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Lens, Spectacles, Or LASIK: What Is The Best Option For Treks?

Trek: The Himalayas
Lens, Spectacles, Or LASIK: What Is The Best Option For Treks?

A common dilemma that bespectacled trekkers face often is whther to carry their spectacles on the trek or opt for contact lenses. While spectacles and lenses are both viable options, they both have their advantages and disadvantages. A lot of people have eyesight issues but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a memorable trekking experience. Their are many options available for a good eyesight in the trek like spectacles, contact lenses and even LASIK surgery for clear vision and an undisturbed trekkin experience. For all of you who are still confused, this article is written out of personal experience of a bespectacled indiidual who tried all of the three. 

I have hiked wearing contact lenses, spectacles, and now it’s been 1.5 years of my LASIK surgery. Here is what I have learned about trekking with all three.


Spectacles

Honestly, I never really liked wearing glasses. I have always worn spectacles right from school days to my adult life. Despite this, wearing them during a trek was new. Let us take a look at the pros and cons of wearing spectacles on a trek.

Pros

Spectacles can be easilt taken ff or put on. You can remove them or put them on any time you want without minimal effort or the requirement to clean your hands properly unlike contact lenses, which makes them quite convenient.

Ubdoubtedly, spectacles are much more affordable than contact lenses or a LASIK surgery. You can find the perfect style for you at a very affordable rate.

Spectacles ofer a better protection for eyes against strong winds, dirt and debris unlike lenses and they are also durable.

Spectacles are also very low maintenance. You just need to clean them from time to time with a soft cloth and they are good to go.

Cons

Often during a long trek, your body begins to prespire and in such a condition, it is very common ffor the spectacles to slip from your nose. It may become a nuance to wipe the sweat again and again. These days there are eyeglasses retainers to stop them from slipping.

Wearing spectacles in the rain is like a nightmare. They become foggy, compromising your vision and also slip from the nose. On treks that have a high moisture-content in the air or rains continuously, keeping your spectacles dry is quite a task. Glasses also become foggy with your breath in cold weather. To battle this problem, you can try anti-fog glasses.

Tips For Wearing Glasses On A Trek


Contact Lens

Contact lenses offer a clearer vision without you having to wear heavy spectacles. Contact lenses to have their advantages and disadvanatages. Let us take a look at them.

Pros

Lenses offer a much better and corrected vision as compared to glasses and thus a much better option for trekking.

Unlike spectacles, you won’t face the problems of fog accumulation in your contact lensewes. You can comfortably wear them in cold weather without having to worry about blurred visions.

One of the many benefits of contact lenses is that once worn they can last as long as 10 hours, which is quite a plus point. You do not have to worry about wiping them or cleaning them again and again like your glasses.

While with spectacles, you have to customize your glasses for UV protection, in case of lenses, you can simply put on your sunglasses. Putting sunglasses over contact lenses is like wearing sunglasses on a normal eye.

Cons

When removing the lenses, you need to make sure that your hands are clean. You need to wash or sanitize your hands properly, which may not always be possible at all times. Make sure to carry a lot of solutions and empty the lens case every day and add a fresh solution. Due to the risk of unclean hands, it is not always suitable to wear lenses on treks.

This is another problem that you may face on high-altitude treks in sub-zero temperatures. However, this problem can be prevented by keeping the solution bottle in the sleeping bag with you while sleeping. Even if it does freeze, try to put the frozen lenses in your mouth on your tongue, with the body heat, it will come to normal form. Take care not to tear the lenses.

This might be one of the biggest issues of wearing lenses. For trekking with lenses, mastering the technique of wearing lenses without a mirror is important. If not, keep a mirror always handy. In the worst case use your mobile phone selfie camera. Use a head torch on dark mornings.

Have you experienced that when sweat droplets or raindrops drain into eyes from edges, the lenses cause discomfort? It may also come out at times. This is not uncommon in treks and cause unecessary annoyance. Also when something gets stuck in the eyes due to wind, rubbing eyes the lenses tend to come out or tear. Carefully try to put them back when they come out or use new ones. Also, keep lens solution handy while trekking to carefully put them back on. You can use water if there is no solution. 

This is a precaution in case of dry eyes or itching. Dry eyes happen to a lot of people who wear lenses and such you should be prepared always.

Tips For Wearing Contact Lenses On A Trek


LASIK

To overcome the issues of lenses, I finally resorted to LASIK surgery. In April 2018, I underwent a successful eye correction operation. My Life has never been easier! None of the above hassles. It is possible to enjoy every sight. But, there are some forethoughts,

Final Words

For LASIK

High altitude or low temperature does not affect your eyes after LASIK surgery, neither does AMS, it is a safe procedure.

Lens & Specs

For those who cannot take LASIK surgery, we would suggest selecting lenses on treks only if you have prior experience of handling them at home. Having said that, follow what you are comfortable with. Just remember, to take proper care of your spects or lenses.