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I am searching for some new shades that can handle my presciption. I have bad astigmatism (OD -1.50 -3.25x75, OS -.25 -5.25 x70). None of the glasses I have found online can handle a sphere greater than +-2.0. Right now I have the Bolle Parole with the insert. I had my local optician fill them (at great cost). Do I have any other options?
 

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I called Tifosi Optics regarding a prescription pair of glasses a while back. They were very knowledgable and their response time to my query was instantaneous. Due to my prescription, they weren't able to fit me with their frames, but I'd recommend you check them out just from the good mojo I received when calling them up with some questions.

They may be able to recommend something if they can't fit you to their frames.

good luck.
 

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Oakleys

I have always taken out the lens of Oakleys and taken the frame and had my prescription put in. I have a pair now that have some wrap in them and that is the best frame for keeping wind out of my eyes.
 

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DaveG said:
I am searching for some new shades that can handle my presciption. I have bad astigmatism (OD -1.50 -3.25x75, OS -.25 -5.25 x70). None of the glasses I have found online can handle a sphere greater than +-2.0. Right now I have the Bolle Parole with the insert. I had my local optician fill them (at great cost). Do I have any other options?
Dave,

I'm OD: -4.75 +3.00 axis 121
OS: -4.50 +2.00 axis 067

Jim at RX-Spex was able to cut mine into RP Graal FYOL first time. I was very skeptical when I started my conversation with him. He assured me he could successfully cut the lens and if not send them back....no charge. 4 years later and 1000's of miles they've been great.
http://www.rx-spex.com/home/index.html

Scot
 

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I've used these two opticians

rx-specs.com and sportsrx.com. After accepting the usual warnings and conditions about the cylinders, both were able to make me distortion-free sunglasses specifically designed for cycling. Optilabs.com in the UK also made me a great pair of photochromatic sunglasses. You just need to stic with "flatter" frames instead of wrap-around ones and use rimmed frames rather than rimless.
 

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Al1943 said:
You might want to check with a LASIK specialist. There have been some big improvements in astigmatism correction.

Al
I would agree. You can't go "bottom-of-the-barrel" pricewise, but it can be done. My wife has a prescription very similar to yours, and she was found to be a good candidate for Lasik. Normal cost for her is about $5500, but we have an inside track to help us out there if she decides to do it. You would definitely want one of the docs that uses the "wave front" type technologies however.
 

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Rudy Project EXEPTION or PERCEPTION . Belive me I tried a lot but at last I am happy witth RP ( PERCEPTION ) . My diop. is -5.00 left and right and optician had no problems with inserts to place them correctly . In my opinion RP makes the very best prescription frames out there .
 

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One more option, a bit lower-tech, is to use the now-obsolete Bolle system (Parole for smaller heads, Vigilante for larger) that used a nice simple robust Rx insert. Readily available from lots of sources. I've heard stories of $800 prescription sunglasses...gimme a break! The total price of the Bolle system is likely to be under $150. There's no practical limit to the type of prescription that could go into the insert, and no curvature issues.

Because you're dealing with 4 lens surfaces instead of two, you have to be more careful about sweat coming off your brow, but a Coolmax head thingie can solve that.
 

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I've heard stories of $800 prescription sunglasses...gimme a break! The total price of the Bolle system is likely to be under $150. There's no practical limit to the type of prescription that could go into the insert, and no curvature issues.

Because you're dealing with 4 lens surfaces instead of two, you have to be more careful about sweat coming off your brow, but a Coolmax head thingie can solve that.
Well this is a vast over-simplification. First, $800 prescription sunglasses? Where? From Sports Optical, I paid roughly $400 for Rudy Kerosenes and two sets of presecription lenses: clear and dark grey. Note that those lenses are not inserts but work just like the non-prescription lenses.

Sweat off your brow is not the big problem with multiple optical surfaces. First, without anti-reflective coatings--and you pay for those if you want 'em--you lose 4% of the light available at each surface. So if you have 4 surfaces, you'll only transmit 85% of the available light (without AR coatings). With 2 surfaces, you'll transmit 92% of the light. If you're stuck with with dark lenses--which themselves reduce light transmission--the difference between 85 and 92% transmission can make a big difference if light conditions change. Also, with inserts there are more surfaces to fog, get dirty, or scratch. With more surfaces, the quality of the imaging goes down, too. This can be a big factor to people with extreme prescriptions. Finally, some prescriptions don't work well with inserts as the correction in the insert my be too extreme or may be located too close to the eye.

There is no one size fits all solution.
 

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I have them now

powerrp said:
One more option, a bit lower-tech, is to use the now-obsolete Bolle system (Parole for smaller heads, Vigilante for larger) that used a nice simple robust Rx insert. Readily available from lots of sources. I've heard stories of $800 prescription sunglasses...gimme a break! The total price of the Bolle system is likely to be under $150. There's no practical limit to the type of prescription that could go into the insert, and no curvature issues.

Because you're dealing with 4 lens surfaces instead of two, you have to be more careful about sweat coming off your brow, but a Coolmax head thingie can solve that.
I have the Parole's now. I was hoping for a non-insert option but that does not look good. Interestingly one of the mailorder places said that could not fit my precription into the Parole insert. However, my optician filled them for me 3 years ago but the cost was $135. I assume these were high index lenses to match the high sphere in the prescription. The Parole's with the insert have worked out OK but there are more issues with cleaning and fogging with inserts
 
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