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This is a discussion on prescription glasses for target shooting within the Optics forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Since I need new glasses anyway, I'm thinking optimize the prescription for handgun target shooting. Does anyone know what the best focus point would be ...


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Old December 2nd, 2011, 11:01 PM   #1
 
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prescription glasses for target shooting

Since I need new glasses anyway, I'm thinking optimize the prescription for handgun target shooting. Does anyone know what the best focus point would be to accommodate both gunsights at let's say 2' and target at let's say 20'? I'm thinking that to correct nearsightedness I would ask for best focus around 4-5', but I'm just guessing.

Right now I have computer glasses that were specified to focus at 24" and I find they give me reasonably good correction for longer distances--i.e. I can drive a vehicle with them and have pretty good distance vision.

Bifocals are out as far as I'm concerned, tried 'em and they drove me nuts.



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Old December 2nd, 2011, 11:32 PM   #2
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Good question! I've thought about the same thing since I have a horrible time trying to focus on that front sight.

Computer glasses were my thought as well, though I just found out my coverage changed and I can no longer get two pair covered simultaneously.

Everyone in my family eventually gets cataracts. My brother just had his removed and he can now read without glasses or having someone else hold the book for him! Guess I just need to wait a little while longer.
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I'm not there yet, but I use reading glasses set for my computer screen so about 24 inches. I would want my focal point to be the front sight as long as I could make out my target fairly well.
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Hi:
I went to CVS and checked out the Reading Glasses counter.
I chose a pair that my vision was real sharp at arms' length. (#250?)
This works out great as with these reading glases the handgun sights are very sharp with the target fuzzy which is the way it is suppose to be.
P.S. I wear tri-focals regularly but change to the reading glasses on the firing line.
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I wear progressive lenses. Tried bifocals when I first needed glasses and rejected.

Try to find a friendly optometrist, tell them what you want and they will set you up with glasses at the right focal point. My guy had me bring my .45 into the examining room, measured the distance and factored into the prescription.

At one time I had a pair of "upside down" glasses like the drywall ceiling guys wear. Great for distances up to 25 yards. Front sight was clear target fuzzy.

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Here's what works for me, YMMV: I went to Walmart and purchased a pair of their largest framed reading glasses but, at only half my normal correction. I require a +250 correction so I purchased a pair of +125 .

This allows me to clearly see and focus on the sights, with full concentration on the front sight or course, while still being able to clearly distinguish the bullseye of the target. This was a very inexpensive solution to the problem.

That worked for open sights: Red dot scopes were, for me, a whole other problem.

Even though, thanks to Lasik surgery many years ago, I have 20 - 20 distance vision, I saw "double" dots when using any of my red dot scopes. To correct this issue I had to bite the bullet and get a pair of prescription lens.
I chose a pair of aviator style frames, shatterproof lens and, voila! prescription shooting glasses. I had my normal reading prescription bifocals included so I can clearly see what I'm doing when loading, scoring, adjusting or whatever. The optometrist can also tint the lens yellow, or many other tints, if you choose. I shoot mostly indoors so I opted for clear. Good luck! Let us know how you handle it.
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I use bi-focal for aimming eye and standard lens for my left eye and my brain figures it out.Sights clear with the right and target clear with the left.
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Before you spend big $$ on prescription shooting glasses, try this. Get Optx2020 stick-on lenses. Get the magnification that would allow you to see the front sight clearly. Attach them to the top of your current safety glasses so that when you shoot and your head is tilted forward you will be looking through the lenses (or one lens if you shoot with one eye). While not shooting, your line of sight will go below the lenses and your long distance vision will not be affected.

You can go to a Dollar store, and buy 3 or 4 or 5 reading glasses with different magnifications, bring them home and test which gives you the sharpest picture of your from sight. Then you'll know what lenses to order from Optx2020.com
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My optometrist calls them "marksman glasses." I think he said they are about 3/4 of your regular prescription. He said that I could actually drive while wearing them.

I opted to get some computer glasses since I sorely needed them and gave them a try at the range with pretty good results.

You can read more at my thread in Range Reports.

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I have trifocals. My bottom is for reading my top is for distance. My optometrist set up the middle line to be in focus at 50 feet with a sight at arms length. I use a piece of ductape on a magazine held lengthwise at arms length. This worked out fine and the optometrist did not have a firearm in her office.
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For my personal shooting I use my reading glasses...My prescription glasses won't let my eyes focus when I sight in....Hope this helps....WhiteWolf
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I wear progressive's full time and find they work well for me. It allows me to focus at multiple distances with a slight change in the head tilt.
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For target shooting, I've used the Merit Optical stick on aperture for -many- years. I fact, I've had mine so long that the suction cup rubber hardened. Fortunately, replacements were available. VIA for AR-15/A2 This works well in good light.
For rifles, I've converted to optical or aperature (peep) sights.
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I wear multi focals at present.
Just bought a dedicated set of unifocals, yellow tinted, with a focal lenght of 71cms.
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Try these. Superfocus - keep your world in focus This is what I plan to do.
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