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Getting older sucks

Postby AndyC » Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:57 pm

2 years ago I had to get my first bifocals - and since then it's been pretty hard to shoot accurately without tilting my nose up to the sky just to see the front-sight.

So, I visited my opthalmologist today for an annual visit and I had an idea I wanted to bounce off him - so I asked whether it would be possible to get a set of shooting glasses made where my left lens is normal distance (same as for driving, etc) but my right eye is focused closer ie. on the front sight. He brightened and said Yes, those would be called monovision glasses - and promptly measured me using my outstretched thumb as a guide where the front-sight would be.

Got my prescription for that so I'm planning on going to one of those cheap online-specs makers eg. Zennioptical and see how they do - this might be interesting.
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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby jmorris » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:06 pm

Well, it's better than the alternative.

I really should have trifocals. I have to take my bifocals off to see the computer screen well. As it happens that's about front sight distance so I take them off at the range.
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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby anygunanywhere » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:15 pm

My opthamologist set my bifocal contacts so I can better focus on my front sight with my right eye. Not worth spit for reading but reading glasses handles that. He understood my request since he is a shooter.
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Postby RoyGBiv » Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:19 pm

WifeGBiv has contacts done that way.
After an initial adjustment period, she's happy with this combination.
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Postby rentz » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:45 pm

I really need to ask about this at my next app. I don't have bifocals but I find it hard i to focus through the glasses sometimes mostly at indoor ranges though the yellow tented safety glasses over my eye glasses did help amp up the light some for focusing

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Postby oljames3 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:07 pm

My current glasses are progressive. It's taken some months to get used to them in all aspects, but my shooting did improve immediately.
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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby twomillenium » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:48 pm

I had glasses made that put a small section of reading bifocal, tuned in on front sight distance, about 3/4 of the way up on the right lens and a very small bifocal on the bottoms so that I would not have to take glasses off to read or write. They work great! I realized I had to do something like this when I was giving a private class to some ladies and I noticed they were holding their chins way up. I made the comment that they too must have progressive. They responded that that is they way the instructor held his head (me). I guess you must really watch what your doing when teaching newbies, they take everything literal because they have nothing to but your actions and teachings to go by.
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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby C-dub » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:56 pm

I had my eyes lasered 10-12 years ago. Distance vision is still around 20/15 - 20/20 ish. I started needing reading glasses for things at about elbow distance around 8 years ago. I'm not doing to bad for 52, but I'm getting a little worried something stupid is going to happen any day/month/year now. For now, I'm not getting older all that quickly. :woohoo
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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby rdcrags » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:37 am

On one of my implants, he made an error calculating the curvature. The right eye is better than 20-20. Now known as"eagle eye." Can see the flag on the moon.
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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby RoadRunnerTR21 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:30 am

It gets even better the older you get. This year I had cataract surgery in both eyes and I no longer have to wear glasses. Also no head tilting in order to focus. It's great!


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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby LTUME1978 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:42 am

Andy,

I have done the same thing in my quest for the solution to getting old. I am a few months shy of 62 and have worn trifocals for 11 years. When I started shooting pistols again after the 2008 election, I had to find a solution. For street wear, I had quadrifocals made. They are trifocals with the intermediate range (front site length) also in the top of the lenses so that I can put my head down slightly and see my front site. Problem is that now the only lab that made then has stopped. I have worn computer glasses for IDPA matches as it gives a larger field of vision (at front sight length) but I can't see if I am hitting anything and that won't work on the street (I am blind as a bat). So, I had some glasses made as you described several years ago. I will wear them on the street some but prefer my quadrifocals as long as the prescription still works for me. The glasses you describe work well for matches as I can shoot with both eyes open and see the holes in the targets (shooting 200 grain SWC 45 ACP). I don't know if I could see 9 mm holes, have not shot that recently but will try next time I am out to see if I can. Good luck with your glasses experience.

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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby AndyC » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:51 pm

Glad to hear I'm on the right track - I was hoping it might work because when I was a kid I never wore glasses but had a slightly weak right eye. I could shoot like a demon despite that and my theory back then was that my strong eye was target-focused while my weak eye was sight-focused - let the brain combine the two images and voila ;)
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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby Vol Texan » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:55 pm

oljames3 wrote:My current glasses are progressive. It's taken some months to get used to them in all aspects, but my shooting did improve immediately.


Does it hurt to say that? I think I'd go blind before getting used to anything that supports the progressive, leftist, Democrat side.

Oh, you mean progressive lenses...ok, nevermind.

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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby oljames3 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:02 pm

Vol Texan wrote:
oljames3 wrote:My current glasses are progressive. It's taken some months to get used to them in all aspects, but my shooting did improve immediately.


Does it hurt to say that? I think I'd go blind before getting used to anything that supports the progressive, leftist, Democrat side.

Oh, you mean progressive lenses...ok, nevermind.

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Re: Getting older sucks

Postby cmgee67 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:54 pm

Vol Texan wrote:
oljames3 wrote:My current glasses are progressive. It's taken some months to get used to them in all aspects, but my shooting did improve immediately.


Does it hurt to say that? I think I'd go blind before getting used to anything that supports the progressive, leftist, Democrat side.

Oh, you mean progressive lenses...ok, nevermind.

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