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Contact lens

Post by Robik » Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:57 pm

Hi all,

So i have been wearing perspecription glasses for a while and considering contact lens. Probably dailies. Has anyone had any issues with using contacts for motorcycling? Also any general advice is much appreciated.

I use a full face helmet and atsrted usimg a pinlock, so need to get used to not opening the visor at traffic lights, etc.

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Re: Contact lens

Post by JRH » Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:27 pm

Contacts are ideal, until you need varifocal lenses, I can’t see the clocks and SatNav any more wearing contacts. ☹️.
(I can’t get on with multifocal lenses)
One word of caution, don’t ride with the visor open. Getting a spec of dust or an insect in your eye while wearing contacts kin hurts.
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Re: Contact lens

Post by Robik » Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:56 pm

JRH wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:27 pm
One word of caution, don’t ride with the visor open. Getting a spec of dust or an insect in your eye while wearing contacts kin hurts.
😁 Do you mean just in general, or that ot hurts more with contacts.

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Re: Contact lens

Post by husoi » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:05 pm

I've been wearing glasses since I was 12.
It the correction grade was never strong enough to justify contact lenses so every optician I ever spoke with always said that I shouldn't get them.
Adding to this because of my astigmatism lenses would cost a fortune and they can't be disposable ones.
Last time the subject come up I was advised that instead of lenses I should consider laser surgery but even then it will be a "half" solution.

Fortunately I can cope with varifocal lenses so that is not an issue. And for as long my correction stays below 1 there is no reason for me to move from glasses.

Having said this, what type of optical correction anyone should have is a very personal situation and what works for some doesn't mean it will work for others.
The best advice you can get is from an proper eyes doctor instead of a technician. Opticians (the ones in glasses shops) are great for general lightweight prescription but you want a specialist for more advanced measures.
Until you get a comprehensive consultation with all the relevant tests, what will be the best for you will be unknown.
Keep in mind that, as said above, riding bikes and contact lenses don't go well together. Wind, dust, insects, etc. will be damaging to normal eyes without any lenses but it will be greatly aggravated while using contact lenses.
Contact lenses need a higher level of moist in the eyes, wind will dry your eyes. your body can react in 2 ways, either get really dry and the lenses will scratch your pupil or t will over compensate and it will get really "teary" and your lenses will be likely to move out of place.
Dust or a bug could lodge between the lens and the pupil and scratch it.

Laser surgery has been improving greatly throughout the years and is far better than it was 10 years ago. But again, this doesn't suit everybody.

In conclusion, go and see your doctor. :thumb:
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Re: Contact lens

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:02 pm

This is a case of what works for one person won't for the next. I wore contacts for years, went back to glasses, tried them again a couple of years ago and have stuck with glasses. I prefer to ride with that extra layer of protection between my eyes and the outside world.

My optician recommended that anyone motorcycling or sailing (I do both) should not wear contacts. The issue is getting water into the lens which can cause an infection which damages the eye. Of course thousands of people wear contacts and ride bikes and do watersports with no problem, I'm just repeating the advice I received.
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Re: Contact lens

Post by Swagman » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:17 pm

My daughter has worn contacts for 20 odd years been riding bikes for 16 years and has no problem with them at all.

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Re: Contact lens

Post by goat » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:18 pm

I've used both. I'm astigmatic and lenses aren't that expensive, (£1 a pair or something) for the occasional ride out. In the summer i just use glasses anyway, in the winter lenses are better I find. There may be an additional risk with dirt or moisture but that's why the helmet has a visor.
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Re: Contact lens

Post by Robik » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:09 pm

Thanks all, just been for an eye test and contact lens assessment. I will start trials in a week and see how it goes 👍

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Re: Contact lens

Post by JRH » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:45 pm

Robik wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:56 pm
JRH wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:27 pm
One word of caution, don’t ride with the visor open. Getting a spec of dust or an insect in your eye while wearing contacts kin hurts.
😁 Do you mean just in general, or that ot hurts more with contacts.
Hurts more, ‘cause Sod’s law states it will get under the lens. :crybaby:
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Re: Contact lens

Post by Robik » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:47 pm

JRH wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:45 pm
Robik wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:56 pm
JRH wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:27 pm
One word of caution, don’t ride with the visor open. Getting a spec of dust or an insect in your eye while wearing contacts kin hurts.
😁 Do you mean just in general, or that ot hurts more with contacts.
Hurts more, ‘cause Sod’s law states it will get under the lens. :crybaby:
Oh dear!

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Re: Contact lens

Post by JRH » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:51 pm

Robik wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:47 pm
JRH wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:45 pm
Robik wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:56 pm


😁 Do you mean just in general, or that ot hurts more with contacts.
Hurts more, ‘cause Sod’s law states it will get under the lens. :crybaby:
Oh dear!
Not had it on the motorbike, visor down if contacts in, but have on the pushbike. So now, ironically, if I’m wearing contacts when riding 5he pushbike I wear wrap around cycling glasses. :roll:
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Re: Contact lens

Post by Robik » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:14 pm

JRH wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:51 pm
Robik wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:47 pm
JRH wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:45 pm


Hurts more, ‘cause Sod’s law states it will get under the lens. :crybaby:
Oh dear!
Not had it on the motorbike, visor down if contacts in, but have on the pushbike. So now, ironically, if I’m wearing contacts when riding 5he pushbike I wear wrap around cycling glasses. :roll:
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Re: Contact lens

Post by gogs01 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:11 am

I much prefer lenses to my varifocal glasses when riding.
I need +5.00 for reading and +2.75 for distance. One lens for each, with the distance lens in my dominant eye. This was recommended by my optician and has worked for me for years. An Azeri optician I visited in Baku was horrified - she would have given me two distance lenses and a pair of reading glasses. Not handy on a bike ! The varifocal lenses I tried were no better and cost twice as much .....

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