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sun-glassesI need reading glasses just like millions of others with aging eyes. Several pair are scattered throughout the house. My only problem is having to wear sunglasses, especially on the boat where the bright sun is reflected off the water and white decks making it even harder on the eyes.

Wearing sunglasses is fine until I have to see the chart or the gauges or the GPS. Then, I have to take them off, find my readers and put them on while balancing and hanging on in a moving boat. I don’t have enough hands! Sound familiar?


Many women I have spoken to have the same difficulty and frustration and, like me, they’ve been putting up with it.

Then, one day, I saw Gail, a boater friend, at a party. She and Ed came by boat and Gail was excited to tell me about her solution to this problem.

Gail got prescription blended bifocals—no long distance correction, just close up. She loved them but was terrified of losing them after spending $300

I figured that since clear readers are readily available even at the Dollar Store, that we should be able to buy over-the-counter sunglasses with bifocals. Not so! I searched every store for years. Nothing.

sunglasses-bifocalsOne day this spring as I was checking out at Wal Mart, I went to the Prescription Glasses Department to check for bifocal sunglasses as I usually do. You can imagine my surprise when I saw a whole rack of them right out front. There were different styles, colours and strengths and they were only $10 each. WOW!

I quickly tried them on and bought two pair. Like Gail, I love them. Now I can see the chart, gauges, GPS and I don’t have to keep switching glasses AND I don’t have to worry if they accidentally fall overboard.

Such a simple solution to a hugely frustrating and annoying problem.

sunglasses-in-the-sunDo you have aging eyes and have problems on the boat switching your glasses and sunglasses?

If you do, I highly recommend checking out over-the-counter bifocal sunglasses.

It makes life on the boat so much easier and more enjoyable.

Brenda Dawson

Do you have another solution to "boating with aging eyes"?

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Yahoo! Great news - and at Walmart too!! Thanks for sharing, Brenda.

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I wear reading glasses as well, and need them on the boat too. But because of the propensity for things to wind up bouncing around the deck or worse, in the water, I found a lower cost solution to a pair of $300 prescription sunglasses. Ono's...

I wear reading glasses as well, and need them on the boat too. But because of the propensity for things to wind up bouncing around the deck or worse, in the water, I found a lower cost solution to a pair of $300 prescription sunglasses. Ono's Trading Company (http://www.onostradingcompany.com) has many different styles/lenses to choose from and even better, prices to fit about any budget. Its worth a look.

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Try Coccoons sun glasses. They fit over your regular glasses, whatever kind of glasses you wear. Better than over-the counter bifocals because you get to keep your original prescription. Very convenient and not terribly expensive.

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I was at our Walmart in Sandusky, Ohio after reading this article. They have no idea what I was looking for. The prescription glasses department sent me to the pharmacy where they sell reading glasses. Apparently not all Walmarts carry the same...

I was at our Walmart in Sandusky, Ohio after reading this article. They have no idea what I was looking for. The prescription glasses department sent me to the pharmacy where they sell reading glasses. Apparently not all Walmarts carry the same inventory.

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Don't give up Mark and Terri. I noticed last week that some clothing stores and drug stores are also carrying the bifocal sunglasses. Keep looking and I'm sure you'll find some. Maybe if we keep asking, they'll stock more.

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Boy did I appreciate this article. Both my husband and I have this problem. We are off to Walmart, hopefully to each find a pair we can use. Thanks Nancy

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The article written by you so good, I agree you ,and I like it very much. I will keep your article in my chopard sunglass.

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I found similar bi-focal sunglasses recently at a Costco in Brampton, Ontario. Just dial in the appropriate magnification and find the right ones on the rack. They come in a 2-pack (2 slightly different styles) for $18.95.

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