So I got my Superfocus back in March (and posted here then) and have been wearing them all day every day since then. I thought I’d check in and provide more thoughts and observations.
First of all, what I said here on March 13 still stands: these glasses are “life changing” and I’m still extremely pleased with them. It’s a big deal to no longer carry around multiple glasses and, especially, not to be “wearing” a second pair of glasses up on the top of my head (I was that guy with two pairs of glasses on one head). I hated how, whenever I’d sit down, that pair up on my head would fall of and behind the sofa. That’s all history now.
I also have really enjoyed not peering over the top of my glasses or holding them up to peer under the lenses when I wanted to read a label or something close and didn’t want to make the full swap to my reading prescription glasses. That’s a huge luxury and it was actually a hard habitual behavior to correct, but it’s nice to simply take corrected vision for granted. Yes, I do indeed reach up to shift the focus slider, but somehow that just seems easier and certainly does not lead to my knocking my glasses off. I also found that I tended to wear my old glasses lower on my nose to facilitate that peer-over ability. This led to my glasses falling off more. I have never had my Superfocus glasses fall off because I do not wear them on the end of my nose anymore and, thank goodness, they’re not perched on top of my head.
I ordered a couple pairs of tints so the Superfocus goodness could extend to my outdoor wear as well and, although it took a while to get them and there were some issues with one pair (which customer service did a good job of rectifying, so far), they are a great addition. Note that the lenses are not polarized and initially I wished they were, but a funny thing occurred to me–now that I can adjust my sunglasses for reading things like iPhone screens and ATM screens and the like, I think the polarizing would be a problem. I have a pair of fixed distance Maui Jims that I wear for sports when I want polarization now. I love the tints and recommend them.
I, like others here, and in spite of my best efforts (details on my cleaning process below) have seen several very fine circular scratches appear on the silicon lens elements (not the prescription round lens parts) and I am a bit concerned, but these are not affecting the vision for me and so far, I’m not majorly concerned. I can’t emphasize enough however, that these elements are very delicate and you should NEVER attempt to clean them casually–always use caution.
I clean my glasses once daily and here’s what I do: I rinse all components thoroughly under a faucet to remove any debris that might cause scratches first, then lay all parts on a paper towel. I then use Purosol Optical Cleaner (you can find this on Amazon) and Kimtech Science KimWipes Delicate Task Wipers (also on Amazon) to clean all components. Why yes, I am rather obsessive–why do you ask?
I actually find that, because I can remove the outer lens element, you can get it really clean to the edge. The edges on the inner silicon part rate a little trickier, but the frame allows good access, so I have been fine.
Whatever your own regimen, let’s be clear on one thing: if you’re one of those shirt-tail (or god forbid a necktie) glasses wiper types, do NOT clean your Superfocus glasses in this careless way or you will regret it I’m sure. Treat these glasses like a delicate scientific instrument.
OK, these are unusual looking, but it’s working for me. I live in Silicon Valley, so yeah, the geek look is pretty acceptable, but I don’t think it’s a problem generally. I know some people think I look odd, but I’ve actually never received more compliments on my glasses in my life. For those that like them (typically hipster women, hehehe), they really really like them.
And some of my friends insist that these glasses were a factor in my recently scoring a new client contract with a very prestigious company where this look of mine probably contributed to the impression that I’d be a good fit for their super high-tech geek culture. I’m not sure about that, but in the interview process, almost every single interviewer commented on the glasses and one of them even took one of my referral cards. The founder there was also known for wearing distinctive round glasses though, so maybe that was a factor.
Sure, you can take my Superfocus glasses away. But you’ll need to pry them from my cold dead hands.