Using Eyeglasses with Scopes

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  1. jstein

    jstein Member

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    I'd like some advice in regards to using a scope while wearing eyeglasses. I've been hunting all my life, much of which I have worn eyeglasses. Up until a few years ago, my vision was strong enough that I could "cheat" and simply remove my eyeglasses for hunting or shooting. As I am now in my 50's, I'm finding that does not work. To correct for this, I have a prescription for contact lenses. However, depending on the environmental conditions, they seem to often dry out, irritating my eyes and requiring drops. This often makes for a less than pleasurable hunting or shooting experience. My eye-doc and I have tried numerous types of contacts, none of which have helped solve the problem. As such, my comfort zone has evolved to simply wearing my glasses. I'm sure someone will suggest Lasik Surgery, however, due to needing correction for both near and far vision, my eye-doc does not recommend this.

    Having said that, I'm rethinking how my rifle scopes should be mounted. Most have been mounted as close to the barrel as geometry would allow. However, I now find myself cocking my head and looking through the right upper corner of my glasses. This causes numerous concerns, it does not feel natural or comfortable, nor does it create a clear and optimum field of view, and lastly, my cheek weld seems awkward and inconsistent.

    Are there any specific scope set-ups or other corrective measures that might help with this problem? Would increasing the height of my scopes help? Has anyone else found a solution?
     
  2. Wenatchi

    Wenatchi New Member

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    I would probably suggest a long eye relief scope. I wear glasses all the time and have for as long as I can remember. So shooting with glasses is something that I am use to doing. Other thing I could think of would try some other frame of glasses if you can. I tend to look thru the very top center (by my noise) of my glasses. not sure if this helps any.

    Will
     
  3. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Email me your phone number and I will call you tomorrow to tell of my successful answer to a similar situation.
     
  4. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried daily contact lenses? They are around $1 a pair and they do not dry my eyes out like normal contacts. You can buy a box that will last you all of hunting season and probably cost less than $50.
     
  5. Gunpoor

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    I have been shooting scoped rifles with eyeglasses for over 25 years without any problems. Where I have problems is trying to shoot iron sighted guns with my bi-focal glasses on. I can still see well enough that I take my glasses off to shoot iron sighted handguns.
     
  6. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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    I wear trifocals and my scopes are mounted with 1/16 inch of the barrel. I found that an adjustable cheek rest tactical stock helps a great deal. However I have learned to adapt to stocks without adjustable cheek pieces by selecting lenses that are a minimum of 2.5 inches across and 1.75 inches top to bottom.
     
  7. jstein

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    Thank you for your insights guys. I appreciate it. I may try the daily contacts. I'm looking at a Leupold VX-6 for my new .243, hoping to find some advantage with better eye relief as suggested. Len I sent you my contact info, if you have a chance give me a call anytime, I'd be interested in your solution.
     
  8. Garyshome

    Garyshome Well-Known Member

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    I am having a problem with the bI-focals also. It seems that my left is for distance and the right is for close up stuff. Going to the doc tomorrow will try to get this resolved.
     
  9. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Jeff, good phone call. Best wishes.
     
  10. jstein

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    Hi Len,

    Thank you for taking the time to call this morning. I really appreciate you sharing your experience with me. If my eyes follow the same path as yours, I'll certainly take advantage of that option. Until then, I'll keep trying to improve my shooting experience by working with my eye-doctor on the "mono-vision prescription" you mentioned.

    Thanks again for the call, and stay in touch. Enjoyed talking to you. I hope to stop by your store when I'm in the area. Let me know if your ever over here in the Twin Cities, lunch is on me.

    Jeff
     
  11. jstein

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    Good luck with the bifocals, I'd be interested in how that works out for you and if your eye-doctor suggests anything that works.