Stumbling shortighted around the world...

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1. Posted by jonny b (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Folks,
I'm planning a rtw backpacking trip to begin next year. I hope to be travelling for at least a year and am planning to take part in a few sports: hang-gliding, scuba diving etc etc.

I'm quite short-sighted and wear daily contact lenses at the moment. I'm trying to decide what sort of prescription eyewear to take. Obviously daily disposable lenses are out of the question.....and I think contact lenses in general are due to the fact that I'm not expecting to stay 100% clean all the time (don't fancy putting lenses in or removing them with grubby fingers).

So I think I'm going to get some prescription sunglasses - does anyone have any recommendations for them by type or any good suppliers (UK based ideally). Any advice regarding contact lenses or glasses to be used on a rtw trip will be greatly appreciated! ;)


2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I can't answer the question about diving and contacts since I wear glasses and don't need them when I dive... But, here are some links that should help answer your questions about what to expect.

I also recommend talking with your optomitrist/opthamologist about your plans as they should also be able recommend the correct contacts for the sport. It is suggested that you let the dive instructor know that you wear contacts. There are ways to perform the flooding/clearing of the mask procedure without losing a lens in the process.

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you take your prescription with you, you might be able to get daily contacts on the way...

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello Jon

I asked my boyfriend, who cant see a think, with his glasses, your question, and he said the following.

Not wearing contacts: good idea. But where to buy (sun)glasses in England? Dunno. Specsavers maybe?


5. Posted by jonny b (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your replies folks.....I think I'll be taking a box of disposable contact lenses as back-up but I think sporty-type prescription sunglasses are the way to go. Oakleys perhaps? Does anyone have any experience of Oakley glasses (M-Frames or Crosshair glasses in particular)? They are expensive but seem to have a good reputation and look more likely to survive a year or so backpacking than the flimsy spec's I've got at the minute.

I did my open water qualification wearing contacts and had no major problems.....although I must admit a prescription mask lens would have been most welcome! ;)

6. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jon,

I am another shortsighted traveller and so far I have always been using my monthly contact lenses. For me it was the best way to go, glasses seemed uncomfortable when doing sports. I also never had any problems when going diving with the lenses, unfortunately prescription masks are really expensive. Sorry, can't help with the Oakleys.