- Bespectacled MTBers
As I career head on into middle age my body has fired the first shot across the boughs to let me know that it is all downhill from heron in and my, up until now, perfect vision is no longer as perfect as it was. I have a mild prescription which means I should wear glasses for driving, looking at presentations at work and anything like that. So far i’m fine on the MTB without glasses, but am anticipating that my eyesight is likely to deteriorate further before it stabilises. So if this is the case and I do end up needing to wear glasses all the time, what do other MTBers do? I’m assuming contact lenses are no good as the wind in my eyes sometimes makes my eyes water a lot. Once my eyesight settles I fully intend to get them zapped, but this may be a few years away. So what do other shortsighted MTBers wear to restore their vision on the trails?Posted 5 years agogusamcMember
specs since 10, so only for 45 years, pita when it rains, my technique (and I can see without) is to have them jammed halfway down nose – so I can look through or over to avoid fractal land (*I’d do a two for one deal – smart pair and spares), also a very small nose bridge might look cool and trendy, it also might dig in unpleasantly on a hot sweaty day, the good news is you can now get a titanium frame (*much lighter and easier on nose) with fully sprung legsPosted 5 years agomrmoMember
contacts can be ok, in my case due to having a stupid astigmatism i found that the lenses moved and i went blind.
re the lasering, not sure if your eyes will settle long term, your falling apart everything is getting worse….
I tend to just where glasses.
You should be ok, but having been to the opticians yesterday and being reminded that they can’t make my lenses the normal way, assume nothing regarding what glasses you can and can’t use.
But whatever you choose you will be wearing something, be it sports glasses over contacts or adaptors or normal glasses.Posted 5 years agoz1ppyMember
I use my ‘everyday’ rimless glasses all year round (other than cheap & cheerful sport glasses I had glazed for those once a year sunny rides), they simply do not steam up as much as ‘normal’ frame glasses IME. Contacts are not for me, and I believe ppl use ‘clear’ glasses to protect against dust, with them anywayPosted 5 years agomrmoMember
samuri, i have torics, but as i have a fairly hefty prescription, not the most extreme, i don’t think that helps. I believe that the lenses are weighted and if i blink look out the corner of my eye, basically move the eye ball it can shift the lens a bit. Any shift causes my vision to disappear/blur. What i also found was if my eyes dried the lens could find a resting place that was wrong.
I have tried a couple of different brands, both had the same behaviour.Posted 5 years agoscotroutesMember
I tried contacts but as soon as I was doing any speed, my eyes would water and they’d flush out. I even tried them with sunnies on top and had the same problem.
My next stop was some prescription Oakleys (Flak Jacket XLJ). Fabulous – I wish I’d done it years ago. With the Transition lens, they’re also fine for night riding.
However, my watery eye problem has recurred and I’m now on to some prescription Oakley Windjackets.Posted 5 years agonickcSubscriber
another contact lens wearer, have done for 20 years. Use toric disposable monthly. In all that time, I’ve had to pop 1 lens out of my eye and give it a quick rinse in my mouth, and stick it back in again. to all intents and purposes I have normal eyes, they water, dry out in wind (as does everyone’s) and I just carry on.
It’s probably god advice to wear some sort of glasses regardless of whether you wear contacts or not. (I don’t always do )Posted 5 years agocrispy baconMember
My eyes are so bad I need vari-focal glasses all the time.
I tried riding & for some bizarre reason night riding with my vari-focal glasses on. The main problem was depending on where you looked through the lens the ground was either very close or miles off not really what you want when out night riding.
I now use disposable daily contact lenses for riding/sport but as I’m tight I re-use them a few times. I also use wrap around glasses on top to stop the wind drying my eyes out, for summer I use some nice Nike wrap round glasses & haven’t had any more problem with loosing lenses.Posted 5 years agobullroarSubscriber
The real fun starts when you end up with two prescriptions for near and far, expensive variofocal land. I either wear my spare set or distance prescription Oakley transitions and have the readers in the bag in case I have to fettle. Transitions are fine until you hit a dark wooded section at Glentress (for example)on a bright sunny day as they don’t react quick enough, it can get exciting.Posted 5 years agohh45Member
I wear regular (long sight, factor 6.5!!) glasses every waking moment including on commute, MTB and road bike. Never a problem. My prescription needs upping 2-4 years and I’ve never needed to replace them early because of damage. That said I have never landed on my face but i have had all the usual over the handle bars and low hung branch episodes.
I did try contacts for every day use before i was a cyclist and didn’t get on with them and that was the end of that. The current fashion for larger frames has been good from a cycling perspective.Posted 5 years ago
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