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It seems I'm becoming a geezer in need of glasses. No offense to the rest of us geezers out there. Any recommendations on a good pair of prescription polarized sunglasses for sailing? I saw some pretty good deals on the net, just not sure of the quality. My optician wants about $700, seems kind of steep. Thanks!
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Get prescription glasses and then get polarized clip-on sunglasses to go over them. In my opinion, everything else is a waste of money. Those ones that transition-after a while they don't!

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I'd look for a different optician. The last time I bought eyeglasses, one year ago, I got one pair of clear and one pair of tinted with very good quality frames for $540. for both pairs, not including the eye exam.
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Do you need em for distance, or just for reading things up close?

I got the $ 30 Bass Pro polarized sunglasses with the reading glasses panel built in last year. Haven't worn anything else since. I can see from arms-length to the horizon perfectly...but reading GPS or text up close is the problem for me. These work great. I love em.

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They now have a nifty little thing where you get a prescription insert for sunglasses. Of course, the sunglasses have to be made for the insert, but you can get wrap-around styles that you can't get with just a prescription pair of sunglasses. I have a pair of polarized and amber tint, that along with the insert, ran me around $300.

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Sadly, I'm partly qualified to add my 2 cents to this geezer thread. My optometrist added a tint to my old glasses once... but I virtually never wore them. I don't remember the price. $700 seems kind of steep (unless the military is buying them.) I usually wear contacts but glasses are essential if you are out cruising for weeks on end. The contacts start to complain a bit if you have an overnight passage or an early morning.

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Guys, JC Penney often runs 2 for $99 prescription glasses sales. I did that last year, the frames were list at $399, yet I got 2 pairs ( different frames and one non sunglasses ) for $99.00. May be worth looking into. 4eyes runs a similar sale.

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Don't forget to wear a nerd strap every second while on the boat. The Chesapeake Bay is currently wearing four pairs of $300 dollar plus glasses and or sun glasses lost over the past four - five years.
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As long as your wearing a hat, nerd straps look nautical. I always wear them on the boat.

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Check out fitovers.com
Stylish, polarized and relatively cheap.....about $50....
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