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When you say prescription, do you already have an opthamologist that takes care of you? If so, start with them. They don't all carry all frames or lenses and if someone has been taking good care of your eyes--stick with them! Year after year the chains and discounters get tested and compared--and come up short compared to independent shops overall.
Some years ago I told mine (opthamologist) that I valued their care, I valued their quality, but frankly I couldn't afford their prices any more because the competition was $xxx for the same glasses and the difference was substantial. I said I didn't expect them to match the price but couldn't they make some accomodation? And it took all of two minutes for the boss to say yes, and come down to almost the same price. We're both happy.
The big problem with "sailing" glasses is that you want GLASS lenses, not plastic. Even the scratch-resistant coatings will not protect plastic from salt crystals, so when you find out that you can only get plastic lenses (hiya!) you'll need to also remember to only clean the spray after RINSING in fresh water and using a clean cloth to dry. Use once and throw away--the salt crystalizes in it and becomes sandpaper.