glasses v contacts

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staituk
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glasses v contacts

Postby staituk » Mon Jun 17, 2019 15:23 pm

HI i and looking for some cycling glasses, but i wear glasses, can you get cycling sunglasses wear you can fit lenses in to or do people wear contacts?

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby monkimark » Mon Jun 17, 2019 15:36 pm

I use contacts a lot of the time. I also have a couple of pairs of prescription safety glasses that I use for cycling.

The first set I got have 3 lenses (smoke, clear and yellow) with Rx (prescrption) inserts that can be switched between them. They're ok but a bit bulky and difficult to keep clean/unfogged.

The second pair are direct glazed prescription and i got reactive lenses that turn dark in bright sunshine. They were a bit pricey £150 ish from memory but I got them through work.

I think I got both from here https://www.safetyspecs.co.uk/?gclid=Cj ... X-EALw_wcB

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Step83 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 15:46 pm

I do the same as Mark, have two pairs of glasses with RX inserts. Myself I don'd find them bulky but its all personal preference. Think I paid £100 for the main pair that had five lenses (clear, yellow, blue, mirror and black polarised). Other pair is some Oakley Jawbreakers with RX inserts.

Only use contacts occasionally mainly down to cost and ease of use.

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby schlepcycling » Mon Jun 17, 2019 16:26 pm

I have a pair of prescription photochromic cycling glasses from here https://www.optilabs.com/product-category/sport/cycling-sunglasses/ they do both prescription inserts and prescription lenses.
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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby philthy3 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 08:51 am

I'm long sighted so struggle seeing the computer. I've tried the BBB glasses with a thin strip at the bottom to allow me to read the screen, but the protection from the sun with them is poor. I've just gone down the contact lens route and wear my standard Salice cycling glasses. Far easier.
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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Peat » Tue Jun 18, 2019 09:14 am

Both.

I have a set of prescription riding glasses that I use for shorter rides (instead of wasting a set of lenses) and rides longer than 15hrs where contacts would become too uncomfortable.

I don't like my glasses particually. They look really naff and the insert is so curved that it messes with depth perception a bit, making it feel like you're going really slowly all the time. They have interchangeable lenses for different light conditions. But, it's a bit of a fiddle and i'm usually doing it while knackered at the side of the road, so they get dropped and scratched. Also, if its foggy or drizzling, both sets of lenses get covered in water droplets making them useless.

I would love a set of prescription photochromics, but they are a bit too rich for me.

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Midlands Grimpeur » Tue Jun 18, 2019 09:22 am

Oakleys with the RX prescription inserts for me as well. They are expensive but as they get used nearly every day of the year they have been well worth it.

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby g00se » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:03 am

I'm on continual wear monthly disposable contacts now. Fine to wear 24 hours a day - only removing them once a month to throw away and use a new pair. If you do need to take them out early, you can use a contact lens storage case like the old style lenses, and reuse them later.
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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby g00se » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:08 am

Just saw these too. Not the most attractive, but a cheap option (comparatively):

https://www.ekoi.com/en/cycling-glasses ... 50009.html

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Peat » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:10 am

I tried continual a few years ago but still found I wanted to scratch my eyes out after 14/15hrs. I was given eyedrops, but they only offered relief for 15mins or so.

Not for me.

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Pilot Pete » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:00 am

If you only need readers to see your Garmin I can recommend Hydrotac stick on lenses. You simply wet them, position them on the inside of your sunglasses lenses and they stick. Means you can wear any style/ brand of sunglasses and still read your computer when you look down!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hydrotac-Stick-On-Bifocal-Lenses-1-50/dp/B00IF9375I/ref=asc_df_B00IF9375I/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310512857178&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13493584844750532534&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006648&hvtargid=pla-434636211514&psc=1

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby alanyu » Tue Jun 18, 2019 21:49 pm

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Oakley Jawbreaker and Rudy Rydon, both are prescription lens. The lens were custom made in China.

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby LakesLuddite » Wed Jun 19, 2019 13:42 pm

I'd recommend contacts if you can get on with them. I've been a contact lens wearer for years, and would never go back to glasses. For me it's the versatility of them, and it means you can wear any sunglasses you want to wear, plus you have good vision for 100% of your field of sight, rather than have blurred 'edges' beyond the rim of your specs.

Also, I tend to find when there is rain then it's good to be able to take glasses off if they are becoming difficult to see through (although a cap with the peak turned down helps).

I do a fair bit of swimming and running (and sometimes all three in one event!), so not having to have prescription goggles is also important, given the styles of prescription goggles is very limited.

Maybe a trial of daily lenses might be good, just to see if you can get on with them - you wouldn't have to wear them all day - just when you go out riding.

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby ChippyK » Wed Jun 19, 2019 16:26 pm

I almost always use contacts for cycling and for long weekend runs. If it’s raining when running I can take my glasses off but also when I’m on my bike, especially on the drops, I find myself looking over the top of my prescription glasses and I can’t see properly. I always cycle with a cap under my helmet but sunglasses also seem better in the rain than my normal glasses.

I’ll add in that in the event of a crash, even a pair of Oakleys are cheaper than most good quality varifocal glasses

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby handful » Wed Jun 19, 2019 20:30 pm

I wear daily contacts as above but I generally only use in one eye for cycling. This is due to me experiencing them causing issues on a long fast descent. They dry out with the wind and start to affect my vision so it's good to be able to see out of my good eye! I find that it falls out so usually carry a spare!

I can read my garmin fine with a single lens so no issues for me there.

In normal life contacts were completely liberating and i would highly recommend them.
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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby thegreatdivide » Wed Jun 19, 2019 21:00 pm

I’m a glasses wearer but ride using disposable contacts. Same as the others above, one of the key benefits is being able to garage the sunglasses on climbs and when it’s raining because no matter what brand your wearing THEY WILL FOG UP.

Tried RX inserts and IMO they’re a joke.
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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Wayne Plunger » Wed Jun 19, 2019 23:50 pm

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Dannbodge » Thu Jun 20, 2019 07:15 am

I use sunglasses with RX inserts.
Never had any issues with them fogging up and they've been great for me.

Never had contacts and never wanted them, so inserted glasses are the only way for me to go.

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Step83 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 08:24 am

Been riding in the all weathers with my RX inserts, hot humid climbs, heavy rain, snow, hot sun cant say I've had a single issue fogging I can recall.

Do agree contacts are great but a bit like the great divide, I have had dry eye issues, loosing sight halfway down a climb is not a pleasant experience nor is trying to work out if the contact fell out or is stuck halfway round your eye.

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Re: glasses v contacts

Postby Phil485 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 09:09 am

alanyu wrote:Image

Oakley Jawbreaker and Rudy Rydon, both are prescription lens. The lens were custom made in China.

Do you have contact details?? I have the insert in my jawbreakers but would love a standard lens


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