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Old 02-23-10, 08:59 PM   #1
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Shades do I need them?

In many of the pictures I have seen of people here they are wearing shades. Is this something that is needed. I wear glasses so getting shades would be an investment .
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Old 02-23-10, 09:09 PM   #2
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Absolutely,

UV-A and UV-B blocking is a must. Otherwise, down the road you may be picking the cataracts out of your eyes.

I wear the kind that clip on to my glasses and flip up. They look nerdy, but hey, I'm a nerd.
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Old 02-23-10, 10:16 PM   #3
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Aren't UV rays filtered out by most good-quality lenses, clear or tinted?

Shades are required to maintain coolness.

Joeybsmooth: Do you enjoy squinting on sunny days?

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Old 02-23-10, 10:18 PM   #4
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Also they offer basic eye protection from wind and and rocks that get shot from underneath car tires.
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Old 02-23-10, 10:26 PM   #5
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You need sun glasses of some kind if you plan on riding in the summer in the day time. If you ride a road bike and tend to put quite a few miles a week on it you can try glass over sun glasses. What you need is something to block dust, dirt and sand from getting behind the lens. Yes you have an investment to think about if you decide on any of the wrap around styles. No it isn’t than bad if you decide flat sun glasses will work and you can get glass over sun glasses for $15 to $20.
I put on 5 to 8K miles a year and when I don’t get coverage on the sides of my eyes with a wrap around glasses I always have grit in the sides of my eyes. When I do cover the sides I am more comfortable. That may be just me however.
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Yes, in general you'll get UV protection with the clear prescription glasses as well. Even the $8/pair ones that I buy from Zenni have good UV filtering. I don't like to wear sunglasses except for extreme conditions, like crossing a snow field, but do always wear clear prescription glasses when outside.

If the OP wants tinted lenses there are some pretty inexpensive options for prescription sunglasses (e.g. Zenni has regular prescription sunglasses for $13 and goggle-style for wind protection for $26; high strength or bifocals are extra $). Haven't tried their sunglasses but have been very satisfied with their regular glasses.
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Old 02-24-10, 01:17 AM   #7
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WOW this site is great. Before I came here I was looking at Oakley's and you guys no they are a lot a cash. Now I know some other places too look. Like I never heard of Zinni before.
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Absolutely,

UV-A and UV-B blocking is a must. Otherwise, down the road you may be picking the cataracts out of your eyes.

I wear the kind that clip on to my glasses and flip up. They look nerdy, but hey, I'm a nerd.
I think that's what your optometrist would tell the patients. Even being in the outdoors requires eye protection.
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Most glasses should offer some kind of UV protection, safety glasses do. I would still wear sunglasses, polarized are best (fishing department of most china-marts have some, some should fit over glasses) and even cheap polarized will cut down glare a lot! My $100 nike's are kept in my car for driving and anything non impact. I use some strike king polarized "fishing" glasses for kayaking, cycling, or anything where they might get hurt or lost. I bought them for $5 and I'm not afraid to lose them

Wearing sunglasses while cycling also keeps bugs out of your eyes, an added benefit around here!
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Also they offer basic eye protection from wind and and rocks that get shot from underneath car tires.
And in this part of the world, insects.
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Yeah, bright sunlight, white snow hurt my eyes and make me more tired, often give me tension headache if I squint too much, but also, as others pointed out: road debris, tire spray, insects, etc. The last thing you want is a fly in your eye when you're coasting 30mph down the hill.

Since you wear glasses already you may be OK though. They may already be blocking UV and provide physical protection. If the bright sun is a problem you can just get those flip shades that attach to regular glasses. And no, there is no need to spend $100+ on bike shades, even though I like those photochromatic transition lenses that change with light levels, very useful actually. But these can be found for around $60. Tifosi makes some cheap transition shades.

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And in this part of the world, insects.
+1 about the bugs (and riding with your mouth shut is a must)
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Old 02-24-10, 07:55 PM   #13
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I use the cheap clear plastic glasses off Nashbar. I wear them for protection from dirt and other road junk. My helmet has a shade on it, which is enough for me. And I like car drivers to be able to see my eyes when I'm in traffic. I think these glasses give at least a bit of UV protection. Maybe not as much as some (I dunno), but there are always trade-offs.
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Yeah, bright sunlight, white snow hurt my eyes and make me more tired, often give me tension headache if I squint too much ...
Ya, snow-blindness can result... check these inuit "sunglasses"
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Old 02-24-10, 08:57 PM   #15
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Check the "Only on TV" Brand Section in your neighborhood Walgreens and/or CVS Pharmacies. They now now have a Section for these "Only Sold on TV Products" . There, they stock those plastic wraparounds for around $10 with the Prescription Correction already built in. Nice side peripheal protection also The only problem is sometimes they aren't exact as they jump incrementally from +1.75 to 2.00+ to 2.50+ to 3.00+. In my case my correction is around 2.25 and they don't stock any in 2.25 so I had to settle for +2.00 and the other problem is they have the same correction in each eye while my eyes vary. Still for $10 for use for a 2-3 hour bike outing or backup, they are extremly useful. As a 35+ year motorcycle rider, trust me, you need eye protection on the road.
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I always use sunglasses when riding, I hate the feeling of those little bugs swimming in the eyeball fluid.
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I had some big bugs and rocks bounce off my glasses....
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