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Five Easy Ways to Run & Bike with Glasses

Posted on April 9th, 2015

With the warm weather finally upon us, it’s time to grab your running shoes or bike helmet and hit the pathways. Unfortunately, for those of us who wear glasses and enjoying exercising outdoors, wearing contacts isn’t always an option. Not to worry though, here are few ways you can run and bike without worrying about damaging or losing your eyeglasses.

1. Get your frames properly fit
Loose-fitting glasses often slip or slide on your nose while running or biking, resulting in discomfort and even the possibility that your glasses may fall off entirely. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. Simply visit your optometrist and get them to adjust your frames to ensure they’ll fit snugly and comfortably on your face while running and biking. 

2. Pick up an eyewear band
If you wear prescription glasses or sunglasses, you’ll be happy to know there area a variety of popular eyewear bands (also known as “eyewear retainers”) that you can simply attach to your frames and wear around your neck to prevent them from falling off. Popular brands of eyewear retainers, such as Croakies, fit comfortably around your neck and glasses, are simple to attach and are made of durable, easy-to-clean materials.

3. Get transition lenses
Transition lenses (also known as photochromic lenses) are lenses that automatically change from clear to dark in the presence of UV light. This two-in-one option offers all the benefits of prescription lenses while you’re indoors while turning into UV-rated sunglasses when you’re outside. It’s a great way to enjoy the benefits of prescription sunglasses, without the need to switch frames while exercising.

4. Choose lighter frames
Many runners and bikers choose frames that are constructed out of durable and lightweight materials specifically designed for sports. Brands such as Oakleys and Adidas offer frames for both running and biking, and can even be fitted with prescription lenses.

5. Clean your glasses afterwards
If you do wear your glasses while running or biking, be sure to clean them off after your workout. That’s because sweat can get into certain parts of your frames, and your lenses are more likely to get covered with dust, dirt and grit. Cleaning your glasses off after your run or ride will safeguard your lenses’ protective coating and help ensure your frames last as long as possible.
To find the perfect pair of glasses for riding or biking, visit the FYidoctors nearest you