Contact lenses and riding

Contact lenses and riding

Post by Mark Scardigli » Mon, 01 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Just got soft contacts....

Anyone have any advice to offer on what kinds of shades work best with
this in mind?  Do your eyes dry out quickly and uncomfortably riding
without any shades at all?

Any advice appreciated.

TIA

Mark

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by French A. Lewi » Tue, 02 Sep 1997 04:00:00

I ride with Smith Moab sunglasses, and have no problems with my contacts
drying out.   I have also used Oakley M frames, but had a problem with the
frames breaking.   I have had no such problem with the Smiths.  
        My brother refuses to spend much for sunglasses, and buys
wrap-around models at K-Mart or stores like that, and he also has no
problems.  
        I would recommend bringing re-wetting solution with you on rides,
just in case, it is better to be safe than sorry.
        French

Quote:

> Just got soft contacts....

> Anyone have any advice to offer on what kinds of shades work best with
> this in mind?  Do your eyes dry out quickly and uncomfortably riding
> without any shades at all?

> Any advice appreciated.

> TIA

> Mark


 
 
 

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Post by Tim McNama » Tue, 02 Sep 1997 04:00:00

I wear Boston II rigid semipermeable contacts.

I have ridden with all sorts of sunglasses, from Smith Moabs (which have
had trouble with the frame cracking above the nosepiece; this is the
original Smith Moab and not the Moab H/P) to casual Brikos (not the fancy
bug-eyed ones but a casual street-wear style) to cheapo 1950's style
glasses.  

They all work with my contacts just fine.  I've also done limited riding
without shades, e.g. at night, with some fear and trepidation but no
problems.

Mainly, stay WELL hydrated and make sure to blink a lot to keep them
lubricated.  I carry rewetting solution on all rides "just in case."

Tim

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Post by Jerdray » Tue, 02 Sep 1997 04:00:00

I tried contacts, and had a terrible time.  Just enough dust, dirt, bugs.
Shades didn't help.  I did fine with the contacts with everything except
biking.   Dry, dry, dry.  Went back to glasses.   If you find a successful
way to do all this with contacts, you ought to post it back in.   Jerry
Drayer

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by Bocabik » Tue, 02 Sep 1997 04:00:00

I also wear soft lenses and would not think of riding without sunglasses.
Tried to do it once and had  a crummy ride! any set of glasses will do
provided they offer protection from flying objects!
      good riding
            db

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by AL.. » Tue, 02 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>Just got soft contacts....

>Anyone have any advice to offer on what kinds of shades work best with
>this in mind?  Do your eyes dry out quickly and uncomfortably riding
>without any shades at all?

>Any advice appreciated.

>TIA

>Mark

I've worn soft contacts for years.  Always wear some kind of
protection for your eyes (protection from dust, debris, and wind).

Some glasses are better than others for keeping the stuff/wind out of
your eyes (cycling specific glasses).  I use Rudy Projects and Briko.
I've collected three I like and use.  One dark lense, one light orange
lense, and one clear lense.

I also take a very small tiny bottle of drops on all rides.

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by Eleanor MacMast » Tue, 02 Sep 1997 04:00:00

If there is a lot of wind, the contacts may dry out. The larger
problem, though, is that dust, grit, bugs, etc. will fly in.
I nearly always wear shades to protect both my eyes and my
(soft) contacts.  At least there is no need to buy prescription
shades!

P.S.  My soft contacts are also great for swimming (I wear
goggles and now can SEE under the water).
--
"Biker Chick"

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by hydrama.. » Tue, 02 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Hi:
I've worn contact lenses of all kinds for over thirty years and have
always ridden with them. I do most of my heavy riding (for the past
couple of years) after the first half hour of Jay Leno so I don't wear
sun glasses or any goggles of any kind. I find that the wind in my face
makes my eyes water somewhat rather than dry out. By the way, I live in
Los Angeles. I average a ten mile circuit here in my neighborhood in
eigh*** minutes on a mountain bike.
During daytime rides, I always wear sunglasses as anyone with contacts
should, I wear Ray Ban aviator style.
Hope this helps.
JIM.
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Contact lenses and riding

Post by Matt O'Tool » Wed, 03 Sep 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
> Just got soft contacts....
> Anyone have any advice to offer on what kinds of shades work best with
> this in mind?  Do your eyes dry out quickly and uncomfortably riding
> without any shades at all?

After much experimentation, I've found that you're as likely (or not) to
get good wind protection from any pair of glasses.  It depends on how each
particular pair fits your face.  I've tried very expensive, bicycling
specific glasses (such as Oakleys, Killer Loops, Bolles, etc.) which were
useless, while several pair of ***tore cheapies have done the job quite
well.  (I have also used regular sunglasses which sucked, as well as some
Killer Loops and Bolles which were great.)  The only answer is to keep
trying until you find one that works, and don't spend too much, in case it
doesn't work.  Invariably though, I've found that bigger lenses are better.
 This goes way against current fashion, but the 70's Elton John look is
more likely to give you good wind protection.  My best wind protectors are
some big old Vuarnet Cateyes from the 80's.  For low light, clear safety
glasses from an auto parts store or college bookstore will do the job.

Yes, my eyes still do dry out, and I've lost countless lenses that way.  It
depends on the dryness of the air, personal state of hydration, and speed.
Sweat is a lens killer also, especially if laden with sunscreen.
Disposable lenses are good for cyclists and other active folks.
Contamination or loss is inevitable, and it's nice to always have a fresh
pair ready to go.  Old lenses dry out and creep around more easily.  This
can be scary on a rocky trail, or in traffic.  It's why contacts are
usually banned in auto racing.  

Riding without eye protection is a bad idea.  I only do it for short
stretches in low light.  I've had the unpleasant experience of having a
lens dry on my eye, and needing a doctor to remove it.  No mountain biker
should ride without glasses.  Especially in low light, it's impossible to
see every thin strand of brush protruding into your path.  The results
could be disasterous.

In my opinion, the far better peripheral vision, better depth perception,
and the fact that they don't slide down your nose, make contact lenses well
worth the expense and occasional hassle.

Matt O.  

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by PCC B » Wed, 03 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>I tried contacts, and had a terrible time.  Just enough dust, dirt, bugs.
>Shades didn't help.  I did fine with the contacts with everything except
>biking.   Dry, dry, dry.  Went back to glasses

Jerry.. I know from wearing contacts since 1978 that different brands and
styles make a big difference. Right now I have had very good luck with the
Accuview throwaways. They are thin and require only a little moisture to
keep them wet.  I have found that sweat from running and biking will trash
them in about week. I've tried the new protein cleaner drops and have
gotten up to 3 weeks of wear time. The worst lens I had were the extended
wear Bosh/Lomb lens.

My 2 cents

Mike

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by Viper79 » Thu, 04 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>Right now I have had very good luck with the
>Accuview throwaways. They are thin and require only a little moisture to
>keep them wet.  I have found that sweat from running and biking will trash
>them in about week. I've tried the new protein cleaner drops and have
>gotten up to 3 weeks of wear time. The worst lens I had were the extended
>wear Bosh/Lomb lens.

 I have to second that motion, especially on the using the
protein/enzymatic cleaner.  Works wonders.  =)
-kristin =)
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's
greed."  --Mohandas Ghandi
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Contact lenses and riding

Post by Eleanor MacMast » Thu, 04 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Speaking of clear shields to be worn with contact lenses, does
anyone know of a cheap version of same that will fit a smaller
face.  I have a pair ordered from Nashbar but they are so
ridiculously big I can't use them.  Having clear glasses is
very useful, however, for rain or otherwise sunless riding.
--
"Biker Chick"

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by Robert Faus » Thu, 04 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>Speaking of clear shields to be worn with contact lenses, does
>anyone know of a cheap version of same that will fit a smaller
>face.  I have a pair ordered from Nashbar but they are so
>ridiculously big I can't use them.  Having clear glasses is
>very useful, however, for rain or otherwise sunless riding.

Performance make glasses that are designed for women.

Rob.

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Contact lenses and riding

Post by Craig Hairrel » Thu, 04 Sep 1997 04:00:00

I just bought a pair of Performance Radial sunglasses from Performance (
http://SportToday.org/$WebCat.exe/newcar...
ate=AutoDemo\index2.html ).  I really like them.  

They're big enough that they keep the wind/dust out of my eyes/contacts and
they do not interfere with my vision like some smaller designs.  Remember
that you're looking up, in effect, when you're riding so the frame design
is critical.  In addition, these glasses have a *** nose piece which
prevents slippage and adjustable/interchangeable temples that insure a
proper fit.  There's also a nice case.  You can also buy additional lenses.
 I got them on sale for only $14.99 a few weeks ago, but expect to pay
$29.99.  It's the best money I spent on cycling this year.

I believe that small glasses do little to keep out crud.  It's almost as
though the wind curls around the backside of them, depositing dust into my
eyes.



Quote:
> Just got soft contacts....

> Anyone have any advice to offer on what kinds of shades work best with
> this in mind?  Do your eyes dry out quickly and uncomfortably riding
> without any shades at all?

> Any advice appreciated.

> TIA

> Mark

 
 
 

Contact lenses and riding

Post by Mike Sege » Thu, 04 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Just got soft contacts....

> Anyone have any advice to offer on what kinds of shades work best with
> this in mind?  Do your eyes dry out quickly and uncomfortably riding
> without any shades at all?

> Any advice appreciated.

> TIA

> Mark

Definately wear eye protection.
I've worn everything from Carbonites, M-Frames, and Smith's Moabs.
All work. All have differnt things to gripe about.

But definately wear eye protection!

Of course, if you are tired of contacts you can try PRK.
Worked for me. But still wear eye protection.

-Mikey

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