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Shooting Glasses?

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Unread 11-11-2009, 11:28 AM
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Re: Shooting Glasses?

Wear glasses all the time, but sometimes take them off for pictures.
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Unread 11-12-2009, 01:22 AM
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Re: Shooting Glasses?

Originally Posted by Smoke View Post
I am an eye doc and a shooter. I would recommend wearing shooting glasses everytime you shoot. It's not worth the risk of damaging or loosing an eye. Personally, I think the protection that prescription glasses provide is adequate but definitely not optimal. For those of you who are middle aged shooters and need bifocals for near vision, there are no lenses that can give you the best of both worlds (clear distance and near vision).
My distance vision is 20/10.

I can see the bead on a long shotgun barrel very clearly.

Where I'm running into trouble is I can't focus on the front sight of a handgun. Hand-gunning is front sight front sight front sight...

My Ophthalmologist has a set of really cool sunglasses that can be made using the polycarbonate lens, and I can have a bifocal (lower half) with a little boost on the top end. It's gonna cost me a bundle, but it's worth it to be able to shoot and wear corrective safety glasses.
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Unread 11-12-2009, 02:05 AM
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I needed glasses because when I would close my left eye to shoot with my right, things would be blurry. ( Shooting metallic silhouettes with a handgun with iron sights ). The optomitrist I went to was a shooter also so he made me a pair of glasses that gave me 15-15 vision ( just use them for shooting and hunting only ) WOW what a difference. So that is how I have them made everytime I need a new perscription.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 11:51 AM
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Re: Shooting Glasses?

I have glasses that are actually tri-focal's but are no lines. The last time I bought new glasses I bought a pair with over sized lenses and with a one piece saddle type bridge. When shooting prone I was always looking over the glass which really caused me problems. Same with shooting clays. Can't hit what you can't see you know. Anyway the once piece bridge makes the glasses ride up higher and at a different angle depending on how you adjust it. When they ground the glass they ground it a bit different and I can see very clearly through the top left hand corner of the glass. This lets me shoot prone and also shoot clays without a problem. Never could get my last pair high enough or clear enough in that spot to shoot decently till this last pair of glasses.
Where I bought my glasses I just told them what I wanted and why and they really worked hard to see that they were made this way and the little gal that did the ordering for me was not a shooter. She just figured out what I wanted and had the lenses made the way I wanted them. Only problem I have had is the nose piece is a soft plastic and in one years time I have had to replace the nose piece 3 times. They also work well as protective glasses too but I will never get glasses again that get as dark as these do. Had a bit of a problem with them being too dark to see clearly through my scope a couple times due to just plain being too dark.
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Unread 02-25-2010, 12:33 PM
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Location: East Central Alberta
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Re: Shooting Glasses?

got a pic of your frames?

Any others have their fav frames for shooting with?
My sister is a head lab tech with Pearle Vision. She uses a fancy new cnc machine for making lenses. She can copy most any lens, except some of the more curved ones. Am having her do a pair of Oakleys with a transition to fairly dark for driving.
I am now into three way proggresive :( Also tied the Lasik, but no joy. My right cornea is too thin to work with. Oh well...

So if I could see what works for you folks, I could maybe narrow down the field.

Thanks, later...
If guns kill people.....mine must be defective.

"Teenagers scare the living chit outta me!"
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Unread 02-25-2010, 08:43 PM
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Re: Shooting Glasses?

I wear them whenever I can. As a former Army medic, what I told my guys is that there is a lot of things I can fix. Your eyes are not 2 of them.

Not worth the price of vision to not wear glasses.

That said...I'll post an offer for a 40% discount on glasses from a major eyewear manufacturer.

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Unread 02-26-2010, 09:33 AM
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Re: Shooting Glasses?

Archdlx, Pearle vision is where I bought them from. One of their standard set of frames. Just ask her about the one piece bridge and she should be able to tell you which ones I'm talking about as they only carried one set like that. It was also the largest set of frames they carried.
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