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get prescription sunglasses then you're stylin' or if you wear a full helmet you can buy goggles that are notched on the side special for you glasses frames. Your glasses protect your eyes...are you trying to protect your glasses? Goggles would be hot but then again so is a full face lid.
 

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Eye protection over eyeglasses

I wear "Fitovers" sunglasses over my spec's. The UV protection is excellent. What I like best about them when not biking is the way they block sun from the side, especially when I'm driving my car.

You can also consider something like these prescription motorcycle goggles.

http://www.sportrx.com/order.asp?product_id=U001

By the way, there are lots of sports - from raquet sports to skydiving - that use eye protection built to withstand an impact, so you might want to check some of that out.

Laser eye surgery? Too many horror stories... even my optometrist, who used to perform the laser operations, cautioned me against it. Anyone considering it should do their homework first so they know what they're getting into before they roll the dice.
 

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Another option: get a set of Rudy Projects or Oakleys

Some Rudy Projects have prescription inserts and I believe Oakley can outfit their sunglasses with prescription lenses.
 

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dinger said:
Hi,

I wear prescription eyeglasses when I go riding (don't like contacts). Are there any options for eye protection that would work? (and hopefully, doesn't look too dorky :))

Thanks!
I bought a pair of sporty RayBans ($50) and had my Rx lenses ($75-100) put in. They stay on my face and wrap around, great for all outdoor sports. If I'm going to be riding until sunset (and sunglasses are no longer needed) I bring along my regular glasses in a hard case.

I'm not brave enough for laser surgery.
 

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Try Oakley

I have a couple of pairs of Oakley Rx. If you have VSP insurance, then part of the frame and lens cost is covered. My Valves (retail I think is about $250-$300 with Rx) cost me a little over a $100. And VSP will cover a new pair every 12 months. Providing you go to an optician who sells Oakleys.

But don't ever try putting cheapo Sunglass Hut lenses into Oakleys. Their lenses are patented for a reason. The viewing angle on a normal Rx lens is pretty crappy (you get the Rx at the front of the wraparound but not the sides), but Oakleys are designed to give you perfect vision all around. I have different color lenses for various riding conditions and I'd wear them over contacts anyday.
 

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Laser eye surgery? Too many horror stories... even my optometrist, who used to perform the laser operations, cautioned me against it. Anyone considering it should do their homework first so they know what they're getting into before they roll the dice.
Yep, there are horror stories. And if people are getting their surgeries done by optometrists, that might explain why. Only opthamoligists can perform medical procedures as far as I know.

I had mine done almost 4 years ago and still have 20/15 vision. It's the best thing since sliced bread and I heartily recommend it if you're a good candidate.
 

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I have a couple of pairs of Oakley Rx. If you have VSP insurance, then part of the frame and lens cost is covered. My Valves (retail I think is about $250-$300 with Rx) cost me a little over a $100. And VSP will cover a new pair every 12 months. Providing you go to an optician who sells Oakleys.

But don't ever try putting cheapo Sunglass Hut lenses into Oakleys. Their lenses are patented for a reason. The viewing angle on a normal Rx lens is pretty crappy (you get the Rx at the front of the wraparound but not the sides), but Oakleys are designed to give you perfect vision all around. I have different color lenses for various riding conditions and I'd wear them over contacts anyday.
There's no difference in the quality of the ophthalmic lens vs. Oakley. Oak's have a unique mirror coating and AR coating. They use polycarb lens material, which is the safest in terms of impact resistance/safety, but has the poorest optical quality. The higher the Rx, the more these optical flaws present themselves, that's why non Rx Oak's seem pretty good.

The Rx Oak's, like any other Rx lens, has to pass specific tests for safety and therefore there is no difference in the optical quality between the Rx lenses (of the same material, the Oak's will have their unique mirror coats etc. which in my opinion is not worth the money. You can get a comparable product at half the cost, you are basically paying for the name).

FYI. there are several thousand different VSP plans, most I've come across only cover frames every 2 yrs, with lenses every year, so you have to check you individual plan.
 

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Yep, there are horror stories. And if people are getting their surgeries done by optometrists, that might explain why. Only opthamoligists can perform medical procedures as far as I know.
True. But I'm sure he meant ophthalmologist. It's a common mistake. It's also a common mistake to think that optometrists can't perform medical procedures. They (we) treat all kinds of medical eye conditions and perform several medical procedures, just no surgery. I'm also an OD that's not motivated enough to do it yet (chicken? Yeah, I guess), although I feel like it's a great procedure with a very high success rate and very low incidence of serious complications. The vast majority of those who have it done are extremely happy with it and I recommend it to my patients who are interested in it and understand that even though it's very safe and very effective, it's not perfectly safe nor perfectly accurate and no on can guarantee that you will end up at 20/20 and not be the 1 in 1000 who has an unfortunate outcome. And yes, you can get a pretty dang nice bike for what it costs when you go to a rebutable surgeon. Don't do the bargain basement surgery. You only get one set of eyes.

When I'm not wearing my contacts, I either just wear my glasses or a pair of prescription sunglasses. I got an Rx insert for my Rudy Project Kerosenes but I haven't had my prescription lenses put in it yet. I'll let you know how it works once I try them. Seems like it'll be a little bulky. I like the Rx'able sunglass frames that many of the top sunglass makers offer like Oakley, Zeal, Vuarnet, and Rudy Project, etc. If your Rx isn't too high this will work well. If it is, you may want to consider the inserts.
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Check out the Jenson, USA link below for the Rudy Project inserts. V V V V V
 

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Some Rudy Projects have prescription inserts and I believe Oakley can outfit their sunglasses with prescription lenses.
I have a pair of Rudy's with prescription lenses in the frames. Not all Rudy's require the inserts!! Go to RudyRx.com for the details...they've got some styling frames!!
 

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True. But I'm sure he meant ophthalmologist. It's a common mistake. It's also a common mistake to think that optometrists can't perform medical procedures. They (we) treat all kinds of medical eye conditions and perform several medical procedures, just no surgery. I'm also an OD that's not motivated enough to do it yet (chicken? Yeah, I guess), although I feel like it's a great procedure with a very high success rate and very low incidence of serious complications. The vast majority of those who have it done are extremely happy with it and I recommend it to my patients who are interested in it and understand that even though it's very safe and very effective, it's not perfectly safe nor perfectly accurate and no on can guarantee that you will end up at 20/20 and not be the 1 in 1000 who has an unfortunate outcome. And yes, you can get a pretty dang nice bike for what it costs when you go to a rebutable surgeon. Don't do the bargain basement surgery. You only get one set of eyes.

We, Optometrists, are the primary visioncare specialists. We can take care of 90+% of any patients needs. Glasses, contacts, eye infections, dry eye, etc.

As far as Lasik, I've done all the pre and post work since 1997. Just about any surgeon you go to will be competent, all the surgeon does is make the flap and put it back after the laser does it's thing.

What you have to look at is the Laser. There is now a big difference in technology. Alcon's Ladarvision Tracking Laser is now the Gold Standard, and will be for a long time. It does a better job on just about anyone. Especially patients who are farsighted or have any astigmatism. If you want any info. on this Laser check out this website,

www.insightlasik.com, or check the FDA, they have alot of info too.

Insight Lasik publishes their results so you can see what kind of outcome you could expect. Surgery is a big deal, chose wisely, and don't base any decision on price.

Hey Rob, as far as being a chicken for having Lasik done. Hey what I tell my patients, it's a personal decision, not everyone wants to have elective surgery on their eyes. I have not. But for me , I pass a drivers test without glasses, so it's not a functional thing for me, and that takes care of my patients concerns about why we are having a discussion about Lasik and I'm wearing glasses.

Good Luck, Maybe we can ride sometime if you come to Denver, or it I get out there.
 

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I use Titmus safety glasses

with wire ear wraps so they never fall off & transitions lenses that adjust the shading with light, they don't get very dark though. Frame is really big, get the optical center put a little higher, not too bad in the fog department & they block the wind on downhills so no tearing of the eyes. They definately help with the dork factor.
 

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I wondered if you were an OD from your first response.

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We, Optometrists, are the primary visioncare specialists. We can take care of 90+% of any patients needs. Glasses, contacts, eye infections, dry eye, etc.

Hey Rob, as far as being a chicken for having Lasik done. Hey what I tell my patients, it's a personal decision, not everyone wants to have elective surgery on their eyes. I have not. But for me , I pass a drivers test without glasses, so it's not a functional thing for me, and that takes care of my patients concerns about why we are having a discussion about Lasik and I'm wearing glasses.

Good Luck, Maybe we can ride sometime if you come to Denver, or it I get out there.
Not really chicken, I guess I just don't have many complaints with my contacts so haven't had the motivation to wrestle with that decision to take any risk with elective surgery. As you said, it's a personal decision (or in my case, lack of decision). When I do have problems with my contacts it's with dry eye, mild blepharitis, and meibomian gland dysfunction which leads to bouts with chalazions..... so I'd need to address those issues better before I would be a good candidate for surgery anyway....

I definititely want to get to CO sometime to ride. These pics people are posting of Crested Butte, Kenosha, and Breckinridge are killing me. Beautiful.
 

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As far as Lasik, I've done all the pre and post work since 1997. Just about any surgeon you go to will be competent, all the surgeon does is make the flap and put it back after the laser does it's thing.
Let me apologize if I offended any of you optometrists. I didn't mean to offend or imply that optometrists weren't competent, just not trained/qualified to do the procedures yet. Some of my pre-op work was done by optometrists as well as some of my post care. We had both an optometrist and an opthamologist in our clinic on base.

I actually had PRK done and, based on the briefs I had before the procedure, that's what I'd say anyone with an active lifestyle should have. I don't have to worry about face plants or anything like that that could dislodge the flap. Our surgeon said they have seen them, albiet rarely, come disloged up to a year after the procedure.
 

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This is a very interesting thread. Some day soon my dr is going to be giving me a Rx for glasses or contacts...the strength of which won't be determined until the fall. So I have been taking the opportunity to see what other people do for biking and skiing.

Theres many different products available these days. Currently i thinking that i will go with with contacts under sunglasses or ski goggles for these activities. My concern is that the inserts they have for these are pretty small and i worry about the peripheral vision.

I'm still recovering from 2 eye surgeries within 6 weeks and this time they used a gas that will last for 2 months to help push the retina back into place and hold iut there while i heal. Amazing what eye surgeons can do these days.
 

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The only issue with PRK is........

skiahh said:
Let me apologize if I offended any of you optometrists. I didn't mean to offend or imply that optometrists weren't competent, just not trained/qualified to do the procedures yet. Some of my pre-op work was done by optometrists as well as some of my post care. We had both an optometrist and an opthamologist in our clinic on base.

I actually had PRK done and, based on the briefs I had before the procedure, that's what I'd say anyone with an active lifestyle should have. I don't have to worry about face plants or anything like that that could dislodge the flap. Our surgeon said they have seen them, albiet rarely, come disloged up to a year after the procedure.
Long term corneal stability. Because you no longer have the basement membrane for the epithelial layer of your cornea.

Having said that, I would not lose any sleep over it. Both procedures have their pluses and minuses. I try to educate my patients as much as possible so they can make an intelligent decision about their eyes.

No offense taken. You will see some MD's advertising the heck out of Lasik, saying they are "the best surgeon", have done thousands of procedures etc. My point is that the laser delivery system is actually more important in predicting an outcome vs. the surgical skill needed for the procedure. The MD is not actually controlling what the laser does, he's just turning it on and off.

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Not losing any sleep....

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Long term corneal stability. Because you no longer have the basement membrane for the epithelial layer of your cornea.

Having said that, I would not lose any sleep over it. Both procedures have their pluses and minuses. I try to educate my patients as much as possible so they can make an intelligent decision about their eyes.

No offense taken. You will see some MD's advertising the heck out of Lasik, saying they are "the best surgeon", have done thousands of procedures etc. My point is that the laser delivery system is actually more important in predicting an outcome vs. the surgical skill needed for the procedure. The MD is not actually controlling what the laser does, he's just turning it on and off.

Good Luck
My surgery was done by the Navy (a CAPT Steve Schallhorn, who's been doing this since 93!), as part of a study for laser surgery in aviators. Since they never mentioned the base membrane issue, I haven't and won't lose any sleep over it. LASIK is still strictly forbidden for aviation. Between the high altitude, oxygen masks, high G-forces and possible ejection scenarios, any possibility that the flap might come loose would be a bad thing!

Yes, I agree completely that the computer and machine do all the work. I thought the reason for an opthamologist (MD vs OD) was in case something went wrong. Hell, I could probably be taught how to use the machine and do laser surgeries. Well, OK, maybe not....

I still say dinger ought to consider it. Give up one new bike. Down the road, you'll save all the money you might spend on glasses, contacts, solutions etc. Maybe even enough to by that bike back!
 
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