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Riding with Contact Lenses(9 posts)

Riding with Contact LensesMike_XC_rider
Mar 9, 2001 12:21 PM
Does anybody have any experiences/advice for riding with contact lenses. Out on a ride last night, only the second time with contacts, and it was a bit windy. My contacts were drying out and eventually my left one worked its way out while I was going against a headwind. I was wearing protective glasses, but the lenses my be a bit skimpy. Would a wider type of glasses help?

Thanks,
Mike
re: Riding with Contact LensesAlan
Mar 9, 2001 12:26 PM
I've been riding for three years with contacts. I wear disposable soft contacts, and I ride with a "Sport Shield" from Smith over my eyes. The Sport Shield is more like ski goggles than sunglasses. Nowhere near as cool as Oakley's, but I'm more concerned with keeping my contacts in place than I am with my appearance. The Smiths have interchangeable lenses (amber, smoke, and clear) and they do a good job at keeping the wind out of my eyes on off my contacts.

I lost a lens only once in a high crosswind.
re: Riding with Contact LensesEd
Mar 9, 2001 12:36 PM
Agree,
Go with disposable lens, and either larger or very closefitting sunglasses that block the wind.
Bring a tiny bottle of the "teardrops" with you and use if you feel you are drying out. You don't want to use your dirty, sweaty hands to pop a lens back in.
re: Riding with Contact LensesHap
Mar 9, 2001 12:41 PM
I ride with soft disposable contact lenses. I wear generous Bolle Edge II glasses. The only time I have experienced problems is in the fall when it is dry and dusty. I live in a rural area and when the farmers are harvesting it can be tough; but I assume the dust would be tough without contacts as well. I carry lens wetting drops but have rarely used them. I assume that the key is large lenses on the glasses.

Hap
re: Riding with Contact LensesLazy
Mar 9, 2001 12:36 PM
I use Oakleys and don't have any problems whatsoever. A teammate of mine uses Some Rudy Project glasses and doesn't seem to have any problems either. I think that once your eyes get used to your contacts your problems will go away, assuming you have a good fitting lense.
re: Riding with Contact LensesMarkb
Mar 9, 2001 4:33 PM
I ride with Smith Moab sport shields, and disposable soft lens. No problems whatsoever, from the first ride on. I do carry the lens wetting solution, but rarely use it. As mentioned, the Smiths come with three lenses, (clear, amber, and dark) so I never ride without eye protection.
I'm not an opthomologist . . .Scott B
Mar 9, 2001 6:53 PM
although I do play one on TV :-) I think part of the problem is simply having your eyes adjust to the contacts. As you wear them more and more, your eyes compensate for the drying action of the contacts by producing more fluid (at least according to my eye guy). I know that when I started wearing them years ago, I was much more sensitive, and much more worried about what would happen to them. But, get a decently covering set of shields like, oh the Smith Moab, and you should be fine.
Did you trying blinking? (NM)Chuck
Mar 10, 2001 10:10 AM
NM
I mfg contact lensesIxiz
Mar 12, 2001 6:20 AM
Firstly are the contact lens new or clean. Contact lenses are porous (micro).
Secondly have you tried other brands. They may not fit you

You can have goggles and contact lens can dry up.

How long have you worn contact lenses, the eye takes sometime to get used to contact lenses and the body adapts. I recoomend getting some rewetting drops and try blinking (not while cornering or fast descents).