Glasses/contacts for racing

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04/09/2012 at 14:03

Hi folks,

I'm a rookie wanna-be triathalete, with pretty much zero fitness behind me - currently aiming for a sprint triathlon sometime after christmas.  But, I'm fairly short sighted, and just wanted to see how any Pirates deal with this particular issue when training/racing.  Obviously I can't wear glasses during the swim, and every time i wear contact lenses on a run the buggers fall out, so short of taking the lenses out and switching to glasses at the transition, I'm out of ideas.  Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

M...eldy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 14:07

I would take some advice from an optician if your lenses are falling out when you run

I wear them and I have never had that happen before

04/09/2012 at 14:10

you can get sports sunglasses with prescription lenses so serve a dual purpose - to reduce sun glare and also help you see.   they don't come cheap and are usually restricted to the top brands like Oakley etc



TheEngineer    pirate
04/09/2012 at 14:16

Depends on how fit you are. If you're gonna be behind Meldy you might want to go without! 

04/09/2012 at 14:16

I use daily disposable lenses for swimming  / racing
I just bike / run in my glasses when training, uless its sunny then the oakleys come out with lenses again

04/09/2012 at 14:25

Thanks guys, that's really helpful - Meldy, I think you may be right re: going to talk to the optician.  This just sounds like a good excuse to buy myself some new sunglasses

Dustboy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 14:35

Bought my wife some prescription -7 swim goggles, she swears by them. About 30 quid.

M...eldy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 14:37
TheEngineer wrote (see)

Depends on how fit you are. If you're gonna be behind Meldy you might want to go without! 


04/09/2012 at 14:39

Some goggle manufacturers do corrective inserts for their goggles. They vary in strength. I think Aqua Sphere is one of them!

I'm lucky that although I'm short sighted I can cope without glasses when I'm running or swimming in the pool, but I do tend to either wear glasses or contacts when cycling! When I do wear contacts it's daily disposables.

And as Meldy pointed out, if your contacts are falling out on the run it suggests there is something seriously wrong with the fit so go see your optician.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
04/09/2012 at 15:16

Aquasphere Eagle are the ones, you can buy separate lenses to match your prescription for each eye (close enough for swimming in, anyway).  Prescription goggles for around £25.

Running Postie    pirate
04/09/2012 at 15:34

I wear contact lenses and they have never fallen out. A trip to the optitions is in order, have a go at the daily disposables ( most places let you try before you buy!)

04/09/2012 at 15:50

Get laser eye surgery. Best thing I ever did

04/09/2012 at 16:34

I wear daily disposable contacts when I'm training or racing, never had a problem.  

04/09/2012 at 16:35

Agree with Meldy and Little Sis, there's something very wrong if your contact lenses fall out.

Aside from that, I've done this a couple of ways.  In my early days of tri, I used to swim 'blind' and then pick up my glasses which I left somewhere by the side of the pool as I got out.  Races are used to people asking if they can do this.  I would then switch to sunglasses with the inserts for the bike and run if it was sunny enough, or just ride/run in my specs.

These days I do it the other way around. I have contact lenses and I ignore the 'do not swim in contact lenses' advice for race day only. I make sure I am completely confident of the seal of my goggles and then I can wear whatever glasses I chose on the bike.

I only swim in lenses on race day, I don't train in them.  I train 'blind' as I'm happy enough with the blurry vision I do have.  I have heard good things about those Aqua Sphere prescription inserts from others though.

Opticians will advise you against swimming in lenses, there are some nasty bugs you can get from doing this and I've seen a woman at my tri club get such an eye infection that meant she couldn't wear her lenses for several weeks. I told the optician that I race so infrequently I was prepared to take the risk for race day and the optician was ok with me weighing up the risks and making my choice.

Edited: 04/09/2012 at 16:38
04/09/2012 at 16:37

Daily disposables for me, only for OW swim and racing.
Make sure to take them out as soon as possible after swimming was the advice given to me by the optician and always wear goggles when swimming. 

04/09/2012 at 16:42

race without my specs... Everything is slightly blurred and I can't read the trip computer on the bike (I see this as a positive), It does mean I have ignored the OH a couple of times when I didn't spot her

04/09/2012 at 16:58

I've never lost a contact lens either running or swimming*.

Nor has my optician ever said I shouldn't wear the lenses for swimming.

*when I say swimming, I mean splashing about in pools, lakes or the sea on holiday, rather than serious swimming.

04/09/2012 at 17:08

Prescription goggles - there's a number of manufacturers or you could just go to Dollond & Atchison.  Around £15 - £20 roughly.

In terms of inserts, I used to use adidas ones.  Apparently I had the wrong inserts for my sunglasses but they worked for me.  As FB said, they're not cheap.  This company knew their stuff when I had questions so might be worth a look.

04/09/2012 at 17:16

The potential consequences of swimming with contact lens (..... and without goggles on):

Not that I always remember to take them out before having a shower

M...eldy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 17:47

I would say the risk is greatly minimised with dailies as (by definition) they dont stay in long
My Optician knows I swim and has never advised against with lenses although I am aware of that recent article

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