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Old 02-20-12, 06:00 AM   #1
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Frosted Eyes?

As luck would have it, my return to cycling started in the colder months and whilst I've been ok with freezing my arse off, another problem has me slightly worried.
On two rides, each about 45-50miles long, halfway through the ride I've noticed a white mist in my vision. It isn't patchy, most like a fine haze. This has only happened in cold conditions.
I will say for the record that due to diabetic retinopathy, my eyes have been lasered as much as they can be and I'm wondering if that's the cause.
If anyone has any insight to this, it'd be very much appreciated. I'd ask my eye doc, but I don't see her for another 6 weeks.
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I have no idea about how the laser procedures or retinopathy would play into this, but I suspect that your eyes are getting dry from exposure to cold dry wind. Do you wear any form of eye protection? Safety glasses will reduce the amount of wind in your eyes, ski goggles would be even better. Can you call your eye doctor or send an email with that specific question? It isn't impossible to actually freeze the surface of your eye, but normal blinking and squinting will prevent this except under extreme conditions.
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You'd be a fool not to protect your eyes riding those durations, so I am just going to assume you're not talking about snow blindness or other UV type damage, in which case no i've never experienced such distortions.
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I couldn't believe what a difference it made moving to ski goggles while biking. Even if it's only -10c or so they're fantastic to have. I recommend them highly.
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I wear normal prescription glasses while riding. I'm looking into some cycling glasses that have prescription lenses built in as I think Myosmith has a valid point about the cold air drying out my eyes. Its not a problem when I'm walking about for 2 or 3 hours, but I'm not going 20mph when I walk like I do when cycling.
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Ski goggles are a Grace from the Lord. And they're available in models that fit over glasses. Seventy or so dollars very, very well spent.
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Hmmm, I've never had a mist in my eyes and I've ridden in some pretty cold temps on my motorcycle with no goggles (like 15 below ferinheight). Even after riding for half an hour at 60 mph I never noticed anything different other than being really friggin cold. I'm going to guess maybe it's more related to your medical history. Still goggles can only help.
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Ski goggles are a Grace from the Lord. And they're available in models that fit over glasses. Seventy or so dollars very, very well spent.

+1 I ended up getting a really good deal on mine. Good for wearing with a helmet and nearly half off, I've worn them in temps from -40c to 0c with minimal fogging up.



They don't look quite as dramatic in person.
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I love my ski goggles too although I've only worn them once or twice this winter. I got mine online for < $40, they're the sort of thing that are on sale a lot. The design is a bit gaudy for my tastes but no one notices.

I think I got them from here, but not sure:

http://www.departmentofgoods.com/sal...ff=1&q=goggles

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