Needing corrective lenses while doing athletic endeavors poses all sorts of problems. If, like me, you’re squeamish about poking contact lenses directly onto your eyeball, you find yourself with fairly limited choices. When I started biking, I iterated through several different solutions:
- Regular glasses (not enough coverage, not good in the sun)
- Regular glasses with clip-on sunglasses (dorky, heavy, prone to falling off, still not enough coverage)
- Regular glasses with transition lenses (too slow to respond to changing light conditions, not enough coverage)
- Prescription sunglasses (too dark for wintertime riding and varied light conditions)
Finally I came to standard sunglasses with prescription inserts. Almost 10 years ago, I bought a pair of Smith Optics Pivloc sunglasses with Rx adaptors and had a local optometrist fill the lens prescription. That solution has served me steadily for nearly the last decade, despite its drawbacks (mostly miscellaneous items, including fog, condensation, water, bugs, sweat, and dirt getting between the prescription lenses and the sunglass lenses).