Ask me about Eyewear!

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  1. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    Hello CC,

    Thanks for your tips and input in your thread on eyewear. Great stuff.
    I have got a question for you that I am not sure if you can answer, so I decided to send you this by pm. I hope you can tell me what to do.

    A couple of weeks ago I bought oakley juliet (x-metal) sunglasses that I wanted to fit with clear prescription glasses to use these as sportsglasses. I went to my local optometrist because I didn't want to order through oakley cause they charge a lot for regular prescription glasses. My local guy ordered glasses with a curve in them (I have like -5.5 or something so these were expensive to get in a thinner quality)
    He thought (stupidly) that he could fit these in to the oakley juliets because he could 'bend' the metal a bit straighter. This didn't work.
    Now the local shop isn't sure what to advise me. Either I get my money back and fit the sunglass lenses back in and try to resell.
    Or he orders extra extra curved glasses for me but in my -5.5 strength glasses this might cause too much distortion?? So if I go throug and order those extra curvy glasses (I dont have to pay for those obviously, they just keep te money I already paid for the first glasses) that will be risky. If they do cause a lot of distortion I will lose that money because they have warned me.
    What do you advise me? ( I know you cant advise me professionally because you dont know all the details but you know what do you think about this generally?)

    Regards,

    Floris.

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    Hi,

    Sorry for getting back to you so late. I didn't see that I had PMs.

    I get this question a lot. Do you mind if I post it in the thread?

    In any case, I can sure help you out with deciding. But first I would like to tell you that I am NOT your eye care professional so I can give you advice "off the record". It is solely for informational purposes only.

    1. Oakley's RX Program only does up to a -4.00 compounded. Even with your RX and willing to pay, Oakley will NOT make your RX of -5.50. This is for good reason, they know that after -4 there will be a lot of distortion and vision will NOT be optimal. Once we get higher than the -4 threshold we need to start taking into consideration the "prism" that the RX will cause when it is with so much wrap.

    2. More wrap = more discomfort. Some people don't mind the discomfort from the distortion, others feel like barfing when wearing them. You wont know until you put them on. Think of it like this, take your current glasses, bend them in half at the bridge and look through the lenses. You are basically looking out of the lens at a 45degree angle. You can see how this will be uncomfortable.

    3. Base curve (the curvature of the lenses). The higher the curvature of the lens the harder it is to adapt to. Your current lenses are probably very flat, this makes them thin, light and you will get a wider field of vision. When we start going into the curvatures the lenses will start to get thicker, unless you go with a high index lens (read: thinner material). This will still cause vision distortions.

    4. Frames being bent a bit flatter. They suggested to bend the frames flatter so that they can put in a flatter lens. A flatter lens will be more comfortable to wear in terms of vision but it will reduce the "wrapped look" that you like about the frames. They can still adjust it to fit snug, but it won't have the same appeal.

    5. Lens color. Also keep in mind that the shop probably isn't going to be putting on a mirror coating for you like the ones that are in there right now.

    There are tons of options for making this frame RX-able, but it is just a matter of how much you want to pay and how much wrap you can tolerate. At the end of the day, you are opening your own wallet and you have to see if you are making the best choice for your situation.

    Hope this helps.
     


  2. aphextwin07

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    I would say to take it to a B&M store. If there are problems or a discrepancy in the RX, at least you can go back to get it resolved. I'm sure that online labs might have policies and such but I would go to a B&M store. Just makes it easier. Also, if you take it to a B&M store, they will probably do it for you on the spot instead of shipping it there and back. Sometimes it is cheaper and faster to get the RX with your frames, but that isn't the case in your situation.

    my 2 cents


    thanks, you're right- it'll probably be easier to try to get it done locally. will give that a try when my frames get here next week.
     


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    thanks, you're right- it'll probably be easier to try to get it done locally. will give that a try when my frames get here next week.

    NP. If you are in a hurry, shop around to see who has the fastest turnover. Some stores will do it in 15 minutes and others will take a week for the same lenses/product.
     


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    hello, not sure if i'm posting this question in the right place, but i could not find any other suitable threads. i live in London and need a new pair of eyeglasses (plastic tortouise shell style frame). have an oval(ish) face so was thinking a squarish pair. anyone know which places to check out in London (woudl like to try on frames).

    all i can think of is selfridges, harvey nichols (although i am not sure if they still have eyeglass frames, harrods (they have sunglasses not sure about frames)..
    anyways..any tips/advice much appreciated!..
     


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    I realize it's going to make this tough but I'm not going to post a photo of myself. If it's still possible to have your advice, could you please let me know what you think of these two frames styles and what considerations would go into selecting between them? My hair is coffee brown and my eyes are hazel, if any of that makes any difference. Thanks! [​IMG]

    http://www.laeyeworks.com/catalogFra...ZZLE&c=PLASTIC (style: BLACK )
    http://www.laeyeworks.com/catalogFra...ENOT&c=PLASTIC style: BLACK)


    I am also considering the following pair (Alain Mikli):
    http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/...0,0,0&format=0

    Appreciate your help, thanks again.
     


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    Opinions on these? I just went into Lens Crafters to browse some new lenses (give my eyes a break from contacts) and snapped this picture. Does anyone think this is too extreme?

    I personally dig it.


    [​IMG]
     


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    You have very perfectly circular nostrils

    but, uh, yeah those look good
     


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    I had a pair of Oakely XXs when I was younger, and still have some Oakley Fives 2.0 for sport use. It gets quite annoying. I'm thinking of just getting contacts and some Juliets or something off the Standard Issue site.

    I know it's probably not SF approved, but I ordered some Oakley Planks in matte black with transition lenses to replace the Corkscrews I have in my icon:

    [​IMG]
     


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    First off thanks CC for this very informative thread, I'm just getting my first rx pair and am glad I found this thread.

    I've read your comments on quality/price ratios and what you think about 500+ frames and for the most part I agree, however I'd like to hear your thoughts on something like a TF vs Cartier vs Mikita, they're totally different I know, but I like some TF frames although I havent been able to try them on yet so still unsure if they'll work for me but mainly wondering if they're worth retail or better to wait for them on sale?

    I also like some cartier and I have a long time friend who swears they're the best frames in the market, my only caveat is that I'd like a pair in a non-shinny metal finish, does cartier even make a frame that's polished or non shinny? and is it really worth the crazy retail price? and are most cartier frames on ebay fake? (I'm assuming they are fake)

    And I also like mikita, I've already tried a pair that looks ok on me and I like how the metal frame can bend and such but they're expensive, around 500, and I dont know much about the brand, does a bendable frame really help or will it make the lends pop out or break more easily? is there another brand with bendable metal frames but not as expensive as mikita?

    And lastly, I know your in TO and so am I, do you know a place with good TF stock that I could check out, I hate going to josephson and other than some wicked small shop on the path, that has a great selection btw, I cant find much TF in the city other than sunglasses.

    Thanks.
     


  12. CityConnection

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    I realize it's going to make this tough but I'm not going to post a photo of myself. If it's still possible to have your advice, could you please let me know what you think of these two frames styles and what considerations would go into selecting between them? My hair is coffee brown and my eyes are hazel, if any of that makes any difference. Thanks! [​IMG]

    http://www.laeyeworks.com/catalogFra...ZZLE&c=PLASTIC (style: BLACK )
    http://www.laeyeworks.com/catalogFra...ENOT&c=PLASTIC style: BLACK)


    I am also considering the following pair (Alain Mikli):
    http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/...0,0,0&format=0

    Appreciate your help, thanks again.


    First off, as you know it is difficult to give an opinion without seeing what they look like on you. But regarding the frames you have chosen. For the first 2 frame, they will work for you if your style is old school preppy or abstract artsy. Those frames are probably both fairly small in size and won't suit everyone. The 3rd one is a completely different look and it is relatively feminine looking. The cat eyed shape may work for you if you have softer features, but I'm going to guess that the first 2 are better frames for you. (Again, without seeing any on you, I don't think anyone can really tell you which is better)
     


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    Opinions on these? I just went into Lens Crafters to browse some new lenses (give my eyes a break from contacts) and snapped this picture. Does anyone think this is too extreme? I personally dig it. [​IMG]
    I like it. The clubmasters are classics. The wayfarers are getting played out. Everyone and their 2nd aunts have a air. But it takes confidence to wear the clubmasters. Go for the dive, you'll love them. The fit is a LOT better than the wayfarers as well. The sizing on your is good too. I like how the frame is a bit deeper so that it reduces the length of your face. Also, it looks good with the hair because the hair adds more "height" to your face. Good size and good style.
     


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    hello, not sure if i'm posting this question in the right place, but i could not find any other suitable threads. i live in London and need a new pair of eyeglasses (plastic tortouise shell style frame). have an oval(ish) face so was thinking a squarish pair. anyone know which places to check out in London (woudl like to try on frames).

    all i can think of is selfridges, harvey nichols (although i am not sure if they still have eyeglass frames, harrods (they have sunglasses not sure about frames)..
    anyways..any tips/advice much appreciated!..


    Unfortunately, I do not know much about London other than it is an awesome place to visit. Maybe another local can help you out? Anyone?
     


  15. CityConnection

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    First off thanks CC for this very informative thread, I'm just getting my first rx pair and am glad I found this thread.

    I've read your comments on quality/price ratios and what you think about 500+ frames and for the most part I agree, however I'd like to hear your thoughts on something like a TF vs Cartier vs Mikita, they're totally different I know, but I like some TF frames although I havent been able to try them on yet so still unsure if they'll work for me but mainly wondering if they're worth retail or better to wait for them on sale?

    I also like some cartier and I have a long time friend who swears they're the best frames in the market, my only caveat is that I'd like a pair in a non-shinny metal finish, does cartier even make a frame that's polished or non shinny? and is it really worth the crazy retail price? and are most cartier frames on ebay fake? (I'm assuming they are fake)

    And I also like mikita, I've already tried a pair that looks ok on me and I like how the metal frame can bend and such but they're expensive, around 500, and I dont know much about the brand, does a bendable frame really help or will it make the lends pop out or break more easily? is there another brand with bendable metal frames but not as expensive as mikita?

    And lastly, I know your in TO and so am I, do you know a place with good TF stock that I could check out, I hate going to josephson and other than some wicked small shop on the path, that has a great selection btw, I cant find much TF in the city other than sunglasses.

    Thanks.


    Sorry for my ignorance... What is TF?
     


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