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post #61 of 71

Contacts, hands down.  I started with hard contacts in 1968, they were a pain.  I switched to soft lenses around 1979 or so even though at the time they were not as sharp for those with astigmatism STRICTLY because of skiing.  They didn't shift around so much on my eyes.  There was a brief period where I had "overworn" my "sleep in" lenses (how do you overwear sleep-ins?) and for six weeks during ski season they made me only wear my glasses and I got over the glasses goggles.  Fogging was a constant issue with at least four surfaces to keep fog free. 


Now that my astigmatism is well handled by today's lenses and there are disposables, I can't even imagine people THINKING about wearing glasses unless they were 10 years old.  And I think my daughter started switching to contacts almost immediately after she got glasses because she was also ski racing.  That would have been when she was 11 years old. 

post #62 of 71

im in the same boat too!

post #63 of 71

I have been skiing with contacts for years without problems (or even thinking about it) so I was surprised to see the thread. They work fine for me and don't get dried out as you might suspect when I am not wearing goggles. They have also never fallen out of my eyes which could be another issue.


So if you wear contacts, you will be fine.

post #64 of 71

Totally contacts- As we say here in Whistler, 'no doot aboot it!' Glasses can get all foggy, not to mention smudged, and it is so so awkard to stop on the slopes and try and rub it away so you dont crash into a tree/fellow snow lover.  If you are finding your eyes are getting dry, pack along a travel size container of eye drops, my fave is the classic visine

post #65 of 71

how about prescription goggles, has anyone here tried those?  I've tried a few searches, they do exist but hard to find any reviews or anything...  http://www.rxskigoggles.com/  http://www.ski-prescription.com/  (not exactly the most fashionable of goggles...)  http://www.adseyewear.com/results_s/Ski%20Goggles.php?act=3  Seems like for the most part they are either frames/lenses built in or inserts behind normal goggles.


i've got a pretty mild prescription, i just use prescription sunglasses when possible and suck it up and deal with the blurriness when i have to wear goggles, but my eyes aren't getting any better and if these work i'd definitely try them out.

post #66 of 71

Well, I hated contacts. even the super duper soft disposable ones would eventually dry out in the day and get stuck to my eyeballs. i'd have to stop every run and douse myself with liquid. horrid.


If you wear contacts all the time anyhow and are used to them fine. but i tried for three years with the contacts and eventually went to Smith goggles with the fan and prescription inserts. they are sooo easy. They don't fog up like glasses under goggles -- i suppose because the lenses are close together and so there's not the big temperature difference. I've only had to turn the fan on in extreme conditions, like wet spring snow when i've overdressed.

post #67 of 71

I wear contacts. Like so many others here, it's definitely the best way to go.


But not everyone can wear contacts. Including my husband. He tried all kinds of goggles over his glasses without any luck -- even the ones with the fan.  They were great, when they weren't breaking down or when the battery worked. This past season he got goggles from SportRX, and it's changed his (ski) life. The lens is located directly in the goggle shield, so there's no insert. The price is reasonable, and the company was extremely easy to work with. They'll even send you a dummy pair to try to make sure the goggles fit your face and helmet. Don't know why we didn't do it sooner.


post #68 of 71

contacts, sure made life easier. I wear glasses but use contacts for skiing only. no fogging,no pinched head and contacts don't move around like my glasses did when skiing bumpy terrain

post #69 of 71

Contacts.  Only time I wear them.  I use disposables as a result.


This spring, during a late season powder day, I went down hard and knocked a contact out.  For years, I've been carrying a spare pair with me just in case.  I skied down to the lift, got on, and replaced the contact on the fly, so to speak.

post #70 of 71

Rx lenses in the goggles themselves or contacts all the way.  Every glasses experience I've ever had on the mountain ended in frustration and disappointment.  I'd still say screw both and get iLasik but I can't afford that yet

post #71 of 71


What Do Work said. Laser surgery is the way to go.


Failing that, and if you must wear glasses under goggles, put the goggles on indoors, when your glasses are already warm. Do not ever take the goggles off once outside. The glasses will cool off and promptly fog up when you put the goggles back on.

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