I’m near-sighted (not short sighted!). Objects farther away than about five feet start to get blurry for me. That means with the naked eye I can’t really track a golf ball’s flight much beyond 150 yards. In the 2-3 years since I got some transition lenses on two pairs Ray Ban glasses, I’ve been able to happily see the ball as far as 250 yards or more. The problem with those Ray Bans is that they’re not sporty, or designed for sports. I can see the edges of the glasses, and they’re not well suited for the visuals one encounters on the golf course with regards to contrast, definition, contours, and subtle details like reading greens.
Thanks to SportRx out of San Diego, I’ve recently put some real sports sunglasses into play with my custom prescription. I’ve been using them for the last few weeks during golf rounds, driving around town, and doing other outdoor activities like hiking. SportRX can fit popular brand named sunglasses like Oakley, adidas, Nike, Bolle, Smith and many others with prescription lenses. This is such a great thing. I can now have a sports style and performance but not compromise being able to see!
As an added bonus, these prescription Oakley sunglasses have lenses which transition. The lenses start as a lighter yellow and go to a dark brown in direct sunlight.
I’m still testing out the glasses and will post a full review soon.
I love the idea of getting good looking sunglasses, only downside I see is the cost. The frames aren’t cheap nor are the lenses. But they have a great selection and a pretty wide range of prices. I look forward to your review.
I have had prescription Oakley glasses for years. You can purchase them at virtually any eye glass store, and at least a portion of the costs are covered under many insurance plans. The thing to watch out for is whether the lenses are being sent to Oakley (or what ever company) to be made, or is the store (or on line retailer) fitting the lens. If it is not being done at the manufacturer, then you are not getting Oakley or Maui Jim, etc. lenses, but getting generic lenses that fit those frames. For instance, Oakley has a certain amount of impact resistance. Generic lenses would not offer the same level of protection.
The reason I bring this up is that for many years, and maybe it has changed, but Oakley would would not do a prescription for the lens in the flack jacket frame (or any other frame that did not have a rim all the way around the lens.) So curious if that changed, or if they gave you generic lenses on an Oakley frame.
Thanks for the comments. I’m not sure whether the lenses are made in house or where. I also have another pair of prescription adidas glasses provided by the same company.