Contact Lens Use for Bikers and Other Potential Users As Well
Many good points are made in this thread. Their diversity reminds me a lot of discussions on the forum site about the most comfortable seat, the best performing tire, the most protective oil, the best beer ..... etc. If we were all the same and of like mind, we would be a boring lot indeed.
So many factors (which are unique to each individual) influence success or failure of contact lenses wear. Some of them include:
Corneal sensitivity and contour
Eyelid contour, function and health
Normal/Deficient tear production and function
Potential lens-related allergic reactions
Nature of refractive condition to be corrected with the lenses and the lens type
Motivation to use and to properly care for contact lenses
Having fit contact lenses for some 32 years in my ophthalmology practice, I would estimate that 90+% of prepresbyopic (no near vision problems) persons are able to satisfactorily wear lenses. This drops to 60-70% in the presbyopic age range. And yes, there is a higher corneal infection/ulcer rate with extended (continuous) wear. The decision for such needs to be tempered by personal need and accompanied by scrupulous lid hygiene and appropriate lens replacement.
I am one of those unfortunates who is uncomfortable with any contact lens style. It would be more convenient to deal with a helmet without glasses but have found that the use of a Slik headliner makes putting a full face articulated helmet on pretty easy. Keeping the helmet in the garage so it is cool in the morning also makes fogging less of a problem. The Nolan helmet has very good air movement as well, although occasionally it helps to crack it open a bit.
'05 R1150 RT (sold)