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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Eyeglasses - Progressive or Bifocals?

I used to have x-ray vision. That ended when I turned 45, 19 years ago.

On my motorcycles and in the car, I have been wearing glasses for distance vision only (clear and sunglasses.) At home and everywhere else I wear my progressives. I also have a pair of computer only glasses.

I just bought a pair of RayBan Wafarers and had them make it a bifocal with distance for the main part of the lens and the bifocal is at the mid distance. I tried it today on my bicycle for a long ride and it was perfect. I could actually read my computer while riding. I then tried them on my Speedmaster for a short ride and was pleasantly surprised. The distance portion was great without any side distortion and the gauges, well, looked clear. It may take a little time to get used to the line of the bifocal. I had them put it as low as they could.

The only problem on the Triumph was with the RayBan arms. They are large and did not fit in my helmet very well without moving the glasses to a position I did not like. I don't have this problem with my regular riding glasses. The arms are different.

I have never tried progressives on a bike but thinking of getting some progressive sunglasses.

For those that need both distance and being able to read the gauges and GPS, what do you ride with?

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Tried progressives and didn't really care for them.
I have trifocals: upper part is non-prescription, middle is for the front sight on my target pistol and lower is for reading. Works quite well.

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I've been riding with progressives for years, triple prescription. Progressive lenses require some acclimation whether just walking or driving, riding. How much depends upon the size of the frame lenses. The issue with progressives is that you have to turn your head to keep the view in focus. Peripheral vision is distorted if you look sideways out from the lens. It's more apparent with triple prescription than with just a double prescription. Sort of like looking at a flat screen TV from a side angle and not head on. I'm used to this but I am more aware of the short comings while riding a bike. I've been wearing glasses since a child and once needing more than a single prescription, never had bifocals or tri. Always progressives. They are not for everyone.
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Sigh. It's been a few years since I started needing progressive lenses.

So there are actually progressive really soft contacts. They aren't as good as progressive eyeglasses when doing things like working at a desk with a screen and keyboard. But for me have been great for road trips on the bike and track days. They give much better peripheral vision than eyeglasses. And you can use normal sunglasses with them.

Having said that, clear progressive lenses with a sunglass clip also work well for me. https://cliponguys.com/ is one option .

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I've been using progressive's for a bunch of years. I didn't like the thought of the line for the bifocals. Never had any problems on the bike. I always ride with a dark tinted visor (rarely if ever ride at night) and see fine.

Now your problem with the arms of your glasses, there is a large thread about that somewhere on this site, I don't remember where, but find it and read it, lots of interesting info. Personally I use Oakley frames with their flat straight arms. They fit great with my Arai.
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progressives, never tried bifocals, been this way for 25 years, not perfect but I seam to have adapted to them. I'm a finish carp and sometimes when I'm doing crown I cant see the details without tilting my head way back(or raising the glasses with one hand so that I can see through the bottom part of the lenses).
I thought about switching to contacts so that I could wear sun glasses, something that I havnt done since I started wearing glasses, dont care for the clip ons.
The thing that I've noticed is that I have lost a lot of peripheral vision and thats probably more of a concern to me then any other thing
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I have progressives, progressive Ray-Ban sunglasses to the same prescription, and lined bifocal computer glasses, up for the screen, lower part for reading papers on the counter in front of the screen.

The Ray-Ban sunglasses are a great fit inside my helmet.

I would have had to quit work were it not for the computer glasses.

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I been lucky just had a full eye test first one in my whole life now 60, perfect 20/20 vision even with my lazy eye lol just needed reading glasses but still see my gauges OK when driving or riding.
And my grandmother always said I go blind if I didn't leave it alone, I knew she wasn't right lol.

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I used to have x-ray vision. That ended when I turned 45, 19 years ago.

On my motorcycles and in the car, I have been wearing glasses for distance vision only (clear and sunglasses.) At home and everywhere else I wear my progressives. I also have a pair of computer only glasses.

I just bought a pair of RayBan Wafarers and had them make it a bifocal with distance for the main part of the lens and the bifocal is at the mid distance. I tried it today on my bicycle for a long ride and it was perfect. I could actually read my computer while riding. I then tried them on my Speedmaster for a short ride and was pleasantly surprised. The distance portion was great without any side distortion and the gauges, well, looked clear. It may take a little time to get used to the line of the bifocal. I had them put it as low as they could.

The only problem on the Triumph was with the RayBan arms. They are large and did not fit in my helmet very well without moving the glasses to a position I did not like. I don't have this problem with my regular riding glasses. The arms are different.

I have never tried progressives on a bike but thinking of getting some progressive sunglasses.

For those that need both distance and being able to read the gauges and GPS, what do you ride with?

Thanks.
Nix on the progressives.. i bought a very expensive made pair.. cost me like $1100 bucks.. made me sick as a dog.. no siree no progressives for me..uh uh..no way never.
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There was also a recent discussion on glasses which may have some helpful info in this thread: https://www.triumphrat.net/biker-han...n-glasses.html

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