Hiking with poor vision

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Hiking with poor vision

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I wear progressive Rx sunglasses while hiking and I've come to wonder if they are responsible for my experiences with poor equilibrium (especially with a backpack), mild headaches, fatigue, etc. I think it has something to do with the constant looking at my feet and then back up. Does anyone else have similar experiences (and practical solutions!)? Unfortunately, Lasik isn't an option :?
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@tdwood
what happens when you hike wearing only regular sunglasses or no glasses at all?
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big_load wrote:I've worn progressive Rx for about six years, and I started to feel eye strain on my original ones after I got my second pair (new prescription). Two years later I updated my original lenses (another new prescription) and they felt a lot better.
I should mention that although I've worn Rx sunglasses for six years, I've worn Rx regular glasses for 11, so for the first five years my sunglasses didn't match.

That didn't cause any discomfort but I got tired of switching glasses to read a map and then switching back. Also, I know it's time for a new prescription based on how close to the bottom of my glasses I'm reading through.

Regarding vertigo, I avoid swinging my head rapidly through a lot of vertical angle and I avoid looking straight up for more than a second or two at a time.
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@ALMAL It's been some time since I've felt comfortable hiking without glasses. Everything's pretty distorted, especially the area around my feet. When my vision first started changing (about 8 years ago) I could get away with it. Not anymore.
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I use bifocal lenses. I tried contacts once but struggled to insert them and gave up. I've never tried progressive lenses and probably never will as I have had no issues with the bifocals. Good luck figuring out what's going on.
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rcorfman wrote:I've never tried progressive lenses and probably never will as I have had no issues with the bifocals.
You must not trim your own toenails, or are much more flexible than I am.
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