I'm soon going on a long trip to the tropics. I wear glasses for vision correction (-2.5) and need to figure out what prescription eyewear to bring. Should I go with contact lenses or glasses? (Also considering prescription sunglasses and Transitions lenses.)
About me/the trip:
- Male, 20s
- Visiting multiple countries (Latin America)
- Trying to pack light
- Don't like to carry around much extra stuff
- Will be outdoors in the sun and beach/water, running around, being active.
- Shopping, sightseeing, etc.
Eyewear I own now:
- Ordinary prescription eyeglasses
- Non-prescription aviator sunglasses
- 1 day contact lenses (Acuvue moist)
- 2 week contact lenses (Acuvue Oasys)
Recently I have been trying to get back into wearing contacts. The main advantage I see is that rather than needing to carry around prescription sunglasses & normal glasses everywhere, I will only need sunglasses, and they don't even need to be prescription, thus giving me more options. But, I am realizing various potential problems with traveling with contact lenses:
- the lenses and fluid take up a lot of space in my bag
- they require a certain degree of conscientiousness and I'm lazy (plus might not remember to take them out at the end of a long day)
- Not sure if lenses & fluid are safe in my bags, which might get really hot (weather in 80s/90s).
- Hazards of falling asleep on airplane/bus trips while wearing contacts
- I'll be going to a lot of beaches and going in the water, which contacts are not suited for
So here's what I'm thinking of buying:
- Prescription sports sunglasses (e.g. Oakleys) for when I'm active or near water.
- Eyeglasses with Transitions lenses for evenings, indoors, etc.
Transitions seem like they would be nice & versatile -- suitable for going in & out of doors, without having to carry around a separate pair. And although transitions are not suitable for driving, I won't be doing that. But they are expensive, and I'd have to find new frames that suit me since my lenses are so small that they wouldn't block out much light. Another concern is that in previous AskMe threads like this
one, people have pointed out various flaws (quality degrades, they look dorky, don't get completely dark/light).
What have your experiences been traveling to sunny places with various types of glasses and contacts? What combinations of eyewear have worked well?