Getting 3rd Pair of Prada Eyeglasses. Third Time's a Charm?

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    Mar 19, 2015 1:43 AM GMT
    My first pair was lovely. First time I ever tried half-frame, using the thinest lens material now available today. Prior to that my prescription required a very thick lens, that really wouldn't work with half-frames.

    I put them down in a lesbian bar while I was taking off my prescription sunglasses and putting those away, and when I reached for them, they were gone! I guess the Prada name on their temple pieces was a temptation.

    So I got a replacement, even better-looking than the stolen one. Last month it happened again! Stolen right from under me! I told the optical shop I was wary of a designer label when I got that second pair, I'd rather have something no-name. But the next pair of Pradas they suggested were so beautiful, I got so many compliments. Nothing like vanity. icon_rolleyes.gif

    So today I walked in and said give me an exact replacement of my second stolen pair of Pradas. And if I must I'm gonna black out the damn Prada name on the temples. But they are so lovely, and fit me so well, I couldn't resist. The new pair arrives next week.

    I had no idea there are people who steal everything you have. I had my iPad stolen from the hospital 2 years ago when my husband had his heart surgery. I'm beginning to become a bit paranoid. I've seldom been a victim of theft before.

    I know enough not to wear a Rolex or some other expensive watch in public, or jewelry (which I dislike anyway), but my EYEGLASSES? After nearly $3000 in Prada eyeglasses this is getting ridiculous. Though my optometry shop, run by a lesbian couple, did give me a price on this 3rd pair that was irresistible. And the frames themselves really aren't that expensive - it's my lenses that are the greatest cost.
  • mybud

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    Mar 19, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
    Prada style looks too fem. for me to be interested.
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    Mar 19, 2015 1:53 AM GMT
    mybud saidPrada style looks too fem. for me to be interested.

    Depends on the model. I don't wanna wear something like my heavy Army-issue frames, that I'd wear in the field. I always had frames I bought myself to wear off-duty.

    Especially once I needed bifocals, the military would only issue me the old-fashioned kind with a reading insert, drove me crazy trying to use them. So I got progressive "no line" bifocals at my own expense. Not for the sake of appearance, they're just easier for me to use, especially at the computer.

    I think this Prada pair is indeed what a man wears. Just not to dig ditches or chop down trees, more like to sit behind a desk.
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    mybud saidPrada style looks too fem. for me to be interested.

    OK, found a near match to mine online. Only these seem to have a metal band around the lenses, whereas mine have a nearly-invisible clear monofilment line (fishing line) set in a groove. So that the lens sorta disappears against my face. It also helps that they're given an anti-reflective coating, making the lenses even more unobtrusive, as well as giving better vision.

    I wouldn't say this frame is very fem. Although I was considering gluing on some rhinestones. icon_rolleyes.gif

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  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 19, 2015 4:19 PM GMT
    Nice looking glasses. Clean. But next time, check out Warby Parker. There's no reason why prescription glasses should cost more than an iPad. Luxotica has a near world-wide monopoly on prescription eyeglasses and uses that monopoly to squeeze out any competitor that becomes successful and won't sell. Your Prada glasses are made by Luxotica. WP sidesteps that by not having retail stores, it's all online. You pick out 5 frames that interest you (check the sizing/spacing of your current glasses if you like them and then look for similar specs) and order them online. They come to you free and with a free return envelope so you can try them on at home. You can do this over and over if you want until you know which frame you like, then place your order with a prescription attached. They have all the high tech glasses and plastics and cost about $125 for simple reading glasses up to about $300 for tri and coated, etc. AND, for each pair ordered, they give a free pair of prescription glasses to a poor kid somewhere. Cool. And the designs are cool, too.
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    Mar 19, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidNice looking glasses. Clean. But next time, check out Warby Parker. There's no reason why prescription glasses should cost more than an iPad. Luxotica has a near world-wide monopoly on prescription eyeglasses and uses that monopoly to squeeze out any competitor that becomes successful and won't sell. Your Prada glasses are made by Luxotica. WP sidesteps that by not having retail stores, it's all online. You pick out 5 frames that interest you (check the sizing/spacing of your current glasses if you like them and then look for similar specs) and order them online. They come to you free and with a free return envelope so you can try them on at home. You can do this over and over if you want until you know which frame you like, then place your order with a prescription attached. They have all the high tech glasses and plastics and cost about $125 for simple reading glasses up to about $300 for tri and coated, etc. AND, for each pair ordered, they give a free pair of prescription glasses to a poor kid somewhere. Cool. And the designs are cool, too.

    Thanks, certainly something to consider. And after wearing eyeglasses for 55 years I'm no stranger to buying them, no uninformed novice in the process. And this is also good information for other guys here who wear glasses.

    But at the same time I do trust this local optical shop, owned by a lesbian couple, friends of ours, and their staff. I just walk in and ask what's the current style, and they show me from a large selection. I don't "window shop" on my own, I leave it to them, their judgment on frame appearance, if not my own optical preferences, being better than mine.

    And since they cater mostly to a gay & lesbian community, they carry almost nothing but the most recent designer names. I let them pretty much make the choice for me, and of course with my husband's concurrence, because it's others who'll be looking at these things, not me; I merely get a 2-dimensional view of them from a mirror or photo. It's one of the few times I let others make a decision for me.

    Same with my last prescription sunglasses from that shop. I told them my nostalgic preference is for Ray-Ban aviators like my late Father wore, from the time he was in the WWII US Army Air Corps, how I remember him as a kid.

    Not the biggest name in sunglasses right now, like an Oakley, but a nice personal connection with Dad, whose memory I cherish. Wearing Ray-Bans makes me think of him, just like using the fountain pen I had made to commemorate his own.

    I had the sunglasses chosen within 10 minutes, the optician-owners agreeing the aviators actually did look the best on me, of several styles they tried. Dad's classic sunglass lens shape, like a State Trooper, but the frame modernized with carbon fiber temples, and gunmetal finish rather than his gold. I must allow myself at least SOME personal expression. LOL!

    So I'm not sure I'm confident enough to shop for myself online and by mail when it comes to frame appearance. That pic I posted above doesn't do those Pradas justice - in real life they're gorgeous with the half-frame lenses, their edges exquisitely polished and rounded. But I doubt I would have selected them if all I saw was an online photo, rather ordinary looking.

    My lenses are the most expensive component. I specify the thinest, highest refractive index made, which allows for a thin, light frame, and also reduces chromatic aberration (color fringing), a problem I have.

    They're progressive no-line bifocals, with a prism for my astigmatism. I also have the edges specially rounded & polished, to make the edge appear "softer" and therefore less abrupt, visible & obvious.

    Plus they've got an anti-reflection coating, the highest quality available that resists scratches. Earlier versions I previously got would develop a haze of micro-scratches in 6 months. But this sturdy coating (it really does resist scratching, perhaps even better than the polycarbonate underneath) alone adds $130 to the cost, so you can imagine what the grand total is, with all those add-ons.
  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 19, 2015 5:49 PM GMT
    Ya, I used to get all that, too. And yes, about a $1,000/pair. The WPs offer all that in the glass as well. I was skeptical at first, too. But now I have a pair that stays by the TV designed for exactly that distance (I don't need reading correction), another by the computer screen for that distance, another for driving. Another for sunglasses. All 4 cost less than $1,000 and the glass has everything I need including the light weight. Now the aesthetic decisioning is another matter...

    One other thing you might do-- I had a pair of the frameless for a while and found that eventually, a lens will pop out for one reason or another. Get a little piece of flexible plastic from your ophthalmologist that looks like a bread loaf tie without the wire. Put it in your wallet so when the day comes, you can use it to get the wire that holds the lens onto the frame back in the tiny groove. You'll love having it when you need it.
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    Mar 19, 2015 6:01 PM GMT
    You've obviously never worked in retail if you didn't know people will steal anything that's not nailed down. (Truth is it's obvious you don't work in retail if you can afford $1,000 glasses).
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    Mar 19, 2015 6:37 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidYa, I used to get all that, too. And yes, about a $1,000/pair...

    One other thing you might do-- I had a pair of the frameless for a while and found that eventually, a lens will pop out for one reason or another. Get a little piece of flexible plastic from your ophthalmologist that looks like a bread loaf tie without the wire. Put it in your wallet so when the day comes, you can use it to get the wire that holds the lens onto the frame back in the tiny groove. You'll love having it when you need it.

    Interesting repair solution, thanks. Yep, mine are priced at over $1000 a pop, too. Although the "girls" give me a nice discount, for being a faithful & regular customer, for 7 years now.

    And that's another consideration for me, that would probably not apply to most of the guys here, making your tips more valuable to them than possibly to me. These women are our personal friends, we've had them over to dinner at our home, gone sailing with them. And incidentally putting the lie to another of southbeach1500's slanders about me, that I hate lesbians. icon_rolleyes.gif

    On top of which, here's what they once did for me, why having a local optical shop can be personally essential. I had just gotten a new pair of glasses from them 2 weeks earlier, from prodesign of Denmark, another nice designer brand. One morning my husband & I were doing last minute early morning errands, before heading just south of Miami to stay for 5 days, preparing the starting point for the annual SMART Ride to Key West.

    I was backing the car out of a parking space when I heard a crunch. I was concerned about tire damage, so I pulled forward to investigate. There were my new glasses totally flattened, virtually unrecognizable. I had switched to my sunglasses as the dawn broke while driving, and I have a bad habit of putting my regular glasses in my lap. They had fallen out of the car when I went into a store, still waring my sunglasses, and I didn't see them on the ground when I got back into the car.

    So I phoned the girls at home, their shop doesn't open until 10, and they said they could remake the glasses from my record, I didn't need to come in. But they'd have to request expedited shipments of the frame & lenses, because of the short timeframe, and couldn't guarantee they'd arrive and be finished before we left for Key West. My husband & I continued the 40 miles to Miami, as I had a spare pair of glasses with me, my previous ones.

    Four days later the girls showed up in the evening, while I was working one of the registration sign-in booths. They had my replacement glasses with them, delivered personally. And fitted me right under the booth canopy! The girls were in the ride themselves that year, one on a bicycle, the other driving a "sweep" SUV with my husband riding alongside as the "radio man" to the operations dispatch center, recovering disabled bikes. I told you we're good friends.

    Now you won't get that kind of service from a national optical chain. Nor from online. So that as someone who is a Kronic Klutz, that kind of support means a lot to me.

    I may look into this online site you linked for some additional sunglasses, specifically for golfing. But I would never wear anything around town the girls might see on me that they hadn't provided. A kind of loyalty thing, if that makes sense. Friends mean more to me than simple money savings, although this lesbian couple does save me at least some money. But I like your tips, that a lot of guys here might be able to use, and maybe someday myself.
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    Mar 19, 2015 7:13 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said... check out Warby Parker...


    nice reference thanks!
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    Mar 19, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
    DefensiveEnd saidYou've obviously never worked in retail if you didn't know people will steal anything that's not nailed down. (Truth is it's obvious you don't work in retail if you can afford $1,000 glasses).

    No, never worked in retail. US Army for 25 years, then dabbled in education. Truth is today I don't work at all. At least not for an income. What work I do is mostly charitable & volunteer. To keep myself occupied, and to feel that I'm contributing something to other people, still engaged, not just a lazy-ass, self-indulgent retiree.

    And I can afford $1000+ eyeglasses because I have no debt, use no credit, and live within my modest means. My biggest recurring expense is car and homeowners insurance. I plan ahead for these bigger personal expenses, and buy certain things at certain times of the year, not before.

    I know how to stretch my limited money, so that $1000+ glasses are no stretch. Seeing well, and looking good, are personal indulgences I can manage to afford. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 19, 2015 7:55 PM GMT
    I would say more like third times a bitch lol id be so mad. I remember when my oakleys got stepped on at the fire academy I was pissed haha and that was only 150 bucks.
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    bk11789 saidI would say more like third times a bitch lol id be so mad. I remember when my oakleys got stepped on at the fire academy I was pissed haha and that was only 150 bucks.

    Well, actually I was VERY mad. You really feel violated when you become a victim of theft.

    I suppose the worst was when my iPad was stolen, along with my shoulder bag and all its contents. I was staying with my husband daily in the hospital during his heart surgery, upwards of 14 hours daily, and the iPad helped me to occupy the time at his bedside when he was mostly not awake.

    And somebody steals it when I'm distracted. That seemed to me like an extra-low blow. And with all the other stuff inside the shoulder bag, keyboard and other items, the monetary loss was close to $2000.

    I'm unable to understand how someone would be satisfied at doing something like that. How they could feel pleasure over their theft from someone else. But maybe that's why I've never been a thief. icon_confused.gif
  • venue35

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    Mar 19, 2015 10:58 PM GMT
    they are way over priced imo
    someone is walking around with 500 dollars in their pocket
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    Mar 19, 2015 11:01 PM GMT
    venue35 saidthey are way over priced imo
    someone is walking around with 500 dollars in their pocket

    Well, perhaps in Greece these days that's exceptional. But in the US it's pocket change, unless you work for Walmart or a fast food place.
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    Mar 19, 2015 11:17 PM GMT
    sorry you felt insulted art and had to stoop so low.
    this thread, and most of your other threads are lame, narcissistic and totally irrelevant.
    all you do is talk about your iPhone or your ipad.
    i bought a new tablet last week but didnt think it was important to tell everyone on realjock.
    1000 dollars might be pocketchange to you but im sure it's not to many americans.
    you are just a showoff and its boring not exciting.
    i can be materialistic and gadget friendly but why would anyone here want to know that?????
    anyway you are probably just mad at me for saying that the transgender person in that other thread looked like you in drag.

    whatever.

    Touche

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    Mar 20, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    i dont want to argue again with you so i wont participate
    in anymore i just got my new iPhone threads.
    maybe i should have phrased it differently , but 1000 dollars does sound like way too much for prada eyewear.
    i just think there are more interesting things you could talk about.
    i guess at this point in your life this is what you find appealing.

    i would rather own a pair of oakley frogskins actually
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    Mar 20, 2015 12:41 AM GMT
    venue35 saidsorry you felt insulted art and had to stoop so low.
    this thread, and most of your other threads are lame, narcissistic and totally irrelevant.
    all you do is talk about your iPhone or your ipad.
    i bought a new tablet last week but didnt think it was important to tell everyone on realjock.
    1000 dollars might be pocketchange to you but im sure it's not to many americans.
    you are just a showoff and its boring not exciting.
    i can be materialistic and gadget friendly but why would anyone here want to know that?????
    anyway you are probably just mad at me for saying that the transgender person in that other thread looked like you in drag.

    whatever.

    Touche [sic]

    I merely returned the insult you offered to me, about having $500 in my pocket, implying I'm a spoiled rich guy. I'm not, I'm an ordinary American. $500 isn't a huge amount in the US. Sorry you can dish it out, but can't take it.

    In any case, I would have been glad to hear about your iPad. A lot of us are indeed into "gadgets" and what our experiences with them have been. A site like this is a lot about sharing.

    And my real message, if you had been reading clearly, was originally about THEFT. And what a problem I'm finding it to be. The thread went from there.

    My threads generally have a larger theme than myself. I merely use my own experiences as a way of bringing those themes to life, with real events I've had happen to me. Stop evaluating me in terms of your own ego-based thinking and you might discover that. I write for a much more sophisticated audience here than you appear to be.

    And BTW, who's that transgender person in drag who looks like me? Did I miss that? I might like a link or pic. If she looks like me she can't be very attractive.
  • venue35

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    Mar 20, 2015 1:03 AM GMT
    sophisticated??? is that what you think you are???
    you are the most delusional senile narcissistic poster on rj

    have you ever even thought for a minute before posting another one of your lame ass time wasting threads???

    you post about kilts and no one gives a fuck
    you post about your fucking iPhone and no one gives a fuck
    you post about your stupid ipad and no one gives a fuck
    you post about your fat ass floating in some pool in key west and you think its news worthy.
    guess what ???
    no one gives a fuck!

    you really are a crackpot and i wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt. why? because i have seen people
    say nasty things about you here on these threads and i felt bad because you always say how you have health problems etc
    the truth is i never see you commenting on anything but yourself and your newly acquired possesions.

    get a fucking life already it's about fucking time don't you think?????????????????????

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    Mar 20, 2015 1:05 AM GMT
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    bk11789 saidI would say more like third times a bitch lol id be so mad. I remember when my oakleys got stepped on at the fire academy I was pissed haha and that was only 150 bucks.

    Well, actually I was VERY mad. You really feel violated when you become a victim of theft.

    I suppose the worst was when my iPad was stolen, along with my shoulder bag and all its contents. I was staying with my husband daily in the hospital during his heart surgery, upwards of 14 hours daily, and the iPad helped me to occupy the time at his bedside when he was mostly not awake.

    And somebody steals it when I'm distracted. That seemed to me like an extra-low blow. And with all the other stuff inside the shoulder bag, keyboard and other items, the monetary loss was close to $2000.

    I'm unable to understand how someone would be satisfied at doing something like that. How they could feel pleasure over their theft from someone else. But maybe that's why I've never been a thief. icon_confused.gif
    Yeah I know how it feels someone broke into my apartment a couple years ago and stole a ton of stuff from me.
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    Mar 20, 2015 1:07 AM GMT
    Also 500 dollars is def not pocket change for most Americans haha maybe some but not anywhere near the majority.
  • venue35

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    Mar 20, 2015 1:07 AM GMT
    well he should tie his ipad and his iPhone onto his arm so he wont lose them againicon_rolleyes.gif
  • venue35

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    Mar 20, 2015 1:11 AM GMT
    I know that the Word Touche needs an apostrophe above the e you moron. You knew what the Word meant. So juvenile.
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    Mar 20, 2015 1:22 AM GMT
    bk11789 said
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    bk11789 said
    I would say more like third times a bitch lol id be so mad. I remember when my oakleys got stepped on at the fire academy I was pissed haha and that was only 150 bucks.

    Well, actually I was VERY mad. You really feel violated when you become a victim of theft.

    Yeah I know how it feels someone broke into my apartment a couple years ago and stole a ton of stuff from me.

    What really hit me below the belt was that I was sweating out my husband's recovery from heart bypass surgery. I was stressed out enough already, him so initially sedated he couldn't even speak to me, and on top of all that THIS happens?

    I wonder that I didn't have a complete breakdown. But I focused on him, that's how I always get through difficult things, my eyes on something other than myself. But when it's just about me, well, I tend not to acquit myself very well. icon_redface.gif

    Of course I realize the thief probably didn't know any of that, but I'm not sure it would have made any difference.

    Curious follow-up to that theft: several weeks later I got a phone call from my golf instructor. He'd been phoned by a guy who'd found a bunch of stuff thrown along the side of a street in Fort Lauderdale. Among the items was my golf instructor's business card. And the finder said my own name was in a checkbook, but no phone number.

    So I phoned this other guy myself, and arranged to meet him at a church choir rehearsal he was conducting. Sure enough, he had my embossed leather checkbook, the checks inside intact, and a few other personal items, including my Cross pen, worth some money in its own right. But not the shoulder bag nor the iPad. I guess it will forever remain a mystery why someone stole my bag, and tossed these other items on the street.
  • venue35

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    Mar 20, 2015 1:27 AM GMT
    Isn't there a Golden Girls marathon on tv tonight????