ssullivan once whispered in the wind:
That's exactly what I hear, Paul.
Question: Is there anything you do when you go down below. I mean say you have on your perscription sunglasses, and there is a problem with the engine, or something below requires your immediate attention. Given that you are using prescription sunglasses, when you go below, you can't see anything, right?
Do you just keep another pair of glasses handy below, where you don't have to hunt for them?
I am leaning toward the prescription sunglasses solution myself, but was worried about not being able to see after being out in the sun and moving into a dark area.
I am totally unable to function without corrective glasses. I carry both pairs plus a backup regular with clip on sunglass backups. My clear vision extends about 8 inches from my nose. I know I could not dock
the boat without my glasses. Mostly because I don't think I could even find the slip let alone see it.
I can go below for basic stuff with the shades on. I can't look down into the bilge
though. I switch when I have to. I also use a safety
strap around the back of my glasses so they don't blow / fall off. I aslo like a billed hat as well for my face. The nose takes a lot of abuse too.
The refelction off the water
is just too strong. Without shades you feel it in the backs of your eyebqalls burn at the end of a day sailing
in bright sun. It can be like "arc eyes" from welding without a mask that will drive you insane with serious pain. I also find I just can't see well from all the glare either. Try it nearer the equator and it gets a whole lot stronger. It's as bad as high altitude with snow as far as I'm concerned. I don't go there without sunglasses either. Aviators have the problem with lack of water
vapor so the UV becomes quite strong at altitude.
polaroids are actually OK too EXCEPT for reading LCD panels
. A paior for backup is a cheap
welcome answer if you lose your main shades. Not as much real UV protection and that is important, but great for glare. I've not tried much with colors other than the ones I have now that are on the dark side, a lighter pair would be something I would want were I to take off for an extended cruise
. Mostly the dark pair I like for almost all days. Since I need perscription I don't experiment
much with that part other than my ligher colored clip ons that I do like driving with.
The two pairs on sale
set me back about $750 US. I have an expensive correction with high index plastic lens with a few coatings. The new titaniuium frames are spectacular. Very light weight and very stiff. They don't bend easily at all. I have been trashing eye glasses for 45 years and these work the best and are the very lightest I have ever owned. The Ray Ban frames I also like because they fit my head
well. Not as light byt they fit well. You need a good fit that isn't too heavy and rides the nose without slipping.
Contacts I don't think are that great for any athletic activity if you have a strong correction. Since I have worn glasses al my life it becomes a thing you deal with and lttle things like being on your nose all the time is something I do know a lot about. Comfort does matter as does fit.
The auto darkening glasses suck. I had them a few years when they came out. You can only get it in glass lenses and the plastic lenses are FAR lighter I have a 7 correction and in glass my lenses are 1/4 inch thick at the edge in high index it's half the thickness and 1/3 the weight. Aside from that they don't get dark enough and don't have the UV protection.