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Tuesday, July 23, 2019



Ask the MB: Prescription Sunglasses?

Ask the MB: Prescription Sunglasses?

Q: It's just topped 70 degrees and sunny in Seattle, which means" suns out, buns out" is in effect. It also means it's time for sunglasses. Currently, I'm using my father's vintage glacier glasses from the late 70s, with the leather side shades removed, but they're not prescription lenses and I'd like to have a less blurry world. What are your thoughts on sunglasses for those of us who wear prescriptions? Get Rx lenses in the sunglasses, go clip-on like Lennon, or just swap out our glasses as needed (in which case, what to do with the Rx specs while out in the sun)?
—Brian

A: Indeed, if it's "buns out" clear vision is mandatory.

Long ago we wrestled with the same dilemma, first trying contact lenses plus regular sunglasses, then clip-ons, and finally settling on Rx sunglasses.

We recommend fast-forwarding directly to Rx sunglasses.

Lennon recording Imagine in 1971, two years after marrying Ono.

You didn't suggest contacts as an option — probably because you've worn them — and clip-ons are just too fussy and fragile and overall TTH. Also note that John Lennon is photographed wearing those clip-ons well into his Yoko Ono phase.

Anyhow, take your dad's old glacier glasses into Seattle's top-rated optician for Rx lenses and get their slimmest hard case. Swapping frames and dealing with a case is definitely not ideal, but we've found it's rarely an issue:

  • The number of times you're out and truly need both glasses and sunglasses are far fewer than you think.
  • In those situations there is often a puffer vest or jacket or blazer to slip it into without any trouble; surely it's a similar situation in Seattle as it is in Minneapolis.
  • Since we've fully embraced our own Minimum Viable Wallet technology there's now additional room in our pants, in a pinch.

EARLIER: Ask the MB: John Lennon's Clip-On Sunglasses

EVEN EARLIER: Ask the MB: John Lennon Sunglasses

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