Pros And Cons Of Cycling Progressive Sunglasses

October 11th, 2011 by Sam Sutton Leave a reply »

It is no exaggeration at all to say that the advent of cycling progressive sunglasses have saved many cyclists who are both myopic and presbyopic from their past cycling miseries. Due to their complicated vision conditions, these cyclist often had to carry around multiple pairs of glasses or shades just in case emergencies occur. With cycling progressive sunglasses, no such headaches need to be put up with any more. Although these shades do solve problems for many, they are not for everyone. Here, we do a full evaluation on the pros and cons of cycling progressive sunglasses so that you can make the decision best for you.

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As we all know, progressive lenses are the ones with multiple prescription powers that gradually increase or decrease vertically. With this type of lenses, sufferers of both myopia and presbyopia can look through the upper part to see things at distance, middle part things at intermediate ranges and lower part things up close. Such feature comes in extremely handy in cycling when the cyclist needs to check the map or cue sheets to make sure if the next turning is correct. Since the map or cue sheets are normally placed pretty close to the cyclists’ eyes, without cycling progressive sunglasses, the cyclists would otherwise have to stop for a switch from shades to their close vision correction glasses. The elimination of such meaningless stops would not only smooth up the cycling, making it a more pleasant experience, but also save the cyclist precious time have it been in a competitive cycling scenario.

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Although cycling progressive sunglasses spare the cyclist the troubles of switching between glasses, they are not recommended to everyone. One major reason for this is that these shades are extremely difficult to get used to. Unlike other sunglasses, with which you can see things at any direction as you wish by just tilting your eyes, cycling progressive sunglasses don’t have as wide of a view field. To see an object clearly, you normally have to move your entire head so as to face the object directly. Many people may find this not a difficult thing to do. Others just can never get used to that. Then there is this whole issue of looking through certain parts of the lenses to see things at different distances. Normally, it takes weeks or sometimes even months for some people to get themselves trained. For some, however, the adjusting period just seems to never end.

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So, there you have it. Two sides of the same coin. At the end of the day, it is you who have to decide if the coin if worth your money. So, take a moment or two to think about your own conditions and if your are still sure about this thing, then just go for cycling progressive sunglasses.


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