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As it is time for a new pair of glasses, I am once again searching for a frame that has a permanently mounted mirror and will accept prescription lenses. Has anyone seen such a thing?

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I have never seen such a set of frames.

Glasses are expensive, and having a permanently mounted mirror would mean you'd have the mirror there at all times when wearing that set.

I have cycling-specific frames, which have a prescription insert behind the big curved plastic, but they're not great and mounting a mirror on the frames would have downsides

  • makes them unbalanced
  • increases the risk of something snagging the mirror and tearing the glasses off
  • obscures a sector of your vision somewhere in the plane of vision

There do exist mirrors that temporarily clip onto one's glasses frames by securing to one temple. I tried one and was very unhappy with the sharp spike right near my eyeball.

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You can also get some that secure to a helmet. I found they were rarely in the correct position, and also managed to block out some of the horizon.


Depending on your bike style, I've had excellent results from a bar-end mirror on a road bike with drop bars, and a stalk mirror on my recumbent (where a mirror is absolutely mandatory)

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Some googling turned up Hindsight, at https://hindsight.store/ but they can't offer prescription lenses.

Some day in the future we might see a Heads Up Display projected somewhere, but for now that's not something we can buy.

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    I've got bar-end mirrors on 2 of my bikes (one a Busch und Muller CycleStar and one a Zefal Spin), and miss them when I ride other bikes. even a helmet-mounted mirror seemed like a lot of stick near my eye, for very little benefit.
    – Chris H
    May 12 at 13:11
  • Recently I learned of Garmin's effort - not a rear-view HUD but on the way. youtube.com/watch?v=ppjoDXQ0VEE
    – Criggie
    May 12 at 19:19

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