Fold flat paper Sunglasses
June 21, 2008 8:29 AM   Subscribe

Where could I buy paper glasses that could act as decent sunglasses? Polarizing glasses (for 3d movies) would be close, I just need them to be darker.
posted by phrontist to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Email these guys and ask for samples.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:37 AM on June 21, 2008

Best answer: My opthamologist's office has a box of these (actually, nicer ones that look more like sunglasses and are darker) on the reception desk. They're for patients who've had their eyes dilated. Try calling a few eye doctors near you and see if you can score a few pairs.
posted by Oriole Adams at 8:55 AM on June 21, 2008

Response by poster: Ohhh! Oriole Adams points out something I can't believe I didn't realize... that's almost certainly the ticket. Does anyone know who supplies the medical community?
posted by phrontist at 9:01 AM on June 21, 2008

Response by poster: Hahaha, okay, so they're called "post mydriatic spectacles". None of them really look like the anaglyph glasses (which is the aesthetic I'm after), but admittedly have their charm.
posted by phrontist at 9:10 AM on June 21, 2008

Also note that polarizing glasses for 3d movies do NOT block ultraviolet light and should never be used as sunglasses.
posted by hexatron at 9:11 AM on June 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Get one pair post-mydriatic spectacles, one pair anaglyph glasses, and use scissors and glue to make what you need?
posted by sebastienbailard at 10:59 AM on June 21, 2008

You might want to check with your local Lenscrafters. I had some eye test done at their optometrists involving putting some kind of drops in my eyes to check dilation or something, and they gave me a set of paper sunglasses to wear on the way home. I'm guessing they have a crate of them in back somewhere.
posted by timsteil at 11:35 AM on June 21, 2008

Best answer: Would the type designed for viewing a solar eclipse be too dark? I remember glasses like these being handed out in school to view an eclipse. Alternatively, "disposable sunglasses" seem to exist and apparently fold flat.
posted by sentient at 3:07 PM on June 21, 2008

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