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Why not buy prescription glasses and get polarized clip-ons for them. This allows you to use the same pair for indoor/night use as well as daytime use.
Be careful when buying clip-ons; some are more appropriate than others. Another instructor was telling me about one of his students who had a heck of a time using a hand bearing compass; his numbers matched no one else. It seems that he had clip-ons that were held in place with magnets.

One other consideration; photochromatic lens only transmit 80% of light at best. As such, they may not be the best choice for night.
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I don't like using my clip-ons on the boat. They let too much light in the sides. I had a pair of Killer Loop sunglasses and had my prescription put in and just bought a pair of Bolle which were the only ones that would handle the bi-focal.

You want to get wrap around style that will block the glare and sunlight from the sides otherwise you'll find yourself squinting. You also want polarized to cut down on the glare off the water and to see into the water as well.

The ones I just bought are the Bolle Sport Collection, King
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all about the polarized lenses. I am a big fan of oakley sunglasses but maui jim are top of the line. Revo and Bolle work great too! go with a light weight wrap type design to help with glare from the sides and keep them on your face. just remember be carefull when cleaning the salt/spray off. dont want to scratch your expensive glasses. check out oakleys website, they have a little online app that lets you check out different lens tints and what they are recommended for.
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Be aware that polarized glasses often interfere with your ability to read your instruments or the chartplotter. If this is a big problem, you might want to get a quarter-plate filter and cut a piece to fit the instrument or chartplotter in question.
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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.
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The problem is that many prescriptions are too heavy if they're made in glass lenses. High-diopter or multi-focal length prescriptions often require high-refraction index lenses in order to be made light enough to be comfortable.

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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.
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I have just bought my third pair of persecription glasses from

Zenni Optical

The last pair were perscription sunglasses, polarized (by choice) - about $25.00 and I love them. The first two pair were graduated bifocals with coating and titanium frames and two pairs of polarized clip ons each - about $75.00 each pair.

I am in no way associated with the company, neither the parent company nor the outlet in California.

A number of my friends have also purchased them. They arrived when promised and in perfect shape.

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I'd second using Zenni Optical... I'm about to order a couple more sets from them for boating season.
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I have just bought my third pair of persecription glasses from

Zenni Optical

The last pair were perscription sunglasses, polarized (by choice) - about $25.00 and I love them. The first two pair were graduated bifocals with coating and titanium frames and two pairs of polarized clip ons each - about $75.00 each pair.

I am in no way associated with the company, neither the parent company nor the outlet in California.

A number of my friends have also purchased them. They arrived when promised and in perfect shape.

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I am on my third pair of (non prescription) Maui Jim Kahunas, and loved them, until a friend of mine bought a pair of Costa Del Mars. The Costa Del Mars are lighter, and better contoured to your face. They also were the winners of the PS sunglass test IIRC.

A great place to buy brand name sunglasses is eBay. Typically 30-50% off retail. The markup on glasses must be astronomical.

Costa Del Mars will be my next pair.
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I have Oakley Bottle Cap prescriptives and absolutely love them. While I got the bronze lens they also come with the grey. Price was high $300 range from Pearle. They're impact resistant and have a slight wrap around lens. Just fantastic optics. My wife got Maui Jims prescriptives and loves them as well. There is nothing like high end sunglasses and to get them at the same price for Plain Jane is a bonus.
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