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    Question about Mirror tinting

    So I ordered a pair of suns for a personal pair with mirror tinting. But the coating itself looks more like a flash mirror than a solid mirror. I'm around a -7.00 OU, would this affect the opacity of the mirrored effect? You can still see my eyes relatively easily through the coat, and I was banking on it being more or less a "70s traffic cop" look. Only personal experience I have with mirrored effects in my Rx is a pair that is specifically a flash coating, so I'm not certain if this is the wrong mirror effect, or working as unintended.

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    Who did you get the lenses from and what did they say when you asked them about this?


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    Walman Toledo. They evidently farm out the mirror tinting jobs, or at least they did my 1.67 SV. I sent them back for eval once, lab rep found it was a Flash Mirror effect applied at the sub-contractor instead of the solid high reflection mirror I was anticipating. Second set of lenses came back identical, so I figured I'd check to see if the high Rx is impacting the finish before sending them back a second time

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    Quote Originally Posted by juno View Post
    Walman Toledo. They evidently farm out the mirror tinting jobs, or at least they did my 1.67 SV. I sent them back for eval once, lab rep found it was a Flash Mirror effect applied at the sub-contractor instead of the solid high reflection mirror I was anticipating. Second set of lenses came back identical, so I figured I'd check to see if the high Rx is impacting the finish before sending them back a second time
    what color and density was the lens tinted as? the mirror effect is more apparent on a darker tint. Otherwise even a full mirror will look transparent if the color base is too light. Also did you fully clean the surface of the lens? The anti-slip coat sometimes interferes with the reflective finish.

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    Blue mirror on a polarized dark gray. Cleaned lens again, it just doesn't look as mirror opaque as a similar blue mirror (non-polarized) demo lens. Again, though, I have a high Rx, and the demo lens is just dummy plastic. Not sure if the thickness of my lens itself is interfering with the reflection properties in this regard. I don't overly know why it would, but I'm not necessarily ruling it out. I couldn't find anything about this w/ a google search, my doctor wasn't able to answer adequately, nor the other opticians in my office, which is why I figured I'd ask a board with a lot more length and breadth of experience in this matter.

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    can you post a pic of it?

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    Top is what I thought I was getting, bottom is what I actually got: edit: oh, cool, (img) bbcode doesn't work. welp, links as follow, I guess: Front on view, With some light on them Double edit: I have no idea why return isn't inserting line breaks for this post

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    wow... that is really off. definitely doesn't look like a full mirror. Looks like the bevel has cut into the polarization film too? call the lab up and tell them that ain't right.

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    Definitely wrong

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    Ok, thanks for the confirmation. The only patient I've had with a high Rx that wanted a mirror coating has been... myself. Glad I'm not imagining things

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    Send in your demo with your pair so there is no confusion on the lab's part. Definite remake though. And no - the Rx has nothing to do with mirror reflex or density on a polar blank whatsoever.

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