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Old 06-02-17, 08:50 AM
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Riding with prescription glasses

While I'm sure this must have been discussed before, my attempts at finding relavent threads on the topic have failed.

I wear prescription glasses. Glasses that like to slide down my nose. This is a problem I've had with just about every pair of glasses I've ever owned. I think it has something to do with the shape of my nose. So my question is a 2-parter.

#1, what do you guys to do keep your prescription glasses in place while you ride? The only thing I've thought of is to tie them around the back of my head which would work but kinda sounds neanderthallesque to me.

#2, I have sunglasses that are not prescription. Do the rest of you who use Rx glasses just take them off, wear the sunglasses, and deal with the blurry while riding? I could see without my glasses, but not well enough to guarantee I could read a sign or tell the difference between a rock and a frog on the road.

I'm kinda newish to this so I appreciate your patience for what might sound like dumb questions... if that's what I've done.
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Originally Posted by tmmgeekette
While I'm sure this must have been discussed before, my attempts at finding relavent threads on the topic have failed.

I wear prescription glasses. Glasses that like to slide down my nose. This is a problem I've had with just about every pair of glasses I've ever owned. I think it has something to do with the shape of my nose. So my question is a 2-parter.

#1, what do you guys to do keep your prescription glasses in place while you ride? The only thing I've thought of is to tie them around the back of my head which would work but kinda sounds neanderthallesque to me.

#2, I have sunglasses that are not prescription. Do the rest of you who use Rx glasses just take them off, wear the sunglasses, and deal with the blurry while riding? I could see without my glasses, but not well enough to guarantee I could read a sign or tell the difference between a rock and a frog on the road.

I'm kinda newish to this so I appreciate your patience for what might sound like dumb questions... if that's what I've done.
I don't have a problem with my glasses sliding down. I have plastic frames with a additional bridge pad that keep them in place, and regarding sunglasses, I use prescription sun glasses. I'm confused how you are currently using non- prescription sunglasses for driving, etc. there are sport specific frames available that offer additional features.
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I have a set of cycling specific Rx sunglasses, but if you want to wear your regular glasses, they make these really cool neoprene straps that attach to the ends of the earpieces to keep them on your face. Do a search on Croakies or Chums and see all the options. I would never advocate wearing non-Rx glasses while cycling if you need the Rx. That is a disaster waiting to happen.
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Ride in a sitting up position , your regular glasses will be fine, there are keeper straps to pull the classes back.




They hand out plastic pieces to go across your glasses, at the eye clinic, (this @ the VA)
for after they dilate them for my glaucoma exam-check-ups.
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I think they sell something called NERD WAX that is cheap. You put it on the bridge of your glasses and they don't move.

Hope this helps.
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I dont really have a issue with mine.
I ride a canyon urban 7.0 which has a fairly sporty sit position. after alot of sweating it does tend to slide a bit.
Keeping your head dry is key.

But mostly its about the fit of your glasses.
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I wear both prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses depending on the time of day. The sunglasses don't move, because they're rubbery things designed to be used during physical activity. For the clear lens frames, I always wear a skullcap under the helmet, so I just put the stems under the skullcap, and it holds them in place.

If your frames are just extra slippy (I can't wear my Rx Oakleys on the bike, they just slide right off my face) Chums or Croakies will work.
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Mine don't slip but do occasionally get pushed down by the helmet. Same problem, really. I just live with it and keep trying to adjust the helmet straps to prevent this movement.

Mine have the photochromatic lenses that darken in sunlight but I also rely on clip-on shades for additional tint.

It's the rain that bugs me. Even with a visor droplets will get on the lenses and require attention. I first toured in the '70s with a bespectacled friend who complained about this and I thought he was blowing the problem out of proportion, but since getting specs of my own I've learned it can be a real drag depending on traffic conditions and the severity of the rainfall.
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I use prescription sunglasses except when it's dark (obviously) and then use my regular glasses. I specifically own larger framed glasses for biking - I have a narrow frame I use at home just for reading. It helps if you have reached the point where your prescription doesn't change much year to year. Then you can use slightly older pairs for biking and keep the newer ones for more critical use.

They do make glasses frames where you can swap out the lenses in the frames for biking so maybe a one time investment in something like that would work better for you - then update the prescription lenses only every few years as needed.
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I don't even think about my glasses when I ride, maybe you need a better fit?
Also you can try the helmet straps going over the sides rather than putting you glasses on over the helmet's straps, this can keep your glasses in place.
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Got Trifocals at Sears with my regular glasses

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My glasses don't slide so I can't help you there. But for sunglasses when riding or fishing I wear cocoons fit overs. I have a yellow lens for riding.
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I have pretty heavy Maui Jim sunglasses and have had no issues with them sliding even when very sweaty and in the drops. There are the straps that athletes use as others have noted and I would get some if it was an issue for me.

As far as riding without your prescription, I think you are the only one that can answer that. When I first started wearing glasses (ages ago) I would have had no problem doing that, but my eyesight is bad enough now that it is completely out of the question.
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I wear my prescription sunglasses with a Look-N-See mirror and a Chums "leash" that I snug up behind my head. Glasses don't slip and I can see behind me too!
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I've used elastic bands with loops at each end into which you insert the earpieces - like tying them on, but these things are made to keep glasses on.

My favorite teacher was plagued by glasses that slid down his nose. He always used his middle finger to push 'em back to where he wanted them. Hmmm...maybe what he really wanted were glasses that slid....
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Originally Posted by philbob57
I've used elastic bands with loops at each end into which you insert the earpieces - like tying them on, but these things are made to keep glasses on.

My favorite teacher was plagued by glasses that slid down his nose. He always used his middle finger to push 'em back to where he wanted them. Hmmm...maybe what he really wanted were glasses that slid....
I think we all had one of those teachers.
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An easy fix - Chums Slip Fit retainer cord. You can tighten the toggle in back and have as snug a fit as you like but even completely loose, the weight counterbalances the lenses and takes weight off your nose. I tried the more popular Chums with the rubber sleeves, but after a couple of drops of very expensive sunglasses gave that up. The Slip Fits also can come loose, but they are very easy to tighten up and it is very visual so it is not an issue for me.

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Check Zenni Otical for inexpensive rx sunglasses. You need to know your rx and PD. There are plenty of style and lens options to choose from. I have several pair from them, the work well.
When I absolutely don't want my glasses to come off, when I boating for example, I use Croakies, it keeps them on my head.
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If you ride with a decent speed or in windy conditions, prescription wrap-around sunglasses are more comfortable and more effective than the alternatives. A local optician can show you your options at different price levels.
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Google Search works way better!
Use google to search bikeforums, with a "site:bikeforums.net" phrase.

Like this:
site:bikeforums.net prescription sunglasses

Then use the Tools and change the time period to a year or two. The 10 year old results won't be very useful.

Search for "safety glasses" too. The prescription wraparound safety glasses tend to be cheaper than bike specific glasses.

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From a recent thread, my Rudy Project glasses. Interchangeable lenses -- I have clear and dark lenses. The prescription insert is for my distance vision, and I added a trimmed stick-on bifocal to see the bike computer.

This smaller insert is easier to make than a wraparound prescription. And if the lens gets scratched, the insert is still good.

I have a narrow nose, so I wanted glasses with bendable, adjustable nose pieces. These have it. No slippage.

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I had Oakley's prescription bifocals made at the local ophthalmologist's office. Should have done it a decade ago.

They are transition lenses so separate sunglasses are not needed.

$200 after insurance and at twice that would still be some of the best money I've ever spent on cycling gear.







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Sounds like OP needs to ask an optician to help adjust the fit of the glasses.


Mine fit fine. Both regular and prescription sunglasses.
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I wear my prescriptions clear glasses riding. I also have a prescription sunglasses, but I can't read my Garmin 500, so the clear bifocols rule the day. They come down slightly every now and then. nbd - I just reach up and adjust.

To cover the back of my neck from the sun, I drap a handkerchief under my cycling cap, and the helmet on top, and that provides a tad more tension for keeping the frame / glasses in place. re: handkerchief, I used to let the bottom it flap in the wind, until it started blocking my rearward vision through my take a look mirror, so now it tucks under my jersey neck.
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Originally Posted by rm -rf
Google Search works way better!
Use google to search bikeforums, with a "site:bikeforums.net" phrase.

Like this:
site:bikeforums.net prescription sunglasses
Why didn't I think of that? It works much better than using the forum's search tool.


You guys have given me a tone of great information. Thank You!! I'm sure I can find a solution now.

To answer the question above. I have non-prescription sunglasses but I never use them. Not even for driving. But now that I've been biking a lot I can completely see the need for sunglasses while biking. I'll look into getting prescription sunglasses. In the meantime, I'll work on getting my current glasses to stay on my face. .
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
Sounds like OP needs to ask an optician to help adjust the fit of the glasses.

Mine fit fine. Both regular and prescription sunglasses.
Yeah... I've tried.. it doesn't work. I've had glasses adjusted and readjusted. The pair I have now have loosened up over time and the arms don't hug my head as tightly anymore but they still stay on my face better than any pair I've owned before. I have a fat head and a fat bridge of the nose so... yeah. It's a problem I've accepted long ago. But I hadn't thought of the options suggested on this thread so I have hope!!
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