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Old 01-15-2010, 02:04 AM   #1
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Glasses or Contacts???

Just curious as to who here wear glasses or contacts when riding and why.... I tried both and I like wearing my glasses but hate the hassle of having to take them off every single time I remove or put on my helmet. I also tried my contacts when riding and they were cool at first, but when I get on the freeway the wind that gets inside my helmet causes my contacts to get dry then my eyesight gets blurry... So I want to know what others prefer to ride with glasses or contacts
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:42 AM   #2
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I wear contacts mostly so I can wear sunglasses during the day (hate the tinted shields). I had a lot of problems with wind in the helmet with my old Harley helmet, but I recently got a new Arai Profile helmet that has a pull down chin guard so almost no wind gets into the helmet at all. I used close one eye then the other on the highway just to wet my eyes and carry drops to use after, but with the new helmet I don't have to worry about that anymore. Maybe you could attach a larger piece of foam on the chin of your helmet?
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:50 AM   #3
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i use contacts for the simple fact that im so used to wearing them that once i put my glasses on i feel like im seeing in a whole another way ive ridden with my visor up on the freeway a couple times never bothers me though i do still carry my drops
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:56 AM   #4
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i wear glasses. i have never been able to put contacts in. i hate wearing glasses in my helmet. any vibration my helmet makes means my glasses shake
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:29 AM   #5
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Glasses, but it's more to do with I can do contacts.

FWIW, Rich Oliver wore glasses his entire racing carrier. Not stylish ones either, if you can find pic's of him racing they were big ole funky glasses
but that was just with his lid on. I'm sure they were to give him more perifial
vision and not move around as much.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:30 AM   #6
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Glasses as i can't war contacts
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:45 AM   #8
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I wear contacts due to the fact when riding my glasses vibrate. As we all know if glasses vibrate, its like riding in an earthquake and everything seems like is shifting and blurry.

Contacts all the way... That reminds me. I need to order new disposables!!
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:48 AM   #9
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contacts... i wear contacts about 18 hrs a day so im pretty used to them, but i've never had a problem with them drying out while ridin
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Good thread!

I wear a mixture of both with issues

GLASSES - vibrate, dont give me full visio and fog up.
CONTACTS - really no issues but I dont like wearing contacts too much.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:00 AM   #11
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I wear glasses & have them adjusted kinda tight so they dont vibrate. I also use windex on them to keep them from fogging up (its a temporary fog fixer).
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contacts here but as mentioned before the wind does get to you at speeds. 60-70 ish is ok, anything more i'd have to blink more.

i was thinking about getting this to cut some wind out http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...&item=MRX_MSW3

anyone tried these yet?
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Glasses normally. I haven't worn contact regularly in about 4 years. Had a BAD corneal ulcer.
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I started with contacts but suffered from the dry eyes and blurred vision a few times. I carried eye drops but it was not worth it and a bit scary so I wear my glasses now.
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Contacts. I will go a year without taking mine out. Never had any problems with them. I sleep in then as well.
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Contacts. I will go a year without taking mine out. Never had any problems with them. I sleep in then as well.
Not to hijack this thread but, all contact wearers know about the possibility of infection and corneal ulcers. I'm not gonna lecture about that and instead will lecture about something that many are unaware of.
I used to wear extended wear contacts and could easily leave them in for a month. I usually tried to remove them after a couple weeks to clean them and give my eyes a rest.
After a few years of this I started to develop "Ghost Veins".
There is no blood supply to your corneas, they get their oxygen from the air. Even though the lenses will pass oxygen it isn't enough, so your eyes begin to develop extra blood vessels. They creep in from the edges and at first you can't see them but they will eventually obscure your vision.
They never go away and there is no treatment for them. If you stop wearing contacts they stop growing, so they don't get any worse. Also, the blood will stop flowing in them and they become transparent.
That's great if they are only around the edges but if they progress into your field of vision you are screwed.

Ok I will get off the soapbox, just wanted to make sure everyone knew about the potential hazard of wearing lenses too long.
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Contacts. I will go a year without taking mine out. Never had any problems with them. I sleep in then as well.
I wish I could post pictures from work. Cause if you've never had an ulcer or looked at images of a bad one, you'd pop them suckers out a little more frequent (even though I believe you might have exaggerated a bit).
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Do you mean Ghost Vessels... And yes I have heard about that... Also a good point!!
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I wear glasses ... at the track, I wear these funky nerd type sport glasses that wrap around your face ... it looks cheesy, but I just can't do contacts.
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