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Prescription glasses with sunglasses

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Hello i have recently done my 1 Class medical and have -0.75 in each eye.

My question is for those of you who use prescription glasses how do you combine it with sunglasses.

Do you use Flip ups ,Clip on or just a seprate pair of corrected sunglassses

and if you use a good flip up or clip on can you please give me a link to website

Thanks. 

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  1. Earl Kessler on May 18, 2011

    I have worn corrective lenses most of my life and tried all of the options.  I have found the best thing for me is s separate pair of prescription aviator style sunglasses.  I buy the biggest lenses I can for sun protection.  Since I fly glass cockpits frequently, I always have my glasses made WITHOUT polorization.  It make it easier to see the led and lcd display screens.

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  2. Maxb on May 18, 2011

    Me too werr glasse for the whole life (short sighted). I’ve tried all the possible options, but both clip-on and flip-ups means having double lenses, which is not the best from the optical point of view, and often results in strange and unwanted reflex among the lenses surface. As Earl says, stay away form polarized one (LCD are almost impossible to read with polarized lenses) and get a large frame.
    Personally I’ve obtained my best resuts using the classical Randolph fighter frame (bayonet temple, so it’s easy to manage them wearing the headset) which are quite large, with Zeiss Clarlet Skylet Sport lenses (the darkest version, specifically studied for pilots). Of course I always carry my normal prescription ones, both as backup and for low light use. My 2 cents 🙂

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  3. MaggotCFII on May 18, 2011

    I’ve done the separate sunglasses and transitionals, although the transitionals do not darken much in an airplane or vehicle.
    Never polarized.
    Now trying these:  COCOONS/Low Vision/Yellow – low visions are the non-polarized version.  The yellow increases brightness and enhances contrast in low light, claims 82% Light Transmission and 100% UVA/UVS.  Working fine in the presently dreary NE.
    These are overglasses.  Found them at the local eye shop.  Brought the D.Clark headset/gel ears into the shop and tried the fit before I bought – no discomfort .  Cost $49., a lot cheaper than a new set of lenses/frames.  Got the Pilot(L) style frame.
    The web site is: http://www.cocoonseyewear.com
    Downside – you probably will not look like “Maverick – Top Gun” wearing these – not a chick magnet.
     

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  4. giovanni lo-a-njoe on May 20, 2011

    Thanks for all your comments i think i will stick with seperate glasses .
    One last question have any of you ever tried these:http://www.scheyden.com/DualRx.htm

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  5. JetAviator7 on May 21, 2011

    Prescription sunglasses are the best solution and you can find Randolph Engineering Aviator sunglasses here with a discount.

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  6. Kent Shook on May 22, 2011

    I haven’t tried the prescription Scheydens, but I do use their regular non-prescription sunglasses and LOVE them for flying. I got the amber lenses, and they really make things “pop” out at you – I have a much easier time spotting traffic with them on.
     

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