Prescription Polaroids

Are prescription Polaroid’s as good as the expensive ‘non-prescription’ alternatives?
I’ve wanting to get myself a set of polaroids for ages now, it’s certainly no secret that they can be a big help when the fish are on the surface.

Up to the last month or so all my fishing has been on still waters, not the big fish stalking lakes like Avington where you ‘need’ polaroids, more your standard waters where they’d certainly be a help but you’re wearing them as much to protect your eyes from the fly as you are to see into the water.

And this is the reason I’ve not taken the plunge to buy a set or polaroids – I wear prescription glasses, so my need to protect my eyes from an errant fly is pretty much taken care of 100% of the time. I have a set of prescription sunglasses, but the lenses in them are not polaroid ones.

With my recent foray into river fishing the need to get myself a set of Polaroid’s is now much greater.

The opticians I get my prescription glasses from, Dollond & Aitchison do have polaroid lenses available in their sun glasses range. They even advertise them as being for fishermen. Here is the question – are these polaroids as good as the (non-prescription) ones available from Orvis et al?

I’ve never tried contact lenses, but have thought about it on several occasions. Would I be better of going for contact lenses and buying a set of polaroid sun glasses specifically manufactured for fishermen (the expensive option) or are the prescription polaroids just as good and would I be better off saving my money by going down this route?

I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has tried D&A’s (or any opticians) prescription polaroid glasses, are they as good as the polaroid glasses sold by the big tackle manufacturers? If not, what do you get extra from the fishing glasses?

One Response to “Prescription Polaroids”

  1. JohnMD1022

    I have had 2 pairs of Smith Action Optics prescription sunglasses.

    That said, for the past 20 years, I have used Fitovers.

    For 11 1/2 years, I had a “retirement” job as an auto parts delivery driver. I wore, and wear, Fitovers for all driving except night driving.

    I find the Amber are the best all around color, and definitely the best for fishing.

    Aviator model.


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