Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Staying Healthy on the Road

Staying Healthy on the Road Medical info, e.g. malaria, vaccinations, travel medical tips, medical insurance, where to find a doctor.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE to YOUR choice of home hospital


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #16  
Old 30 Jun 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 3,370
McG,
Yep, for me it started at age 45 and it does not go away, ever; of course the reality is that your eyes will continue to slowly deteriorate no matter how many miles of exercise etc are completed! The only full solution appears to be death which is a tad extreme really. The contact lens solution is worth a go - opticians generally allow trials for free to see if it works for you; one for distance and one for near-vision in each eye doesn't work for everyone but I understand that there are bi-focal contact lens on the market as well - I have never tried them! I have just taken out my contacts after two full weeks of wear; I give the eyes a rest for a couple of days and then pop them back in - you can get used to poking yourself in the eye!! In the meantime I am back on the vari-focals which is a PITA after the convenience of lens.
__________________
Dave
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 2 Jul 2011
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bristol, UK
Posts: 9
Reading glasses

I have been riding and wearing normal glasses for most of my time on a bike. I now wear glasses that are Varifocal, have light reactive (plastic) lenses and have scratch resistant coating. It might be a good idea to wear varifocal lenses when walking around for a few days, as they can feel a bit 'strange', and not jump straight on to the bike!

Fasteddie
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 2 Jul 2011
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 2
Eye surgery

my long distance sight was getting progressively worse last year in March that I finally decided to get bifocals . Except the optometrist could not get the prescription set right. Turns put I had cataracts in both eyes,but of two different types (due to too much sunlight sailing and skiing when I was young). turns out I would be blind by October! Got silicon implants to replace my lenses and now have perfect long distance vision! Brilliant for riding.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 2 Jul 2011
Jake's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Northumberland, uk
Posts: 713
Ye gads we are all old folkies here, my eyes went crap a few years ago and I have the same problem - I do not use a gps so its maps etc. Generally I just live with it and carry a pair of reading glasses in a tank bag so when I stop I can read its really a problem and annoying. However I ended up going to a very good optician and now sport some very dashing four eyes!!!. I had tried those variofocals but A ) found they made me feel sick, B) the reading areas were very small and took a lot of eye training to try to use - I failed on this count. C) on the bike they were very dangerous as peripheral vision is distorted quite a bit and there are large blurred areas so looking around gives you lots of blind spots - just no good for the bike.
I have ended up with Tri Focals (go give it the mr Magoo thing - Im ready). The Tri focols give a big area for normal vision, a mid section for intermediate vision ie to your clocks/instruments and the bottom section is for reading close up and detail. They do have lines in the lenses but after a few days use you hardly notice them. the lenses are plastic and coated with anti glare and anti scratch stuff - the frames very well fitted have lightly sprung arms and grip well without giving pressure to your head - so they do not move around or fall off the optician did a proper fitting and adjusted the frames and made sure they were fine under the crash hat - with no pressure spots behind the ears. They were available as tinted or reactolite but I just stayed clear on this pair but may get a second pair in reactolite now I know these work. Yet again you pay for what you get I suppose - these were not cheap no buy one get one free or anything but are totally comfortable, work and fit properly. But the tri focal bit gives us sad buggers a chance to keep pottering along as we slowly deteriorate and fall apart at the seams.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 2 Jul 2011
Tim Cullis's Avatar
Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Putney, SW London
Posts: 1,338
Quote:
Originally Posted by farqhuar View Post
How do you find the sunglasses work Tim? My experience is that in poor light conditions (such as when wearing sunglasses) my close range vision becomes even worse due to the lack of contrast.

If they worked for you I may well invest in a pair.
The ones I bought were a variable tint, dark at the top fading to clear in the reading section. Wrap around means less wind in the eyes if you have the visor up, or an open face helmet.

EDIT: I found a new listing of the type I bought. Not the most stylish (!) but perfect for my needs.

Tim
__________________
"For sheer delight there is nothing like altitude; it gives one the thrill of adventure
and enlarges the world in which you live,"
Irving Mather (1892-1966)

Access the Morocco Knowledgebase
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 12 Jul 2011
Selous's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: England
Posts: 420
Hi, well my partner works as a OT (Ophthalmic Tech, aka lady in the shop who fits glasses), I am long sighted but now of the age where i need glasses for close work reading.
Apparently depending why your eyes where like as a kid, (lone or short sighted) as you get older your eyes, mussels will get weaker and eventually you will come to a stage of needing 2 prescriptions.

I would suggest you go see the opticians get a full eye test, & discuss your options for glasses, I personalty use Dirty Dog Glasses, Polorised lenses only, not all are.
but in essence her advice is get professional advice, to assist you with your prescription, note if bi focal or verifocal the reading section of the lens is always at the bottom half of the glasses.
__________________
We are the Pilgrims, Master, we shall go Always a little further: it may be beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow, Across that angry or that glimmering sea.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rainy day reading Chris Scott Sahara Travel Forum 1 8 Apr 2008 13:51
Helmets and glasses? chasetheday Camping Equipment and all Clothing 21 30 Oct 2007 18:58
Helmet with peak and clear-lenses glasses alexpezzi Camping Equipment and all Clothing 3 24 Jun 2007 21:52
Essential Reading Richard Jakobek Southern Asia 0 8 Dec 2005 18:48

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:32.