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Old 08-18-19, 05:59 PM
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I can't wear cycling goggles over my glasses, any suggestion?

I am short-sighted, so I need to use corrective glasses all the time and I haven't been able to find cycling goggles that can be wear over my glasses. I am afraid someday a bug or a small rock could hit my corrective glasses and damage them.

Unfortunately, the contact glasses I can use are no longer available here in Venezuela, so it's back to standard glasses for me.

If you know a brand of cycling goggles that can be worn over corrective glasses, please share a link on this thread. I thought I could also look for helmets with a visor that fits over my glasses, but I haven't found any around here. Any suggestion will be helpful. Thank you!
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Consider sunglasses that fit over prescription glasses.

Dioptics Sunwear have several to choose from.
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Get a two in one. Corrective lenses in sports wear glasses. They make them for racketball I know.
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How about safety glasses that you'd use while operating machinery or working in a chemical lab?

They aren't made for cycling. But they are clear and usually come in sizes specifically made to fit over eye glasses.

In the USA they are at every Home Depot. Not sure how readily available such a thing would be in Caracus.

Something like this

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Even clip-on sunglasses, or flip-up clip-on glasses would provide some protection for your lenses.

I've been wearing glasses for 43 years and simply wear an old pair of glasses for cycling. The prescription may be off slightly, but it works for me.
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Old 08-19-19, 02:13 PM
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Even clip-on sunglasses, or flip-up clip-on glasses would provide some protection for your lenses.
This is a good point.

Small road stones that kick off a car tire could scratch glasses. But not if there is even a thin plastic protection layer like cheap sunglass overlays.

Any road stone that has the power to scratch the glass through the plastic layer probably has the power to knock you off the bike so you'd have bigger problems anyway.
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How would a bug damage your lens? And a small rock, OK, I could see that happening, but I don't remember hearing of it, ever.
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I wear glasses with clip-on sunglasses when bicycling all the time. The combination works great. During my years of bicycle commuting I have never had a rock hit my face, helmet or glasses. Bugs are a little different story. They have hit me, stung me and bitten me, but I have never encountered any bugs that scratched my glasses.
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Oh, I didn't mean "bugs that scratches my lens". But after a rain, there are some wild ones that fly over the puddles and are really nasty when you get close to them, even on a fast-moving bike.

Oh! I tried the safety goggles and they worked good enough for me. They are lightweight, fit over my glasses, and inexpensive. Thank you!!
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I think you're looking for overglasses. They are sunglasses you wear over your prescription eyeglasses.

https://www.amazon.ca/Rapid-Eyewear/dp/B00ELJJ4M6

You should be able to find them in any drugstore.
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Old 08-22-19, 05:53 AM
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I can't wear cycling goggles over my glasses, any suggestion?
Originally Posted by curbowman View Post
I am short-sighted, so I need to use corrective glasses all the time and I haven't been able to find cycling goggles that can be wear over my glasses. I am afraid someday a bug or a small rock could hit my corrective glasses and damage them.

Unfortunately, the contact glasses I can use are no longer available here in Venezuela, so it's back to standard glasses for me.

If you know a brand of cycling goggles that can be worn over corrective glasses, please share a link on this thread. I thought I could also look for helmets with a visor that fits over my glasses, but I haven't found any around here. Any suggestion will be helpful. Thank you!
Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
How about safety glasses that you'd use while operating machinery or working in a chemical lab?

They aren't made for cycling. But they are clear and usually come in sizes specifically made to fit over eye glasses.

In the USA they are at every Home Depot. Not sure how readily available such a thing would be in Caracus.
I have frequently posted about safety goggles, particularly for Winter, but also as general eye protection:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I perennially post about my winter eyewear for my 14 mile year-round commute, from about 35° down to as low as 0°. I must wear my prescription eyeglasses, and fogging is one of the worst dangers of winter riding. I am entirely satisfied with my system:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
…for eye protection is a pair of simple, wide, plastic industrial goggles that I suspend from my cycling cap using Velcro around the nosepiece. The goggles sit very comfortably on my face securely in place even though my ears are covered.

The earpieces then provide a rigid mount for my eyeglass-mounted Take-a-Look mirror. The goggles allow sufficient room for my prescription eyeglasses, and are widely ventilated to carry away the exhaled moisture preventing fogging...

I realize now that my goggles and face mask are actually an integrated system of heating and ventilation that keeps my face warm and my vision unencumbered by fogging. The windscreen of the goggles is so effective in keeping my eyes warm that my eyelids actually perspired because my central core body was so warm, and my eyes never got cold, even on those fast windswept downhill runs...
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
As a public service announcement to my fellow cyclists, today I suffered a corneal abrasion. I did an 18 mile commute this morning into a moderate headwind but otherwise uneventful. I wear eyeglasses and had no problems with anything blowing into my eyes.

About one half hour after arriving at work, and just sitting quietly at a meeting, my eye felt like it had a particle in it. I saw no foreign material in the eyelid, nor did anyone else, and it was not relieved at an eyewash station. I was lucky enough to get an appointment with an eye specialist at about an hour after the onset, and he did identify some black particles, and diagnosed the abrasion. From an online medical textbook:…
Originally Posted by Up-to-Date.com
….Patients with a foreign body may or may not recall an episode with material falling or flying into the eye since, depending upon the type and size of the foreign body, symptoms may not be immediate, or they may be immediate, then abate for awhile, then recur….

Patients may have had severe pain for several hours by the time they seek care. They are visibly uncomfortable, pacing or rocking or rubbing the eye, and they can be disruptive to a waiting room. ..

Most corneal abrasions heal regardless of therapy in 24 to 72 hours. Vision should return to normal in that time,
My eye doctor claimed 24 to 48 hours to recovery, and my colleague (female), who asked me if I poked myself with an eyeliner wand, claimed she has gotten better overnight.

I wasn't able to work today as it was difficult even to just keep the uninvolved eye open because that irritated the affected eye. The eye doctor didn't think a patch would be useful, though I used an improvised one for a while until I realized it was probably further abrading the cornea. I was given an antibiotic ointment and I've spent most of my day with my eyes closed.

I took Alleve for the pain, and have some heavy-duty analgesics available if I need them to sleep tonight. Pain management to get over the initial phase is discussed in that article...
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[after a crash]…with abrasions on my arms, knees, and a couple ugly ones on my face; and a gash about 1 inch long requiring 18 stitches to close. But not to worry, I’m OK, though I haven’t checked out the bike.

I think my brand new eyeglasses made the gash. Ironically, since I had a corneal abrasion a few weeks ago I have been wearing goggles over my eyeglasses and I have to wonder if the goggles pushed the eyeglasses into my face...
I decided the goggles were probably not necessary after that, except in Winter.

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I wear a helmet like this one.
https://www.abus.com/eng/Mobile-Secu...s/Urban/Hyban2
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I wear an old pair for cycling.
Never had glasses get seriously damaged biking but I think the exposure to sweat, sun, dirt, gnats, sand makes them grow shoddy-looking faster.
And sun block seems to ruin the lens coating.
The downside is I have trouble reading street signs and cue sheets in the old prescription but not so severe there's any kind of safety issue.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
I think you're looking for overglasses. They are sunglasses you wear over your prescription eyeglasses.

https://www.amazon.ca/Rapid-Eyewear/dp/B00ELJJ4M6

You should be able to find them in any drugstore.
was test driving cars w/ Daughter & previous owner left his behind. he had cheap ones in the console but these better ones in the overhead storage bin. Daughter first made fun of them, calling them "Grampy sunglasses" but then realized they are amazing & she really liked them! she doesn't wear eyeglasses so I don't know if those were in fact over glasses or just comprehensive sunglasses. don't know the brand either. but she really liked them ...



personally I prefer sport type sunglasses w/ no frame, which I find otherwise, interfere w/ my peripheral vision
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Originally Posted by Manu431 View Post
I have a helmet like that but I don't wear glasses & never tried them so I can't recommend my helmet (Basecamp brand). do wear glasses with that helmet?

I think glasses would fit under mine

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I have a helmet like that but I don't wear glasses & never tried them so I can't recommend my helmet (Basecamp brand). do wear glasses with that helmet?

I think glasses would fit under mine

of course I wear glasses. Works perfectly with me
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
How about safety glasses that you'd use while operating machinery or working in a chemical lab?

They aren't made for cycling. But they are clear and usually come in sizes specifically made to fit over eye glasses.

In the USA they are at every Home Depot. Not sure how readily available such a thing would be in Caracus.

Something like this

I will second this post. I suffered a scratched cornea on my tour in June, and was unable to wear my contacts. I was wearing eye protection when the scratch occurred, but, you cannot prevent everything. I wore my glasses for the rest of the tour, and wore safety glasses, like the ones Skipjacks posted, over my prescription glasses. They worked very well.
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@rumrunn6, those are grampy glasses. They look doofy, but they make a lot of sense, as your daughter noticed. My wife and I are gramma age, and she has taken to wear them.
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Originally Posted by curbowman View Post
Oh, I didn't mean "bugs that scratches my lens". But after a rain, there are some wild ones that fly over the puddles and are really nasty when you get close to them, even on a fast-moving bike.

Oh! I tried the safety goggles and they worked good enough for me. They are lightweight, fit over my glasses, and inexpensive. Thank you!!
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I use a bike helmet by shinmax off Amazon. I stopped using my 180 dollar bontrager helmet for this 39 dollar one because it has a magnetic visor and I am stuck with prescription glasses.

The shinmax helmet is awesome, fits my massive head better and the shaded visor stops bugs and debris from getting in my eyes.
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