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Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

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    Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?


    I did a search for Optician and prescription glasses to find related info, but did not see anything specific to my question below...

    I am looking for any recommendations for an optician who has experience/expertise in dealing with Rx progressive lens sunglasses for motorcyclists who is based in the eastern/central MA area.

    Background: I have gone through 2x Rx and lenses with my current optician and both times the fit (pupil center, head position, focal distance gradation in the progressive lens) have been poor and lead to fatigue while riding. Prior to getting the 2nd set of lenses, I provided feedback to the optician on what problems I was having. And the 2nd set is only marginally better.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

    PS: Not looking for suggestions about LASIK or contacts.

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    I told my optician that I rode motorcycle, he got it right the first time, not in MA though

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    I have progressives and I'm not even sure how they're supposed to work. Mine only work in the bottom half of the lenses, the top gives me blurry vision at all distances. This was the second attempt by the optometrist, the first attempt was much worse. I've gotten used to them, it is better than not wearing glasses at all. They were not pleasant in the beginning, for the first month it was like being in a virtual reality simulator.

    I think for my next pair I'm going to switch optometrists. If they screw up as well then I'm going to switch to traditional bifocals with lines.

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    My limited experience with progressive lenses is that trying to save money on the "progressive" part of the lenses is a bad idea. My first set, I cheaped out on it and was disappointed. The second time around I went big-baller on the progressive choice and was very pleased with the results. Same eye doctor, lab etc. May be a coincidence but I doubt it. Never mention riding as it didn't seem pertinent, I wear glasses or contacts for everything.

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    Quote Originally Posted by joeswamp View Post
    I have progressives and I'm not even sure how they're supposed to work. Mine only work in the bottom half of the lenses, the top gives me blurry vision at all distances. This was the second attempt by the optometrist, the first attempt was much worse. I've gotten used to them, it is better than not wearing glasses at all. They were not pleasant in the beginning, for the first month it was like being in a virtual reality simulator.

    I think for my next pair I'm going to switch optometrists. If they screw up as well then I'm going to switch to traditional bifocals with lines.
    You need to switch eye doctors.

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Snake View Post
    You need to switch eye doctors.
    don't think it's the doctor, he/she only determines the prescription, it's the optician that designs the lenses

    iirc, on mine the gradient from distance to reading begins 1.5mm higher than normal

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    don't think it's the doctor, he/she only determines the prescription, it's the optician that designs the lenses

    iirc, on mine the gradient from distance to reading begins 1.5mm higher than normal
    Sorry, the words have always been interchangeable to me.

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Snake View Post
    Sorry, the words have always been interchangeable to me.
    I do to, I guess what I was pointing out, it that you can tell the person doing the exam you ride, till your blue in the face. It's the person after the eye exam that actually fits your glasses, that places the order for your lense grind, distance between eyes, tasks you're generally doing during the day are as important as the actual prescription

    as an example, my ex-wife, cause she worked in fast foods, got gradient trifocals, cause she was also reading looking up (overhead computer screen) as well as down, she only had the distance prescription in the center

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    My experience with docs is they are familiar with activities like reading and computer screens, but not much else.

    So you have to translate. For shooting glasses told him I wanted the sharpest image possible at arms-length, which is about where the front sight is.

    You might give that a try. We use the dudes at Costco.

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    Re: Optician with progressive lens Rx experience for motorcycling?

    Thanks for the replies and comments. (I was hoping to find a go-to optician for motorcycling as there are some for shooting sports but looks like translation is the only hope

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