tarzanboy
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Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:43 am

Instead of the infamous classic large roundish pilot sunglasses, is there a frame such as the one below which someone can have their eye glasses prescription placed on it?

http://www.mytoolstore.com/klein/60056.jpg

I ask this because I think the wide lens wrap around would be ideal for peripheral vision on the sides.

Are there any commercial pilots who have eye glasses frames similar to that one?

Another question [instead of starting another tread]: for pilots who wear contact lenses to correct nearsightedness, normally contacts are advised a maximum daily use of 12 hours. For long haul pilots doing 9hr flights etc. exactly when do you put on your contact lens and how do you manage? Do you ever cross the 12 hr lens limit?
 
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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:36 am

I have worn prescription glasses for many years, and have to wear safety glasses while at work. While there are a bunch of different frames available, Ive never seen any that wrap totally around without a frame like that. I dont think it would be possible to manufacture a complex curved piece of 'glass' with any correction. Having said that, a well fitted pair of glasses in the right shape shouldn't impinge on peripheral vision.

They probably have enough trouble making those type of glasses without any visual flaws as is.
 
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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:41 pm

You can get ones that are pretty much regular corrective lenses built into wraparounds. You don't focus with your peripheral vision anyhow so they work fairly well. They're pretty much like using frameless glasses, but with the safety / tinting of wraparounds included.
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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:30 pm

Those wrap arounds are cool! The site states they are USAF approved; do you think they are therefore FAA approved? Are there are commercial drivers here that wear prescription wrap arounds?
 
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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:48 am

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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:51 am

You won't benefit much from the added peripheral vision. And yes, I've worn MANY types of glasses permanently for 15 years.

[Edited 2010-08-23 19:52:43]
 
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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:36 am

Yeah, I'd just find something that's comfortable, and just make them work. Personally, I stay away from polarization, as it tends to cause issues with LCD type screens and whatnot. I wear Oakley's, and they do a really nice job.

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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:56 am

Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 6):
Personally, I stay away from polarization, as it tends to cause issues with LCD type screens and whatnot.

I think the FAA really exaggerates the whole polarization thing. Never really was much of a problem for me. It seems most avionics manufacturers take polarization into account. When I had my older Rx glasses I used to wear the $10 polarized clip-ons from walmart on top. I never really had problems with the displays. The G1000, and anything else from Garmin really, was fine, so long you kept your head in a natural position. The only thing I recall being a nuisance was the older bendix/king (kln 94 and before) GPSs, I had to tilt my head somewhat to get a clear view.

I miss the polarizing clip-ons, my new Rx glasses have their own clip-ons but they're not polarized. Personally, I thought the protection offered because of glare more than offset the minor nuances of viewing LCDs.
 
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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:19 am

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 7):
Never really was much of a problem for me.

Same here, I couldn't ever really tell the difference.
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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:08 am

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 8):
Same here, I couldn't ever really tell the difference.

So far as I could tell, the polarization of all Garmin LCD displays seems to be horizontal, IIRC. In other words, if you tilt your head 90 degrees, or somewhere in those whereabouts, the screen would go black with polarized lenses. AFAIK all polarized sunglasses are polarized vertically, and most LCD screens horizontally, or 45 degrees in some cases it seems. The screens that go dark with your head in a normal position would be polarized in the same direction your sunglasses are. Only happened to me on older Bendix GPSs or radio stacks
 
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RE: Are There Wrap Around Spectacle Frame For Pilots?

Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:45 am

When I used to wear polarized sunglasses I never really had any problems. Granted I was typically flying a 152 with single nav/com, so not much to not see  
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