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    Are sports glasses necessary?

    I understand the importance of wearing glasses but I've just been wearing my regular prescription glasses. Eye doctor said it would be a good idea and to bring my helmet in when I'm trying them on.

    So, are regular glasses just as good?

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    If they are shatter proof, then they are fine.

    I sometimes use the prescription glasses rather than my Oakleys.

    With current helmet designs where the straps are against your skin, most any glasses frames fit with the helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
    If they are shatter proof, then they are fine.

    I sometimes use the prescription glasses rather than my Oakleys.

    With current helmet designs where the straps are against your skin, most any glasses frames fit with the helmet.
    Mine are Native, that I wear both, when I am cycling, and not cycling. I obviously don't wear them in the dark.

    I don't wear regular prescription glasses, or contacts.

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    Thank you both

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    I use my prescription glasses as well
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    Much the same as safety glasses, sports glasses make sense since they typically provide more coverage than regular eyeglasses will. I find that clear lenses are best for me, since even the yellow reduces the amount of light transmitted. The more light the better during my riding in the dark, or cloudy/rainy.
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    I got scrip sport glasses made, pretty cheaply, by an outfit called SportRX, using one of their own line of frames (ie not Oakley, Rudy, etc). Much better than my everyday glasses for riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherilinn View Post
    Thank you both
    I wear mine whenever I am outdoors(not including a pool) because their UVA/UVB rating.

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    With all the on-line sources, you can get pretty much any designer or sport frames for relatively less. Just get the Rx and order them.

    http://www.heavyglare.com/oakley-sunglasses/

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    I generally wear "sports" sun glasses, blue block and polaroid. Took me a while to find reasonable priced ones. On really cloudy days I sometimes wear my perscription glasses. Like most perscription glasses they are polycarbonate which is a safety material.

    The thing here is reasonable price. Like all things in cycling or sports there are the insanely priced products. In my book buying a named brand pair of "sports" glasses is rather dumb. Anything over $50 is just buying a name.

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    I like safety glasses from the big box stores. Relatively cheap, 10 -15 $, impact resistant and usually come in clear and yellow.

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    I have shatterproof plastic lenses and some Cocoons clip-ons for shades, which I can keep in the back of my jersey and take on and off as needed.

    Works great.

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    I wear my usual prescription glasses when riding. Polycarbonate lens. Key to regular glasses working at all while biking is something with a "keyhole" nose/bridge design which reduced wind slipping through, so composite/frame, rather than stylish thin metal construction.
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    I mostly ride in ordinary prescription glasses, except in particularly bad weather.

    I look for large lenses, not much airflow, and temples that fit close to the head. Aviator-style works well.

    If you know your prescription, http://www.zennioptical.com/ can get you decent quality prescription polycarbonate glasses for under $40/pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    I like safety glasses from the big box stores. Relatively cheap, 10 -15 $, impact resistant and usually come in clear and yellow.
    I use my regular prescription glasses - less than $8/pair and they're shatterproof and UV-protective. Only have clear lenses though - they charge a little more for sunglasses.

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    I also just ride with my regular glasses, since sun is all I'm concerned about and I have photochromatic lenses (not expensive if you don't go with brand name). They make sport/safety goggles that can fit over your glasses if necessary. Look pretty dorky, but if you are doing high-speeds, especially in the cold and/or rain (be sure to spray them with an anti-fog/rain repellent solution), I could see how it might be useful.
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