Questions about shooting glasses
About 10 years ago I had Lasik surgery which corrected my distance vision to 20-20, but I still needed reading glasses (normal for my age).
A little over a year ago I was having some ghost image problems, and my eye doc said I had developed a touch of astigmatism. She prescribed tri-focals which have a bit of astigmatism correction and work great for reading and computer.
Unfortunately I'm still seeing a bit of a ghost crosshair in the scope. I found that taking my glasses off corrects most, but not quite all of it.
I need to buy some new shooting glasses and am interested in recommendations. I probably can get by with uncorrected glasses, but would like to talk to someone who is a real expert to find out what my options are.
I found an old post from Robie Robinson, who is an optomitrist, but he hasn't posted since 2003. Does anyone know of a real expert I could call to discuss this?
Thanks in advance.
There was a post
Just a few days ago about this on here. OOPS, should have said thread. Can't change the title once it is posted I guess.
At Bart's recommendation I bought Dycot-Hywid shooting glasses. They are in Arizona and advertised in Precision Shooting. Since I am of a certain age, I got them with bifocals.
I get my lense perscriptions for my opthomologist. He's an eye surgeon (He just did Glorya's cataracts) and the scripts are better than I have ever got from an optomotrist.
It took me a while to learn to do this but I can see a lot better with these glasses than any I ever had. Both eyes check 20-15 with them. He told me to take his script to Walmart for my regular glasses. (I did) He told me I got better glasses for the money than I would have if I went to an optomotrist and ordered the glasses from him.
Both my everyday glasses and shooting glasses are now superb because of the above. It takes away any "Can't see" excuses when I'm shooting.
I'm probably butchering the spelling.
Thanks for the reply. I've always used opthamologists rather than optomitrists for eye exams. I have a good prescription from my eye surgeon that works great for reading and computer, but it still gives me a ghost image of the crosshairs in the scope. The prescription is a year old and my eyes may have changed a bit, but probably not much. Also, the prescription is for trifocals which I don't really need for shooting.
I believe that very few eye docs understand the problems shooters have looking through a scope. It's unlikely I'll find a local doc who does, so I'd like to find someone who can tell me how to explain the problem to my eye doc so she will understand and work with me to get it right. I just don't have the right terminology to explain the problem.
I'll check out Dycot-Hywid. I really need to get something before the Super Shoot, and I'll probably buy some uncorrected glasses for now and work on the astigmatism problem later.
Robie's still working,R.H. Robinson,O.D. 804-739-4000, address; 6721 Lake Harbour Drive, Midlothian, Va., 23112.
What is the "Best Color" for Benchrest Shooting? Any opinions on that?
These were recommended by my employer 15 plus years ago. I have four prescription lens,of different colors, for the frame, with the correction located in that part of the lens used specifically for shooting. My eye Doctor was a Shot gun shooter and was familiar with the application and placement of the correction. The frames plus prescription lens are not cheap. I think they are well worth the investment,especially if you require sight correction to enhance shooting.
The color in the ad is the most popular. Its the one I use most for centerfire bench rest.
Last edited by Chism G; 08-29-2012 at 10:36 AM.
As always while at the range/club. LEAVE your ego at home.
Where your safety glasses. Side shields are a must. You just never know.....
Britt Robinson (famous shotgun shooter) recommended the following:
He also told me to go with the clear color.
I am very pleased with the glasses.
Pete, I can't tell you what color is best, but what I can tell you is, if your flags are yellow DON"T go with yellow glasses.
Originally Posted by Pete Wass
At one of the recent matches I was having a problem with glare, so I reached for my yellow shooting glasses. That's when I discovered that someone had stolen all of my flags.
Decot Hy-Wyd are my glasses and I believe the best. However, I do have several pair of the old Bausch & Lomb shooting glasses that I had prescription lenses put in. You often can find a pair on ebay.
I also have astigmatism and if you work with the eyepiece to focus the reticle you can get that "ghost image" out.
Using your prescription is the only way to go.
I'm color blind so you might have that checked out to help determine what color lens to get. Just clear works best for me.
There was a post on BRC and 6mmbr about a company that makes perscription shooting glasses. They were around 50.00. You send them your perscription and bingo.
Give Ron Hoehn or Larry Scharnhorst a call, they wen't through this several years ago. Ron told me he almost gave up shooting because of poor and frustrating results at matches and then found out it was his perscription glasses. If I remember right, he said that his eye doctor gave him shooting glasses and when he questioned the doctor about them, the doc said that he perscribed them to a lot of shot gun shooters. When he explained to the doc about BR, the doc was like...ohhh... I see ... and gave him a different type of glasses and all was well again.
Hopefully, Ron will chime in here and set my story straight. But the morale of the story is that BR takes a higher grade of glasses that other shooting sports.
Steve, please post what you find out, what you get, and how you like them.
Wait until you start adding "FLOATERS" to the mix. Then you're in for a real challenge!
Try ZENNI OPTICAL on line. Fast service, excellent frames. I've bought the #418912 frame, which is an aviation size. They work with your prescription. I ordered a non-presciption 50% density Sunglass for my wife and I....very satisfied. How about $16.95!!
Anyway, take a look,can't hurt.