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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:31 PM

 

I need an eyeglasses retainer strap.

Although I have seen them worn, I have never seen them sold. Where do you get them? What I'm describing is like a sports strap that holds your glasses around your neck when not resting on your nose. Are they found in drug stores?

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Reply I need an eyeglasses retainer strap. (Original post)
Jack Sprat Dec 2012 OP
TheCowsCameHome Dec 2012 #1
Jack Sprat Dec 2012 #4
Fawke Em Dec 2012 #2
lob1 Dec 2012 #3
Skittles Dec 2012 #5
madinmaryland Dec 2012 #13
Skittles Dec 2012 #14
Brainstormy Dec 2012 #6
Sekhmets Daughter Dec 2012 #10
murielm99 Dec 2012 #15
Sekhmets Daughter Dec 2012 #21
LunaSea Dec 2012 #20
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #7
Doremus Dec 2012 #8
Lokey Dec 2012 #9
Bozita Dec 2012 #11
murielm99 Dec 2012 #16
Hekate Dec 2012 #12
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #17
mockmonkey Dec 2012 #18
LunaSea Dec 2012 #19

Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:33 PM

1. They call them Croakies.

Try an eyeglass hut at a mall.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:35 PM

4. Thanks.

 

I don't think I have ever noticed them. But then again, I was never looking for them until now. Gracious.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:34 PM

2. Walgreens. Right around the reading glasses.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:35 PM

3. I've seen them in drug stores.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:37 PM

5. NICE

FOR US GALS THEY ARE CALLED OLD LADY CHAINS (according to young whippersnapper coworkers)

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Response to Skittles (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:35 PM

13. Lighten up, Frances or I will have to order up an ass kicking for you!!


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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:41 PM

14. LOLOL

actually it went like this:

Me: "DAMN, where are my glasses? F***, I keep losing my glasses!"

Whippersnapper: "Why don't you just get one of those....." (then he just STOPPED)

Me: "What were you going to say? Old lady chain? I WILL KICK YOUR ASS!!! "

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:38 PM

6. OMG!!

Been looking for the same thing for ages!! Seems like once upon a time (before I needed one) they were everywhere. I had high school teachers who wore them routinely. I've actually made lame attempts at creating them. Work so, so. But really, is this need so rare? And while we're on the subject, I'd kill for a very lightweight pouch, or chain dealie that I could connect my cell phone to. It's never on the same floor as I'm on! Must be an old people deal. But there are a lot of us, aren't there?

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Response to Brainstormy (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:22 PM

10. I used to make my own

beaded lanyards for my glasses. Now I jut keep a pair of glasses in every room.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:54 PM

15. OMG, I do that, too.

And I have an extra pair in my purse. The whole thing reading glasses thing is a pain in the ass.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:43 AM

21. I keep a pair in my purse and one in the car

as well. True, but bifocals are very expensive and I don't need glasses for driving yet. I use the 'readers' in the car to check deposit slips or read directions.

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Response to Brainstormy (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:35 AM

20. Stuff you'd kill for...

www.instructables.com
www.make.com

If you find what you need, I'll send a list of victims in preferred order

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:46 PM

9. I have seen them in big box stores

Either in there optical center or if they don't have one the stuff is by the contact lens solution. If you are looking for ones that keep them on your face from not sliding off, I would suggest the silicone anti slip ear grip pieces that hook on the arm and then behind your ear. I love these things. My father got them for his and talked me into it. Never have to push up my glasses anymore.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:33 PM

11. Anyone know where to get a nosepad soldered back onto the wire frame?

This is not an attempt to hijack this thread, but any ideas would be appreciated.

Been walking around with the fallen eyepad in my pocket for a few months now.

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Response to Bozita (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:57 PM

16. My husband fixed mine. Sorry.

If you have an optometrist, they have an eyeglass department that might do it for you. They often make repairs. Some stores have eyeglass departments. You could walk up to one of those and ask if they might help you. We have a Shopko store here that has optometrists who work in the store.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:34 PM

12. Drugstores, by the reading glasses

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:01 AM

17. The other day I caught a glimpse of myself in some reflective surface somewhere...

and discovered that I had two pair of reading glasses on my head...sometimes I get on my own nerves and sometimes I crack myself up.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:44 AM

18. hmmm

I thought I was the only one that does that.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:30 AM

19. DIY unbreakable lanyard

Get yourself a piece of Neoprene, find it at a gasket supplier.
At least 18-20 inches long, one-sixteenth inch width.
They'll slice however much you want off a roll.

Take a sturdy craft knife and slice a thin strip using a metal ruler or something like it.
Loop the ends and wrap the loops with wire or small bit of metal.
I use brass staples from a large cardboard carton, fold around with pliers, snipping off the excess.

Neoprene will stretch 4-5 times it's length, and is very difficult to break.
When your glasses get caught on something, (and they always will...) the lanyard will stretch, unlike the drug store variety which will either break, or injure your neck.
I get a couple of years use before they need replacing. Usually wear out the glasses first.

Handy stuff to have around too, I've repaired plumbing, leaking fuel tanks, and stopped furniture from squeaking
with a bit of neoprene. Various types of sheet rubber will also work, (also available from gasket supplier)
but will break down faster from skin oils and sunlight.

Also try a piece of thin rubber hose (any hardware store) and just shove the earholders into the tubing.
Works unless you are allergic to rubber, and there's only one color to choose from.

A glance at instructables.com suggests that paracord is a popular solution too.
http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/?q=glasses+lanyard&sort=none

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