Having sharp eyesight is essential not only to archer superheroes but to us regular bikers as well. After all, seeing everything around you clearly at all times is a vitally important requirement for a motorcyclist. Your life is literally at stake here, so never risk getting on your bike without proper glasses if your eyesight isn’t 20/20.
However, wearing your regular prescription glasses is definitely not an option as well. If you ride a motorcycle, you should settle for nothing less than the best prescription motorcycle glasses. Those are designed with extra safety features in mind so they fit the riders’ requirements perfectly.
Choosing them, however, can be tricky because there are so many options out there and each seems amazing. Personally, I thought “how hard can it be to buy prescription motorcycle glasses? I’ll be done in an hour!” and it turned out that I was woefully underprepared for having dozens of options thrown at me.
After hours of research, I came up with these tips, which will hopefully save you a lot of time.
In the eye-speak, PD stands for pupillary distance, which is literally distance between your pupils. Check your prescription and if it doesn’t have it listed, you need to get yours measured post haste. Without it, you’ll just be wasting time as you can’t get prescription glasses for a motorcycle without this measurement.
Good news, you can measure it yourself and you’ll only need your regular prescription glasses, a sharpie, a ruler, and a willing helper. Put on the glasses and look straight ahead. Have your partner put dots directly over your pupils. I’m sure you can figure out what the ruler is for. Measure in millimeters.
Now, with the PD and your prescription, move on to choosing the best type of motorcycle glasses for you.
The big safety question here is whether to buy glasses with or without foam padding. The answer lies with your helmet. If your face is open the padding is a must. It’s the thing that will ensure that the glasses seal to your face so you won’t be bothered by the wind or dust.
Just as it is with everything these days, not all prescription motorcycle glasses are equally good. In this case, however, investing in a top-brand product isn’t an unnecessary luxury, it’s the smart thing to do. Such brands in this industry are Wiley X, 7Eye, and Oakley.
These are the glasses designed for bikers and they will easily withstand hits from debris and protect your eyes.
And last, but definitely not the least, choosing the lenses for your prescription motorcycle glasses. The only materials you should consider are trivex or polycarbonate. But the trickiest part is coating, which can be anti-reflective, anti-scratch, anti-fog, and mirror. From experience, I’ll tell you that the best is to try them all and see what works best for you.
In the meantime, you also need to decide if you want to get polarized, tinted, or transitions lenses. They all help eliminate the glare, albeit in different ways, so again, try and see what’s most comfortable.