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    Eyes, contacts and sunglasses

    Time for me to get new glasses. I've thought about doing contacts, as prescription glasses have well known issues; but my coworker warns that his can be a real pain if they dry out--like from bike riding. Is this a real issue? I've been doing some riding with standard old prescription sunglasses, and other than my eyes watering for the first few miles, my eyes seem fine once they adjust. Do I really want to experiment with "expensive" contacts? I've been oft-called "cheap", and well, I am -- same set of glasses for 8 years, only 4 of which they were broken.

    Do I really want to buy those Rudy Project glasses, when regular prescription sunglasses have been doing "ok"? I've heard good things about them, but it's still a goodly sized investment.
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    I wear disposable contacts and sunglasses. The disposables they make now seem a lot better than the ones that were available a few years ago. With the old ones, I carried a small bottle of rewetting solution but now I don't have that problem.

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    On very hot days, my contacts will dry out for the first mile or so of riding, even while wearing sunglasses. After that, no problems.

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    same as 'nick burns' it's only ever been an issue in the first mile. after that i don't notice it... with or without sunglasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supton View Post
    Time for me to get new glasses. I've thought about doing contacts, as prescription glasses have well known issues; but my coworker warns that his can be a real pain if they dry out--like from bike riding. Is this a real issue? I've been doing some riding with standard old prescription sunglasses, and other than my eyes watering for the first few miles, my eyes seem fine once they adjust. Do I really want to experiment with "expensive" contacts? I've been oft-called "cheap", and well, I am -- same set of glasses for 8 years, only 4 of which they were broken.

    Do I really want to buy those Rudy Project glasses, when regular prescription sunglasses have been doing "ok"? I've heard good things about them, but it's still a goodly sized investment.
    Use a pair of these fitovers when you ride and you can pick and choose what you have in/on your
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    Been wearing contacts and ridding like forever. Your natural eye tears will keep the contacts moist. Unless yr the type who don't blink often like Michael Kinsley.

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    I've never had drying problems with contacts. In addition to other benefits, they keep my peripheral vision intact.
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    I wear disposables (daily wear) when I ride. I have rode numerous rides, including double centuries and have only had a problem one time. I was around mile 75 of a century, and the pair dried out and one of them actually blew out of my eye on a downhill (I was not wearing sunglasses). I always carry an extra set with me, so I was able to recover quickly.

    If you do brevet riding and want to use contacts, I would recomend you bring at least one spare set with you, especially for distances of 400K or greater. However for these distances you may want to consider glasses as either a primary or backup choice

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    I have disposable (2-week wear during the day) contacts and have never had any serious problems with drying. Sometimes, on very rare occasions, I put a drop or two of saline or re-wetting solution in my eyes when I get to work but like I said, its rare that this is necessary.

    I have a brand new pair of glasses, but I have yet to cycle with them because I've gotten so used to using my peripheral vision that having to adjust would be a little weird. I use the glasses for night wear once I take my contacts out.

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    I love my contacts. I haven't had problems with them drying out yet, and I've been riding with them for a few months now. I like having the option to wear sunglasses on the way home.

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    Biggest downside to contacts if you live in a seasonal area, is right after winter when the road grime dust is pretty bad. I'm always fighting eye grime for the first couple weeks of road riding weather. That's with semi-permeable contacts, soft lenses may be different. The rest of the year it's no problem at all.

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    All interesting stuff, thanks. Haven't made up my mind yet, but I'll take that all into account. We do get lots of snow in winter, and pollen in the summer, and I do have itchy eyes at times due to allergies.
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    I have been wearing contacts for around 20 years. Drying out isn't really an issue any more than someone without contacts. If they do get dry, a few eyedrops can cure it. The only time i've really ever had a problem is in Vegas in the summer.. it's so dry there, it hurts after a while... i'm sure the lack of sleep didn't help much. heh..

    Your optometrist should be able to give you a pair of trial contacts free of charge to help make up your mind, i'm surprised he/she hasn't already made the offer.

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    He said I had to go in for a second visit, apparently the prescription is not the same. He can't possibly be more thorough in examining my eyes, so it's either a different prescription, and/or perhaps it's to allow more time to explain the options.

    While I have the typical "I don't want to touch my eyes" fear, I'm not sure I'm up for spending a few hundred/year on contacts, on top of getting a new backup pair of glasses.
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    I prefer riding with contacts overall. I've worn contacts for the past 20 years, and they are soooo much better now, even for those of us who have really bad vision. I use 2-week disposables and they are cheap at about $80 for a six month supply. Since I don't wear them every day, my 6-month supply usually last a year or a little more. You can get them cheaper if you go with a different brand (i.e. you don't have extremely poor vision). I re-wet with drops a couple times a day if needed. Note that I never wear them indoors at work or in an environmnet with air conditioning for a long period - that is a killer for me. I see better with contacts too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supton View Post
    While I have the typical "I don't want to touch my eyes" fear, I'm not sure I'm up for spending a few hundred/year on contacts, on top of getting a new backup pair of glasses.
    I was too scared at first, if u ever watched The Making of The Thriller (Michael Jackson) video, he put on some HUGE yellow contacts. But after 20 years, it's like brushing teeth, somedays I don't even remember I put them on, it's becomed automatic.

    Am in the skool of disposables rather then those fancy, long-wear expensive contacts. They last me about 45 days/pair and Costco have them for $16/3 pairs, so ~50bux/year.

    Plus how yer gonna deal with the sun? Regular prescription AND Dark prescription glasses?

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    I wear hard gas-perm contacts, and have been doing so for way over 30 years now. They have made great progress in the materials from which they make the lenses over that time, and the latest are very comfortable.

    My only issue, being of the age where one needs reading glasses, is that I have trouble reading the "fine print" on my cyclocomputer.

    I always wear some sort of eye-protection over them, just to keep out the dust and grit. Instead of buying the expensive Oakley or Wiley-X sunglasses, I just go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up the safety-glass/sunglasses for about $7.95 - they work great for me, and can be had in various colors and shades for differing conditions.
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    Another vote for the hard lenses, which still seem to work better if you have astigmatism. I wear them with sunglasses, and they work just fine. Although I admit that once in a long while they have this distressing habit of swimming up in my eye, usually when a bit of grit gets under them or something. I have taken to carrying a small mirror around with me to help steer them back into place, although car side mirrors work at a pinch as well.
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    I've been wearing contacts for 30 years. Tried most kinds. Like the soft disposable ones best, and always leave one or two of them in my wedge or trunk bag or panniers. Never have needed them, though. I always ride with some sort of glasses, either clear lenses or sunglasses. I have a pair with 3 sets of interchangeable lenses. I also mount the Take-a-Look on the glasses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by supton View Post
    Do I really want to buy those Rudy Project glasses, when regular prescription sunglasses have been doing "ok"? I've heard good things about them, but it's still a goodly sized investment.
    I missed this somehow.

    I have Rudy Project sunglasses. They're good--but one thing I'd be really interested in is a side-by-side comparison with Oakleys, specifically their respective hydrophobic coatings. I get sweat streaks on my Rudy Projects, and I wonder if the Oakleys repel it better.

    That's the only thing I wonder. They're very good cycling sunglasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tpelle View Post
    I wear hard gas-perm contacts, and have been doing so for way over 30 years now. They have made great progress in the materials from which they make the lenses over that time, and the latest are very comfortable.

    My only issue, being of the age where one needs reading glasses, is that I have trouble reading the "fine print" on my cyclocomputer.

    I always wear some sort of eye-protection over them, just to keep out the dust and grit. Instead of buying the expensive Oakley or Wiley-X sunglasses, I just go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up the safety-glass/sunglasses for about $7.95 - they work great for me, and can be had in various colors and shades for differing conditions.
    I've worn contacts for about 25 years (and with reading glasses over the top for the last 5 years), and always wear some sort of glasses over the top. The pain that comes from getting grit stuck on the contacts is enough to make me want to avoid it when possible.

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