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...the short sighted canoeist?
Inspired by "Dangerous River" (as reviewed by Schwert) I'm planning to have a go at Canadian Canoeing. Obviously starting off nice and easy but am trying to work out a way to keep the specs on my face and out of the river. I took some kayak lessons a few years ago and found that the neoprone straps I bought just were not up to the job. Any ideas? Specsavers seem to sell prescription diving masks and swimming goggles but neither look quite right for the job. Going without is not an option.....
I suppose that contacts are out?
I am short sighted and also have astigmatism, I can't use the daily disposables, and the lens has to go in just right, it is thicker on one side than the other and is itchy if I get it wrong. BUT.... For activites where I may lose my glasses they are worth it.
There must be some serious heavy duty spec retainers out there, no way can you be the first with this problem :lol:
Chris - is there a risk with the contacts that they would wash out of your eye?
Chris - is there a risk with the ontacts that they would wash out of your eye?
My contacts stayed in place through the capsise drills of RYA 1 and 2 sailing course. Also no probs with the occasions my swining goggles have flooded or come astray. I think it it pretty much a reflex to close your eyes as they are about to hit water.
I know a member (ranked 3)of the british "playboat" team , he's done and won many competitions that involve various manouvers like flips and cartwheels , also he does kayak "surfing" he uses contacts and has no problems!
he does not use goggles.
i am long sighted and through my BCU tests and a white water week i didn't wear glasses at all.
maybe you could try it?
if all eles fails try using a tight fitting hat that will hold them,
attatch the cord more securely?
I'm a rower rather than a canoeist, but after losing a pair of glasses in the Lagan on a hot day (there is usually at least one hot day a year in Belfast :lol: ) I bought some Croakies (http://www.croakies.com/) which work well and are comfortable
I usually see them in bike shops
If you can wear disposable contacts use them.
They stay in OK i wear the m while surfing and have only lost one and that was where I got hit in the eye by a board.
The other advantage of disposable is the cost (if you only where them for certain things) - as you can afford to lose one or two.
And teh hygine as the don't need washing
Has anyone here had laser eye surgery? More specifically the newer treatments such as LASIK or LASEK?
I've worn monthly disposables for a few years now and in all conditions on land and sea. Only problem I've had has been losing the cases tho I've been known to wear the lenses 24/7 pretty comfortably (and yes I do know that's bad but had no choice!)
The dad of my stepson's friend has had this done to get into the Police - his eyesight was quite bad, but reckons the results are brilliant
Last time I researched this the success rates were a little too low (not 100%!) and I was at the outer edges of what could be corrected, but that was a couple of years ago and the procedures are improving quickly