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Prescription aviators

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Coffee, May 5, 2006.

  1. Coffee

    Coffee Active Member

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    Hi!

    I have been on the lookout for sunglasses. Unfortunately my vision has weakened enought to make me dependant on eyeglasses. I was wondering if anyone here knows whether I can have Rayban aviators fitted with prescription lenses and whether it´s sensible thing to do. Heavily curved lenses make poor and expensive eyeglasses.

    I saw on Rayban site at the eyeglassframe section an aviator frames but I´m not sure if they would turn up to be anything like the original ones. Many older men use those or similar as their eyeglassframes and that´s not the look I´m after.

    Are there any other good options. Rayban doesn´t make the only aviators around allthough they pretty much are the only choice for people who want the original look except perhaps Randolph.
     
  2. blackgrass

    blackgrass Senior member

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    I have worn Ray Bans for years. Back in the 80's when Wayfarers were the shit (and still are in my opinion...I got a pair for X-mas) I had a pair of prescription ones before I got contacts. I will say the prescription was not all that great as the angle of the glasses (the way they sat on my face) really affected the prescription. Also....the lenses weren't tinted right. They had more of a green tint to them than they should have. Heck...I still have those glasses somewhere. Since then I have worn the RB aviators for years. Great glasses! I used to work as a flyfishing guide and have had all sorts of high end polarized glasses but to me the Ray Bans are great and tough as hell. I have dropped them countless times on the pavement..rocks...ect...and never had a single problem. This led me back to the Wayfarers....Ray Bans are just a great quality pair of shades. Is it possible to have Ray Ban put the prescription in for you? You might check to see if they have this available...I know there are a few sunglass manufactures that will do this or work directly with someone that can to ensure the quality is up to par. Part of the thing with Ray Ban is their lenses.....I don't think you will be getting Ray Ban glass if you decide to go with a prescription pair.
     
  3. Coffee

    Coffee Active Member

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    thanks blackgrass,

    I´ve tried on some Wayfarer as well as aviators but didn´t pay much attention to the curviness of the lenses. In pictures their lenses seem pretty plain and sit almost perpendicular to the face. From what I have gathered, this would make them ideal frames for prescription glasses. Where did you have your prescription Wayfarers made and what is so special about Rayban lenses? Is it the colour or the material?
     
  4. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    I am pretty sure you can put prescriptions in aviators. The curvature you can deal with these days is probably more than you would expect.
     
  5. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Just make sure aviators look good on you before you drop the dough. I like aviators. I look like an idiot in aviators (and so do a lot of people who wear them). Don't look like an idiot.
     
  6. blackgrass

    blackgrass Senior member

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    thanks blackgrass,

    I´ve tried on some Wayfarer as well as aviators but didn´t pay much attention to the curviness of the lenses. In pictures their lenses seem pretty plain and sit almost perpendicular to the face. From what I have gathered, this would make them ideal frames for prescription glasses. Where did you have your prescription Wayfarers made and what is so special about Rayban lenses? Is it the colour or the material?


    I really think the Wayfarers have undergone a style change in the last 20 years or so...Some may argue this but the old pair I have sort of tilt down towards your nose at an angle. If you are looking to the right then the glasses tilt this way in relation to your face ( / ) Maybe that makes sense. The newer pair that I have are the smaller of the two sizes offered in the Wayfarer...more like the original in my opinion.

    I got the prescription for the Wayfarers at my local eye doctor. I brought in the frames and they made up the glasses. I'm sure I would have had better results if I had shopped around for someone better....again...this was like 20 years ago.

    I think it's the material G15 (I think) that the lens are made of that I really like....plus the colors are all good as well. They are easy on the eyes and I really can't tell a big difference between them and polarized lenses unless I am on the water. My aviators are probably 10 years old....they have the mirrored lens and the plastic bar at the top. They are not the ones I would have picked out for myself but a friend gave them to me so I just wore the hell out of them.... They look like Cop issue!

    Ray Ban Aviators and Wayfares are classic....they don't look good on everybody but when they do...they look great!
     
  7. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    How do you know if you look good in aviators? I took a photo of myself in a store, but very few people I know wear them so no one's used to seeing them, and can't really gauge if it'd look good on someone.

    Someone suggested I try those for a pair of prescription sunglasses I need to have made, and I was thinking about it, and it doesn't hurt that people here seem to approve of it as a classic item.
     
  8. swooc

    swooc Senior member

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    How do you know if you look good in aviators? I took a photo of myself in a store, but very few people I know wear them so no one's used to seeing them, and can't really gauge if it'd look good on someone.


    You will know when you try them on.....well thats how i knew :p.

    Though its only the RayBan original that doesnt suit me....i can pull off the newer styles and other brands.
     
  9. minya

    minya Senior member

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    How do you know if you look good in aviators?
    I'm pretty much going to go ahead and say that aviators are one of those things where if you have to ask "Can I pull this off?" then chances are, you probably can't.
     
  10. adam w.

    adam w. Member

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    I've actually had a pair of prescription Ray Ban aves for about a year, and they've treated me wonderfully. I have pretty awful vision, and the thickness of the lenses isn't even noticeable unless you examine them closely. My only quibble with them is that the lenses came back a couple shades lighter than they looked when I ordered them. I'll try to get a picture of them tonight so you can see what mine look like.
     

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