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Contacts vs. Prescription Glasses(9 posts)

Contacts vs. Prescription Glassesbc165
Sep 23, 2003 12:28 PM
I've been wearing Ray Bans with prescription lenses but with sweat they tend to slide down the nose and it's hard to see up the road, etc. Do any of you use the cycling glasses with the RX added inside the external lens? How do they work? Fog easy? Eyelashes brushing? I'm thinking of going back to wearing contacts with some better fitting shades. Contacts seem to be really cheap these days and must be more comfortable than they were 15 years ago. Any thoughts re: sweat in eyes, eyes tearing, etc. when wearing contacts. Thanks.
A vote for contactsms
Sep 23, 2003 1:11 PM
I have been riding with contacts for three years without any problems. Except for when it is raining, I always wear something over my eyes (I have yellow and clear lenses for my Rudy's). The weekend before last I rode a century in the rain. At one point the contact in one eye began to float to the side when heavy rain was pelting my face on a descent. But, I blinked a few times and all was OK -- I was in a lot better shape than one of my friends who was riding in prescription glasses and could not see out of them (and cannot see much without them). This was the only time that I have had any problems with my wearing contacts while riding.

I also can vouch for the improvements in contacts. I started out with hard lenses in the mid-1970s. I suffered for about two years and gave up. Then, I tried several generations of soft lenses in the 1980. I again suffered (my eyes threw up all kinds of junk on the lenses -- no amount of cleaner, enzymes, etc. could maintain a pair for too long) and gave up. Three years ago I decided to give contacts a try again. I have been wearing the two-week disposable Accuvue lenses without any problems. One suggestion: If your eyes are a bad as mine, you should carry a spare pair of lenses in case something happens to the ones in your eyes. I never have had to use the spare pair, but I don't want to find out what it is like to ride without contacts or glasses.
A vote for contactscmgauch
Sep 23, 2003 1:41 PM
I'll second that. I use disposables, carry eye drops & an xtra lens (same rx in both eyes) & use eye protection.
re: Contacts vs. Prescription GlassesMike Prince
Sep 23, 2003 1:13 PM
Contacts here. Since I had my prescription changed a few years back, have had no problems. I usually wear sunglasses so no problems with irritation normally.

The only change I had to make was to get my doc to prescribe a bit more curvature in the lens. My old lenses did not 'stick' to my eyes well enough and I occasionally lost a lens during a ride. Since the change I have lost none.
re: Contacts vs. Prescription Glassesbc165
Sep 23, 2003 2:22 PM
Thanks guys. You've convinced me, along with another rider I met last week, that's it's worth giving contacts another try. Appreciate your time...
re: Contacts vs. Prescription GlassesThe Walrus
Sep 23, 2003 2:53 PM
The only problem I've had with contacts (Accuvues) is when I'm riding along the coast--the salt air dries my eyes and makes the lenses uncomfortable and scratchy. It's a royal pain to have to keep stopping to put in drops. Otherwise, it's worth wearing 'em because of the increased peripheral vision and the greater choices in sunglasses I can wear.
Rudy Project RB3eflayer2
Sep 23, 2003 3:19 PM
I just took the leap to try these. Have not gotten rx yet. But these seem like a great idea: flip up dark lenses over stationary prescription insert. It will be great if I can have one set of glasses that will work in the sun and in lower lighting situations.
re: Contacts vs. Prescription Glasses12x23
Sep 23, 2003 4:34 PM
I've been wearing Accuvues since they became available, '89 or so, and have had zero problems with them. I alternate two prs, changing daily with no overnights, for a month and toss 'em. With my insurance it works out to be less expensive than a new pr of glasses every couple of years. And, I consider the improved peripheral vision to be an advantage vs glasses. I usually wear Oakley M Pros with Hybrid S and Rudy Graals, but often ride without them and don't have problems with drying, etc.
re: Contacts vs. Prescription Glasseslyleseven
Sep 23, 2003 5:41 PM
I wear glasses because it gives more protection at the same time as vision correction. It protects from debris hitting your eyes, etc. If you get the right glasses, like Rudy Project, they are adjustable to let air in so they don't fog your vision.