Optics3D is an Oxfordshire based company that creates prescription 3D glasses. Yes, quite simply, you can have a pair of prescription glasses when you go to the cinema or watch 3D items on your TV, without having to add another pair of glasses on top of your nose. I have been there, and it is not pleasant. I also know that I am not alone.
On top of that, there is the issue that different technologies use different kinds of polarization to present to you their 3D. Some of the different technologies include Real D and IMAX 3D, which then comes in flavours of 0/90 and 45/135. This means that choosing a pair of glasses to own is quite difficult.
Optics3D kindly sent me some pairs to try out, and here is what we think of them:
Product page: http://www.optics3d.co.uk/RxMono3D
With these glasses you choose one kind of 3D flavour, or you can have these as sun glasses. Similarly, they come in two options, with prescription and without prescription. When you have to add a prescription to these, they include a small clip on ‘lens’ that goes inside your glasses. It is a bit like those clip ons your dad had, but on the inside, and well hidden.
As can be seen, a small outline of those glasses can still be seen when worn.
As far as wearing of the glasses goes, they are actually very comfortable and very light. They come in a sporty design which means they look cool even during normal wear. Obviously that does mean that you will not be wearing them during normal use.
As far as the 3D element goes, of course they work, and they work very well. While it takes a little getting used to when you put them on, as it does every time you change to a new pair of glasses, by the time you are watching that thing on the screen you won’t even know you have them on. Your ears won’t hate you for popping two glasses on, and you won’t have to deal with the constant slipping off of the secondary pair of 3D glasses you have been forced to wear in the past.
Here is some buying information for the non-prescription version:
Which also includes information about what lenses to choose.
The prescription ones can be chosen from the following link:
Product page: http://www.optics3d.co.uk/RxMulti3D
RxMulti3D glasses are exactly like the RxMono3D glasses, but they actually allow you to interchange the 3D lenses. This means that you can buy these with not just the pair of 3D you want, but also buy extra accessories in case you upgrade, the technology changes, or a new technology is introduced. You can even buy them with sunglasses feature so you can use these as a pair of regular sunglasses.
While they also have the same sporty format as the RxMono3D glasses, these actually have a bit of added bulk to allow you to clip in various lenses. Made of a lighter rubberized material, they are even more comfortable to wear.
Once again, they come without prescription, and the prescription lenses can easily be clipped on or off.
We tried these in the cinema, and as expected, the 3D works perfectly again.
While some of the choice of lenses may be difficult to fathom, I suggest looking at the following link to get a good idea of what to get:
It also includes buying information.
These can be bought in various colours: black, blue, cyan, green, pink, red, transparent, violet and white.
They can also be bought in various prescriptions:
Spheres: –10 to +9
There may be a surcharge above certain values.
You can also buy accessories such as rigid cases, soft cases, cleaning cloths and similar from them.
From personal experience, I can easily tell you how annoying it is when you go to watch a 3D film and have to add another pair of glasses in front of your prescription glasses. Therefore, these glasses provide you the best solution possible with the current technologies available to us. The only problem is that these glasses do not replace my normal glasses, hence they still need to be an extra carry when I go to the cinema.
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