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Old 02-22-09, 01:50 AM
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Watery Eyes and Eyeglasses.

I wear self tinting eyeglasses when I ride, they work very well as "sunglasses" most of the time.

Today I was riding on some county roads with several short, steep hils. My eyes started to really water up as I picked up speed on the descents.

I am looking for suggestions to prevent this. What do you four-eyed types do?

I am willing to wear dorky over-the-glasses type sun shades. I would even spring for a pair of precriptions cycling sunglasses (do they exist?)

FTR. Contacts and OTC cyling glasses are out of the question.
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=/ Cycling glasses are REALLY expensive when you go down the RX route.

http://www.zennioptical.com/cart/home.php?cat=27
Probably the best buy.

http://www.liveeyewear.com/vistana/index.html
These don't look bad at all. I might try to get one tomorrow.

Otherwise SportRX or something.
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If you want/can pop some pretty serious (to me anyway) cash, Oakley has some prescription ready shades. I don't use them myself (yet) but they are what I'll be popping for when the time comes....

http://oakley.com/search/men+prescription+sunglasses
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It's time for me to get new glasses and I really like some of the Rudy's http://www.e-rudy.com/index_inner.ph...id=1&cat_id=48 but still expensive, but not as expensive as the Oakley's. I'll probably go with a zennioptical wind goggle for cost at this time, but one day .....
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I got to get me a pair of Chronicles of Ridek goggles
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Neither my budget nor my prescription are suited to the Rx cycling glasses I've seen.

My sunnies (see avatar) have a good-sized lens and the fit close along my brow. I don't seem to have issues with the wind and watery eyes with them.

My regular glasses have a smaller lens and leave space between them and my brow. I have watery eye issues occasionally in the coldest weather with them.
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I have on ocassion found some pretty decent glasses/goggles at the local home improvement or hardware store. Some styles fit over Rx glasses. I've used a pair of dark ones for sunny and the yellow lens ones are great for overcast and foggy days.
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Thanks everyone.
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One of the things I have noticed is that larger glass/frame sizes are better for blocking wind and indeed sunlight glare. The current trend in glasses seems to be somewhat narrow (height) lenses.

Try insisting on larger "navigator" style or "pilot" style frames.
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Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
I am willing to wear dorky over-the-glasses type sun shades.
While "dorky" to you they are the perfect answer to your concern. These are recommended by eye
doctors everywhere to both protect the eye as well as shield the eye from harmful bright sun & wind.

Now, go buy a pair and don't be such a fashion cow.

http://www.eyesave.com/brands/b281-d...ses/index.aspx
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
While "dorky" to you they are the perfect answer to your concern. These are recommended by eye
doctors everywhere to both protect the eye as well as shield the eye from harmful bright sun & wind.

Now, go buy a pair and don't be such a fashion cow.

http://www.eyesave.com/brands/b281-d...ses/index.aspx
I am very Pro-Dork! I ride a brown XCheck and my favorite riding shorts are cut-off BDU's.

I am also a cheapskate so I will most likely go this route.
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Pay attention to sizing on the solar shields. I have a small face and have not found a pair that fit without constantly falling down my nose or completely off my face.

I've been riding for 6 months now with Rudy Project Apache and my eyes still water when I'm going fast and/or it's exceptionally cold outside.
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Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post

... Today I was riding on some county roads with several short, steep hils. My eyes started to really water up as I picked up speed on the descents.

I am looking for suggestions to prevent this. What do you four-eyed types do? ...
This may be painfully obvious to everyone else who goes fast and wears glasses, but it was long enough before I hit on this imperfect solution that I decided to pass it along:

Squeeze your eyes shut.

No, seriously. Obviously it can be really, *really* hazardous if you do it for more than a fraction of a second, but I've found that a serious blink - obviously not at critical turns or places like that - doesn't take that much longer than a simple blink and clears the tears out of my eyes. Remember to do it only when it's safe, and very quickly, and a few blinks later your eyes will be clear, at least for a little while.

Fortunately I don't care if the drivers and cyclists going uphill think I'm crying.
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I have a pair of Wiley-X http://www.wileyx.com/EcommSuite/Pro...SeriesCode=173. I don't know the model I have but they are similar to the XL-1. The have dark smoke and clear lenses with an optional elastic strap and extremely light weight. I think they were $75-$100.
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I guess I'm lucky to be far sighted. On my commute, I put my glasses in my bag. On recreational rides, I leave them at home. Need a watch with bigger letters than my cell though
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I'm lucky enough to need glasses primarily for close focus issues (Middle Aged Person Eye Disease) and have found that cheap bifocal safety glasses are great for cycling. Tinted/Clear, Day/Night. They keep the bugs and wind out and let me see my cyclometer. Prescription progressive addition glasses don't cut it for cycling.
http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/safreadglas.html
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If your prescription lenses are small enough you might be able to use cycling glasses as dorky overglasses.

I picked up a pair of glasses with rx inserts from Performance. the inserts prescriptions just didn't work, so I returned them. On a whim I tried putting the sunglasses over my regular glasses and it fit fine.
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I have an expensive, and heavy, pair of Rudy rx glasses. It was quite a task getting them made, as my prescription is so strong that theoretically a lens with any kind of curve would be impossible. Luckily I was able (here in Tokyo) to track down a lens manufacturer making some glass that would work (just). Bought the lenses and sent them to the Rudy shop to have the specs made. Anyway ..... they are great to ride with, as the lens flips up so easily.

Recently got tired of not being able to see my watch (or GPS) and got some varifocal specs made, in normal frames. Surprisingly they are fine for riding with, considering the sides effectively are just plain glass. Tried clip-on sunglasses, but got tired of having to reach up and take them off when entering tunnels, etc. Bought some very nerdy over-sunglasses (from Polarized Optics), which do the job well. I found the key to making them work, was to have glasses with short arms (temples?), that only just reach the back of my ears. This stops them getting in the way of the arms of the sunglasses too much.

Normal specs on / helmet on / slide sunglasses on. Then when I am riding, it's easy to flip the sunglasses up (or down) with one hand, when I enter a tunnel etc.
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Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
I wear self tinting eyeglasses when I ride, they work very well as "sunglasses" most of the time.

Today I was riding on some county roads with several short, steep hils. My eyes started to really water up as I picked up speed on the descents.

I am looking for suggestions to prevent this. What do you four-eyed types do?

I am willing to wear dorky over-the-glasses type sun shades. I would even spring for a pair of precriptions cycling sunglasses (do they exist?)

FTR. Contacts and OTC cyling glasses are out of the question.
I ride with Bolle Parole cycling glasses with the RX adapter accessory. The glasses and adapter were around $90 and seeing that it was a "system" it came with multiple colored lenses including yellow, clear and rose, gunmetal, and brown. The expensive part were the the prescription lenses and the headache was finding an optical shop that would fit them to the adapter. The Sam's Club Optical who I used before on a similar task sat on them for a week before calling me to tell me that the couldn't do it . By luck I wound up at the local mall and found a Texas State Optical who could.
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Amazing!! The problem the OP has can be solved for under $20 with fit overs and yet the fashion cows
persist. Just flat amazing!
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You can buy large sunglasses or safety goggles that will fit over your regular glasses. Have you ever seen the ones opticians give out when people get their eye dilated in examinations? They are inexpensive and will fit over your glasses, but are heavier than dedicated cycling glasses.

Personally I went ahead and bit the bullet and ordered some new sunglasses with prescription Transition lenses that adjust to the light conditions. Since I bike commute, I have to ride in the dark as well as cold weather a lot, so I needed glasses that provided a lot of coverage. I can't wear most cycling-specific glasses because my prescription is too strong to handle the wrap. So I tried on several different pairs that my optician said could handle my prescription. I settled on some Maui Jims that provide a lot of eye coverage but don't wrap to an extreme degree. It was money well spent because the teary eyes were driving me crazy on my commute on cold days, and my route also has a lot of hills. I wear the Maui Jims now for all of my cycling, whether it's warm or cold, dark or light.
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I have a pair of the fitovers that did the job just fine. When I got new glasses, I also got a deal on a pair of prescription sunglasses so I now I wear those instead (less bulky than the fitovers). I also recently got a pair of these (http://www.zennioptical.com/cart/pro...&cat=27&page=1) for riding at night when it is cold/windy, because I don't like riding in my regular glasses (they slide down my nose constantly). They aren't perfect, but at $40 I can't really complain. They also have tinted versions as well (as someone pointed out above).
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