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    Wearing spectacles.

    Hi all,
    I know that this is not Guzzi specific but ....... for those of you that have to wear glasses under a full face helmet, what choice of specs do you wear?
    I have multi-focals and the issue I have with them is that the 'sweet spot' will not center on my eye, the helmet's aperture prevents it so I am strongly considering getting some single vision lenses in a second pair of distance only glasses. This will mean that centering the lens on the eye is far less of an issue.

    Any one else suffering from myopic misery have this issue, and if so, have you solved it? ( I know, contact lenses but I hate them with a passion.)

    Just as an aside here, I test rode an XV 1100 before getting a Guzzi and it had enough engine vibration to make wearing specs an unworkable proposition - it was like looking through very salty water when on the move as the frames bounced around so much! (Part of the reason why I opted for a 90 vee twin.)

    Getting old sucks but vision must be kept as good as it can be, sigh.

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    I found that just wearing my single lens(distance) glasses meant that I was unable to see the speedo...I began wearing glasses with plastic frames so they wouldn't bend out of shape under my helmet...rain and cold also cause the lenses to fog up....all the stuff that is supposed to prevent this does not work that well....plus if it's raining when you lift the visor a little for some airflow you always end up with varying amounts of droplets on your glasses lens....now that I am retired I can just stay home if it's raining...I have since acquired a car so I have a choice which I didn't have when I was working....rainy day...just call in sick...yeah getting old sure sucks... I wish I was still superman...
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    I wear Oakley frames with bifocals. The straight arms go in and I don't have to fight to get it around my ears. Fog X works the best I've found.

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    Oakley as well over here. They slide right in. I've also found that many polarized lenses don't play well with antifog coatings found on certain face shields. I see rainbows that are quite a distraction on the inside of the shield due to the way the polarization works.

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    I bought a pair of "dare" from the opticians, not the most known of makes (would not be surprised if it was own brand) but the main thing is the straight arms with just a slight kink over the ear. Then had them fitted with my helmet on, just like the far more expensive Oakley's they slide straight in. I've not really had a problem with looking from road to speedo, but that's your eyes and I don't think I have a suggestion for that!
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    I am not too worried about reading the speedo as its analogue and needle position is easily read just by braille ( just kidding) and on the Bellagio the cluster is more than my arms length away so it gets beyond true 'reading' distance.

    The straight arm frames sounds like good tip, and something else to watch out for is frame width.
    What works well helmetless doesnt fair well within the tight confines of a modern full face, with exception of the new fire place sized vision ported retro Bell helmets!

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    I brought my helmet to the spectacles shop (because I rode there) and tested all the frames I liked for compatibility. It may have looked strange to all the non bikers there, but you won't know what works until you're actually wearing them with your helmet on.

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    Not technically spectacles, but have you tried contacts? I have absolutely terrible vision, been needing glasses ever since first grade.

    I can't wear glasses for work because the power is so strong, that two contrasting colors can create chromatic aberration and we can't have that. Also the fact that, because I depend on them to see so much(literally can't read unless it's 10" in front of my face) if they were to become broken or fall of, I'm pretty much blind. I'm also extremely sensitive to the sun so anytime I'm outdoors or riding in a car I have to be wearing sunglasses or else I can't keep my eyes open. One time I accidently left my house without my shield, and I had to ride home with my eyes practically closed. Won't make that mistake again

    Being said, I used to somewhat have problems with my contacts. When I first started wearing them my parents got me the good brand, "Equate." Obviously generic was total crap. Later in my life I tried Acuvue, and I used those until I went to a specialist due to no one having as bad eye problems as me(regarding family and peers). He suggested I tried a brand called Air Optix, and I've been wearing them ever since. I wear their monthly ones, for about 2 months at a time. I don't take them out because I can't wear glasses anyways, and I sleep with them as well. They're comfortable pretty much those entire 2 months. If they get uncomfortable I just pop in a new pair. I also have an astigmatism in both eyes, and these fit me very well.

    Now, reading that I'm sure someone is going to chime in and say how unhealthy that is. However, I've been told my eyes are very healthy. They're just crappy eyes.

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    Hi Brandon,
    yep tried contacts years ago and hated them, plus glasses hide more of my ugly face - so bonus there!

    But point taken, I will ask about them ....... again, just to make sure that I haven't missed something.

    Glasses also seem well, much more protective when riding visor up at lower speeds.

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    My eyes get so dried out when I wear contacts while riding. I always end up yanking them off my eyeballs halfway into my ride.

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    I like to make sure my glasses are of a spring steel type of flexible frame
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    I also wear tri-focals, and at one point where I was tired of bobbing my head up and down to focus, I decided to have bi-focals made to my prescription, WITHOUT the reading part at the bottom. If I need to stop and read a map or a menu, bring along a pair of readers only. So these bi-focals give me the distance to see ahead, and the mid vision to see the instruments. Also, great for the car! Spring temple glasses work the best for me, and not large plastic frames.

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    Clearly a popular subject in our ageing demographic, but thanks for raising it Chris.

    Mostly I wear clear multifocal lenses in a light but robust plastic frame with slightly curved arms ('Hercules' from Specsavers for any Aussies interested). My helmet is a Shark with glasses ports and a very useful internal drop-down sunshade visor. I also have tinted single prescription (long range) lenses in Nautica sunny frames (again with fairly straight arms) that are excellent for really bright sunlight, but a pita when it comes to reading some dash info, phone messages etc.


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    As I've heard said, "aging is not for the faint of heart" however "it's better than the alternative" is also true, enough of that. I've "graduated" to progressives within the last year, and while I've learned not to hate them (I really like/need close up vision), Chris I'm with you, I'm getting a pair of single vision glasses for riding and any other activity that doesn't require close vision. I'm really looking forward to having peripheral vision that's not distorted or blurred, and I think as long as you can still read your gauges it's a safer solution.

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    Funnily enough its my Optometrist that arguing for progressive lenses, and of course they simply have to have scratch resistant coating, light reactive/darkening coating and be made of lightweight plastic.
    Why? Because that's how they make their money, selling you something with all the bells and whistles!

    At this point the Oakely straight arm frames with single vision wins out. Buying online and not from an Optometrist is about half the price for the frames and single vision is as cheap as chips.

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