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post #8 of Old 09-07-2004
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Eyeglasses fall apart

I''ve worm glasses 40 years and can''t do much beside get out of bed and reach for them when I get up in the morning. heck I couldn''t find the dock let alone the boat without mine.

Lasik would not work for me given the correction and the prism adjustment. Contact lenses are the same problem too. I also need bifocals as well.

For sailing I like a pair perscription Ray Ban frames with a strap across the back so they don''t fall in the drink. On the water they are great.

One thing you can do is get a warranty from Pearle Vision. For one year they replace at 90% and in year two it''s 80% coverage. Basically if you don''t lose them and can haul them in they replace them pretty much with no questions asked. All added up my glasses generally run a regualr and sunglass pair for about $750. The warranty is chump change.

Framless won''t hold up. They are for old guys that sit around all the time. Titaninum has been pretty good for me. They don''t get bent as easily and I have never had a lense come loose. I am very hard on glasses and have been for a long time. The platic rRay Ban''s worked pretty well too.

Go with as small a lense shape as you can and use the ultra high index plastic (most expensive). This will make the thinest and smallest lense and most important the lightest weight on the nose. Light weigt reduces a lot of the problems. I had thick glass lenses and the frames trashed much faster. I think it was the estra weight that agravated the problem.

The anti glare coating is really nice but you need to use lens wipes to clean them or they don''t clean easily. One thing I found with Pearl is that the coating reacted with something and fogged up (may have been chlorine). They replaced it under warranty for $30. Plus one time I sat on the Ray Ban''s another $30. If you can replace them cheap don''t worry as much.
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