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how do i get a little bug out of my eye without stopping?(6 posts)

how do i get a little bug out of my eye without stopping?dustin73
Jul 9, 2001 10:06 AM
i don't ride with glasses unless it's really bright outside, and today, i hit this patch of gnats or something and one got in my eye. i swerved a little bit, then finally pulled over and rubbed my eye for a few minutes hoping it would get out. that sucked 'cause all the momentum i had was gone...is there some time tested manner in which to do it while staying on the bike?
blink a lot? nmmr_spin
Jul 9, 2001 10:19 AM
re: how do i get a little bug out of my eye without stopping?rollo tommassi
Jul 9, 2001 10:24 AM
It is one good reason to wear glasses at all times (you would if you were riding a motorcycle - some states require it). Damage to the eye can be serious considering speed of impact of a small rock or even a gnat.

You could try flushing the eye with water, but I would advise stopping the bike to do so. Others riding with you should stop and wait (well, in Happy Good Manners World this happens!) but most times you don't get that luxury. For your safety and the safety of those around you (even drivers) it's best to stop and sort yourself out.

People laugh at me when I suggest practising riding with one eye closed - you never know when you might get something in your eye, especially if you're in a group or even a race. Those extra seconds of riding with no depth perception could be bad, or tolerable - if you prepare yourself.
Use your tounge?! ;-)grz mnky
Jul 9, 2001 1:01 PM
Variation of an old joke....

I sometimes find that I'll have a gnat carcass in my eye and not even know it until I hit the shower and look in the mirror. Ultimately if you can blink and tear enough it may migrate to an area where it doesn't bother you. If it doesn't you definitely have to do something about it.
Other than blinking.......Len J
Jul 9, 2001 1:05 PM
there is no tried and true way.

The best way is to avoid the gnat in the first place. Wear glasses. You can do some serious damage to your eye at 20 MPH if you hit a bug right. Not to mention a small pebble thrown up by a car tire. I have cracked glasses from stones thrown by cars. I hate to think what that would have done to my eye.
Wear Glasses!Dutchy
Jul 9, 2001 9:13 PM
If not to protect your eyes from dust and small rocks from passing cars etc, you should were sunnies to protect your eyes from UV radiation. In Australia the last 5 years there has been a huge campaign by the government and health authorities for people to wear sunglasses to protect from UV radiation. UV radiation can cause cancer of the retina and leave "sunspots" on your eyes. The awareness campaign is a result of the whole in the ozone layer getting bigger by the day, resulting in harsher rays from the sun. I assume it's the same in the states. CHEERS.