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Old 10-07-2007, 20:24
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Hi all,

I've worn glasses since I was about 6 (I'm now in my early thirties) and currently wear contact lenses most of the time.

I'm due an eye test and having seen the adverts for reaction lenses (you know, where they change from clear to dark and back again), I'm tempted.

But, I'd be interested to know from people's experiences whether they're as good as they seem.... or not.....

Any advice would be appreciated - thanks
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Old 10-07-2007, 20:28
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I have had them a couple of years now, and in the main, they are very good - they work better going from shade into the sun than they do the other way - walking into a building on a very bright day can be a bit like having the lights put out for a second or two til your eyes adjust - but they're not that bad
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Old 10-07-2007, 21:05
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Bump!

I will need some new glasses soon and had pondered about getting reaction types.

Anyone know if they can have an anti-glare coating applied as well?

I've looked at some on-line sites and some allow you to select both, but others don't.

Amazing how the costs add up. Basic glasses from 25, but add reaction lenses (50), thin lenses (60) and anti-glare (15) and they ain't so cheap anymore.
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Old 10-07-2007, 21:07
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My husband has reactive prescription glasses and generally finds them very handy, but they don't seem to work while he is driving; something to do with the coating on the car windscreen.
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Old 10-07-2007, 21:28
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My husband has reactive prescription glasses and generally finds them very handy, but they don't seem to work while he is driving; something to do with the coating on the car windscreen.
I went to Specsavers with the intention of buying 2 pairs (2 for the price of one offer), and to have one of them as sunglasses, including for driving. I was persuaded to have just 1 pair, with reactolite lenses. It wasn't until I got the glasses that I found out that they didn't react inside the car.

At least I'll know better next time...














...and not go to Specsavers.
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Old 10-07-2007, 21:46
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Forget reactolites or whatever they're called, just get a pair of prescription sunglasses. They're just perfect. They cut out all glare from any light source and you can see perfectly. Plus you can lie to the Mrs and she can't tell because she can't see your eyes.
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Old 10-07-2007, 22:37
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I have the reactor glasses and I love them. They are the best things.

Yeah it's easy to get prescription sunglasses but things for when you go into a building, you have to swap your glasses back to your normal ones.

My glasses are ok in the car as well, they react and change like normal.

I have the anti-glare on mine. Though my glasses were expensive to buy (approx 195) but it was the best money I spent. I did choose 75 frames though so price will depend on the frames you choose and your prescription.

I would never go to Specsavers, go to a more respectable opticians like Conlons or Donald and Aitchison. I know Specsavers are not seen as proper opticians (I know this from my dads work as he has to have eye tests and things for the nature of his work).
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Old 10-07-2007, 22:40
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I went to Specsavers with the intention of buying 2 pairs (2 for the price of one offer), and to have one of them as sunglasses, including for driving. I was persuaded to have just 1 pair, with reactolite lenses. It wasn't until I got the glasses that I found out that they didn't react inside the car.

At least I'll know better next time....

I had that when I went to Vision Express for their pair of glasses and prescription sunglasses for 99. They offered me all the extras, which put the price up enormously, I said that I only wanted the basic lense, and I didn't mind if the prescription sunglasses were a little bulkier (and they are still very light anyway) or if the glasses lenses were a little bit thicker as I would only use them every so often.

Today I've been wearing my glasses and sunglasses because i left my contact lenses in too long (I'm only meant to wear them for a week then dispose.. but stupidly I wore them an extra night, and forogt to take them out the next day) and I wanted to give them a rest. I probably should have got some reactions lense instead as it would save having to change between glasses and sunglasses.
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Old 10-07-2007, 22:42
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Yeah it's easy to get prescription sunglasses but things for when you go into a building, you have to swap your glasses back to your normal ones.
Why do you have to swap them? I wear mine all the time.
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Old 10-07-2007, 22:44
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Plus you can lie to the Mrs and she can't tell because she can't see your eyes.
Great for wearing whilst driving during the summer, so you can eye up all the lovely looking women and the mrs can't see you doing so!!
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Old 10-07-2007, 22:52
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Reaction lenses are not recommended for driving, because they don't change fast enough when going from bright sunlight to shade.
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Old 10-07-2007, 23:05
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Why do you have to swap them? I wear mine all the time.
Even when your inside?

I guess it depends how bad your eyesight is. For example my eyesight is bad so I need glasses constantly. Some people need glasses but can get away without wearing them.
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Old 10-07-2007, 23:06
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Reaction lenses are not recommended for driving, because they don't change fast enough when going from bright sunlight to shade.
Mine change instantly.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:25
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mine are good outside,does take a minute to swap back when i go back inside,but dont do anything in the car
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:40
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I've got some and to be honest I don't think I'd bother again. They don't go quite as dark as I'd like in the sun, and they're no use at all for driving. If I'm driving I'll only wear them if it's overcast, otherwise I stick to contact lenses and cheapo sunnies
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:55
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I bought some from Specsavers last year and was frankly very disappointed. They didn't go as dark in bright light as I should have liked, and they took a minute or two to change, which was too long for me. Another problem I discovered was that if you get raindrops on them, you can see the image of the drops on the lenses for a while after they've dried. This was a complaint they claimed they'd never had before in Specsavers and I 've never heard anyone else mention, but it definitely happened, and it must surely be something others have noticed too? Maybe no one else finds it annoying, but I certainly did.

Anyway I was saved when, a couple of months later, they fell apart when I was putting them on. Obviously this was nothing to do with the lenses, but just that the frame had been faulty and they also told me that they weren't a good fit - which I had also discovered for myself. So I told them how unhappy I had been with the lenses and they replaced them with an ordinary pair and a pair of prescription sunglasses. So good on them for that, though I didn't feel too bad about eating into their profits as I know what a huge markup there is on glasses sold by high street opticians!
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:55
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I have reaction lenses AND prescription sunglasses.
I think they're great, my reaction lenses do work in the car but if I'm on a long journey I wear the subglasses which are in a rather cool rayban, wayfairer frame

Mind you I also wear contacts for sort

I've always had reaction lenses since I was a brat they are much better these days than the used to be.

For me the issue is that they can go dark on rainy/ overcast days as well
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:21
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I love them. They save me wearing sun glasses.
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:31
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I've been wearing them for about 2 years, being a motorcycle rider they are very very handy.

For everyday use they are great but as for driving in car on a summers day they are a nightmare because the sun doesn't hit your glasses they don't change colour and sometimes can still get blinded by sun.
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:10
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:12
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I went to Specsavers with the intention of buying 2 pairs (2 for the price of one offer), and to have one of them as sunglasses, including for driving. I was persuaded to have just 1 pair, with reactolite lenses. It wasn't until I got the glasses that I found out that they didn't react inside the car.

At least I'll know better next time...














...and not go to Specsavers.
I have them and It was specsavers I bought mine and one of the first things i was told is that they don't react to sunlight it's UV rays so they will darken on dull days as well and because car windscreens are UV protected they don't work as well in side a car .
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:42
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Reaction lenses are not recommended for driving, because they don't change fast enough when going from bright sunlight to shade.
I have some... high index, black reactions, with anti glare, and scratch resistance... lense alone cost me 250 so thought i'd spash out and get some prada frames....

They are pretty good.. but others have pointed out they change from clear to dark very quickly.... but dark to clear can take a while.

They dont actually darken at all when i drive (with my windows up).... they work on UV and my car windows are all slightly tinted bluish.
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:43
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I wanted to get some purely for driving but was advised that they don't work in cars.

I also don't like the way they look in the transition between clear and dark. If it was instant, that would be great, but I really don't like that inbetween colour.

What I would really like is a pair that you can press a button or something to get them to switch when you want them to.

I ended up getting prescription sunglasses instead and I love them.
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Old 12-07-2007, 18:55
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I bought some a month or so back, absolutely brilliant, they only go really dark when you are in the open air and don't go that dark in the car so they're no problem for driving.

They do change quite quickly both going outside and coming back inside and I'd recommend them to anyone, only bad thing was the price. 300 Mind you my prescription hasn't changed for several years and I've not had to buy glasses since 2002 so maybe that's a fair price.
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Old 13-07-2007, 15:06
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Reactions dont work in cars, anti glare coatings interfere with the reaction and always go for the grey ones. If you do go for brown always make sure they are clear when you put them in the case as they will discolour and your lenses will be permanently a pissy yellow colour.

Didn't really rate them. I'd suggest 2 4 1 offer and get 2nd pair tinted.
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