Contact lens and bike riding?

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by dPoleshu » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00


As my prescription seems to change more, I am finally considering
contacts.

But as a commuter and bike club rider on weekends I am wondering what
people's experiences have been with them.

I commute in NYC from Staten Island to Brooklyn. I currently use the
Bolle prescription insert system. I ride in rain.

I do all road riding.

Thanks

_______________________
Dave Poleshuck

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by JPoulos4 » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I wear contacts and ride on and off road in all weather.  I dont wear the goofy
looking sunglasses that most cyclists prefer- I wear none.  I have not
experienced any problems at all and will never wear glasses again (except when
contacts are out) . Contacts are the greatest thing( except that laser surgery)
to help people.

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by Dan Connell » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I wear contacts and ride on and off road in all weather.  I dont wear the goofy
> looking sunglasses that most cyclists prefer- I wear none.  I have not
> experienced any problems at all and will never wear glasses again (except when
> contacts are out) . Contacts are the greatest thing( except that laser surgery)
> to help people.

This advice seems nonstandard to me.

There are at  least two reasons to consider wearing glasses over contacts :

1. They reduce the liklihood of wind drying out the eye surface, which creates
   obvious problems with lenses.
2. They reduce the liklihood of objects getting caught in the eye.  With
contacts,
   if particles get under the lens, the potential for damage to the eye surface,
   and the difficulty in removing the object, are greater.

Eddy B has a nice section in his classic book on road racing in which he shows
riders from the early 80's at the end of road races -- their faces are covered
in grime all the way to the eyes.  Clearly there is substantial *** on
the eyes when riding without protection.  So I'd wear glasses, "goofy" or
otherwise,
with or without contacts.

Note -- I have found the glasses with the best face coverage are also the
cheapest.
The ones with the fancy "stylish" cutouts are to be avoided for use with contact
lenses.  Of course, there are exceptions....

Dan

--
Motorola Semiconductor

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by Steve Freide » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I've worn hard contact lenses (now gas-permeable) since I was 12 years
old.  I ride in all sorts of weather, including torrential downpours,
and wear Performance's cheapest sunglasses, the kind they sell for $20
and you can find on special for even less (just bought a set in clear
for $12.99).

I have ridden some long stretches without sunglasses on but it's obvious
that some sort of eye cover will keep your eyes moister and cleaner.

I do have glasses and wear them quite often around the house, on days I
don't go into the office, etc., but I make a point of always putting my
lenses in before I ride - it just makes the ride so much more enjoyable.

The difference between hard and soft lenses is worth exploring.  I tried
soft lenses and found I didn't see nearly as well.  Since I was already
used to hard lenses at the time, I just went back to them.  Hard lenses
are much more uncomfortable initially; indeed, for the first few weeks
they can be quite annoying, but once you get over the hump, it's almost
like having your vision permanently corrected.  I've forgotten to take
mine out when I go sleep - that's how comfortable they are, and how
natural the whole process becomes, after you've worn them for a few
years.

For many people, hard lense actually stop the progression of
near-sightedness, since it's often caused by a change in the shape of
the surface of the eye and the hard lense tends to arrest that change
when worn enough.

Steve "My Dad's A Retired Optometrist" Freides

Quote:

> As my prescription seems to change more, I am finally considering
> contacts.

> But as a commuter and bike club rider on weekends I am wondering what
> people's experiences have been with them.

> I commute in NYC from Staten Island to Brooklyn. I currently use the
> Bolle prescription insert system. I ride in rain.

> I do all road riding.

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by G.T. » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>> I wear contacts and ride on and off road in all weather.  I dont wear the
goofy
>> looking sunglasses that most cyclists prefer- I wear none.  I have not
>> experienced any problems at all and will never wear glasses again (except
when
>> contacts are out) . Contacts are the greatest thing( except that laser
surgery)
>> to help people.

>This advice seems nonstandard to me.

>There are at  least two reasons to consider wearing glasses over contacts :

>1. They reduce the liklihood of wind drying out the eye surface, which
creates
>   obvious problems with lenses.
>2. They reduce the liklihood of objects getting caught in the eye.  With
>contacts,
>   if particles get under the lens, the potential for damage to the eye
surface,
>   and the difficulty in removing the object, are greater.

>Note -- I have found the glasses with the best face coverage are also the
>cheapest.
>The ones with the fancy "stylish" cutouts are to be avoided for use with
contact
>lenses.  Of course, there are exceptions....

don't bother with his advice, AFAIK he never wears a helmet off-road either.
 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by Ted Ot » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I wear contacts with sunglasses - I think it's the way to go.  I wear the
sunglasses for eye protection, though.  They do keep your contacts from
drying out, but i'm more concerned with a rock or other debris getting
kicked up into my face.  I feel very uncomfortable with riding without some
form of eye protection.  I'm not too crazy about wearing my glasses, either.
They are metal frames, and if I go down for some reason, I don't want to
worry about getting poked, and sunglasses are generally cheaper to replace
than regular eye glasses.

Quote:


>> I wear contacts and ride on and off road in all weather.  I dont wear the
goofy
>> looking sunglasses that most cyclists prefer- I wear none.  I have not
>> experienced any problems at all and will never wear glasses again (except
when
>> contacts are out) . Contacts are the greatest thing( except that laser
surgery)
>> to help people.

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by Scott Henders » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> I wear contacts with sunglasses - I think it's the way to go.

--

Since UV light promotes the formation of cataracts (a common problem of
older folks), it is a good idea to wear sunglasses when outdoors.

I didn't used to wear sunglasses much, but I do now.

Scott

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by TBGi » Thu, 22 Oct 1998 04:00:00


writes:

Quote:
>As my prescription seems to change more, I am finally considering
>contacts.

>But as a commuter and bike club rider on weekends I am wondering what
>people's experiences have been with them.

>I commute in NYC from Staten Island to Brooklyn. I currently use the
>Bolle prescription insert system. I ride in rain.

I didn't get along very well with standard "soft" contacts.  But my extended
wear - disposable lenses are very good for riding.  I did a three week tour
with them this summer and had no trouble.  I'm generally not aware of them.  I
live in a dry climate, which I'm sure is the reason I didn't enjoy the standard
soft lenses as well.  


 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by TBGi » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I forgot to mention, I always wear some kind of eye protection over my contacts
unless it's a very short trip in the darkness.  It does help prevent drying out
and also keeps the bugs and dirt out.  If it's raining or snowing I might forgo
the sunglasses, little risk of drying then.  


 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by Dave Latt » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I ride MTB and have worn soft contacts for a little over a year now.  Save
for the occasional (what feels like a)-boulder-in-the-eye effect, they're
great.  Your eye doctor should be able to tell you merits and demerits of
all this stuff.

Luck.

Dave



Quote:
> As my prescription seems to change more, I am finally considering
> contacts.

> But as a commuter and bike club rider on weekends I am wondering what
> people's experiences have been with them.

> I commute in NYC from Staten Island to Brooklyn. I currently use the
> Bolle prescription insert system. I ride in rain.

> I do all road riding.

> Thanks

> _______________________
> Dave Poleshuck


 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by Eleanor MacMast » Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I'm a road rider and have used contacts for years without problem.
You will, however, need to wear sunglasses to protect our
(your) eyes from sun - the effect of sun is accentuatedwhen
you wear contacts -- and from wind, sand, etc.getting into
your eyes,and,hence,your contacts. Mine are the soft variety.
--
"Biker Chick"

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by Dan Connell » Sat, 24 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I'd also recommend having
> a pair of prescription glasses handy somewhere at all times.

I don't ever recall a rider being reported to drop out of a professional
race due to "contact lens lost".

I have experienced lens problems on rides before... in one case it flew
out and stuck to my thigh :).... So one would think such a problem would
have occurred in a prominent Euro-pro situation.

Dan

--
Motorola Semiconductor

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by Gfoyl » Sun, 25 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I have been wearing hard lenses for six*** years now and can also say that
IF you get a good fit, there is nothing better (I have also fallen asleep
with mine in, BAD mistake). While hard contact lenses do have a SLIGHT
molding effect on the lens of the eye, they sadly do not slow the
progression of nearsightedness. Want to get rid of those hard lenses
forever? Look into LASIC laser surgery, especially for astigmatism. As far
as riding, I always wear sunglasses, wrap around Bolle Mad Cats, no problems
ever.

--
IS ALL

Quote:

>I've worn hard contact lenses (now gas-permeable) since I was 12 years
>old.  I ride in all sorts of weather, including torrential downpours,
>and wear Performance's cheapest sunglasses, the kind they sell for $20
>and you can find on special for even less (just bought a set in clear
>for $12.99).

>I have ridden some long stretches without sunglasses on but it's obvious
>that some sort of eye cover will keep your eyes moister and cleaner.

>I do have glasses and wear them quite often around the house, on days I
>don't go into the office, etc., but I make a point of always putting my
>lenses in before I ride - it just makes the ride so much more enjoyable.

>The difference between hard and soft lenses is worth exploring.  I tried
>soft lenses and found I didn't see nearly as well.  Since I was already
>used to hard lenses at the time, I just went back to them.  Hard lenses
>are much more uncomfortable initially; indeed, for the first few weeks
>they can be quite annoying, but once you get over the hump, it's almost
>like having your vision permanently corrected.  I've forgotten to take
>mine out when I go sleep - that's how comfortable they are, and how
>natural the whole process becomes, after you've worn them for a few
>years.

>For many people, hard lense actually stop the progression of
>near-sightedness, since it's often caused by a change in the shape of
>the surface of the eye and the hard lense tends to arrest that change
>when worn enough.

>Steve "My Dad's A Retired Optometrist" Freides


>> As my prescription seems to change more, I am finally considering
>> contacts.

>> But as a commuter and bike club rider on weekends I am wondering what
>> people's experiences have been with them.

>> I commute in NYC from Staten Island to Brooklyn. I currently use the
>> Bolle prescription insert system. I ride in rain.

>> I do all road riding.

 
 
 

Contact lens and bike riding?

Post by John Walter » Thu, 29 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Second the opinion on sunglasses.  I wear my contacts everyday/every ride; I
have a pair of Smith's with three lenses (sunglasses, yellow, and clear) that
work great.  My perfect visioned girlfriend also prefers to wear sunglasses; 20+
mph wind on the eyeball gets irritating.  How do dogs stand that when they're
*** their heads out of the car window?
jw
Quote:

> I have been wearing hard lenses for six*** years now and can also say that
> IF you get a good fit, there is nothing better (I have also fallen asleep
> with mine in, BAD mistake). While hard contact lenses do have a SLIGHT
> molding effect on the lens of the eye, they sadly do not slow the
> progression of nearsightedness. Want to get rid of those hard lenses
> forever? Look into LASIC laser surgery, especially for astigmatism. As far
> as riding, I always wear sunglasses, wrap around Bolle Mad Cats, no problems
> ever.

> --
> IS ALL

> >I've worn hard contact lenses (now gas-permeable) since I was 12 years
> >old.  I ride in all sorts of weather, including torrential downpours,
> >and wear Performance's cheapest sunglasses, the kind they sell for $20
> >and you can find on special for even less (just bought a set in clear
> >for $12.99).

> >I have ridden some long stretches without sunglasses on but it's obvious
> >that some sort of eye cover will keep your eyes moister and cleaner.

> >I do have glasses and wear them quite often around the house, on days I
> >don't go into the office, etc., but I make a point of always putting my
> >lenses in before I ride - it just makes the ride so much more enjoyable.

> >The difference between hard and soft lenses is worth exploring.  I tried
> >soft lenses and found I didn't see nearly as well.  Since I was already
> >used to hard lenses at the time, I just went back to them.  Hard lenses
> >are much more uncomfortable initially; indeed, for the first few weeks
> >they can be quite annoying, but once you get over the hump, it's almost
> >like having your vision permanently corrected.  I've forgotten to take
> >mine out when I go sleep - that's how comfortable they are, and how
> >natural the whole process becomes, after you've worn them for a few
> >years.

> >For many people, hard lense actually stop the progression of
> >near-sightedness, since it's often caused by a change in the shape of
> >the surface of the eye and the hard lense tends to arrest that change
> >when worn enough.

> >Steve "My Dad's A Retired Optometrist" Freides


> >> As my prescription seems to change more, I am finally considering
> >> contacts.

> >> But as a commuter and bike club rider on weekends I am wondering what
> >> people's experiences have been with them.

> >> I commute in NYC from Staten Island to Brooklyn. I currently use the
> >> Bolle prescription insert system. I ride in rain.

> >> I do all road riding.