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I use multi focal glasses on the string around the neck and use them as required-I find I am using them more often now for the distance vision driving.I have been to a few optical places today explaining I would like motorcycle specific sunnies with 90% long distance and either bifocal or multifocal for the instrument panel in the reading prescription--quite an outlay so experience/recommendations would be appreciated--Polarized ??.:confused:
 

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Don this was posted (by a friend of mine) on another forum that I frequent, may be of use

Its been years since I could read maps while travelling without putting on my reading specs. While I have a prescription I normally use chemist shop cheapies for travel, menu reading etc. Prescription sunnies cost and arm and a leg for the minimal use I have for them.

I figured there must be a solution and here it is. Cheapo sunnies with bifocal inserts at varying powers so you can read maps, instruments etc and not have to go digging for readers.


Eyewear Super Center Motorcycle Sunglasses Goggles Safety Glasses

I found these on ebay but I'm sure there are other companies doing the same. This mob sent the order very quickly and do discounts on shipping for multiples etc so I think they're OK so far.

On the Vic road bike trip I could read my tank bag maps and the GPS clearly - a revelation! I chose the Apex ones because frameless wraparound sunnines are good in helmets and the frame doesn't hinder vision. Maybe I got lucky but they fit and work perfectly.

One thing I've learnt is that you should order one strength below what you would normally use for reading. I bought 2.0s but have now ordered 1.5s as the things you focus on in a vehicle (tank bag, vehicle instrument panel etc) are generally a bit further away than for normal reading and my 2s were just outside the focal range some of the time.
 

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I use multi focal glasses on the string around the neck and use them as required-I find I am using them more often now for the distance vision driving.I have been to a few optical places today explaining I would like motorcycle specific sunnies with 90% long distance and either bifocal or multifocal for the instrument panel in the reading prescription--quite an outlay so experience/recommendations would be appreciated--Polarized ??.:confused:
Personally, I went for fixed focus - and over-corrected. Useless at anything less than 10' , but I can actually see the roo's at 100m now, i.e. in time to slow.

Stick some strips of tape on the speedo at 60/80/100kph if you have problems there, but bifocal or multifocal are useless for riding (IMHO).

If you need to read a map, get off the bike and swap glasses.

Pete
 

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You can put prescription lenses into Wiley-X frames. At least that way you know the frame wont fall apart with the stresses of wearing them inside a helmet.
 

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Don this was posted (by a freind of mine) on another forum that I frequent, may be of use
Cheers Muddy,but what I really need is my distance vision mostly and just a small area at the bottom for the dash,these are to be my riding glasses only,the optical specialists can do this and I am prepared for a $500 outlay to have good riding vision as I have been riding with standard cheap sunnies too long.---Is Wardy on commission with your tag or have you been threatened with intellectual theft :biggrinjester:
 

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You can put prescription lenses into Wiley-X frames. At least that way you know the frame wont fall apart with the stresses of wearing them inside a helmet.
That is the way I would like to go--good solid frames with my prescription,in them,the optical professionals "no no no" well we can do that but ---me thinks they make a lot of money on frames.
 

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Cheers Muddy,but what I really need is my distance vision mostly and just a small area at the bottom for the dash,these are to be my riding glasses only,the optical specialists can do this and I am prepared for a $500 outlay to have good riding vision as I have been riding with standard cheap sunnies too long.---Is Wardy on commission with your tag or have you been threatened with intellectual theft :biggrinjester:
No commission Don, but after a little confusion on another thread, thought I should give Wardy the great he deserved :thumbup:
 

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On Saturday I found out about a place up here that does custom screens for bikes.

Maybe they can do a prescription screen for you Don. :biggrinjester:
 

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You can put prescription lenses into Wiley-X frames. At least that way you know the frame wont fall apart with the stresses of wearing them inside a helmet.
I wish! My Wiley-X frames broke just above the lens - regrettably out of warranty.
 

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That is the way I would like to go--good solid frames with my prescription,in them,the optical professionals "no no no" well we can do that but ---me thinks they make a lot of money on frames.
I'll ask my local optical dispenser - he's a motorcyclist. I know he put prescription lenses into my son's Oakley frames.
 

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I'll ask my local optical dispenser - he's a motorcyclist. I know he put prescription lenses into my son's Oakley frames.
My pescription lenses went into standard Oakley frames OK, the only restriction is the amount of curve you can put in the lense so not all frames are suitable. Picked a frame out with my Optometrist, worth every cent.
 

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Polarized lenses in the sunglasses can give some weird rainbows when looking through the face shield, or maybe the antifog part of the faceshield.

Do you have a source there for cheap Chinese prescription glasses? Few customization options are available, but they're cheap enough to experiment.
http://www.zennioptical.com/#
 
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I got Wiley X at work but only in single (long) focus and as work were paying for them I wasn't allowed to to go over the $350 limit. I didn't ask about multi focal, but the guy said that with a polarized lens you can't see oil on the road? I don't use em any more as I need the close up more than before (I just love getting older)

Is that your mythical "friend" Muddy :biggrinjester:
 

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I wear glasses all the time except to sleep. Mine are graduated lenses with the variable tint, the ones that change with the amount of light. They cost a lot $$$. Make sure the frames and ear pieces are robust enough to put on when your helmet is on. Take your helmet with you when you pick your frames. Some health funds will give you $$$ when you need prescription sunnies.
 

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Don't you just envy the young blokes with good eyesight who can pick up el cheapo sunnies that look terrific at a servo or chemist and then treat them with disdain? My son goes through two or three pairs a year--leaves them behind at the pub, drops them off his head while running or playing with my grandkids, they snap when putting his helmet on, etc etc.

I have two pair with good frames, a titanium one for general use and reading, and another with rapidly fading tinted lenses for riding/driving. To upgrade the bi-focal prescription and replace the lenses in both frames, one plain one tinted, just cost me $390-- that's for the lenses only and I talked them down from $425. At that price I treat mine like gold, even though I'm not particularly fussed with their appearance because as Mountain Lagoon noted, the amount of curve is restricted by the prescription grind.

And regarding polarizing... I don't like it. Those purple and green rainbows distract me and tire my eyes. Not so bad on the bike admittedly but looking through a car windscreen is kaleidoscope city which makes me feel a bit queasy. I used to have a pair of polarized "pensioners' sunglasses", those huge monstrosities that go over your ordinary specs, that I used for fishing out on the Reef before our beaut spot was declared a green zone and became off limits. They were essential to be able to cut down the glare and see well down into the water, but for normal use, nuh.

Yep... the eyes went first, then the knees...what next?
 

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Windinhair, there could be an alternative approach to the "fuzzy instrument panel" ~ and one that I confess I haven't tried.

There is a Taiwanese mob [www.3dlens.com] that sells PVC Fresnel lenses.

You sometimes see a large "negative" Fresnel lens stuck on the back window of a van, to give a wider field of view towards the rear.
But you can also get small "positive" Fresnel lenses as cheap lightweight pocket-magnifying-glass equivalent, for various purposes.

I am wondering if it is practical to cut down a small positive lens and glue it over all/part of the the instrument display that you are particularly interested in. Probably you wouldn't need it over the speedo & tacho sections (or do you?), but it might be handy over the central LCD display ~ and even over a portion of the rest, if you wished.

From their website, it appears that the best bet would be the "95x135" mm model [model 405b ~ but please double-check that].
This is listed as having a 280mm focal length (= +3.50 dioptres), which is rather on the strong side, so you might need to bring your head a little closer when peering at the fine print ~ but at least it will be in focus for you.
If you are actually a bit longsighted to start with, then you may hardly need to lean forward at all.
(The other lenses listed are stronger again : and probably much too strong for you.)

A single lens is listed as USD 1.20 in price. (Show that to your optician!)
Plus postage, of course.

However, I imagine you will be better buying several lenses, to allow for experimentation as you cut them to size with sturdy scissors, and try different blob patterns of silicone adhesive.
Also perhaps, they won't indefinitely stand up to ultraviolet, and may need replacement from time to time.
(25 lenses for USD 24, sounds good to me. If successful, share with friends!)

Good luck if you want to try such a costly experiment, and let us know how it went.
And maybe there are even better Fresnel lens possibilities to be found, out there.
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I've got prescription bifocals in plastic frames, and I wear them on the bike for the same reason - impossible to read the GPS without them on. I've never had a problem with broken frames or busted lenses from things hitting them.

My distance vision is excellent but I have some damage in both eyes from splinters - wearing proper safety glasses both times too - and the upper lens corrects a slight astigmatism which is annoying at night as tail lights etc get doubled up. I got my standard prescription put in a $50 set of frames from Specsavers and paid about $50 for them to do a dark green polarised lens to match the colour of my non-prescription sunglasses. The main thing to watch out for is the ear pieces - if they are thick or wide they can get pressed into your ears or temple in a properly fitting (ie, tight) helmet and get very uncomfortable.
 
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