Strolling with (prescription) glasses: sure or no?


If you wear corrective glasses you may wonder whether you should wear them for running or leave them behind. The honest answer behind the questions is that it really depends on many factors. Some things to ask yourself while making this decision:

  • How well do you see without your glasses?
  • Do you have to wear your glasses for safety reasons?
  • Do you feel comfortable wearing them?
  • Do you need them specifically for certain occasions, situations and / or weather conditions?
  • Do you sweat profusely and find your glasses sliding down your nose?
  • Do you have fog when you wear your glasses?
  • Is it difficult for you to see in the rain and snow when you put on your glasses?
  • Have you tried contact lenses?

Just leave them at home!

Some athletes wear glasses for everyday tasks, but find that they can perform well while running without them. People who fall into this category may need glasses for some physical activities that require hand and eye coordination, such as walking. B. Softball, or would you like to play a sport like golf so you can see where your ball has flown and is about to land.

These people usually don't wear their glasses for a variety of reasons. Everything from wanting not to worry about slipping and misting up to foregoing the need for activity is quoted by athletes.

Melody Olson

Runner Melody Olson She usually wears her glasses to run.

Can you walk with glasses?

Of course you can run with glasses! However, there are some difficulties that people sometimes have when walking with glasses. Let's talk about it.

Your glasses can slip out of place when running or doing other exercises. This is especially likely when you're sweating.

Jeff HettrickJeff Hettrick

Runner Jeff Hettrick“I wear glasses all the time and 99% of the time I wear glasses when I run. I am fortunate that my vision is not particularly bad, so I can walk without glasses without too much trouble. I often drop my glasses on foggy / rainy days or when they are fogged up for any reason. During these times, I just take off my glasses and put them somewhere.

On really sunny days, I sometimes just leave my glasses at home. The frames on my glasses are small enough that I can easily wear Goodr sunglasses over my glasses, but I don't do that regularly. "

How do I keep my glasses from slipping while I'm running?

You can avoid this by wearing glasses with a rubber nosepiece. Some people don't find much difference, others swear by this trick!

There are also sports straps that keep your glasses in place during intense activities. Although most people consider these to be something a basketball or volleyball player wants or needs, runners find them practical too.

Glasses can also loosen during normal wear. Your eye doctor (or another member of the staff at your eye clinic) can often make adjustments to keep the glasses from slipping.

Can sweat damage the glasses?

I was shocked to learn that sweat can damage your glasses. For this reason, you should clean your glasses regularly. Just as we focus on washing sweaty parts of the body, the clothes we wear should be cleaned thoroughly.

Do you put down a towel or other type of seat cover to protect your car seat after a tough effort on the track? Many people do this and then neglect to wipe the glasses they are wearing. Clean the glasses frames with a non-abrasive cloth and a mild detergent. The glass should also be cleaned regularly so that you can see properly.

Zara HardingZara Harding

Runner Zara Harding"My prescription isn't very strong, but I prefer to see signs sooner. My eyes are also dumb and sensitive to all types of UV radiation. That's why I have Nike sunglasses with prescription polarized lenses for running / hiking / biking I wear every second. Sometimes they fog up in the cold. I hate walking at night because I usually wear my regular glasses and they slip and slide. "

Contact lenses as an option

If you are on a prescription, I wouldn't be sure if I didn't mention the benefits of contact lenses. Many athletes are quick to share their positive experiences when they are out and about without glasses.

These athletes understand that while contacts may not work for everyone, they are a viable option for others. Cathy Henley: “I am very grateful for my contact lenses. I don't think I'd run at all if I had to wear my glasses. I don't even like wearing sunglasses while running. I use a visor to keep the sun out of my eyes! "

Prescription Sunglasses For The Profit!

There are runners who wear both glasses and sunglasses. This gives you the versatility to see your eyes and protect them from the sun's rays.

I bought two pairs of prescription sunglasses. One pair is cuter for everyday use and driving and the other is shaped differently and much more conducive to sports activities like running and golf.

My optical center had frames that were geared towards athletes, and I found a pair that went well with my face. Tips for Choosing Prescription Sunglasses:

  • Look for sport-specific sunglasses. These tend to have features around them to shield your eyes.
  • Sports glasses are also usually lighter, which is great for sports activities.
  • Put the frames on and jump up and down! (I'm serious! This will help you see if they stay in place.)
  • Consider a pair with rubber on the nosepiece so they're more likely to stick on your nose when you sweat.


Runner Candace says: “I wear bifocal sunglasses so I can read my Garmin! I need them so that I can read everything! "(See photo above from Candace Racing)

A permanent solution …

When I reached out to my online running community for their thoughts, one woman expressed how excited she is with her decision to find a permanent solution to her vision problem. She stated that without Lasik she doubted she would run the way she does.

Whatever your vision problem, you know that there is a solution for you. Whether you wear your glasses or leave them at home, buy contacts, or save your dime on Lasik surgery, the most important thing is that you mess around on the sidewalk out there.

Remember that having a clear view is important for your safety while running and everywhere. Have fun running, friends!


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