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Blurry Eyes(13 posts)

Blurry Eyeswerdna
Dec 11, 2002 12:02 PM
Sometimes when I'm riding hard my eyes get blurry. I wear contacts so that might be the problem but I doubt it. What else could it be? How can I stop it?

re: Blurry EyesThe Human G-Nome
Dec 11, 2002 1:05 PM
you have to wear glasses. no other way around it. oh what am i thinking, that's not true. i like to wear this....
Hmmm. . .mickey-mac
Dec 11, 2002 1:12 PM
didn't I see you in Chicago in '68? ;-)
You're showing your age my friend!!!!(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 11, 2002 1:17 PM
OK, I wasn't theremickey-mac
Dec 11, 2002 1:22 PM
In fact, I was just short of six at the time of the '68 convention. Actually, he looks more like the LAPD officers I saw at a riot on the Sunset Strip after a cancelled Black Flag/DOA show at the Whisky in 1980.
Does your vision get blurry even when you are out in the cold wearing your glasses?Kristin
Dec 11, 2002 1:37 PM
If so, please reply to this post. My eye doctor thinks I'm a freak. I'm the only person he's ever seen who's vision gets worse from cold weather. I can demonstrate this in eye exams. I take one exam normal like, then he puts an ice pack on my eyes for a few minutes and I take another. My vision gets twice as bad. weird huh?
MOre details please, cold weather, hot weather, level of exursioeyebob
Dec 11, 2002 1:42 PM
how long into the ride will it happen? do you get it any other times? Any physical symptoms?

Lots and lots of factors influence this type of thing. Typically is our benign (pain in the a$$) friend dry eye. Often times when your cotacts dry you eyes out enough, you'll rebound tear and this will blur your eyes. If this is the case, you'll notice the excessive tearing. Let me know more of the symptoms and perhaps I can help.

Dec 11, 2002 5:33 PM
It occurs towards the end of a ride or race. I occured a few weeks ago at the end of a cold mountain bike ride. It might have started while going downhill, or at least that's when I noticed it. I also remember it happening during a race in the summer. I think it was towards the end of it. The level of exertion in both cases was fairly high (higher during the race of course). Usually my contacts never bother me. I have been a contact user since about 14 (I'm 19 now) and I haven't really had any problems ever besides this, and this is fairly recent. It does seem to be correlated with riding hard, though. I guess after thinking about it more it sounds like my eyes just are getting dry.

Thanks for the help,
You got it.eyebob
Dec 12, 2002 11:28 AM
It sounds like dry eye. Rebound tearing is pretty common in these situations (ask someone who rides a motorcycle without eye coverage). Changing the brand/composition of the contacts won't do much to change this either. Anticipate it and deal are my only suggestions.

re: Blurry EyesB2
Dec 11, 2002 2:05 PM
I find when I wear my regular prescription glasses that my eyes water and get blurry (on fast descents), but when I wear contacts and shields (not the riot gear)... no problem with eyes watering too much.

mine do when riding in the desert; dehydration nmDougSloan
Dec 11, 2002 2:13 PM
Type of contacts?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 11, 2002 2:25 PM
One possibity if you haven't already done so is to go to your eye doctor and ask what contacts they have with a higher water content. I use Ciba Vision Precision UV *soft* contacts with great luck. I've been known to sleep with them in after they have broken in.

Then another option is to get the moisturizing eye drops and put them in before you ride and if needed during the ride.

Hope this helps!
Partial answer.eyebob
Dec 12, 2002 11:37 AM
To get technical, it depends on which type of dry eye you have. There is an advantage to mating the right contact to overcome a specific type of dry eye but you have to know which type you have. For some, incraseing the overall H2O content of the lens actually makes things worse.