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    Prescription Sunglasses

    Ok, I can't be the only one with this problem. I have been using progressive lense bifocals for a few years now. When riding, they offer little if any eye protection. On downhills, my eyes tend to tear up a lot, and the only thing that helps is a wrap-around sunglass. Problem with that is I cannot read my cycle computer without stopping and switching back to my prescription glasses. Does anyone know of a source for a decent wrap-around sunglass that I can get done to my prescription?

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    If you do a Google search for prescription sunglasses wrap around, you'll get lots of possibilities to explore. I just went to my local optometrist and had her make up a pair for me. I found that I didn't need a full wrap around to protect my eyes. I told her how I wanted to use the sunglasses and asked if I could return them if they did not work. She was very careful in selecting a design that was satisfactory.
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    The good news here is that you do not need to pay big bucks
    for special glasses to ride. I use these 'fit over' glasses that
    work great to keep junk and wind out of my eyes.

    If you choose from the polycarbonate line they are industrial
    safey grade and will stop rocks thrown up by a car. This I
    know as I have one pair with a cracked lens from a rock
    but I still have my glasses and my eye.

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    I have Ray-Ban's. They wrap around pretty good for wind protection, but the bi-focal is still not very good at focusing on my GPS.

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    Fitovers are the answer. I love mine! You just wear them over your prescription glasses and they provide real protection as well. Nothing like bugs, dirt, or gravel gets to your eyes or your expensive prescription glasses. They act sort of like goggles except they don’t have a strap going round your head and sort of look like normal glasses.
    http://www.fitovers.com/
    Here is a photo from the Fitovers site.

    Similar over glasses can be found in larger drug stores like CVS and Wal-greens.

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    My optician was able to put my distance prescription in lenses for my Smith sport glasses. The only time I miss the progressive lenses is when reading a map or other close work. But really, I often need to take off even my progressive lenses for that kind of thing anyway.
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    You can try www.sportrx.com. I have not used them, but they do seem to have a lot to offer.
    I myself would be wary of buyinf perscription glasses online.

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    Glasses are Band-Aids. Address the underlying problem with LASIK. I had it done 7 years ago, and could not be happier with the outcome.
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    I've always liked Band-Aids more than surgery. just sayin'
    Last edited by BluesDawg; 04-23-07 at 02:08 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg
    I've always liked Band-Aids more than surgery. just sayin'
    The "surgery" lasted maybe 15 minutes, followed by half a day of minor discomfort.

    Trading that off for 20-20 vision whenever I open my eyes was well worth the cost. After a lifetime of fumbling for glasses or contact lenses in the dark, losing glasses, dealing with both regular and sunglasses, scratches, and all the other hassles, I can honestly say that getting the LASIK was one of the best things I've ever done for myself.

    It's such a joy to wake up and be able to see the clock across the room and the birds in the greenbelt behind my house, without having to reach for the glasses or contacts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg
    My optician was able to put my distance prescription in lenses for my Smith sport glasses. The only time I miss the progressive lenses is when reading a map or other close work. But really, I often need to take off even my progressive lenses for that kind of thing anyway.
    For up close work, you can get these stick-on lenses designed to be used with things like sport glasses:

    http://www.neoptx.com/
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    I have a pair of Rudy projects that have clear prescription lens w/wrap-around sunglasses that flip up. I can read the computer easily w/dark part up or down and when I go inside, I have the advantage of clear lens. They look kinda dorky, but I dont give a damn. they work for me.

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    Is LASIK 100% -and I mean 100%- safe?
    I have one pair of eyes. They might not be perfect but they are correctable.
    I can live with glasses and/or contacts
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai
    Is LASIK 100% -and I mean 100%- safe?
    I have one pair of eyes. They might not be perfect but they are correctable.
    I can live with glasses and/or contacts
    Is riding your bike 100% safe? Is getting out of bed in the morning?

    Nothing is 100% safe, including LASIK.

    I lived with glasses and contacts for many years...and, yes, you can "live with" them. But, for me, living without them has been great.

    When you're "living with" glasses and contacts, it's hard to realize how much of an impact they have on your life. As soon as you're freed from them, however, you can "see" how much time, effort, cost, and hassle they take (not to mention the aesthetic issues).
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    LASIK has two big drawbacks, both of which would have to change before I'll be considering it.
    1) I'm a chickensh@# when it comes to risking my vision.
    2) My insurance won't pay for it.

    Beyond that it sounds great. I have heard of concerns with glare or halos at night, but I understand they are rare.
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    My issue with LASIK is that my eyes are still changing. Wifey had it done several years back and now she has to wear reading glasses again. But overall she's been very glad she had it done. Her vision was TERRIBLE before the surgery, for her it was a near miracle cure.
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    I had cataract surgery, had coke bottle lenses before, and when the doc asked if i wanted to see near or far, i told him far, and now have to wear light reading glasses to read, but have 20/15 distance vision. i also have a pair of 'wear-over' sunglasses that i got at the local box drugstore. work just great, and like the previous poster inferred, you have double protection with them on. never regretted the surgery either. i hope you find what is best for you and enjoy the computer. and the heart rate monitor.

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    So, for most of the folks on this particular forum, LASIK is a choice between "near" or "far"?
    I'd be diggin' it a lot if it magically enabled my eyes to adjust like young folks' eyes do, so there truly are no glasses to deal with .

    Back to the OP, though, I use Rudy Project Ekynox SXs w/ prescription inserts from Sports Optical in CO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t4mv
    So, for most of the folks on this particular forum, LASIK is a choice between "near" or "far"?
    I'd be diggin' it a lot if it magically enabled my eyes to adjust like young folks' eyes do, so there truly are no glasses to deal with .
    Sorry to hijack the thread, but categorizing refractive surgery as a choice of near or far vision is not a reality.

    umatillarider's experience was with Cataract surgery, and I'm assuming he had the current surgery with cataract removal/IOL implantation. This procedure is well proven, and the pre-surgical diagnostic tests are accurate to a point where the surgeon, in most cases, can nail down the patients final r/x to a point where they can ask if you want near or far, or a combination of both!

    Do not confuse cataract surgery with refractive surgery, as they are completely different procedures.

    Cataract surgery = removal of a refractive element (tissue) and replacement with a device, the inter-occular lens

    Refractive surgery = an alteration to the corneal tissue, via laser or dissection, to change the shape of the corneal surface, such that any refractive error will be minimized

    The outcomes of current Lasik surgeries are nowhere near as predictable as cataract surgery outcomes. In over 30 years practice as an eyecare professional, I have yet to hear a Lasik patient who was completely satisfied with their results.

    Patients with high myopia tend to do very well post surgical, Terrierman"s wife may be such a case, as the need for reading glasses will almost always happen. Small price to pay, give the overall improvement to her vision.

    Be sure you fully research lasik, or any procedure, before taking the plunge.

    For reference, see this link for the dark side of Lasik
    http://visionsurgeryrehab.evecommuni...4&f=6931031211

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    I find when I put on my prescription sunglasses (slightly nearsighted), I can't read my cyclocomputer (actually GPS) as well as without any glasses. My distance prescription slightly srews up reading stuff up to about 2 feet.

    Also wanted to mention that my brother had LASIK and loves it on the golf course, but is practically blind inside 2 feet now. My Opthamologist told me that LASIK might really screw up your reading distance. I can read OK now and find that far more useful. I'll stick to distance glasses for driving and let the other 90+% of my life go without glasses.
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    I can see getting it if you are 25 years old and have a few years to go before expecting to need reading glasses, but for those of us who already need them, it's a choice of which glasses do we want to wear?

    BTW, my wife got LASIK about 6 years ago. Her far vision is now continuing to get worse with age, and she needs reading glasses too. So all she accomplished in the end was to make her glasses thinner. In trade, she now has poor night vision. I have 20/500 vision, which is 100% correctable with my glasses; and I'll forgo the surgery, thank-you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
    I can see getting it if you are 25 years old and have a few years to go before expecting to need reading glasses, but for those of us who already need them, it's a choice of which glasses do we want to wear?

    BTW, my wife got LASIK about 6 years ago. Her far vision is now continuing to get worse with age, and she needs reading glasses too. So all she accomplished in the end was to make her glasses thinner. In trade, she now has poor night vision. I have 20/500 vision, which is 100% correctable with my glasses; and I'll forgo the surgery, thank-you.
    The need for reading glasses comes with getting older...whether or not you've had LASIK.

    I had my LASIK done 7 years ago, when I was 48 years old, and have not regretted it at all. My distance vision is still razor sharp, and my nighttime vision is good too (with only some minor "starring"). I wear low-strength reading glasses most of the day because I work at a computer all day long...but, I'd probably be doing that whether or not I had the LASIK procedure, just from hitting 50 (at least, that's what my optometrist told me).

    And whenever I do outdoor activities (especially things like hiking, cycling, and backpacking), I'm thankful not to have to deal with glasses/contacts. It's nice to be able to wake up, poke my head out of my tent, and see the stars (and the way to the bathroom!), instead of having to fumble around for my spec's.

    And, as a single man, I admit that I'm also concerned about the aesthetic issues...and can happily report that that area has improved post-LASIK too.
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    As 89quattro states, there is a difference, and my cataract surgery is comparable in only that i had a vision problem and it was corrected by a surgical procedure. i have never been happier. when i ride now, i can SEE!! if i lose my glasses, my only hindrance would be with very close up vision. i can see my computer without glasses, but it is not clear, although readable. so if you are suffering from cataract problems, find a good, researched, recommended eye surgeon and discuss it with him/her.

    i find it great to be over 60 and meeting these and other problems head on and going for the gusto. that is why i enjoy the community portrayed here. very few quitters in this bunch!!

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    I recently ordered presciption Rudy Project Horus sunglasses from www.sportrx.com. Their service was excellent. I got the Brown #2 colored lenses which are perfect for me. They're not too dark and provide good contrast.

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    +1 for Rudy Project - I got the Exception model.
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