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Where to buy prescription sunglasses?

Hi, I need to buy prescription sunglasses, and of course its expensive, but I didnt think it would cost so much. To put a polarized and anti-reflect lens(looks like it makes a big difference...do you think so?), it costs around 700 chf plus frame cost.
Have you bought one recently in the romande area, any recommendations?
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I've worn prescription sunglasses for years, but don't spend a lot of time on the water, or around reflective surfaces, so I don't need polarized lenses or anti reflection. Sometimes antireflection just get all smeary, and i've been fine without - in sun glasses. I find anti reflection most helpful for night driving - shouldn't be wearing sunglasses then. 700 sounds about right though... I paid chf 400 for standard prescription glasses.

The standard opticians around, like visilab, mcoptik, Feldman probably have the best prices.
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Re: Where to buy prescription sunglasses?

Thanks, did some more reading and it seems like polarized glasses really help in driving during the day as well(when there is a lot of glare)?
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Thanks, did some more reading and it seems like polarized glasses really help in driving during the day as well(when there is a lot of glare)?
My sunglasses are polarized, and I think it's great. My eyes are a little sensitive to bright light, and it cuts down on glare from car windows, water, etc. only drawback is that it can make it harder to read some screens depending on the orientation (phone screens, TVs, etc.). But no big deal.

I have anti-reflection coating on my regular glasses and find it so so annoying, because it seems like they are always smudged.

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My sunglasses are polarized, and I think it's great. My eyes are a little sensitive to bright light, and it cuts down on glare from car windows, water, etc. only drawback is that it can make it harder to read some screens depending on the orientation (phone screens, TVs, etc.). But no big deal.

I have anti-glare coating on my regular glasses and find it so so annoying, because it seems like they are always smudged.
So you mean to say you'd rather have the polarized without anti-reflect?
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So you mean to say you'd rather have the polarized without anti-reflect?
Yes - I have polarized lenses, without any anti-reflection coating, on my prescription sunglasses and i have anti-reflection on my regular glasses, and plan to change that as soon as i can!
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Re: Where to buy prescription sunglasses?

Take a weekend trip to the UK on easyjet and get your sunglasses there. Even paying for flights, accommodation and food, you will still have saved money over the Swiss prices.

I got polarised designer frame prescription sunglasses with anti-reflect coating in the UK for under 100 CHF.
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Take a weekend trip to the UK on easyjet, get your sunglasses there, and you will still have saved money over the Swiss prices.

I got polarised designer frame prescription sunglasses with anti-reflect coating in the UK for under 100 CHF.
Really!!!? I don't mind doing that as I am going there anyway, but it would need more than a weekend trip as they won't deliver it the same or next day , do they? Do you know how many days they could take?
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Take a weekend trip to the UK on easyjet and get your sunglasses there. Even paying for flights, accommodation and food, you will still have saved money over the Swiss prices.

I got polarised designer frame prescription sunglasses with anti-reflect coating in the UK for under 100 CHF.
True - I got prescription sunglasses in the US - looks like I paid about $250 for them at Lenscrafters (raybans), and could have gone cheaper with other brands.
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Really!!!? I don't mind doing that as I am going there anyway, but it would need more than a weekend trip as they won't deliver it the same or next day , do they? Do you know how many days they could take?
Yes, really

You can get your prescription checked and pick the frames in the UK and then have them posted to you, but in that case make sure they do a very thorough measurement of your frames so that they comfortably fit your head.

Alternatively, get your prescription taken here, pick and buy your frames online and then collect them in the UK and have the frames adjusted when you visit.

Even if you make two visits, you'll probably still be quids in - such is difference in price!
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Re: Where to buy prescription sunglasses?

Alternatively, if you have your prescription and know the model number of thr frames you want, you can just order online. I've had good luck with http://www.toniandguy-opticians.co.uk/
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Re: Where to buy prescription sunglasses?

Have you checked in France? I must admit that I gladly buy local CH for convenience but my glasses are German. The price difference was just too big. France is not cheap for that but it can be just enough saving to save your bank account.
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Yes, really

You can get your prescription checked and pick the frames in the UK and then have them posted to you, but in that case make sure they do a very thorough measurement of your frames so that they comfortably fit your head.

Alternatively, get your prescription taken here, pick and buy your frames online and then collect them in the UK and have the frames adjusted when you visit.

Even if you make two visits, you'll probably still be quids in - such is difference in price!
Hi, do you know how much I would pay for customs if I get it posted? Is it 7% or something? Is it a standard value?
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Hi, do you know how much I would pay for customs if I get it posted? Is it 7% or something? Is it a standard value?
8% + some charges.

In France for 400 EUR you get the most expensive frame + most expensive lenses.
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Really!!!? I don't mind doing that as I am going there anyway, but it would need more than a weekend trip as they won't deliver it the same or next day , do they? Do you know how many days they could take?
I used to work in a 1-hr optical in the US. Chances are, you are not going to be able to get both polarized and anti-reflective in the same day, and if you do, it's probably not something you'll be happy with in the long run.

The reason I say this, is that it is possible to get polarized lenses done in your prescription from the one-hour places, but they will need to grind the lenses to make them (if you need correction for astigmatism, it's only way to make sure the polarization lines up right AND the axis of the prescription is correct), so, then they still need the a/r coating. While I believe it is possible to get an in-house a/r coating these days (coated and cured probably), they tend to flake more if you don't treat them with kid gloves - and who really is oh so very gentle with their sunglasses?

So far as whether you need both, it really depends on what uses you plan for them, and what your tolerance level is.

Yes, the polarized lenses help for almost all conditions for daytime use, they cut the glare from the windows of other cars, from the street (esp bad if the street is wet) and for boating. As someone else mentioned though, it does make it tough to read some screens - such as the reading on the pump at the gas station, some digital watches, some cellphone screens, etc etc.

The tolerance level for me is where the a/r comes in. I find seeing the reflection on the inside of my lenses very distracting, so, when I have the choice, I always have a/r on my glasses. It does make them a bit tougher to keep clean, and it is easier to scratch up than without, but it makes a difference to me, so I get it, but I understand why others may not.

Finally - a piece you didn't mention and will likely make your sunglasses a "definite special order"... mirror coating on the front. IF you are active on the water and IF you are active with winter sports, you may find it worth your while to also have a mirror coating on the front. (Which would make it mirror front, polarized lens, anti-reflective back) This will help against glare off snow and off bodies of water immensely - but it is costly and time consuming (but oh so fab)

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8% + some charges.

In France for 400 EUR you get the most expensive frame + most expensive lenses.
Sorry, but I just almost lost a lung to that. While you won't see them everywhere, there are Cartier and Tiffany and whatever designer with gem encrusted, platinum and gold and all sorts of hoopla types of frames out there. So. 400€ isn't really going to get you the "most" expensive (and many of us probably have too much taste to wear them, regardless of bank acct size), but it will get you some very nice ones anyhow.
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