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I have always had problems with my eyes getting extremely bugged out if anything at all gets inside them; water, bugs, dirt, etc. This isn't typical eye irritation either, this is enough to make me not be able to see, and very painful. Actually, on smoggy days my eyes even start to tear profusely. It's a royal pain in the ... well umm you get the idea.

When stuff gets in my eyes, it is so bad I have to pull off the trail until my eyes calm down./ To try to solve this problem I recently bought a pair of eyeglasses to cut down on the wind etc in my eyes while watering.

This worked pretty well initially, but usually at the midpoint in my ride It never fails, the glasses start to fog up and sweat starts pouring down my helmet into my eyes. It seems my eyes don't like sweat either.. actually, the worst pain is from my own sweat.

I am not sure what to do about this. I have been tossing around the idea that maybe I need to buy a new helmet, because the one I have is about 4 years old and the quite smelly from all the sweat at this point (maybe some sort of nastiness living in what remains of the helmet lining?)

Another idea I had was to maybe try those head bandanas out? Do these help keep sweat from pouring down your face?

I know this sounds like a ridiculous problem, but it is quite frustrating to be doing really well on a climb and then have a single bead of sweat get into your eye, and then have your eyes bug out... intense pain, and lose your momentum as you have to rub your eyes while climbing.

End result. Walking the bike uphill for something stupid.

Any ideas?

Pawn
 

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Well, new helmet with new lining will help absorb sweat, so that's definitely a possibility. My eyes are pretty sensitive too. I ended up keeping a small eyewash kit in the car to get rid of things that get into my eyes, you might want to look into that. A bandana might help, but I'd avoid something that covers your whole head as it'll just make you hotter. Try putting some antifog on your glasses (scuba dealers will have it).
 

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Sounds like ur most frustrated because the sweat ends up in your eyes. Of course sweat contains alot of salt and thats what irritates the eyes. A bandana may help u. Keeping those beads of sweat from ur eyes is your priority
I'm sure there are different goggles out there...maybe even some with a foam strip around them to help seal them to your face. Although not 100% sure
 

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A more protective pair of riding glasses

Pawndream said:
I have always had problems with my eyes getting extremely bugged out if anything at all gets inside them; water, bugs, dirt, etc. This isn't typical eye irritation either, this is enough to make me not be able to see, and very painful. Actually, on smoggy days my eyes even start to tear profusely. It's a royal pain in the ... well umm you get the idea.

When stuff gets in my eyes, it is so bad I have to pull off the trail until my eyes calm down./ To try to solve this problem I recently bought a pair of eyeglasses to cut down on the wind etc in my eyes while watering.

This worked pretty well initially, but usually at the midpoint in my ride It never fails, the glasses start to fog up and sweat starts pouring down my helmet into my eyes. It seems my eyes don't like sweat either.. actually, the worst pain is from my own sweat.

I am not sure what to do about this. I have been tossing around the idea that maybe I need to buy a new helmet, because the one I have is about 4 years old and the quite smelly from all the sweat at this point (maybe some sort of nastiness living in what remains of the helmet lining?)

Another idea I had was to maybe try those head bandanas out? Do these help keep sweat from pouring down your face?

I know this sounds like a ridiculous problem, but it is quite frustrating to be doing really well on a climb and then have a single bead of sweat get into your eye, and then have your eyes bug out... intense pain, and lose your momentum as you have to rub your eyes while climbing.

End result. Walking the bike uphill for something stupid.

Any ideas?

Pawn
wraparound with good ventilation and changable lenses. Im on my 2nd pair of smith mainlines. They seem to fit the bill.
 

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Sweat bands

I have the same problem with sweat in the eye. My solution... super stylish eighties vintage tennis sweat bands. It's not every day that you get to solve a problem and make a killer fashion statement at the same time.
 
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