Well it is ski gear related; I may wear these glasses while skiing.
I've finally decided that I no longer want to take off my glasses to read, perhaps a little late, but I'm stubborn.
So, I went out and got a prescription. I'm looking for thin lenses, progressive (no-line bifocals) lenses with anti-reflective coating. You might think that would be enough, but you would be wrong.
2nd stop was Cosco. They informed me that even with those limiting parameters, they still had three lenses to choose from: basic, standard and digital. They even had a chart to show how aberrations distortions affected less of the lens as the price went up. Trouble is the chart also showed higher level lenses that Cosco did not carry.
Phoned back the first stop. They could sell me a better lense (at a higher price), they have "a Hoya Free form Protegity"...
Hakim has a better lens too; they have something called Optixx Premium digital free form. (but I managed to get a quote for the 1.6 index, not the 1.67, but I can live with a 0.07/167 difference in refractive index)
Lens crafter's has a "1.67 high index digital progressive."
Wallmart has many levels of something something called Accolade (I think).
Of course no one has any comparative info on any of the various lenses (I suspect they are all slightly different)
So how am I to tell which one is better and which one is a rip off? Is the Cosco digital the same as wallmart's best?
Is the Optixx the same as the Hoya free form?
The frames are in the store and I can see them; the lenses must be ordered.
It's easier to buy skis. (and these are going to end up costing more than any pair of skis I've ever bought).
Anybody got any insight?