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AR10 04-01-2013 09:27 PM

56, and with no glasses I see the target......
......but don't get a clear view of the pistol sights. With reading glasses, I see the sights clearly, but the target is blurry.

What next?

I have a NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course the last week in this month, and I need to be able to place 20 shots in a 9" paper plate.

Today on the range, I could do it, but not consistently.

I have never worn prescription glasses before. I guess I have to face facts, I am getting weak eyesight in my old age. Growing old is not pleasant, but it beats the alternative.

Any suggestions, that might push back father time?

It works best when I use the reading glasses to clearly see the sights, and work with a slightly blurry target.

Any suggestions, would be appreciated (not an april fool joke :))

BillM 04-01-2013 10:02 PM

I'll tell you right up front this doesn't work for everyone----but it works for me.

I've got a set on shooting glasses (Bolle' Vigilantes) set up with the Rx frame.
Dominant eye lens is front sight focus, non dominant eye is distance.

My optometrist calls it "monovision". Says he does it a lot with contacts,
not so much with glasses.

It takes my 2 remaining brain cells about 15 minutes to get used to the
glasses on match day. First time I tried them on I lasted about 2 hrs and got
a killer headache---now I can go all day no problem.

My regular glasses are no line varilux bifocals---and the monovision works
MUCH better for iron sights. I'm just shy of 62, and having a blast shooting
around 15,000 rds a year in USPSA Single Stack division.

-06 04-01-2013 10:53 PM

Have two pair of $300 prescriptions but normally use $10 "rack" glasses for about everything.

jjfuller1 04-01-2013 11:15 PM

i know its not what you want to hear...
but when i was taught marksmanship i was told the to focus on the clear,CLEAR sights, and blurry target.

the human eye is not good enough to focus at different distances... as cool as that would be

racer_x 04-01-2013 11:16 PM

LOL Bill I got the same thing "monovision" one eye sees good distance one doesnt and vise versa. Im only 41 with a new set of bifocols.
There hard to get used too like ya say my head swims for 5-10 mins I still havent just put them on to stay, drawing uut my own pain lol

OldManMontgomery 04-02-2013 03:28 AM

AR10; Bless you my son. I was 44 when I very quickly developed presbyopia - the inability of the lens of the eye to focus at short distance. I need glasses anyway, so I did bifocals for a while, but those just do not work for pistol shooting and the craning of the neck back gives one a sore neck.

My best solution is a set of prescription shooting glasses. Hardened lens that do not shatter, side shields for stray bits of gunk and a prescription for focus measured to the front sights on my typical pistols. (Normally there's some range in the distance of focus.) The same glasses also work with iron sighted rifles. It does cost for another set of glasses, but it's better than not being able to shoot or always having to think up a new excuse.

AR10 04-02-2013 03:42 AM 4ba6

I have several pairs of these odd (ODD) eyeglasses, and they do work, but I never use them, because they are so odd.

Well, today, after my post, I tried them on to see if the sights or the target was in focus, and to my amazement, both were in perfect focus.

These are the dog gonest things I have every tried, and they do work. Sold sometimes as eye trainers, to teach someone how to see without glasses.

So tomorrow, I am off to the range again, to try these out.

I will post my target here.

AR10 04-02-2013 11:30 PM

First target was with the pin hole glasses. 27 shots, 3 outside the blue

Both targets, 15 meters, Taurus .22 Revolver.

Second target was with reading glasses with clear sights and slightly out of focus target. 27 shots, one outside the blue.

jjfuller1 04-03-2013 11:57 PM

the first target you were "chasing" with the sights, the second was a lot more uniform as far as your aim point. just slightly left. could of been trigger control or possible the sights need slight adjustment.

unclebear 04-04-2013 06:41 AM

I would just like to say I'm young I'll be 20 on the 9th I have to have reading glasses and seeing glasses. Both specialized glasses because I have astigmatism in both eyes. Before hand without my glasses shooting my mosin if it wasn't for the loop on the front sight I wouldn't have been able to hit what I did. But with my seeing glasses I can actually see things clearly and actually get some nice groups. I won't lie glasses suck but being able to see and hit the target is worth it.

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