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Old 09-11-11, 04:24 PM
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glasses wearers

Hello all. I am geting back into road biking after about 2 years off the bike (and almost 50 more pounds) Well I have always needed corrective lenses, and I refuse to wear contacts. I went to school for Aviation maintinance and my glasses have saved my eyes more than I can cound on fingers and toes.

here is the problem when I used to ride about two years ago. I had really small glasses and I wore these fitovers made by a company called cocoons. they almost didnt look that bad. well now that im back on the bike I would really like some new sunglasses. well my new frames wont fit in any fitovers except the huge cataract looking ones. I did find some that still manage to make them look somewhat cool but still deff look like cataract glasses. (no offence to those with cataracts)

So here is what I was thinking. my vision insurance doesn't cover prescription sunglasses. But I do need some new safety glasses for work that I can put on when i come in, and take off when im done and not think about it. I was looking at these from ESS eyewear https://www.esseyepro.com/Crossbow_detail.html

They come with a clear, yellow, and smoke lens that are easily interchangeable. I could use the clear for work and the yellow or smoke for riding. They accept an rx carier that goes directly behind the lenses thus making them prescription and if I get hit in the face with anything at work or on a ride i just need to replace the optics not the prescription lenses (more likely to occur at work).

So what do you guys think? What do you fellow glasses wearers do? Do you just tough it out and wear glasses? do you use fitovers? or do most people have prescription sunglasses?

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Old 09-11-11, 05:15 PM
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I wear my regular glasses but they're transition lenses.
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Old 09-11-11, 05:20 PM
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hey Sean, wearing glasses can be a pain in the @ss with cycling, and i tend to just suck it up and ride in my glasses, but i've bitten the bullet and got contacts for really bright days. disposable contacts are really cheap, and single use too, so you don't have to stress about care and maintenance etc.

If you're really not keen on them, i'd just say try and get as much sense of airflow on those safety glasses, because a lense behind a lense will probably fog up every time you lift your head, or slow down! and that's even more of a pain in the @ss!
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Old 09-11-11, 05:32 PM
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yea. I never thought about the prescription lens fogging. my glasses never fogged when i used them behind fitovers but idk. I just cant do contacts. First off my hands are usually always filthy (A&P mech and i tinker on cars and bikes can get messy too) Also every time I watch my gf put hers in i have to look away it wireds me out. And she seems to be having lots of problems with them all the time. its always shifting or falling out or drying up or something. And like I said the unexpected hit to the eye during the day its a blessing to have glasses on. Altho I certainly have given thought to contacts. But man I love my glasses.

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Old 09-11-11, 05:43 PM
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I ride glasses all year aqnd they're fine except for winter fogging. have tried Cat Crap but it doesn't really work. no good soln yet
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Old 09-11-11, 05:51 PM
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For vision, LASIK can't be beat. Glasses for me are strictly about eye protection now.
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Old 09-11-11, 06:11 PM
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What matters is the strength of your prescription. Sports sunglasses that have a corrective insert can work pretty well for lesser strengths (maybe +/- 5 or so). When you get into higher strengths, they don't seem to work well. I had some Rudy Projects for a while, and the problem is that when the insert flexes to fit into the sunglasses, it deflects the center of lens and alters the visual properties of the lens. When the optometrist fits you for glasses, the distance between the centers of the eyes is important, because you should look through the center of the lens. When a sunglasses insert flexes, the center of the lens narrows a bit; thus, while the insert might work well when it's not flexed, it might become unuseable when put behind the sunglass lens. The stronger the prescription, the more exact the centering of the lens must be, and the harder it becomes to get it right. Even after three tries, mine was far from perfect. So I think sticking with standard prescription sunglasses is better if you need a strong correction.
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Old 09-11-11, 06:31 PM
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Someone in another thread recommended 3M safety glasses. I happened to find a good pair one day, model 3M+S.

They do fog up sometimes when I stop, but otherwise have been really good. I just lower them on the bridge of my nose when stopped, and they clear up instantly.
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Old 09-11-11, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Kurt Erlenbach View Post
What matters is the strength of your prescription. Sports sunglasses that have a corrective insert can work pretty well for lesser strengths (maybe +/- 5 or so). When you get into higher strengths, they don't seem to work well. I had some Rudy Projects for a while, and the problem is that when the insert flexes to fit into the sunglasses, it deflects the center of lens and alters the visual properties of the lens. When the optometrist fits you for glasses, the distance between the centers of the eyes is important, because you should look through the center of the lens. When a sunglasses insert flexes, the center of the lens narrows a bit; thus, while the insert might work well when it's not flexed, it might become unuseable when put behind the sunglass lens. The stronger the prescription, the more exact the centering of the lens must be, and the harder it becomes to get it right. Even after three tries, mine was far from perfect. So I think sticking with standard prescription sunglasses is better if you need a strong correction.
While I am sure this is correct, it depends. My prescription is outside of spec for Rudy Project optical inserts (Kalynos frames), but I found an optometrist to make lenses for me and the gamble paid off, they work well. YMMV.
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Old 09-11-11, 07:46 PM
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I kind of have the same situation as you because I wear prescription glasses as well. For a while I bought sunglasses that fit over my glasses, but they are way too bulky looking and are uncomfortable.

What I have found to work the best for me is to have clip-on sunglasses lenses that fit directly on my glasses. That way I can more easily take them on and off.
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Old 09-11-11, 08:18 PM
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Thanks for all the replies fellas. I am not sure what my current prescription is. But I can tell you its not good. If I take my glasses off i cant read big print (like posters and stuff) from 4ft away. If that gives you any idea.

My lenses arent super thick but the last time I was at the optometrist I went with crysal lenses and I also tend to like smaller frames so that cuts down on the bulk of the lense.

If I were to take a picture or ask my optometrist about the glasses I was looking at would that help at all? I am kind of curious tho. I know my current lenses (before it got damaged) has a anti fog anti glare coating on them but I must have gotten either a chemical or scratched them badly because it seems like its starting to peel off now. Only noticable when im in high light conditions tho.

I certianly need to figure out something. I seem to be taking alot of bugs in the face and they always seem to strike my glasses. One time I hit a cloud of nats and they were starting to get behind my glasses. bleh!

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Old 09-11-11, 08:19 PM
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Get some contacts.

If your hands are dirty then wash them before you put the contacts in.

Get sunglasses with interchangeable lenses.

When you are fixing airplanes or doing anything where you might need eye protection use the clear lens.

When you are out riding your bike on a sunny day use the dark lens. If it's a cloudy day use an orange or yellow or clear lens.
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Old 09-11-11, 08:43 PM
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Lots of people wear contacts for sports only. I always wear contacts when I'm out for a ride if it's bright out so I can wear sunglasses. Otherwise staring at the road can give me a headache.
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Old 09-11-11, 08:48 PM
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I have a set of nike shades frames and put my rx prescription on those. Mainly what u can do it will depend of the prescription u have, I tried the ones with inserts and my issue is that my eye lashes are too long (no kidding) and touch the insert lenses, not good. So had to do as I had done since forever, find a super nice frame, sporty type of frame and add my stupid high prescription to them and make them shades.
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Old 09-11-11, 09:07 PM
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I am lasik miracle case. I had the surgery over 10 years ago when I was 39 years old with the 2nd worst vision the doctor had done at that time. I was -12 and -13 in my right and left eye. The laser was on for 57 seconds and today I see a fuzzy 20/20 and clear 20/25. I was only corrected in my contacts to 20/25 and could not wear glasses they did not correct enough. I still have very good close vision and today at 50 do not need reading glasses either.

My suggestions is to have the surgery if you can and get good advice for a good dr. Then you can wear sunglasses and now I can see the clock at night. Before my surgery I was only able to wear a watch to bed and look at it at a very close distance. To understand how bad my vision was, I could only read the 20/20 line on the chart............if I was about 8 inches from the chart..........suppose to be 20 feet.
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I wear my prescription sunglasses when I ride.

All of the peeps I know that used contacts while riding stopped due to severely dry eyes.
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Old 09-11-11, 10:47 PM
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Old 09-12-11, 11:38 AM
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Thanks for the replys. It looks like libero likes his bolle's. I am still kinda tempted to try that route of a shooting or sport style lense with an rx carrier behind. I wore fitovers for two years and never had a problem other than the occasional slip and all I would have to do is push it back on my nose. Altho I do have one complaint with the glasses/ fitover combo it was bulky and sometimes with the bigger ones it looked dorky but hey im already looking dorky on the bike.

Now before I go off saying just because libero likes those and think that because one guy has success means victory A guy I work with uses some rudy projects for shooting with the rx carrier and he says he loves them. No fogging and less bulk. Im still trying to decide and it probably wont be until the end of the season until I get whatever I get but i just happen to be leaning towards that right now.

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Old 09-12-11, 11:51 AM
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Oakley Rx for me personally. I don't wear glasses all the time and am only -.50 or -.75. But when driving/riding or watching TV, I wear glasses because I am nearsighted.

I know $300 is a lot, but I swear by Oakley Rx and have had 3 pairs now in the last 10yrs. Don't know what I would do without them.

Or, if you can do laser surgery, next best option, no more glasses.
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Old 09-12-11, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by zigmeister View Post
Oakley Rx for me personally. I don't wear glasses all the time and am only -.50 or -.75. But when driving/riding or watching TV, I wear glasses because I am nearsighted.

I know $300 is a lot, but I swear by Oakley Rx and have had 3 pairs now in the last 10yrs. Don't know what I would do without them.

Or, if you can do laser surgery, next best option, no more glasses.
yea I have buddies that swear by oaklies. But every time I go to my optometrist he says not to get them because he says they have had alot of lenses come back cut wrong and have to send them back time and time again. And my vision insurance wont cover sunglasses and im not sure that it will do anything for lasik. And im still a bit weary of eye surgery. maybe im just old school.

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I wear this https://www.opticsplanet.net/presrxadforb.html and love them
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I wear prescription glasses whey cycling.

I can't wear contacts or have lasik.

My eyes are very bad and can only use the near flat lenses, no curvature or wrap around for me. This means there is a lot of air gap around my eyes.

Not ideal, but I can ride.
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I wear corrective glasses, normally, but don't when I am riding. I can see cars and things that I need to see without correctives, so I just wear normal sunglasses. I ran into a problem with Oakley in that they can't make a corrective lense to fit in their sunglasses for me due to my prescription. I had Half Jackets, but now just wear normal sunglasses like Oakleys or Smiths.

My corrective glasses are normal Oakley frames with transitions

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Old 09-12-11, 12:37 PM
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I got some of these and went to Walmart to fill the prescription insert for $60. Not the fanciest, but for the price, I haven't seen anything better. My only complaint is that the insert is pretty close to your eye, but its acceptable for me.
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With bifocal lenses, it is a little harder for me to use those snap in lens glasses. My frame comes with a magnetic, polarized clip on that makes it look as if though you have regular sunglasses on. They are very handy when it starts to cloud up or get dark as I just remove them and stick them in my jersey pocket or fanny pack. I have never had any fogging issues with them but during the winter, I do get the cold air that comes in from the sides. I found a pair of Field and Stream over the glasses sunglasses at Dick's Sporting goods that I use during the winter months (what few we have here). They were about $20.00 and are much smaller than cataract glasses. They keep the cold air out and don't really look that bad.
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