The Runners Guide To Running Safely With Prescription Glasses

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David Dack

Looking for some advice on how to run safely with prescription glasses?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re a runner with imperfect vision, you might be wondering whether you should be logging the miles with your glasses or not.

Here’s the truth. Strapping on your glass while running can be annoying, especially if they get fogged up or skip down your nose.

However, leaving them home may put you in real danger. You might struggle to read signs, see uneven ground or obstacles, or notice what’s happening around you.

The more visually impaired you’re, the higher the danger.

Your eyes are there, after all, to guide you forward—away from danger and to safety.

The Runners Guide To Running Safely With Prescription Glasses

Without further ado, here are a few tips on how to run safely and efficiently with prescription glasses.

Get The Perfect Fit

Sweating and fogging are common problems while logging miles.  This can impact visibility and cause the glasses to slip out of your nose. That’s why choosing the right fit is key.

As a rule, steer clear of loose-fitting eyewear that can bounce off your face.

Instead, go for lightweight and snug-fit glasses. You should also pay attention to the glass’s size and measurements.

Back-Up Glasses

If you’re a typical prescription glasses user, then chances are you have more than a few pairs stuffed in your nightstand drawer

If you need corrective lenses while pounding the pavement, test out your spare glasses before buying a new pair of prescription running eyewear.

At the very least, you’ll learn more about your preferences, what works and what doesn’t, and how to manage your lenses before you likely damage a more expensive pair.

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Prevent Slippage

One of the most common problems runners encounter when running with sunglasses is the inevitable glasses slipping down the nose.

This little annoyance can turn into a real problem a few miles in, especially as you start to build a sweat. Left unchecked, it also causes you to either break or lose your glasses on the course.

So how do you prevent your glasses from slipping?

You got many options. Get an adjustable strap or use a silicone anti-slip ear grip hook.

What’s more?

You should also consider getting our frames properly fitted. Loose-fitting frames can slip down your nose during a run, which is annoying and can also risk falling off your glasses entirely.

Visit the nearest optometrist to get your frames to fit comfortably and snugly while running.

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Try Other Alternatives

Depending on how visually impaired you’re, there are a few alternatives that you may want to try other than prescription glasses.

For starters, you can try contact lenses.

This may not work for everyone, but if possible, using contact is a viable option if you need a corrective lens while running. You might be surprised at the advances in contact technology. Who knows!

What’s more?

Contact may offer sharper optics and an increased field of vision.

What’s more?

Using contact rather than prescription glasses will enable you to strap on about any sports eyewear on the market.

You’ll also have more options instead of being limited to frames that take prescription lenses.

Normal sunglasses have a wider field of vision, are lighter, are more comfortable, and have better airflow for less fogging.

Another option is surgery, and as technology advanced, you’ve more options than before, like table Contact Lenses or LASIK surgery

Try Prescription Running glasses

Over the past few years, prescription sports glasses have progressed significantly in technical features and performance.

Some of the best brands that make prescription sports eyewear for runners include Oakley, Rudy Project, and Roka. They’ve all designed modern and reliable frames with the latest technology that looks as well as they perform.

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Prevent Falling

Looking to prevent your glasses from falling? Then consider using one of the popular eyewear bands, or what’s known as an eyewear retainer.

You must simply attach the bands to your frames and wear them around your neck to prevent them from falling off. That’s all.

Good eyewear retains one that’s easy to attach, fits comfortably around your glasses and neck, and is made of durable and easy-to-clean materials. One example is Croakiest.

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Say no To Fog

Your glasses are in constant contact with your skin while running. This means fog, sweat, dust, and grit can build up on the lenses and hinge area.

To prevent this problem, cleaning your glasses before and after running is key. This not only keeps your eyewear clear but also prolongs the lifespan of the glasses and lenses and stays smudge-free for clearer vision.

For that reason, if you already have glasses and not looking to replace them, look for an anti-fogging spray to apply to your glasses.

Keep Your Glasses Secure

To stop your glasses from moving, or god forbid, falling while you run, slide some anti-slip ear hooks onto the arms or for a sports adjustable strap.

You can also use a beanie in winter or a bandana in summer to help keep your glasses in place.

Glasses-Free Running

Keen on running without glasses or contacts? Then, at the very least, know what you’re getting into. Doing this has many downsides. You don’t know what you’d be running into—until it’s too late.

To stay safe, take the following measures:

  • Choose a smooth course that you know very well. I’d recommend heading to a nearby track that you’re familiar with.
  • Are you running on asphalt? Then go for streets where there’s little traffic or no traffic at all. You can head to your local park, especially if it has paths you’re familiar with.
  • Partner up. You can also run with a friend who can help you around obstacles and potential hazards.
  • Train indoor. Hopping on the treadmill should be no problem, regardless of the time of the day or season.
  • Be visible. Avoid running early in the morning or late at night. You’re already visually impaired. Don’t make things worse by letting others not see you.

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Running with prescription glasses – The Conclusion

There you have it. If running with prescription glasses is an issue for you, then today’s post should set you off on the right path. The rest is just details.

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the section below.

Keep running strong.

David D.

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