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Old December 7th, 2019, 05:44 PM   #16
 
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For me the next step is the eye doctor as well.
I have been having the same issues with eyesight and target shooting. I will be 62 next month and the trip to the eye doctor I have been putting off is over due. Some one at the range recommended I bring up the issues I have at the range as well as reading to see if there is anything that can be done. I have painted front sights on my Ruger's, put firesites on the front of my Marks and next will be other optics/scopes. Many of us are in the same boat when it comes to shooting. Good luck and happy shooting...



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Old December 7th, 2019, 07:24 PM   #17
 
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Well, for the interim I'm going to give some clip on reading glasses at +1.50 ... hopefully they'll be here by next weekend ...
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You got that right ... this is why I've come to prefer target shooting with my rifles ...

On a side note, how have you been Tack? How's the little blessing doing these days?
She is doing great, keeping me busy. Hey eva the elf on the shelf is back to her old tricks again.
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The last time I went to the Optometrist for a new prescription, I got into a conversation about shooting. Turns out the Doc, was a avid shooter. I asked him if there was a prescription I could get just for this. He asked me what distances I shoot at and prescribed a separate prescription. Works out great.
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She is doing great, keeping me busy. Hey eva the elf on the shelf is back to her old tricks again.
Glad to hear she's keeping you on your toes ... those dang Elves sure can get into mischief ...
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Glad to hear she's keeping you on your toes ... those dang Elves sure can get into mischief ...
Yes Eva was trying to drag away my bag of cheetos yesterday. I didn't mind since she looks like she needs to add a few pounds.
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I have trifocals. I have a thin line of a third magnification in my bifocals. Ths line is set up to allow me to focus on sights of a handguns sights. What I do to avoid any problem with bringing a handgun to a doctors ofice. I bring a news magazine not aa gun magazine to the doctors office. I have a piece of duct tape on the end of the rolled up magazine. This substitutes for the front sight. I hold the magazine from one end in an isosiles stance and have the optician set the middle line of focus on that sight.
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I'm up to Tri-focals now .

Thicker front sight and wider rear notch helps a good bit.

The real answer is a Red Dot sight or scope .

I had stopped shooting handguns because I could no longer "see" the sights. At a gun show I picked up a Ruger MKII with a Millet SP-1 Red Dot mounted on it ....
Oh my word , that red dot let me shoot and actually hit the target again...
It was a Revelation to me .
Since I don't shoot at extended ranges the red dot with a 3 moa does the trick for me .
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I'm up to Tri-focals now .

Thicker front sight and wider rear notch helps a good bit.

The real answer is a Red Dot sight or scope .

I had stopped shooting handguns because I could no longer "see" the sights. At a gun show I picked up a Ruger MKII with a Millet SP-1 Red Dot mounted on it ....
Oh my word , that red dot let me shoot and actually hit the target again...
It was a Revelation to me .
Since I don't shoot at extended ranges the red dot with a 3 moa does the trick for me .
Gary
Agreed, but some handguns don't lend themselves to easy red dot or scope attachment ...
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Someone on the forum a couple years ago recommended going down in strength of what you use for reading and you can still see the front sight fairly clearly and the target won’t be a blob at normal handgun range. I went from my 1.75 readers back to an old pair of 1.0s and wow. I can focus on the front sight of my handguns and still see a bullseye on a paper target out to about 20 to 25 yards reasonably well. It really improved my handgun shooting by tightening groups.
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Well I'm hoping the clip on readers will be here by the weekend so i can try em out ... Stay tuned ...
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I guess in reality it’s all give and take. The older you get the more help you need to see to shoot. The good part is, the less I can hear I don’t need as much hearing protection as I use to.
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I have worn trifocals for years. After cataract surgery I was a real mess because I used to be super nearsighted and now I can't see a darned thing up close - only far away! But that has no relation to shooting.

I have always had the middle trifocal portion of my lenses made wider and "deeper" - higher and also lower than what is normal - because that is really the part I use most - for computer use, cooking, eating, and of course for handgun shooting! The bifocal portion is very small at the bottom and only used for reading.

When I'm wearing my glasses in their proper position and look straight ahead I am using the trifocal part of the lens. For driving I can scoot the frames down just a tad and see distances fine.

It is your money: Tell them how you need your glasses made for your use!

I have safety glasses for shooting in the trifocal distance only. GREAT forcus on the front sight. Of course a target that is more than 7 yards away is a blur, but I aim for the middle of the blur and do just fine, thank you.

I probably don't need the special shooting glasses except for the added protection of the side shields, and sometimes forget to put them on when I'm at the range. But using my regular glasses to shoot is good practice for if I ever need to use my gun for SD purposes.
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Well ... as long as the USPS doesn't mess up I should have my clip on readers by Saturday ... looking forward to another range visit to test them out ...


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Another Now I Know Moment - UPDATE

Well folks, I might have temporarily found an answer to my problem with the help of you guys. My clip on "readers" came today and tried them out and I'm seeing a big improvement with the clarity of the front sight of my Wrangler. They are a +1.50 power, I'm thinking I should have gone with a +2.00 or even a +2.50. When I have them on the distance stuff is a bit fuzzy now but the arms length sight is clearer, not perfect but better than without. Now to try them out in live action. Stay tuned for further updates ...
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