Running with glasses

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Dustboy    pirate
05/04/2009 at 23:02
The premium sunnies (or plain with lenses) like Oakley, Adidas Climacool etc are designed for this. Sundog are cheaper and apparently just as good. Cycle shops are probably better to ask than runner shops, all cyclists wear cool shades and they don't seem to slip off...
Basil Brush Mk II    pirate
05/04/2009 at 23:24
I've emailed Oakley UK to ask about prescription lenses as they've on the USA site but don't seem to be on the UK site. I have my beady eye on a pair of Radar Paths...
06/04/2009 at 07:22
Basil Brush - I have an irregular astigmatism too so I can't wear contacts - I may as well wear nothing at all (on my eyes that is... ). Why has nobody invented windscreen wipers for glasses yet?!
06/04/2009 at 09:39

I have very poor eyesight, with astigmatism, and you can get contact lenses that correct this.  They stay the same way up somehow or other.  What you need are toric lenses.

I use Boots sunglasses, and they are light and don't slip or bounce (and don't cost nearly as much as Oakleys).

Be brave barking, once you'd tried them you'll never look back (so to speak!).

Basil Brush Mk II    pirate
06/04/2009 at 13:32
Yup, my optician mentioned toric lenses - but still didn't recommend them for me, as she said they would still not give me the "perfect" vision that my specs give me. Guess I'm just awkward
06/04/2009 at 13:53
 I have got quite severe astigmatism but only use the ordinary contacts,I did try the special ones for astigmatism and they were really good but i found them harder to get out.
06/04/2009 at 15:17

I have the running in rain/steaming up problem too!

Do have contacts, but mainly wear them for nights out as 1/ they're too much bother 2/ quite like how I look in glasses (at work anyway) 3/ don't fully correct my eyesight/astigmatism 4/ prone to conjunctivitis and ocular shingles - however, I am planning on wearing them on my first 10k in may - I'm hoping that not having perfect vision won't  really matter - as long as I can still see the hordes in front of me

M...eldy    pirate
06/04/2009 at 15:34

I have poor eyesight and astigmatism

I wear monthly conacts and while the vision is not as good as wearing glasses (and appraently never is??)   its good enough for most things

I also have sundog sunnies and they are the dogs danglies


06/04/2009 at 16:14
My eyesight is bad enough (-10 or thereabouts with a mild astigmatism thrown in) that it isn't great with glasses unless I'm looking right through the centre of the lenses and it's hard to get contact lenses in exactly the right prescription (certainly for the monthlies I use they don't get made in small increments, i.e. there are 9.5s and 10s but no 9.75s, etc.) but vanity wins and so it's contacts almost all the time (except when I lurk around at home and no-one else sees me!).  It's nice to be able to look sideways/up/down without having to move my head, too.
Edited: 06/04/2009 at 16:15
06/04/2009 at 18:17

Hm, not heard of toric lenses, I may ask about them and see if I can get them for occasional use. I wouldn't mind so much about having perfect vision if I just wore them for racing, say.

I love my glasses to pieces, especially my brand new (expensive) designer pair, I'd never want contacts full time, but then I wouldn't want to fall in a pot hole and break them either

08/04/2009 at 14:28

Depends on what sort of astigmatism and what sort of lenses.

Last time I investigated (about a year ago), daily disposable lenses were only available for astigmatism on a horizontal or vertical axis.  Other wonkiness (like I've got) means you have to stick to monthly lenses, which are much less convenient because you need to have cleaning solution, cases etc, or compromise on the vision.

Things keep moving on though.  Even the existing toric daily disposables have only been around a few years I think, so it would be worth asking your optician.

Of course there are other considerations such as whether your short- or long-sighted.  If you're long-sighted, lenses are never going to give you vision as good as a pair of glasses can.  And for some people, they just don't work at all.

09/04/2009 at 09:31

I wear glasses all of the time (can't see a damned thing without them.)

I seem to spend half the time pushing them back up my nose when running, and they steam up when it rains!

Just part of the fun of being a runner!

09/04/2009 at 10:55

I can't stand wearing my glasses when I'm doing any excercise. I've worn contacts for years. You will never be able to see as well with lenses but it's fine for running and stuff. Some toric lenses are a nightmare to get in and out and tend to fall off your finger when you go to put them in as they aren't as sticky.

 I've got some battered old oakly shades that I run in and they don't budge. I think they are the straight jacket type so aren't even proper 'sports' ones.

Basil Brush Mrk II. I'm sure one of my mates got prescription Oaklys from an independent optician. Let me check and I'll get back to you. It would have been in Worcester but I'm sure other places throughout the country must do the same thing.

09/04/2009 at 11:01

Here you go

Not sure if they'll let you order the prescription ones online though.

Basil Brush Mk II    pirate
09/04/2009 at 13:54
Wicked, thanks Bimbo! I'm not too far from Worcester myself, actually, so that's great.
09/04/2009 at 14:31
No problem
09/04/2009 at 16:18
09/04/2009 at 16:23
Adidas do some (mine might be called Gazelle) where you can get a removable prescription insert (so you can then take it out if you're wearing lenses or someone else uses the specs).  Not cheap that I remember but do the job for me.
11/04/2009 at 21:16

my mum got me some lovely 'one size fits all' running sunnies from Aldi! They have three different interchanegable lenses for different light conditions. It's worth looking out for them as they are cheap and aldi are flogging some great running stuff in store right now. I love their leggings

12/04/2009 at 19:31


I pleased you found a Sport Glasses with differnt 3 lenses and you can get one from your nearest sport club and get 10% Off if you join a club?

Those Glassess good for running in woods like Isle of Wright 2009?

Well Done

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