Contact lenses that disappear

Bowden2017
Bowden2017 Posts: 40
edited September 2011 in Road beginners
I need some help. I wear contact lenses when riding and nearly always seem to lose them. I wear sunglasses so most times the lenses simply end up stuck to the inside of my glasses and I am able to revive them when I get home, but as you can imagine it is extremly irritating. Has anybody elses experienced this and if so is there a solution to stop the lenses blowing out?
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  • Bobbinogs
    Bobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    I also wear lens (Focus Dailies) and always wear safety glasses with them (Bolles, btw) either shaded or plain depending on conidtions and I have never had the problem you are having, so sorry I cannot help.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,848
    you say you wear "sunglasses"

    if they're open there's probably too much air hitting your eyes

    try some cycling specific/sport ones

    i wear contacts and rarely have any problem - usually i wear oakley radar path glasses - just sometimes at the start of a ride they can get dry when i forget to blink, but never had one actually come out, once i've got going never had a problem
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  • As above, wrong type of sunnies or you need to get an optician to check your eyes/lenses as I never had that issue before.
  • WisePranker
    WisePranker Posts: 823
    Sounds like you need to get your lenses checked for fit at the opticians.

    I've never lost a lens yet on either my mountain bike or motorbike!
  • a_n_t
    a_n_t Posts: 2,011
    I've lost one or two in the past, no biggie, plenty of spares.
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  • Mister W
    Mister W Posts: 791
    I wore lenses for nearly 20 years and never lost one except when I was taking them out. Get your optician to check the fit as there's a problem if they can fall out that easily.
  • daveydave43
    daveydave43 Posts: 200
    I've never lost contact lenses when riding normally, but I have lost them on descents of 40+mph. I don't know if this is the issue you're having?
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  • vorsprung
    vorsprung Posts: 1,953
    Sounds like you need to get your lenses checked for fit at the opticians.

    I've never lost a lens yet on either my mountain bike or motorbike!

    +1 see your optician
    I've ridden 1000s of miles with contacts in often with no sunglasses.

    I've never experienced what you have with them falling out

    A few times they've dried out a bit and gone milky. When I've been doing long distance events, riding 24h a day for several days.
    I've had them rinsed off the centre of the eye in excessive rain, thought they'd fallen out but they had not. They were around the side of the eyeball and returned when I stopped for a few minutes.
  • JackPozzi
    JackPozzi Posts: 1,191
    Another vote for optician, I always ride wearing contacts, never had a problem with them coming out of place. The only issue I've had with them has been when conditions dictated I had to remove my shades, then the lenses have dried out causing slightly blurry vision.
  • Thanks for the advice. I will return to the optician and see what we can do. Sounds like I must have something wrong somewhere!!
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  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,470
    vorspring wrote:
    WisePranker wrote:
    Sounds like you need to get your lenses checked for fit at the opticians.

    I've never lost a lens yet on either my mountain bike or motorbike!


    +1 see your optician
    I've ridden 1000s of miles with contacts in often with no sunglasses.
    +2, me too. I don't buy the air-hitting-the-eyes argument either, I've worn contacts on top of mountains with the wind so strong you can hardly stand up, and they have stayed put.

    Either the fit is wrong (e.g. the curvature of the lens doesn't match your eye), or you are wearing your shades extremely close to your face, so that the lenses are touching your eyeballs!
  • Sounds like you got a bad pair of contacts from your eye doc, and they are the wrong shape for your eye shape. A trip back should be in order.

    A second possibility is you are squinting quite alot and moving your eye with your lids a bit closed. I had problems with that a few times on some serious jaw crunching climbs, and contact would pop out as it was getting pressed together and moved a bit. Also if they are dry this can happen.
  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    I've been swimming without goggles and not lost a lense so I reckon it's a trip to the opticians for you
  • I have been to the optician and have different lenses now and so far have had no problems with or without sunnies
    Thanks for all the advice
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  • bartimaeus
    bartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    Bobbinogs wrote:
    I also wear lens (Focus Dailies) and always wear safety glasses with them (Bolles, btw) either shaded or plain depending on conidtions and I have never had the problem you are having, so sorry I cannot help.

    This ^... daily disposables and Bolle safety specs. Never had a problem.
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  • rafletcher
    rafletcher Posts: 1,235
    Bowden2017 wrote:
    is there a solution to stop the lenses blowing out?

    Yes - get decent fitting contacts. Go back to your contact lens practitioner and tell them the problem. Lenses are available in different curvatires for differnt eyes, and indeed some come with avery tight fit for athletes who swim.

    I've worn lenses for 20+ years and the only time I popped one out was when inadvertently rubbing an eye.
  • Always ride with Jawbones, even when it's dark (yellow lenses). otherwise my eyes dry out/stream. Never lost a lens though - as others inc @mountainmonster have said, it sounds like yours don't fit you properly. Get a fitting.