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Watery Eyes in wind conditions(9 posts)

Watery Eyes in wind conditionsRoadHazzardBuzz
Apr 10, 2003 3:37 PM
When it is cold and or very windy (as it has been for as long as I can remember :-( ), my eyes tend to water which makes them very blury. I wear prescription sunglasses, but it doesn't help. I'd rather not wear goggles.
Anybody else have this problem? Any solutions?
Prescription inserts in sports glassesKerry
Apr 10, 2003 4:06 PM
Unless you have unusual prescription sunglasses, you're not getting near the wind protection that you would get from true sport glasses. Bolle' and Rudy Project, among others, make sport sunglasses that take prescription inserts. Such glasses will make a world of difference in your watering eyes.
re: Watery Eyes in wind conditionsjwarrenod
Apr 10, 2003 5:53 PM
I've had good personal and professional (not cycling, with my patients) with Rudy Project Kenosenes and Ekynox for people with problems in wind. The Ekynox wraps more and seems to work a bit better than the kerosenes, but they are a bit more likely to fog up in the summer. Both are available with prescription inserts.

John Warren, OD
re: Watery Eyes in wind conditionsJimP
Apr 10, 2003 6:33 PM
Kerry has a good solution for your problem. If you do opt for insert type glasses, try them on before buying them to make sure they will fit correctly to block the wind. The Bolle pair I had didn't fit my face as well as I would have liked. I now wear a pair of Oakleys that my optomotrist fitted bifocal lenses and I am very satisfied. Many optomotrists now carry some form of sports shields but if they don't fit, talk to him/her about fitting lenses into different frames. I selected the Oakley frame with his advise about the size necessary to fit the bifocal lens.
Good Advice From KerryScot_Gore
Apr 10, 2003 7:30 PM
I have RX Rudy Project Graal FYOLs. I occasionally leave them in the car that my wife has and I ride with my daily glasses. World of difference in the wind blocking ability between the two.

What kind of sport sunglasses are you wearing, wrap arounds, something else ?

Good Advice From KerryRoadHazzardBuzz
Apr 11, 2003 2:49 AM
They are just regular glasses, photo-grey, transition. They turn pretty dark, and work very well as normal sunglasses. Obviously they stink at blocking the wind.

Thanks to all for the suggestions. I haven't looked at or thought of sport glasses since I got my son a pair for soccer about 12 years ago.
re: Watery Eyes in wind conditionsmorency
Apr 10, 2003 9:51 PM
I use prescription glasses from Oakley, really good wind-protection. The lenses are fitted in the frame, therefore you have a huge overal sight; also available with non-tanned glasses. But only possible if your prescription is less than -4.5 or so
re: Watery Eyes in wind conditionstarwheel
Apr 11, 2003 4:39 AM
Sport glasses make a world of difference. Wearing my regular glasses, my eyes water so bad when it's cold that it's hard to see, particularly on downhills. I got some of the Bolle glasses with inserts and it solved the problem. However, you might want to at least consider some of the brands/styles that do not require optical inserts -- that is, the prescription lenses are ground to fit the wrap-around frames. The glasses with inserts are heavy, jut out farther from your face and are harder to keep clean. The sport glasses without inserts are generally more expensive, though, and you can't swap lens colors for different conditions unless you spend lots of bucks on multiple prescription lenses. Some wrap-around brands that will take prescriptions without inserts include a number of Oakley models, Zeal, Rudy Graal, Ray Ban Predator, but it depends a lot of you individual prescription.
Suglasses design plays a part...joekm
Apr 11, 2003 8:03 AM
This applies not only to bicycles but also motorcycles (back when I was young and stupid, I did ride without a helmet). You need to look for glasses that wrap around the eye and/or have ventilation at the outside corners. Several sports sunglasses have this feature and many of them are available with prescription lenses and/or inserts.

I have Rudy Project Grails, they seem to work OK for me and have changable lenses. However, I'm sure all the major manufacturers will make make something that should suit your needs.