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I wear contact lenses andcan have problems with my eyes drying out while riding. I have used all manner of eyewear and face shields but am always looking for new and improved ideas. What do you use?

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Windshield and full face helmet. My full face helmet seems to keep the wind off my face. On hot days I flip up the visor as long as I am wearing glasses. Don't know about contacts.


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Before I got the full-face, I used nice, lightweight, OSHA approved safety glasses from Grainger. Max. safety, good value, and if they get too scratched up to wear riding - they are relegated to weed whacker, or grinderduty.

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I got a nice pair of glasses from the local dealership for about $20 that have foam pads on the inside of the glasses. They let some air in, but not as much as normal glasses.

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I used to just use a pair of prescription glasses when on a motorcycle. I tried contacts once, and simply found out I am way too active a person to get along with those.

I had trouble with my eyes getting dry, and if you turned your head to the side , every once in awhile even with sunglasses on the wind would just remove that contact and away it would go. Then they came out with the new extended wear ones, so I tried those, I suppose I lost one or two a week.

Get dirt in your eye and rub it, contact gone.

Turn your head in the wind, contact gone.

So I tried laser eye surgery, lasted five years, eyes changed.

Have simply went back to glasses.

Maybe a pair of glasses? On the bike? and use contacts other times.


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I love my Glasses with the changeable lens.. I wear the dark during the day and change to yellow at night. also have clear just in case. got them from a bike show for $18.00 not bad for 3 pair of lens.. Sold full face helmets for 1/4 the cost in a yard sale.. wear 1/2 helmet or Doo rag depending if I want bare headed harley riders to wave. I guess they think me wearing a helmet will cause them to lose the right to not wear one.. Too Each His Own..

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Honda dealer has a pair of sunglasses with foam arount the lenses that keep most air out, I also wear contacts and these work great, got mine for arount 29 bucks You might try these.

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I have three pairs of glasses that are always with the wing, one is a pair of polorized sunglasses, the other is a pair of amber lensed glasses and lastly a pair of clear glasses, all three are safety glass rated.

The sunglass's were about $20.00, but the other 2 pair I bought at Walmart for about $5.00 each. I try not to spend a lot on them as I'm known for losing or breaking them. I like the ones from Walmart because they wrap around and cut down on the wind in my eyes.

I'm not comfortable not having some kind of eye protection, but there are times I have ridden without them. If I'm riding in the rain, it dosen't take long before the rain on the windshield, water drops on the outer lens and fog on the inside of the lens, makes visibility difficult. At this point I usually have to go without for visibility. Don't like it, but it happens.

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I use wrap-arounds with foam...yellow at night...
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I have a bit of the dry eye also. I don't wear contacts, but I always wear some kind of glasses, clear at night and UV sunglasses in the day. With either the open faced or convertible helmet, I can still get a speck of pollen or road something in my eye and it will really burn for 10 minutes or so. I have good eye drops I keep in the fairing pouch and use them often. We have some dry conditions and lot's of citrus pollen here in So. Cal. so I have to be ready for that. I don't recommend riding one eyed. But have been caught with one burning eye a time or two. The eye drops are an instant relief.
I also carry an eye cup. This is a good way to get that good chunk of something out of ones eye, that can never get through all that protection......but has!
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