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Vikingdad 01-31-2012 05:00 AM

Dedicated Prescription Shooting Glasses Advice?
 
I went in to the eye doctor today because my eyes are just not what they used to be. I went to the range on Friday and had trouble making out the bullseye at 100 yards (I have always had excellent vision) so I was more concerned with the shooting aspect of my life than anything else (although I do use over-the-counter reading glasses when working on the bench up close.)

Anyhow, my vision isn't too bad and the doctor suggested that I bring a couple of rifles in to the office so they can better see what the visual requirements are with iron sights and a scope (I use both). I am considering the idea, but the glasses would be specific for shooting only, as she described it. I am going to make a trip to the range first specifically to note all of my related shooting habits (I couldn't nail them down in her office) so that if I do bring my rifles in to the office I will be able to do everything that I do at the range.

My question for Y'all is, if you wear corrective glasses at the range and you could design the "perfect" pair, how would you design them? I am leaning towards the amber lenses (I have used them when hunting and they help make things sharper in daylight).

I have seen those devices that you stick to your glasses that sharpen the sight picture like this one http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=8767/Product/DELUXE-OPTICAL-ATTACHMENT
Anybody use these?

Belltactical 01-31-2012 05:06 AM

Yeah, I'm blind as a bat since the day I turned 40. The apertures you are talking about basically do what squinting does - collimate the light tighter which brings things into focus (at least that is how it was explained to me). I just use safety glasses, that is prescription glasses made from a tough polymer. Most opticians know about them or can look them up. The downside is they scratch easily. Yellow for some reason seems to be my color of choice. I go through about 3/4 pairs a year shooting every day.

Vikingdad 01-31-2012 05:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Belltactical (Post 694883)
Yeah, I'm blind as a bat since the day I turned 40. The apertures you are talking about basically do what squinting does - collimate the light tighter which brings things into focus (at least that is how it was explained to me). I just use safety glasses, that is prescription glasses made from a tough polymer. Most opticians know about them or can look them up. The downside is they scratch easily. Yellow for some reason seems to be my color of choice. I go through about 3/4 pairs a year shooting every day.

Yeah, that little aperture device seems like a gimmick, especially at $60 a pop. I don't shoot every day but I try to go at least once a week. These glasses would be strictly for range use. I still have good vision I just can't spot the fly on a hog's arse at 100 yards like I used to. And the bullseye is not clear from 100 yards through a sight aperture.

scottybaccus 01-31-2012 06:23 AM

I wear prescription lenses, always have. I don't wear a specific safety type product because I have found them quite expensive, and I don't shoot every day. I tend to buy polycarbonate lenses with anti-glare coatings, polarized if tinted for sun glasses. The sunglasses help a lot in daylight, but my clear lenses are best under artificial light.

Now before anyone gets irked about standard eye wear versus safety eye wear, I do work in an enviroment where protective eye wear is sometimes required, though not at a level where face shields and such would be. By our company standards, which are OSHA compliant, standard shatterproof eyewear meets the required criteria. I have also shot in competition and on many different ranges. I have never been challenged on the specification of my glasses. They do not look at all like safety glasses. While side shields would be nice sometimes, I am comfortable with the coverage.

Vikingdad 01-31-2012 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by scottybaccus (Post 694915)
I wear prescription lenses, always have. I don't wear a specific safety type product because I have found them quite expensive, and I don't shoot every day. I tend to buy polycarbonate lenses with anti-glare coatings, polarized if tinted for sun glasses. The sunglasses help a lot in daylight, but my clear lenses are best under artificial light.

Now before anyone gets irked about standard eye wear versus safety eye wear, I do work in an enviroment where protective eye wear is sometimes required, though not at a level where face shields and such would be. By our company standards, which are OSHA compliant, standard shatterproof eyewear meets the required criteria. I have also shot in competition and on many different ranges. I have never been challenged on the specification of my glasses. They do not look at all like safety glasses. While side shields would be nice sometimes, I am comfortable with the coverage.

My most frequent shooting buddy (other than my sons) wears not-quite Coke-bottle glasses and nobody ever challenges him as to their effectiveness as safety glasses. Heck, they're near 1/4 inch thick!

Any glasses I get would be polycarbonate, as most are these days, which probably do qualify under ANSI as "safety glasses".

danf_fl 01-31-2012 08:34 AM

I would find out how to avoid getting natural facial oils from clouding the lens corners near the nose bridge.

Also, as they are shooting glasses, cleaning may be in the background for now. Use water and a soft cotton or terry towel that does not have any fabric softener. Paper towels are too rough and have scratched lenses. Never wipe the lenses with a t-shirt and always rinse with a fluid first to wash dust away.

Jay 01-31-2012 11:28 AM

For general range or target/match shooting, ths sky's the limit. Wear whatever suits you. For personal protection training/practice, use what you wear for every day activities. If you should get into a self defense shooting scenario, you won't have time to change yer glasses.

Whatever works for ya :)

JonM 01-31-2012 11:56 AM

Ive got frames with quick change lenses. My glasses guy did the same thing he had me bring in a couple of guns and noted what part of the lens i was looking through and ground them to fit.

Ive got lens for rifle coated tinted yellow that dim in bright light. Ive got yellow tinted pistol lenses and red tented shotgun lenses.

You eye girl can tell where the focal point is just by you holding your shooting pose. Highly recomend it for prescription shooters!!

scottybaccus 01-31-2012 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by JonM (Post 694979)
Ive got frames with quick change lenses. My glasses guy did the same thing he had me bring in a couple of guns and noted what part of the lens i was looking through and ground them to fit.

Ive got lens for rifle coated tinted yellow that dim in bright light. Ive got yellow tinted pistol lenses and red tented shotgun lenses.

You eye girl can tell where the focal point is just by you holding your shooting pose. Highly recomend it for prescription shooters!!

That's interesting. My biggest issue with my glasses is that I don't like the focus in particular zones of my vision when shooting scoped rifles. I am actually moving to scout mount configurations because I see optics better with my glasses when they are at arm's length. I am also practicing two eyes open a lot more with these optics and it's paying off.

Vikingdad 02-01-2012 02:45 AM

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Originally Posted by JonM (Post 694979)
eye girl

You pretty much had me until you said this. She is a Doctor of Optometry. I find it difficult enough to concentrate on the concerns I have with my eyes without noticing that she is a very attractive woman. Probably young enough to be my daughter to be sure, but nevertheless.:o

Where was I? Oh yes, my eyes. And shooting glasses. The glasses you talk about sound very expensive. I mean they sound great and all but how much do they cost?


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