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post #1 of 11
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My glasses have so many tiny scratches, it drives me crazy.. so I'm going to be looking into getting new ones as soon as I work up the courage to go out and face the people for an exam and all. I don't clean them perfectly like they tell you to, but I'm not hacking at them with paper towels either.. I never used to have such a problem with them messing up so easily. I have to wonder if all the coatings they talk you into are what's scratching up? It looks like the coatings are wearing off around the edges or something. Or maybe they are sacrificing quality as they keep making the lenses lighter and thinner? I can't complain too much about that part I guess, my eyes are so bad I have thick lenses as it is.

I work at a groomer as a bather, so I'm wiping off my glasses a lot when dogs shake water everywhere. I use a soft cloth I keep by the tub, but I don't have time to stop and carefully clean them, especially when I'll probably just get wet all over again! Even if I wore the old ones at work and the new ones only at home.. these started to get the scratches before I even had the job.

Does anyone know if not getting the coatings would help? Or if there's a different lens material out there that doesn't scratch up so easily? Or something? I've considered going back to contacts, but they used to drive me crazy. My eyes always felt so dried out, and I worry about how that would work out with my getting soapy water flung into my eyes sometimes.
post #2 of 11
I have the same problem right now... the coating is wearing off around the edges... drives me nuts... I'm overdue for a new pair though... I want funky frames and lenses that darken... I'm sick of forgetting my clip-ons... or losing them...

Don't know the answer... I wish I did... I hate the coating they use... it doesn't seem to do much good.

A.
post #3 of 11
I'm not so sure about glasses as I live in my contacts because I hate my glasses! (I can't see ANYTHING without one or the other) But how long has it been since you tried contacts? If it's been awhile, there are tons of new kinds out now, like ones that "breathe" which are supposed to keep your eyes from drying out... I actually have aqua colored ones because I have a green eye and a blue eye so the aqua balances them out and people don't look at me weird when they first meet me (ok, sometimes they do, but not because of my eyes haha)... so if you're gonna go in for an exam and all anyway, might as well ask what's available now and tell your doctor what your concerns are about contacts and s/he may have suggestions
post #4 of 11
what really hate is when you buy a brand new pair,
and you some how you manage to scracth the lens the first day,
right at eye level..
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by RubSluts'Mommy View Post
I want funky frames and lenses that darken... I'm sick of forgetting my clip-ons... or losing them...

Don't know the answer... I wish I did... I hate the coating they use... it doesn't seem to do much good.
How do you propose to get lenses with a transitional coating on them without a coating on them?

I've never had the coating come off, nor do I really baby my glasses - I even have a bad habit of falling asleep in them. Though, I've never had any sort of "scratch resistant" coating either, just the UV blocking one. How old are the lenses? After a couple of years it would be understandable that the lenses need to be replaced. You could ask about real glass lenses, but those will be more expensive.
The other option is to wear contacts, if you can, at work. You won't have to worry about water on your glasses then.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
How do you propose to get lenses with a transitional coating on them without a coating on them?

I've never had the coating come off, nor do I really baby my glasses - I even have a bad habit of falling asleep in them. How old are the lenses? After a couple of years it would be understandable that the lenses need to be replaced. You could ask about real glass lenses, but those will be more expensive.
The other option is to wear contacts, if you can, at work. You won't have to worry about water on your glasses then.
I can't do real glass anymore... holy crud, they'd weigh a ton... I'm blind as a bat w/o something for my eyes...

They're about 4 years old... I've only noticed recently that my eyes are changing once again... I'd love to have to laser surgery, but it's $$$. Heck, I may not even be a candidate anymore with such a high scrip. I'm going to look at my options... I didn't know it was a coating... I'm fine with a coating... I never said I DIDN'T want a coating... just said I hated the one on my current pair. It's been chipping off for about two years or so now... I shudder to think how much it'll cost... I know transitions lenses aren't cheap...

A.
post #7 of 11
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They're maybe two years old now, so I do need to replace them anyway I guess.. but they've had scratches for a long time now. I just keep dealing with it because of the cost and my anxiety.

I haven't tried any of the newer types of contacts, but I still worry about the safety of wearing them when I get shampoo in my eyes at times.. I'd be afraid it might "trap" it in there?
post #8 of 11
The glass suggestion was for wishiwas.
I always get my glasses at Lenscrafters... pricey but I've never had quality issues. Could where the two of you are getting your glasses made be an issue?

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Originally Posted by wishiwas View Post
I haven't tried any of the newer types of contacts, but I still worry about the safety of wearing them when I get shampoo in my eyes at times.. I'd be afraid it might "trap" it in there?
That could be an problem. Could a pair of clear safety glasses work?
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by RubSluts'Mommy View Post
I shudder to think how much it'll cost... I know transitions lenses aren't cheap...
They charge about $70 for the transitions coating here, in addition to whatever you're already paying for your lenses of course. I don't know if it's the same everywhere..
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
The glass suggestion was for wishiwas.
I always get my glasses at Lenscrafters... pricey but I've never had quality issues. Could where the two of you are getting your glasses made be an issue?

That could be an problem. Could a pair of clear safety glasses work?
Sorry... since your first comment was toward me, and you quoted me, I just assumed... and we're both having the same issue...

as for your current question: I use Pearle Vision... never had an issue with them... and I won't go back to a Lenscrafters... they've given me grief before... the salespeople I've dealt with in the past from them have been rude to me... and they were overpriced... just my view on it... there's a place here in Portland called Binyons... I've considered walking in there one day...

Hmmm... they over-quoted me on the Transitions price... yeesh... will have to ask when I go hunting for frames.

A.
post #11 of 11
I have had coating wear off already but the place I go to removed the coating or gave me new lenes without the coatings. I am due for new spec too. I really should get a couple of pairs one for working outside and one for inside
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