A motorcycle driver is not an astronaut; as a matter of fact, anyone can become a motorcyclist with the proper aspiration. Because of sight, applicants are rarely refused and in critical situations. It is enough to get a license marked “driving with glasses or lenses” in order to happily plan the purchase of a motorcycle and choose equipment. The question arises, how to correct vision so that it is comfortable, correct and effective? What to choose – glasses or lenses?
Consider all the pros and cons of glasses and lenses, brushing off the meticulous reproaches along the way: “how are you going to drive if you don’t see well ?!”.
Since we do not live in the Stone Age in terms of technology, finding a way to buy good glasses is not a great quest comparable to the search for the philosopher’s stone. There are even ready-made options, however, they are relevant only for open or cross helmets, they look like cross-country glasses and are worn with an elastic band, which logically complicates their use with an integral helmet.
Pros of using glasses
- Take off and put on quickly
- No need to use moisturizing eye drops
- Does not irritate the surface of the eye
Cons of using glasses
- Fogging up
- Creep when driving aggressively
- Less visibility, visual frame
- Potential splinters in an accident if glasses are broken
Choosing glasses for a motorcyclist
Let’s say you decide to order glasses for driving in the city. Since the choice of frames, materials and lenses allows you to collect the desired upgrade, this is what we will do. Goggles for motorcyclists are always a special order, except for sunglasses, which can be easily picked up at motorcycle stores.
Frame: The frame of the glasses should be soft. Ideally no folding parts or bolts. You don’t think about style at the moment of choosing, but about the comfort under the helmet. A solid or metallic base will be a problem. A hard frame is less mobile, it is more difficult to wear it under a helmet, and the darlings will rub and bite into the head.
Not every helmet comes with goggles. Ideally, come with your helmet when trying on glasses.
Glass: You wisely choose diopters for your vision, these parameters depend on the testimony of an ophthalmologist. But the choice of material for them is your choice. It would be better to give up glass and take plastic. But if you stay true to glass: order mineral glass. The same is used for children’s watches, with the expectation that if a child breaks them, then it will not crumble into fragments, but will be covered with a mesh like the windshield of a car when a stone hits it. In case of an accident or an unsuccessful fall, the risk of breaking glasses and getting a splinter in the eye is too great. I would even say – it is unforgivably large, so think three times how your choice will behave in case of a strong blow, will it crumble or crack?
You can play with the color and shading of the glasses. Glass can be ordered with shade to protect from sunlight. Experienced motorcyclists carry two pairs of glasses, transparent and tinted, and the visor uses one, it is just easier to change glasses that take up less space than the visor, which is much larger than the glasses case.
Fighting glasses fogging essentially comes down to the same principles as with a visor. The goggles fog up inside the helmet at the most inopportune moment. Use Antifog to prevent the glasses from fogging up.
Pros of using lenses
Lenses are the first thing that comes to mind for most visually impaired pilots. However, not everyone is wearing them, why? The advantages of using lenses are great:
- Wearing comfort with a helmet
- Wide view
- Do not fall off the face
- Do not fog up
- Do not shatter when dropped
Cons of using lenses
What makes people choose glasses?
- Lenses take getting used to
- Eyes sometimes dry out, you need to have eye drops
- Must have spare lenses in case of emergency
Mistakes when using lenses are reduced to their maintenance. Lenses need to get used to first. You cannot jump on a motorcycle in the first hour after wearing lenses, if you have never worn them before. For the first couple of weeks, your body learns to live with lenses. The discomfort that appears during habituation will distract you from driving.
Drying of the eyes is the second problem of driving in lenses. You must have a lens maintenance kit with you. Because dry eyes will distract you from the road. Sometimes dust, midges, or some other traffic surprise constantly flies into the helmet.
Experienced lens wearers try to carry spare lenses with them.
And the last – lenses can also damage the surface of the eye. Those who have sunken lenses understand what I mean. It happens that the lens scratches the eye or gets under the eyelid and here you are urgently looking for where to quickly put the motorcycle and provide yourself with help.
It turns out that the pros and cons for glasses and lenses are approximately reduced to equal positions. Ease of use, price, ease of maintenance, all this has to be weighed before making a choice. The pilot always settles on what is more acceptable to him. The main thing is that poor eyesight is not an argument to give up the dream of traveling on a motorcycle.