Since we don't always recognize deteriorating vision, annual eye exams are important. In my twenties, I always assumed my vision was acceptable until I had an eye exam and got glasses. I was near-sighted in one eye and had astigmatism in the other. Glasses were a revelation. Suddenly everything, especially motorcycling, was easier. Hard contacts improved my vision further, but they did not work for me in the motorcycling environment, where wind and grit dried out and invaded my eyes. Soft contacts were the solution to those problems. They also eliminated the limitations, distortion and reflections that made my vision deteriorate with glasses, especially at night.