Riding with glasses or contact lenses…
Contact lenses utterly transformed my life outdoors. Seriously. With glasses I was forever stopping to wipe sweat, rain or mist off. In the rain it was every few hundred yards. Terrible.
Extended-wear (night and day) contact lenses saved my riding totally. Put them in, take them out a month later and change.
Cannot recommend enough.Posted 7 years agocrispy baconMember
My eyesight is crap I’m short sighted too. I ride with contact lenses with wrap round specs on top to stop the sh!t getting in my eyes.
I also ride with my varifocal glasses sometimes & that is scary cos everything is in sharp focus – Lol – my contacts are great for riding with things in the distance but no good for things very close up, makes repairing small items out on the trail fun.
I use PAYG contacts for sport & riding only. I just buy them 30 pairs at a time as & when I need them. You can go on a monthly contract if you use contacts everyday if you want.Posted 7 years agoKucoMember
I’ve just started to use contacts after years of riding in glasses and can’t recommend the contacts enough for sport. Only yesterday I did a boat course and ripping across Rutland I use to wear glasses that would get spray or rain and you couldn’t see a thing but with contacts it was brilliant no trouble at all.Posted 7 years agodruidhMember
I tried the contacts but just couldn’t get on with them. I found that any breeze hitting my eye would make my eyes water and a lens would just flush out.
Opted for prescription Oakleys and reckon they’ve been the best ever “upgrade” to my cycling. A better use of money than a new bike.Posted 7 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Contacts and riding glasses for me. I rode with glasses for a while, I tried riding without or just with non-prescription riding glasses and that was OK when my prescription was still really minor but contacts made a huge difference for me.Posted 7 years ago
Great for other sports as well.jj55Subscriber
I recently tried contacts. Fine for distance but no good whatsoever if I have to read or fix something fiddly. I need to carry my varifocal specs as well, just in case. My eyes are fooked, astigmatism & everything!
After wearing glasses for nearly 50 years recently went over to contacts, what a great regret I now have for not doing this sooner! They have transformed my life. No more stopping to wipe sweat or mud off my glasses, and at last I can buy sunglasses!
Initially I couldn’t see close up and was prescribed reading glasses, which sort of defeated the object. Now I wear ‘bi-focal’ lenses. But in reality I have one that I can see distances and one I can read with and my eyes adjust them accordingly. It great!! All my mates who took the pi$$ for years at my glasses are now struggling with reading glasses, and I’m free of them!!! Ha ha! 😀Posted 7 years agoflippinhecklerMember
I usually wear riding glasses with inserts but have been trying contacts on the last few rides with problems as the first time mt right lens popped out and the 2nd time my left lens popped out, I had riding glassed on also to shield my eyes against the wind & rain but it blurred my vision so I took them off.Posted 7 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
And again – just make sure the contacts are disposable and keep a spare pair or two in the Camelbak/Wingnut
I usually have a few pairs in the Camelbac and some drops to wash out anything that gets in (you can buy single dose vials of drops which are ideal).
I have had a couple of scary moments when something has got behind a contact when hooning down a hill (meaning temporary loss of sight), but the benefits far outweigh the odd scare like that.Posted 7 years ago
Contacts are so much better than glasses. I hate having a piece of glass a couple of CM from my eye and only being able to see through that with contacts you can see all around. They are a bit of a problem when its really wet and the mud is being flung onto my face but I wear goggles when the weather is like that.Posted 7 years agotrickydiscoMember
It depends. Contacts just do not work for me. I have an astigmatism which means the contact lense has to be a certain way up for me to have good vision. IF they move a mm or 2 either way they go blurry.
i’ve tried so many different makes. I do get strange looks when i start moving them round with my fingers.
Contacts rubbish for me! 😥Posted 7 years agommannerrSubscriber
Contacts are certainly not the best solution for all. I haven’t been wearing them for about 5 years now, much happier with my various prescription glasses except for their price.Posted 7 years ago
I have quite dry eyes and there is something funny about the shape of my eyeballs (sigh) which make it more difficult to find good fitting contacts.grievoustimMember
another thing to remember is thatwhen your prescription changes over time, with disposable lenses there is no bill associated with changing.
If you have normal glasses, and prescription riding glasses, the bill is pretty big when you need to change your prescriptionPosted 7 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I’ve noticed that a lot of riders wear riding glasses, so why wouldn’t a glasses wearer use normal prescription glasses that are shaped to provide more coverage and be stable? Obviously if you have complicated lenses then it gets expensive having lots of pairs of glasses but I have four pairs for different looks/purposes, total cost sub £200. I have disposable contacts as well for other stuff but not worn them for bike riding.Posted 7 years agoMrGreedySubscriber
My experience with contacts is similar to druidh, I used them for football but they tended to dry out on the bike. Inserts were rubbish too so I’ve used my normal prescription specs for riding for several years now. Tried to get some oakleys recently but my prescription was too strong. Reading this thread has got me thinking about trying contacts again though…Posted 7 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
My specs cost around £500. No way I’d wear them doing anything other than commuting or riding round town..!
Contact lenses for me when doing “proper” riding. I ought to wear riding glasses as well, but I can’t stand them and only tend to wear them in the rain or if muddy.Posted 7 years agoanotherdeadheroMember
Err.. any advice if you’re a bit of a wuss and don’t like fiddling about with your eyes? For my friend like, not me of course..
This is what initially put me off. You get used to it very quickly.
I had big problems when I first started getting the contact back out of my eye, I often ended up peeling the lens off my cornea using a nail. then one day I discovered ‘the knack’. Once you use them a bit you soon get used to them.Posted 7 years ago
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