the better manufactures. If you paid $89 you probably got a frame made in China with no branding, polycarbonate lenses and maybe an entry level coating at best. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that but it certainly isn't the best. You can't compare a handmade garment to a mass produce shirt. Even if the material is the same, everything about it is different. To an untrained eye they may look the same but everyone knows that something about it looks cheap. It's like getting a knock off wallet. It may look similar but something just doesn't look right
Edited by CityConnection - 4/24/14 at 7:13pm
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Originally Posted by thefastlife View Post

thoughts on the Persol 649? i have a big head and i think i like the look...


also thoughts on the carrera safari. i have a pair and they seem like junk. care to recommend similar style from a better maker?

The 649s are cool but it doesn't suit everyone. The quality of the persols will be one up on the Carreras though. The materials are different and so is the finish. Try them on first. I find it's not comfortable for a lot of people.
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Originally Posted by CityConnection View Post

The 649s are cool but it doesn't suit everyone. The quality of the persols will be one up on the Carreras though. The materials are different and so is the finish. Try them on first. I find it's not comfortable for a lot of people.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by wagthesam View Post



I've got a large face, larger eyebrows. Most sunglasses without nosepads tend to fit like this, with lots of eyebrows showing. Should I stick with aviators?

I don't see anything wrong with showing brows. I think it looks much wierder with the suns covering the brows.
post #2625 of 2736
Gotcha, thanks guys
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