At first, I did the American thing. I threw money at the problem. Eye exam (why did I turn down coverage in January?), order glasses from a typical eyeglass emporium, try contacts, order prescription lenses for my Oakley Racing Jackets.
The glasses from the place next to my eye doctor... great for out and about town or watching TV. Not for riding. Cost? Stupid.
Contacts? Didn't work. Long story.
My Oakleys? My eyes can't adapt to the aberrations. I feel like Wash Out from Hot Shots.
So, I went down a road suggested by a friend, discounted at first because I was sure my other, more expensive options would work out. They didn't, so I ended up ordering from Zenni Optical (online).
One of the reasons I didn't want to do it was because of the whole "buy local" thing, but when you get to the bottom of it, there's a reason why glasses cost so much. Luxottica. Google it if you're curious, but basically glasses are expensive because one company controls the majority of the market to include brands, retail locations and vision care. It's a sweet racket. I know my neighbor might be working at Lenscrafters, but seriously. I always wondered why eyeglass stores took up so much square footage.
Anyways, I ordered one pair, loved them, and ended up ordering three more.
Anyone wanna buy three Ultralight 29er tubes cheap? SRSLY.
For what I paid for my Oakley lenses (not including the frames I already owned), I could buy more than ten pairs of these glasses in all kinda varieties of tints, finishes and frames. The pink ones on the left are gradient tint with a mirrored oleophobic coating and the ones on the left are yellow tint with a hydrophobic coating. My other choices were clear for occasional night rides and some straight up sunglasses for staring directly at the sun (my other hobby).
Yes, they look like cheap convenient store sunglasses. To be honest, they feel like cheap convenient store sunglasses. I don't really care. I no longer have to feel so paranoid about where my Oakley$$$ are all the time. If I break or lose them, I'm only gonna be bummed that I have to wait two weeks to get new ones.
I figured I would share this with the class since I know I'm not alone in the world of blurry things. These glasses are game changers for me, and I'm once again seeing the trail in a much less dangerous manner.
I have no problem giving them my...
SEAL OF SEMI-APPROVAL
And because... burrito... and Lloyd Bridges.