Sports Glasses: Who has them?

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  1. pabletion

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    I'm over contact lenses! Now, each time I'm playing with them, I feel weird, I KNOW I'm not seeing perfectly and I feel like I have to force my eyes a bit. I've started using regular glasses on a daily basis much more often, since I had my eyes re checked and had new frames made (I only used my spare 15 year old frames when I took my contacts off at nights). Its such a relief using glasses compared to contacts, and I of course have even felt how much better I see with my glasses than contacts.

    I have never played tennis with my glasses on, just tried it once or twice more than 15 years ago, and felt horrible, that is when I started using contacts. Now, with age, sun and lights reflections bother me more than before, so I bought some Oakley M2 polarized glasses and now dont play without them under the sun, it makes a whole lot of a difference, just couldnt take the glare now and it was really bothering me.

    Now, Im thinking about getting some Oakleys (or other similar brand) with prescription, maybe clear ones, or tinted ones as well, so I dont have to use my contacts any more, the last couple of weeks Ive noticed I dont see that great with my contacts anymore, they tend to get blurry with sweat, or when I rub my eyes, etc, and I find myself constantly rubbing them to get the blurr off.

    So, you, prescription sports glasses users, what do you recommend? HOW do you get Oakley prescription glasses??? I cant find anything on their page!

    Thanks.
     
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  2. krisdrum

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    I don't currently use sport specific glasses for tennis, but previously have had RX sports glasses (mostly for cycling).

    1) They are expensive. That is your first warning! Be prepared. And even more so if your RX is changing, as you'd have to update them as well every time you get an update to your rx.

    2) I'm not sure Oakley would be my first choice. Tend to be more expensive and not as versatile in my experience. I might look at something like Rudy Project with interchangeable lenses. You can get the frames on the auction site and there are a few shops that will custom make the lenses for you. That way, you are just swapping lenses for conditions and/or rx changes.

    If you do go Oakley, they are owned by Luxottica, the same company that owns and operates Lenscrafters. Finding a location near you is your best bet to get the frames with appropriate rx installed. I was an early adapter of rx Oakley back in the day, and your average shop made a mess of installing and creating lenses for those frames. I finally found a shop that sent them away to Oakley directly to have the work done.

    3) I haven't updated the rx in my sports glasses, mostly because I have been fine using my daily glasses on court. On sunny days I use a hat to reduce glare. I find having a reduced percent of light hitting my eyes with sunglasses is more of a liability and I don't see the ball as well. Taking the direct glare away with a hat is much better. YMMV.
     
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  3. Lukhas

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    I use prescription Oakley Racing Jacket glasses. I got them through my optician, like my usual pair of glasses. And I echo what was said earlier: they are expensive, and even just new lenses are incredibly expensive. I settle with it because my eyes are too dry for contacts.
     
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    Now that you put the thought in my head, I took a look at what it would cost to update my sports frames to a current rx with some transitions active lenses (recommended for the typical conditions I play in). Somewhere in the neighborhood of $500, just for the lenses.
     
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  5. pabletion

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    oh sh¡t

    I LOVE CONTACTS!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I am a 6.0 diopter (?) in contacts. I tried to play in my glasses once.........once. (thank you Johnny Dangerously)

    whiffing on serves and groundstrokes got me back to my contacts pretty darn quick.
     
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  7. krisdrum

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    Yeah, just think, for cycling I opted to go "non-Transitions" so got 2 pairs of lenses for different riding conditions (day and night). Granted the Transitions technology obviously adds to the cost of the lens, but it was still a pretty penny. I will say the lenses have been flawless. Of course for cycling, due to the riding position, they recommend moving the focal center up higher on the lens, so they aren't as useful for other activities.
     
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    Yeah, me too, just ONCE, and it was terrible. Glasses moving everywhere, loosing sight of the ball. This eas with my regular everyday glasses. So I opted to play without them. Back then I think my Rx was about -1.75. When I first played with contacts it was loke a real awakening, I just couldbt BELIEVE how well I could see the ball!

    If I were to play with glasses they would have to be sports specific, like Oakleys or some of the sort. I play with M2 during the day, just couldnt handle the glare anymorw and they are perfect. Very light, stay in place AND its not "weird" on your line of sight, I mean, you cant see the frame and almost (almost) your full view is covered by the lenses. My only concer when I got them was that I wouldnt like them because they would move around and I would be distracted with being able to see the frame, and/or the lenses not covering your line of sight completely (thus having a light and dark eyefield).

    But theyre perfect. Thats why Ive been wondering about Rx Oakleys (or similar).

    Yes. Will put the hurt on my wallet!
     
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  9. CosmosMpower

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    These things are incredibly dorky looking.
     
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    I am vision challenged and much prefer contact over sports glasses -- contacts' peripheral vision and accurate image size are the keys for me.
     
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    Well, Im waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond giving 1 ounce of a Fck, so............... maybe Im just inmensely cooler than you. Carry on!
     
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    I don't use transition lenses for tennis. I tried and much prefer clear lenses for about any condition including bright sunlight; perhaps with an additional pair of dark lenses if really necessary. Too often one part of the court is in the shade while another part is in direct sunlight, and too often you can change between these two aspects between and during points. Transitions can't keep up with that.
     
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  13. krisdrum

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    Yeah, not sold on those either. Just going by the recommendations of the guy who did my other lenses. Now has a tennis specific approach laid out on his website, guided by an optician who plays. I think the Active Transitions are supposed to adjust a lot faster.
     
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    I'm talking about adapting as fast as during points. I haven't seen that and I'd be incredibly surprised if that existed. So for me, clear lenses all the way.
     
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    Scratch that. Active has different properties, but doesn't look like additional speed of tint change is one. Probably is better to go clear or tint.
     
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    My son has sport goggles. They look like small ski or large swimming goggles. They have transition lenses.
    He seems to like skiing with them, but plays Tennis mostly indoors, where he prefers his normal glasses.

    Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
     
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  17. marsh

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    I wear RX Oakleys and love them. I'm on my second pair. I will be happy to give you a website that is great to deal with and offers the best price I have ever seen on them.
     
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    Yes please!
     
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    Message sent.
     
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  20. OnTheLine

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    My husband used the incredibly ugly sport glasses/goggles. he loves them but man does he look like a dork. He chose them because they were not terribly expensive and they do not move around at all.
    (he has cornea scar tissue so can no longer wear contacts at all and is blind as a bat without glasses)
     
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  21. RogueFLIP

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    Another recommendation for Oakley's. Use a pair for tennis, and another for sunglasses, the Bottlecaps. Yes they're expensive, but I look at it as cost vs use. My $1000 suit that I only get to wear once or twice a year, eh prob not worth the $. $400 glasses that I use 5X week? Now that I'm getting my $ worth.

    No screws, metal so nothing rusts from sweat or elements. Lens & frames everything snaps together so if it drops you just pop things back in.
     
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  22. THE MAN

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    Prescription Oakleys....could not play without them. Sweat stings/burns my eyes with contacts.
     
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    Dennis Istomin
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