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Sunglasses: what kind do you wear?

CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
I know we had one of these discussions long ago, but a search didn't bring it up. :( So--- I'm in the market for some new sunglasses. I usually get the cheaper ones ($15-30), but I got some money to burn from my last birthday and thought of maybe splurging this time. I never lose my glasses, so that's not a problem. I have sensitive eyes and wear them all the time while outside (no crow's feet here!). :D

We were at the mall yesterday and I was checking out some nice, expensive ones. some of the Maui Jim's look very nice, and they seem like they would last forever for me. But are they really worth the money? Are any pricey glasses worth it?

So, what do you wear and why? Thanks!
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,499Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i have a BIG pair of very dark Frankie & Johnny sunglasses that i paid $35 Cdn for about 4 years ago.

    before that, i always wore the polarized cheapies that cost $5 per pair because i lost them a lot.

    these glasses go with me everywhere, but i still have some of the cheapies lying around in case i can't remember where the good ones are.
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  • MarMar Posts: 3,003Registered Users
    Mine are in the $25 range but I am going to get some prescription ones and that should cost around $100
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    I have prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses.

    i have myopia and an astigmatism and my optometrist is associated with an optician that sells designer frames, so my sunglasses are usually around 200. It's insane, I know, but worth it. I only lost them once (for the first time this week, actually, and my brother found them in the car!).

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  • Summer91Summer91 Posts: 265Registered Users
    curlyara wrote:
    I have prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses.

    Me too, so mine are very expensive as well.
  • loosecurlsloosecurls Posts: 637Registered Users
    I have Raybans w/ prescription lenses. . .figured it was cheaper than replacing the Gucci frames I had that got stolen!
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  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    I don't know what range you would put mine in. When I get new glasses, I take the old ones and have them tinted for sunglasses. That way I have an "expensive" pair of free prescription sunglasses. In other words, the tinting is free but the original glasses a year or two earlier weren't cheap. I like doing this because the main reason for upgrading glasses is for reading; therefore, my old prescription is still good for distance and make great sunglasses.
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  • Summer91Summer91 Posts: 265Registered Users
    munchkin wrote:
    I don't know what range you would put mine in. When I get new glasses, I take the old ones and have them tinted for sunglasses. That way I have an "expensive" pair of free prescription sunglasses. In other words, the tinting is free but the original glasses a year or two earlier weren't cheap. I like doing this because the main reason for upgrading glasses is for reading; therefore, my old prescription is still good for distance and make great sunglasses.

    Good idea! I was wondering something though. When you get new glasses is it because your prescription changed or just because you want a change? If it's because of a change, does it mess with your eyes going back and forth between the two prescriptions/pairs of glasses? I hope that made sense.
  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    munchkin wrote:
    I don't know what range you would put mine in. When I get new glasses, I take the old ones and have them tinted for sunglasses. That way I have an "expensive" pair of free prescription sunglasses. In other words, the tinting is free but the original glasses a year or two earlier weren't cheap. I like doing this because the main reason for upgrading glasses is for reading; therefore, my old prescription is still good for distance and make great sunglasses.


    that's a good idea. i was thinking of just getting new lenses this year and having the optician pop them into the old frames.

    one good thing about prescription sunglasses is that the thief is screwed when they put them on.... :wink:

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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have a pair of Smiths that I use when I bike ride that were around $120, I have a pair of Ray Bans that were around $100, and I have a pair of Ralph Laurens that were probably $70 or so.

    To me, cheap sunglasses aren't worth the trouble because they distort images and they don't always keep the harmful rays out. With all the eye issues I've had, it's worth it to me to get good sunglasses that I can see through.
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    These days, the cheapies have all the UV protection you need, really. So I get them when wearing contacts. I love being able to switch depending on my outfit, etc. I prefer accessorizing my sunglasses to shoes! On the other hand, when I wear my glasses I have sunglasses the exact shape of the glasses so they're expensive.

    When I get back into riding horses I'll get an expensive pair of sunglasses which wrap around my eyes to protect from dust and block even more rays while I'm riding.
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  • Confused CurlyConfused Curly Posts: 229Registered Users
    I have a pair of Gucci sunglasses that I only wear when it is really bright out. They are a thick black wrap around style that protects me from possible crows feet. I bought them because they were actually cheaper than a similar Ray-Ban's style. :shock: $165 vs $199

    On normal days I wear my Roxy sunglasses which are in the high moderately priced range.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    If your RX changed a lot since your last exam, it could do more damage than good to make your old glasses into sunglasses. The best thing would be to use your old frame and buy new lenses with the new RX. It's best to ask your Dr. how much change there is. If it is only like a quarter diopter then you could get away with wearing the old RX, but there aren't alot of places that will put a tint over one or two year old glasses, since the tint will seep into the scratches on the lenses and they will be a lot more noticeable.

    At Costco, polarized prescription lenses are around $55 and you can buy a really nice frame for about $40. If you don't want prescription sunglasses, all you pay for is the frame and costco will put non-prescription lenses in for free. 8) I like to design my own this way, and chances are no one else will have any like mine.
    As far as manufacturers, Maui Jim is top of the line for polarization since they polarize both sides of the lenses and put an anti-glare on top. Bolle and Serengeti have excellent polarization as well, so does Hobie. I think polarization is the way to go, so much less glare and color is trasmitted more easily to the cornea. And the best thing about less glare is less squinting.....and we know too much squinting leads to more noticeable crows feet. :shock:
    Sorry to go on and on...just my $0.02. :wink:
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    PookyGuide wrote:
    At Costco, polarized prescription lenses are around $55 and you can buy a really nice frame for about $40. If you don't want prescription sunglasses, all you pay for is the frame and costco will put non-prescription lenses in for free. 8) I like to design my own this way, and chances are no one else will have any like mine.
    As far as manufacturers, Maui Jim is top of the line for polarization since they polarize both sides of the lenses and put an anti-glare on top. Bolle and Serengeti have excellent polarization as well, so does Hobie. I think polarization is the way to go, so much less glare and color is trasmitted more easily to the cornea. And the best thing about less glare is less squinting.....and we know too much squinting leads to more noticeable crows feet. :shock:
    Sorry to go on and on...just my $0.02. :wink:
    Pooky, that's a quarter's worth! :) And well spent! ;) Do the Costco non-prescriptions have polarization? I really do want polarized lenses as my eyes are so sensitive to light. I like the way Maui Jim's uses the polarized and anti-glare inside and out--I hate that glare I get on the inside, I can often see my cheekbones or eyes reflected.

    I'll check into some of the other names mentioned. Thanks for all your replies so far. 8)
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    The Costco non-rx are polarized, and like I said, free of charge when you buy a frame. Here in our NW division we can't put the anti-glare on top of polarized lenses, but they may be able to in your area since some other districts can. Definitely worth checking into with all the $$$ you can save. Plus, your frames and lenses will be warrantied for one year, which is even better considering how hard most of us are on our sunglasses. (I usually sit on mine when I leave them on the seat. :oops: )
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    I think mine cost about $9.99 at Walmart.

    I am looking at those prescription glasses with the magnetic sunglasses that attach, though.
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  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    When I change my glasses, it's mainly for reading. I have trifocals... which are a pain. If I didn't work in an office and use a computer all day long, I could get away with bifocals. Anyway, it's usually only the reading part of my prescription that needs changed (the trifocal/bifocal part). The upper or main part of the glasses hardly changes at all. Since that is what I look through for driving, walking around, etc., I can get my old glasses tinted for sunglasses and find I don't have any adjustment going from the old to the new prescription. I can still use the old trifocal part for occasional reading (at the beach, etc) with not much adjustment. Works great for me, and like I said, I then have a prescription pair of sunglasses.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    NetG wrote:
    These days, the cheapies have all the UV protection you need, really.
    Not to single you out because a couple other people said this too.

    The cheapies aren't the same. They may have UV protection, but there's a lot of distortion. It might be fine to have cheapies when you're walking around town, but if you do sports or anything similar, go for the higher priced glasses. It was like night and day when I went from the cheap Performance store brand to my Smiths.
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    mrspoppers wrote:
    NetG wrote:
    These days, the cheapies have all the UV protection you need, really.
    Not to single you out because a couple other people said this too.

    The cheapies aren't the same. They may have UV protection, but there's a lot of distortion. It might be fine to have cheapies when you're walking around town, but if you do sports or anything similar, go for the higher priced glasses. It was like night and day when I went from the cheap Performance store brand to my Smiths.

    Well....you have to try on multiple pairs, because some have distortion, some don't-same brand, same style. They're definitely not consistent like good ones. This is part of why I'll be buying more expensive ones when I start riding again.

    I see better driving in my cheapies and contacts than I do in my prescription glasses, though-because my contacts just work that much better. :D (I love contacts!)
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  • Cabana BoyCabana Boy Posts: 400Registered Users
    I have a $200+ pair of Maui Jim's. Before those I had a $200 dollar pair of Revo's. I also have a spare ten dollar pair in the glovebox just in case.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I have to laugh at your range. :D To me, "cheapies" would be $10.00 and under. The "top of the line" for me would be $100.00 and even that's pushing it.

    That being said, I currently use a $3.99 pair that I've had for ages. I rarely lose sunglasses because I need them so desperately. My sister borrowed my Brighton's ($67.00) and lost them (didn't offer to replace them either but that's a whole 'nother rant). So I need to replace those eventually.

    Anyway. Cheap sunglasses for me. :)
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    PartyHair wrote:
    I have to laugh at your range. :D To me, "cheapies" would be $10.00 and under. The "top of the line" for me would be $100.00 and even that's pushing it.
    Well, I didn't want to get too carried away with categories. I would edit but you can't edit polls. :(
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  • curlgurl03curlgurl03 Posts: 3Registered Users
    I have a pair of Oakley Fate's in lavender, but I'd like to get another pair in rootbeer. :D They were around $80.00. Oakley's are awesome because they'll replace them free if they break etc (which I've never had happen). This particular style also has 18% lens transmission (amount of light that passes through the lens). Not too bad.

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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    curlgurl03 wrote:
    I have a pair of Oakley Fate's in lavender, but I'd like to get another pair in rootbeer. :D They were around $80.00. Oakley's are awesome because they'll replace them free if they break etc (which I've never had happen). This particular style also has 18% lens transmission (amount of light that passes through the lens). Not too bad.

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    Oh my Lord. You may've just made me change my tune on buying expensive sunglasses. Those are ADORABLE. I'm in love...

    Thanks. :x :lol: 8) 8) 8)
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  • curlgurl03curlgurl03 Posts: 3Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    curlgurl03 wrote:
    I have a pair of Oakley Fate's in lavender, but I'd like to get another pair in rootbeer. :D They were around $80.00. Oakley's are awesome because they'll replace them free if they break etc (which I've never had happen). This particular style also has 18% lens transmission (amount of light that passes through the lens). Not too bad.

    Oh my Lord. You may've just made me change my tune on buying expensive sunglasses. Those are ADORABLE. I'm in love...

    Thanks. :x :lol: 8) 8) 8)

    You're welcome!! :D
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    What about these?:

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    or these?:

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    or in the black?

    ETA: why can't I get the pics to show up?!?!?! :x

    ETA: sure NOW it works! :P
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  • hnyhpshnyhps Posts: 134Registered Users
    I wear Maui Jim's. I need as muc protection as I can get for my eyes. I get headaches in the sun. I love these glasses.
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  • sylviasylvia Posts: 41Registered Users
    I love Serengeti. I went out to buy me another pair of Maui Jims, then I seen the shape I liked in the Serengeti for cheaper and they are polarized,too. I wear sunglasses year round every day, because I'm really light sensitive ( I am working nights for about 3 years now), so I guess it justifies the higher prize. :oops: justify???? I'm worth it :lol:
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  • sylviasylvia Posts: 41Registered Users
    I love Serengeti. I went out to buy me another pair of Maui Jims, then I seen the shape I liked in the Serengeti for cheaper and they are polarized,too. I wear sunglasses year round every day, because I'm really light sensitive ( I am working nights for about 3 years now), so I guess it justifies the higher prize. :oops: justify???? I'm worth it :lol: Actually I "lost" my Maui Jims after I washed my BFs Ray Bans in the washer. Here he was complaining I made them dirty constantly. I tell you they have never been soooo clean before.
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    eifelwitch wrote:
    I love Serengeti. I went out to buy me another pair of Maui Jims, then I seen the shape I liked in the Serengeti for cheaper and they are polarized,too. I wear sunglasses year round every day, because I'm really light sensitive ( I am working nights for about 3 years now), so I guess it justifies the higher prize. :oops: justify???? I'm worth it :lol:
    Which Serengeti's do you have? My sis has a pair. I've been looking at those too. I also wear my sunglasses daily--even the haze on a cloudy day causes my eyes to water! :cry:
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    CurliLocks wrote:

    This way works for windows users, not sure about others, but it would probably be a similar process. Right click the image you want, go to properties and highlight then copy the image's url. Then use the img tag and paste that url inside the tags.
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