Riders invest a lot of time and money into their sport, but some riders don’t invest similarly in their vision. If you look after your eyesight, you’ll discover an increased appreciation of the places you ride, along with more confidence and speed on technical trails. Some people have a lot of trouble with glasses on rough tracks. They bounce slightly and blur the track to the extent that they take them off a lot of the time.

Prescription sports sunglasses

Wearing your regular specs on the bike is one solution. Sports glasses allow you to enjoy higher contrast trail vision, increased protection from the elements, and wrap around your eyes so you don’t get light flooding in from the sides.

They also cope with sweat and stay in position better. This means they won’t slip down your nose while you rail your favourite trails. Nowadays most scripts can be incorporated into the main lens.

For riders who are long-sighted (have trouble reading things up close) new ranges of sports glasses are available with a small bifocal lens. This means you can still see the trail far away while you’re riding, but you can use the lower part of the lens to read your bike computer or the menu at a new café.

The main disadvantage of prescription sports shades is not being able to remove them if they fog, get covered in rain or mud, or when you step into a port-a-loo at an event. Carry a clean rag for the first set of problems, and plan ahead for the second.

Contact lenses

Contact lenses work well for a lot of riders. Materials are more comfortable than they used to be, and allow more oxygen to reach the eye. They’re also simpler to clean, which is a plus for eye hygiene and reaching morning rides on time.

Adjustable, close fitting frames work well with contact lenses.

A lost or damaged lens will make it difficult to get home, so consider using a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the elements. Look for sunglasses that sit close to the face to reduce interference from the wind.

More expensive models of sunglasses tend to have better adjustability at the arms and nosepiece, making a good fit easier to achieve. These frames usually come with higher quality lenses too. Pick something that enhances the contrast out on the singletrack to get the maximum benefit.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

McKenna & Scott Pinelands

Tel: 021 531 1953

pinelands@mckennascott.com