In everyday life, eyesight problems can be very disabling, despite all the solutions and technologies available. On a motorbike, being short-sighted can also have some disadvantages. What solutions are available to motorcyclists with myopia? Can you ride a motorbike with poor eyesight? Are motorbike sunglasses a good solution? The answers.
Vision problems and motorbikes, what solution?
As road users, both motorcyclists and car drivers have certain obligations, particularly with regard to possible sight problems. If your eyesight does not allow you to ride in optimal visibility conditions, you are obliged to wear a corrective device, which may be corrective glasses or contact lenses.
If you have a proven sight problem, your driving licence may mention the obligation to wear a correction solution (glasses or contact lenses). If you fail to do so, you may be held liable in the event of an accident. In addition, if you are checked without a correction device, you can be fined and even have points taken off your licence.
Myopia on a motorbike: how to get the right equipment?
Fortunately, the fact that you need optical correction does not prevent you from driving or riding a motorbike. You just have to choose the right solution for your equipment and your vision problems. For optimal visibility on a motorbike, you can choose between wearing glasses or contacts. Glasses are generally less tiring to wear. But if the corrective device does not fit your helmet, they can fog up or be uncomfortable. In this case, opt for anti-fog lenses or special motorbike glasses. As for contact lenses, they can be pleasant to wear and widen the field of vision. But beware of irritation!
In good weather, it is necessary to wear sunglasses that are specifically treated against ultraviolet (UV) radiation. These can be progressive glasses that adapt to your eyesight, for example. However, you should be aware that the law prohibits driving with category 4 sunglasses.
Motorbike eyewear with integrated optical kit
Motorbike glasses with an optical kit such as the EYEFUL AKO model are a solution to be considered by motorcyclists suffering from myopia or any other vision problem. Indeed, thanks to their design, they allow to wear an optical correction with all the comfort of a sunglasses. These glasses have been designed for bikers by bikers. They are equipped with an internal frame that allows the installation of corrective lenses. The big advantage is that you can change tinted lenses without having to remove the corrective frame. Any optician can fit lenses adapted to your vision in AKO glasses equipped with this optical kit. Also, this model of eyewear is perfectly suited for helmet use. The short, flexible temples fit perfectly between the temple and the foam of all types of helmets.
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What you should know about corrective lenses
While contact lenses are an ideal optical correction solution for many people, they are not always suitable for motorbike riding. Indeed, contact lens wearers are often advised to have a pair of glasses as a back-up. It is always possible to lose a lens or have a bad reaction to it. If you are on a motorbike trip, having a pair of glasses will allow you to continue your journey safely and in accordance with the law.
On the other hand, contact lenses should be avoided with jet helmets and open face helmets. The wind causes the lens to dry out, which in turn leads to irritation. A motorbike mask or a full-face helmet should be used in this case.
All opticians are able to fit corrective lenses to the AKO optical kit. In addition, you should know that your mutual insurance company may cover this expense as part of the reimbursement of vision correction devices.