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Old 06-14-09, 11:50 PM
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Are you a four-eyed rider?

I'm a four-eyes and I actually find the glasses help keep cr@p out of my eyes when I ride. I can forsee a problem when it's raining though, I used to run without my glasses as I have astigmatism and can kinda sorta see without glasses, for a short time anyway, longer amount of time results in headache. Obviously it would be dangerous/stupid to ride a bike without my vision correction.

I tried to go with contacts but I have small eyes and it was torture putting them in and removing them.

How do you four-eyes deal with the fogging/rain drops on your glasses while riding? I ride on roads so I have to be able to see to avoid getting turned into street pizza by a car.
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Old 06-14-09, 11:59 PM
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I don't wear glasses, but I use rain-x on the outside of my motorcycle helmet visor, and their anti-fog treatment on the inside, and that works pretty well.
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Old 06-15-09, 12:08 AM
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Does it make them streaky at all? I might look into this.
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How I dealt with it was to get Lasik. Got the procedure done about a month ago. Very happy with the results. Similar situation as you with my eyesight.
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Warning! Rain-X is intended for use on glass windshields, and I'm pretty sure, not plastic. Most glasses use plastic lenses, and many of them are coated for either scratch resistance and/or anti-glare. You'll want to be sure that anything you apply to your glasses won't damage the coatings or plastic.
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Old 06-15-09, 12:21 AM
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I wear a cap. But being in So Cal it doesn't rain too much down here, a drizzle at most.
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Old 06-15-09, 12:27 AM
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I have to wipe my glasses frequently if it is raining hard. I had wondered about windshield wipers for glasses, probably a very niche market though.
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Old 06-15-09, 12:38 AM
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Yeah, plastic. Glass lenses weigh a metric crap-ton. Dang. I wish they had mini wipers for glasses hahaha. I do have this visor gismo on my helmet, I doubt that will help when I'm going fast or it's windy out though.

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Old 06-15-09, 03:14 AM
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Old 06-15-09, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
I don't wear glasses, but I use rain-x on the outside of my motorcycle helmet visor, and their anti-fog treatment on the inside, and that works pretty well.
know did all of you see the "motorcycle helmet visor" part? all of you are making it sound like he said to use rain x on a pair of RX glasses.

as for me, my eye sight is just good enough not to wear glasses, but I do wear sunglasses. wish I could wear my regular glasses, but I don't cause of sweat and the "constant falling off my nose".....no matter what I've done to glasses, they still tend to slip down way more than a pair of cheap sunglasses.
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Old 06-15-09, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by kidonabike View Post
I wear a cap. But being in So Cal it doesn't rain too much down here, a drizzle at most.
I too wear a billed baseball cap and it works well. For winter riding down into single digits at least, I have posted my personal solution using cheapo plastic safety glasses on several thread this past winter. For example see:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=450685 post #5

BTW, a benefit of wearing eyeglasses is to have a place for my rearview mirror. Of all the other options, handlebar, helmet or frame, eyeglass-mounted is the best IMO.

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Old 06-15-09, 09:20 AM
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i also keep a cap in my bag for rain. it sucks if you are on the drops though.
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Old 06-16-09, 08:08 AM
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I gave up wearing glasses years ago when I ride or ski. I was really fighting getting contacts as the idea of putting my finger in/on my eyes really spooked me. Got soft contacts-will never go back to glasses again. I can wear non-prescription sunglasses, goggles, or clear lenses(if conditions dont warrant sunglasses). I highly recommend soft contacts; you will become proficient in putting them on after a short while(days)-if the first pair are not confortable, try another brand. Surgery is not an option for me, will not take any chances with my eyesight.
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Old 06-16-09, 09:11 AM
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I once got smacked in the eye by a large bug. Scratched my eye, infection, eyedrops, etc. I will never ride without sunglasses or my eyeglasses.
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Old 06-16-09, 10:11 AM
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I rode a metric century in moderate-to-light rain a while back. Once your glasses get pretty wet, they don't get wetter, so it's not quite the issue you think. More recently, I got a helmet with visor on it which should help some.
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I dunno - if the rain is hard enough to obscure your vision with glasses, and the traffic is bad enough when it's dry - sounds like time to stop off in a coffee shop or somewhere til the rain passes.
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I also had the surgery and it's worked out great for me, although I know it's not for everyone.

Before that I wore RGP (rigid gas-permeable) contacts for many years, they worked well for me although they have their limitations. I had to briefly switch to soft contacts for a little while before the surgery to prep for it and I have to say that I really hated them, I'd never choose soft contacts again. I ended up preferring glasses to soft contacts.
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i wear prescription sport glasses
the only problem is when it gets all fogged up on rainy days, and winter times.

lucky, i can see without my glasses, i just can read street signs from far.

so it's not too much of an issue for me.

Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
I'm a four-eyes and I actually find the glasses help keep cr@p out of my eyes when I ride. I can forsee a problem when it's raining though, I used to run without my glasses as I have astigmatism and can kinda sorta see without glasses, for a short time anyway, longer amount of time results in headache. Obviously it would be dangerous/stupid to ride a bike without my vision correction.

I tried to go with contacts but I have small eyes and it was torture putting them in and removing them.

How do you four-eyes deal with the fogging/rain drops on your glasses while riding? I ride on roads so I have to be able to see to avoid getting turned into street pizza by a car.
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Laser correction is only an option if your prescription has stabilized. Otherwise your vision will be clear initially, then gradually worsen. My scrip still changes enough to require a new one every 3-4 yrs., so lasik is not even an option for me. I use Oakley m-frames with Sved Optics inserts- they seem to stay fog free as long as you're moving.
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If I know it's going to rain, I take my rain helmet, a Bell Metropolis with visor and snap-on rain cover. The combo keeps almost all the rain from hitting my glasses and also keeps rainwater from coming through the helmet vents and streaming hair sweat into my eyes.
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Originally Posted by knobster View Post
How I dealt with it was to get Lasik. Got the procedure done about a month ago. Very happy with the results. Similar situation as you with my eyesight.
I heard laser correction severely affects one's nightvision - is this true?
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glasses + rain + me = no problems. mine are mostly to correct astigmatism (i think thats spelled right). if it gets bad enough i simply look over the top of them.
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I'm a visually disabled bicyclist due to Toxoplasmosis with eyesight of 20/200 in the right eye and 20/400 in the left eye. I wear a special pair of eyeglasses called Ocutechs. The carrier lenses are ones that clear up as much of my vision as possible. Above the carrier lenses is a short-range telescope which enable me to see 20/40 vision. The Ocutech's telescope is perfect for when I go riding, reading street signs, pedestrian traffic, etc. It's a great piece of equipment.

Unfortunately, I can't wear my Ocutech eyeglasses in misty or wet weather. If I did, the moisture would get into and onto the numerous lenses that reflect and refract the images of what I saw from one end of the telescope to the other. Thus, the telescope would be ruined. So the Ocutechs are reserved for fair weather or sheltered places.
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Originally Posted by pedalpedalpedal View Post
I heard laser correction severely affects one's nightvision - is this true?
It can affect it, not necessarily severely, but it is one of the more common side effects. Getting the wavefront version is supposed to help (that's what I got and I don't have night vision issues but I am one data point).
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They turned me down for Lasik. Said my eyeballs were too thin or something like that.
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