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Glasses vs. contact lenses(13 posts)

Glasses vs. contact lensesrideslikeagirl
Apr 16, 2002 7:26 AM
Looking for your opinions/experiences/$0.02 on the pros and cons of riding with each.

re: Glasses vs. contact lensesMikeC
Apr 16, 2002 7:39 AM
Nothing earth-shattering here, but:
1) Contacts are much better in foggy/misty weather or rain.
2) If you wear contacts, you'll still have to wear riding glasses in most cases, because there's always some kind of dust blowing around when you ride, and dust in your eye when you're wearing contacts is much worse than dust in a naked eye.
3) You have a much wider choice of regular riding glasses available with contacts than with prescription glasses.
My .02Len J
Apr 16, 2002 7:42 AM
Rode for years with glasses because my sight could not be corrected with contacts. Switched to contacts about 10 years ago. Pluses Minuses IMO

Dust not as much an irritant when it gets in your eyes & is easier to clean out.

Periphery vision not as good.
Needed strap to hold them on, Never tried the cycling specific correction lenses.

Better periphery vision.
Ability to suppliment with wrap around sunglasses keeping dust to a minimum.

Dust in eye is harder to clean out, I've lost contacts trying to solve. I carry drops for this now.

At the end of the day, I see better with contacts, (which is the ultimate trump card). Contacts are always centered over eye.

re: Glasses vs. contact lensesKen of Fresno
Apr 16, 2002 7:44 AM
My rx glasses don't have large enough lenses to keep the wind out of my eyes, so if i'm going on a longer ride I usually use contacts and a pair of Oakley Pro M Sweeps. I don't normally go for the designer/name brand stuff, but I had an e coupon for 50%off any purchase of $100 or more at They had the gray Sweeps (non iridium) for $100 even. $50 for Oakleys = deal. That was when they had just partnered with Amazon though. I'm sure the deal is long gone now.
re: Glasses vs. contact lensesRoadracer
Apr 16, 2002 7:47 AM
They each have their advantages and disadvantages. In shorter rides and cooler weather I like contacts. If it is long and hot, too much sweat gets in my eyes, really irritating them. The problem with glasses is fogging but a skull cap seems to help with that.

Because I really fried my eyes wearing contacts I tend to go with Bolle sunglasses with the rx insert. I like it, but it is heavier than I would prefer. Does anyone have something better? I need to get a new set anyways and am always open to sugestions.

Try ZealMel Erickson
Apr 16, 2002 8:24 AM They make frames that allow you to interchange Rx lenses of different colors. They offer three lenses for the price of two, or something like that. I'm very tempted but the cost is still a little too high for me.
Glasses with Rx insert work well for me...PdxMark
Apr 16, 2002 8:10 AM
Rudy Project Kerosene...

Beisides bright sunlight, dust and wind over the eyes are often such an irritation that I'd be wearing glasses even with contacts. I think the wrap-around/cycling-specific style tends to keep out more dust etc. than regular glasses.

The theory I've come up with is that regular "flat" glasses seem to create air flow eddies at the edges and, in effect, draw dust in behind the glasses. I get much less dust etc. since I changed from flat glasses. Of course, someone will differ with the theory.
Apr 16, 2002 8:16 AM
After LASIK I'm 20:20 and don't need glasses or contact. It's a good deal when you compare the price of a life time of contacts and glasses.
In my experience.mixinbeatz
Apr 16, 2002 8:20 AM
IMO you will always need some form of glasses to keep the gunk out of your eyes. This year, I have been racing exclusively with Bolle Vigilantes with rx inserts. The only time fogging has become an issue is when I was way overdressed on a rainy crit and even then they were still fine. I definitely always go with bigger glasses even though they look a lot uglier, because they work much better for keeping gunk out of your eyes. I would give the bolles two thumbs up, they work great and the interchangeable lenses are great for any condition.
Everyone's differentMel Erickson
Apr 16, 2002 8:20 AM
I wore contacts for a few years but even then was not able to ride with them. My eyes dried out too much, felt scratchy and because of the dryness I couldn't see as well. I wore good wraparound sunglasses too. I use sunglasses with Rx inserts (Bolle) because I'm cheap and like the interchangeable lenses and they fit me well to boot. I would like to have several pairs of Rx glasses for different riding conditions but can't justify the bucks. If I went with several pair I'd go with Zeal. They have a relatively good deal on glasses with interchangeable Rx lenses, but it's still a little steep for me.
re: Glasses vs. contact lensesChaz_cycles
Apr 16, 2002 3:37 PM
I like contacts when I ride. I have haqd no problems what so ever. I ride alot of times without any sunglasses and have no trouble with dust or my eyes drying out. I guess I am just mure tolerant to dust then others. Give it a try and see you can get many sunglasses with inserts now a days.
re: Glasses vs. contact lensesMr Good
Apr 16, 2002 7:07 PM
We have a chain of glasses stores here in the Bay Area called "Site for Sore Eyes" that will put Rx lenses in wraparounds if your prescription is not too strong. Didn't cost me any extra. Now I have some cool Bolle bike racing glasses with Rx wraparound lenses--no inserts.

Check around at some eyeglasses places, someone should be able to do it without charging an arm and a leg.
Good to know. Might be worth a trip to the city. nmrideslikeagirl
Apr 17, 2002 7:12 AM