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Old 01-22-19, 10:54 PM
Non omnino gravis
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While the OP has apparently done it successfully for decades, if I tried riding without glasses, I would have taken a bee directly into the eyeball about 30 times. Well, more likely just that first time, after which I would have crashed into a ditch. That's ignoring the whole prescription issue.

Also, if you've ever ridden at night, the headlight will show what @Spoonrobot found with tape-- the air is chock full of floaty particles. I don't see why those couldn't help sandblast your eyeballs. Also, I was probably 30 before I found out you can sunburn your eyes. That's reason enough to wear some form of glasses, as any plastic lens will block at least 80% of UV. Coated lenses will block 100% of UVA and UVB... and help keep brake dust, road grit, and bees out of your eyes.

I have very tight eyelids-- too tight even to comfortably wear contacts-- so I can't help you there.
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