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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-23-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Glasses Under a Helmet

Does anyone know of any good alternatives to wearing regular eye glasses under a helmet? I have pretty bad vision (-10.5 in one eye and -11.0 in the other with astigmatism in both). If my glasses get bumped a little out of alignment while on the track, then my distance vision suffers. I have tried many different brands of contact lenses, but I cannot find a contact lens solution that works for both near and distance vision. I am wondering if there might be some sort of solution out there that works better than just regular eye glasses. I have envisioned something similar to low profile swim goggles, but I haven't found anything that looks like an ideal solution. Any thoughts?

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What is your concern about regular glasses? Sébastien Bourdais wore glasses under his helmet in Champ Car / F1 / Indy, so I can only assume that it is a safe solution. Flawed assumption? You might consider getting some special glasses made that would feel comfortable under your helmet. TAG Heuer for instance makes glasses that are shaped for wearing with a helmet on...no idea on the cost though.
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What is your concern about regular glasses? Sébastien Bourdais wore glasses under his helmet in Champ Car / F1 / Indy, so I can only assume that it is a safe solution. Flawed assumption? You might consider getting some special glasses made that would feel comfortable under your helmet. TAG Heuer for instance makes glasses that are shaped for wearing with a helmet on...no idea on the cost though.
My concern is that (1) I have trouble getting a comfortable fit and (2) more importantly if my glasses are slightly out of alignment under the helmet, then my distance vision is impaired (not the greatest thing when glancing at flagging stations in the distance).

I'll google Tag Heuer and see what I can find.

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Once you find the right pair of glasses to wear under your helmet and slip then on, they should not move. I put my glasses on after I put my helmet on. You just need glasses with arms that are thin/flexible enough to feel comfortable while wearing a helmet, yet stuff enough to allow you to slip then on once your helmet is on.
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I swam in college and there was a kid on my team with corrective goggles. I'm sure you could get a pair of swimming goggles to wear at the track but I can't say that it wouldn't look goofy. fwiw, I wear my sunglasses with my helmet. Just put them on after like Vantage said.


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I too wear glasses inside my helmet, and they don't sit EXACTLY the same as they do outside my helmet, so if the tolerances are that tight, I can see the problem. (no pun intended)

Have you considered a non-full face helmet ? That might be less troublesome. And, if you don't mind looking a bit weird, a non-full face helmet with a pair of prescription goggles might do the trick. When I first thought of the idea I was thinking goggles as in ski goggles (or motocross goggles) since I've seen ads for them in Skiing like forever. But a quick google for prescription goggles finds a lot of other things that might work, since they use straps instead of temples and they might even work inside a full facer.

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I wear contacts if the sun is out so that I can wear proper polarized sun glasses, and wear glasses if its quite cloudy or rainy. I wonder what frames you wear. When I tried the thin framed and frameless, I just could not get them positioned well. Currently I have a heavy Moscot frame that may look geeky (or worse) but are very comfortable and stable.

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Lasix for distance and reading glasses.

I go with the Zen driving state of mind, sort of like the blind Ninja, vision is not all that important when you can tune into the rhythmic flow of the Chi.
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I've had good luck with Oakleys, the ones with thin wire temples. I've used A-wires for years, but others like crosshairs, whiskers, nanowires, etc. work well also. Narrower glasses work better with SA helmets than M helmets since the eye ports are smaller. I've not had trouble with mine staying put. How old are you and are you needing bifocals yet? With that much distance correction, you may need no-line bifocals (take some getting used to) see the gauges and the next turn. If so, look for taller/bigger lenses for a bigger "sweet spot." I assume you've taken your helmet to the optical shop to try frames. The Oakleys aren't cheap, though. You have to buy a regular pair of glasses and pay another $200-300 for the prescription lenses. Good luck.

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maybe change to a helmet that has a wider eyeport?


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I ran into this problem when I first started riding motorcycles. I hunted, and found, a great pair of frames with hooks that go around the ears. But I wasn't wearing a full face helmet at that time either. Now I have a pair of small framed glasses that are fairly flexible. I can slide them on pretty easily once my helmet is on and I haven't experienced any trouble.

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Ditto to Oakleys since they have no bends near the ear piece. I have a pair of Oakley Box Spring 2.0. There are little springs at the end of the frame for flexibility, which really help with wearing it into a Zamp RZ-31 helmet.

Still, I think Lasik is the way to go.


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-10 seems a lot for Lasik, but if Lasik is possible, go for it .

I did it last January and driving without glasses is great.

If you stay with glasses, I also recommend Oakley. Make a pair just for the track and try them with the helmet before buying, to be sure.
Definitly not cheap, but very stable and comfy.

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With -10's any movement of the glasses would probably change your vision.

Contacts are probably your best solution without looking into refractive surgery. You may be a candidate for implantable contact lenses. Ask your Ophthalmologist.

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Thanks for the suggestions.

My glasses work OK; they're just not ideal and require a lot adjusting to get them right. Once they are in place, they stay put.

Open face really isn't option, since I do a lot of karting as well.

I would have done Lasik many years ago, but unfortunately I am not a candidate. The surgeon said that there would be a greater than 50% chance that I would lose some or all color vision as a result. It's too big of a risk not to be able to tell the difference between Chrome Orange and Krypton Green.

I found these last night, and I am wondering if they would be a good solution.
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... require a lot adjusting to get them right. Once they are in place, they stay put.
I think you hit the nail on that one. Usually the helmet padding is pretty thick. To me at least, the most time consuming part is so to 'stuff' the pair of ear pieces in between the flesh and the paddings. But yes, once in place, they do stay put.

I just looked the Wiley X you posted. Do you reckon actually help to minimize adjustments?

nas, why don't you post a pic of what eyeware you use for track?


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try trimming some of the side padding. I might have to do this on mine since i have a pair of glasses with a thick frame so it pushes it alot.
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maybe change to a helmet that has a wider eyeport?


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Bingo. I use the Bell M4 and have never had an issue with glasses fitting.
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I have a simpsons helmet, when I ordered I specified a glasses cut eye port and I don't notice my glasses moving while on track or karting.

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I had my eye doc work out a set of contacts that allowed me to see from @ 2ft and out clearly. I wear them when I auto-x and play sports. But it's a pain when I have to read stuff . Have to wear reading glasses. Good Luck on finding a solution that works for you!!!!!!!! Quack!!!
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