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Riding with contacts vs. eyeglasses(13 posts)

Riding with contacts vs. eyeglassesazdesertrat
Feb 15, 2003 9:34 PM
Do you prefer riding with contacts or eyeglasses? If contacts, do you have any problems with irritation from dust/road grit? Does anyone use the wrap around sunglasses that have an optical insert for RX lenses such as the Rudy Ekynox or Bolle Vigilante? I am considering contacts so that I can use any of a variety of wraparound sunglasses. My second option is to get a pair of sunglasses with RX inserts. I don't want to make a $250 mistake. I appreciate your comments and advice.
Without a doubt contactsPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 15, 2003 11:24 PM
I don't even think I would ride without contacts. I have fairly bad eye site which hampers my peripheral vision quite a bit when I'm only wearing glasses so I doubt I'd ride even with inserts.

If you do decide to go with contacts I've had pretty good luck with soft contacts... most people can't really sleep/ride with them but I do both all the time with no problem. I do try to wear sunglasses ( I have the Tayos) most of the time but its not really super necessary. I've only ever had a contact fall out once while riding and that was about 2 years ago during a week long training camp.

Hope this helps,
re: Riding with contacts vs. eyeglasseshusker
Feb 16, 2003 4:22 AM
Go with contacts and sunglasses. ALWAYS wear the sunglasses, even if you have to get clear lenses. As Nick says, vision from the corner of your eyes is very important.
contacts plus sunglasses for mevelocity
Feb 16, 2003 7:48 AM
I'm very happy wearing contacts with sunglasses.

I recommend getting glasses that allow for interchangeable lenses. Get a clear lens for night (or very low visibility days) as well as a regular tinted lens for normal use as sunglasses. You'll have full peripheral vision and not have to worry about dust or road grit getting into your eyes.
re: Riding with contacts vs. eyeglasses12x23
Feb 16, 2003 10:03 AM
I wear Accuvue soft contacts and Oakley Pro M with small hybrid lens. Occasionally I ride without the O's with no problems. I've been wearing contacts and riding since 1988 with without losing a lens.
Contacts with sunglassesms
Feb 16, 2003 10:41 AM
I have been riding with contacts and sunglasses (Rudy Kerosenes) since 2000 with no problems. I had tried contacts several times in the 70s and 80s with little success. The current generation of contacts are much more comfortable and user friendly. Besides having better peripheral vision, sunglasses without inserts are much lighter than those with inserts or prescription lenses. When I wear my prescription sunglasses, I have trouble keeping them up on my nose while riding; I have no slippage problems with non-prescription sunglasses. I also agree with the posts above regarding your needing clear lenses -- I ALWAYS wear something on my eyes.
Feb 16, 2003 11:45 AM
Hiya. I wear soft contacts almost exclusively except in the evenings at home. Riding with them isn't a problem as long as I wear good glasses with large lenses. (Brikos are my fave -- Stingers or Raiders.)

I wear soft lenses and keep spares in my seatbag. Twice I've been descending and had one come out. Saw it stuck to my sunglasses and hoped to retrieve it til it shriveled up. :-(. FYI, this happened when there was a pretty stiff crosswind. I didn't really want to finish out my ride with no depth perception. Car side-view mirrors come in handy for re-inserting lenses.

I also bring those teeny vials of artificial tears, to replace an errant lens if necessary and also in case my lenses get gunked up at the end of a long ride. (Usually at the end of a century.)
Feb 16, 2003 1:31 PM
Riding with Contacts since about 1983 ( when I graduated from school and could buy my own). I can wear wraparound sunglasses and change lenses to suit the conditions. Been through Oakleys, Brikos and an old pair of Rudy Project shields ( loved those), now use RP Kerosenes which like just fine.

Over the years I have had two contacts come out, both on downhills, one was yesterday ( too cold to be going that fast and my eyes teared up).

I like the contacts for riding. Of course with advancing age the contacts aren't as all around useful as they were 20 years ago as I now have to wear reading glasses to see the newspaper if wearing my contacts, that didn't used to happen.
It really depends on how well you tolerate contactsMel Erickson
Feb 16, 2003 1:59 PM
Do you wear contacts now. How do they work for you? If they work well for normal wearing they should work well for riding with sunglasses. Just make sure you wear sunglasses with good coverage. There's nothing worse than grit under a contact and smaller lenses don't provide as much protection from the wind, which can dry out your eyes with contacts. Personally I don't tolerate contacts well for a couple of reasons. I have moderately severe astigmatism in one eye which takes a toric lens. Never had good luck with all the varietys I tried. Secondly, each eyes correction is very different and this poses a problem with contacts and glasses, but slightly more of a problem with contacts.
It's important to always wear glasses ...j-son
Feb 16, 2003 5:36 PM
with good coverage when weraing contacts while riding. I wear Acuvue2 disposable and have ridden with contacts for years with few problems. I lost a lens once, one of those flukes that occasionally and inexplicably happens with contacts. Carry a spare pair with you, just in case.

I've found that if I get dehydrated, my vision deteriorates and my contacts become uncomfortable. Might just be me.
Contacts + ShadesNiemand
Feb 17, 2003 12:17 AM
I wear glasses for everyday, but use daily disposable soft contact lenses for riding. As others have said, with the contacts you get full peripheral vision, and no problems with fogging from sweating. Advantages of dailies is that they come in individual packets so you can take along a spare on a ride. No problems of grit/bugs/dust, but I always wear shades; don't really want some bug flying into my eyeball at 65KmH on a descent.
Also, for longer rides, or if you have dry eyes, artificial saline is a good idea.
Here in the UK, the lenses are the equivalent of $1.50 a pair.
Hope this helps.
re: Riding with contacts vs. eyeglassestheeatkins
Feb 17, 2003 7:21 AM
For years I rode with contacts. I ALWAYS wear glasses when I ride. About 5 years ago I had laser
surgery. Best thing I ever did. I have NO regrets. If you consider this option, make sure you research
a good surgeon. I had mine done by Virginia Mason in Seattle. Good luck.
re: Riding with contacts vs. eyeglassesjwarrenod
Feb 17, 2003 9:24 AM
As an optometrist and a cyclist let me take a kick at answering.

First, talk to your eye doctor about whether you are a good candidate for contact leneses. Most likely you are.

Next ask them what type of lenses he/she would recommend. If you don't need an astigmatism correcting lens your options are much more open. I fit most of my cycling and "outdoorie" (not sure how to spell that) with soft lenses, but I do fit some with large diameter rigid lenses.

Lastly, how often are you going to wear the lenses and for what type of uses. If its just going to be for the twice weekly bike ride, then you might want to go with a single use disposable lens like the Bausch and Lomb 1-day lens.

As to the Rx inserts. The Rudy project ones work pretty well, but they are somewhat limited in the Rx you can use.

If asking these questions stumps the eye doctor, find a new one or ask for a referral to someone who knows more about cycling or who has an interest in cycling.

John Warren, OD