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    Opinions about idea for corrective lenses

    I recently had trouble focusing my eyes to sight in my 17L so back to the eye doctor I went hoping an adjustment to my standard prescription will hold off the inevitable awhile longer. While there I spoke with the optometrist and asked if he had experience making glasses specifically for pistol shooting.

    He said he recently made a pair for a gentleman where he put a small mid-range lens on top portion of the dominate eye lens - think upside down bi-focal. The shooter sees the target with the standard lens then looks through the top edge to focus on the front sight. He said the secondary section was smaller than would normally be used for a bi-focal but it allowed the shooter to transition much quicker.

    It seemed like a creative solution but I was wonder what your guys' opinions/experiences were?
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    Makes me wonder what Jerry Mucelik (sp?) did??

    Maybe research him a little.

    I read something, it's been awhile back though, about what he did or was doing to overcome aging eyes.

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    What does the front sight look like to you without glasses?
    I have a similar problem, maybe, I have single vision glasses for distance but and now advanced in years enough that I can no longer wear them and refocus on objects close like the front sight. So going with the the training method of the front sight should be in focus and the target blurred, I don't wear corrective lenses when shooting. Just regular safety glasses and as long as the targets are no further away than 30 yds it works well for me.

    Not knowing your level of vision correction needed I can't say it will work for you. Also most of my shooting matches are steel plates where just a ding or knock down is needed. On USPSA paper targets I am slower when trying to hit the A zones.

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    My eyes are getting there too, MS, so I'm with you. Short answer is I don't think I would get special glasses for myself. Too many tradeoffs for me.

    The long answer is next...here are 2 questions:

    -- Do you use firearms a) just for the range or b) for the range and self defense?
    -- Are you going to wear these glasses 1) just for the range or 2) all the time, for your day-to-day activities?

    If you answer a1, a2 or b2, then you're probably fine. The tradeoff is answers b1, which might be problematic; what if you need your gun in self defense? And you're totally accustomed to shooting with dedicated glasses? For me, I'd rather get used to a blurry front sight, as long as I can identify my target. My aging eyes are one of the reasons why I'm making the change to larger sights (Speed Sights). Red dots may be in my future if, over time, my old eyes can't near-focus for squat.
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    I'm not there yet, but I see questions fairly regularly related to aging eyes and I thought his solution sounded interesting. I think it is definitely just for the range though.

    As for me, there's no way I could aim sights without my standard lenses on. Even with point shooting I'd be hesitant beyond about 10yrds. Most situations in my home would be closer than that. Lasik wouldn't correct my eyes to the point where I wouldn't still need some correction so I decided against it.

    But for target shooting, it seems tipping the head down would be easier than lifting up to get a better lens on the front sight. Hopefully I won't have to find out for some time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtStream View Post
    I'm not there yet, but I see questions fairly regularly related to aging eyes and I thought his solution sounded interesting. I think it is definitely just for the range though.
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    But for target shooting, it seems tipping the head down would be easier than lifting up to get a better lens on the front sight. Hopefully I won't have to find out for some time!
    Makes sense. Guess we'll see what happens with our eyes in like, what, 20 years...
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    For bullseye I took a pair of cheap clip on sun glasses, drilled a small hole in them where my eye would align with the sight, then blacked out the lens with black tape. Eyepals are another option, Worked great for bullseye, not practical for any other type of shooting.

    I've also bought cheap readers at different prescriptions to use for different types of shooting (pistol, rifle, etc). Allowed me to focus on the front sight, the target is more blurry than normal (well what would be normal if I didn't have old man eyes) which is fine for defensive training or uspsa and whatnot but not much good for precision/hunting etc.

    I don't know about the different prescriptions in one lens, like a trifocal. There is going to be distortion between the different areas that would probably affect accuracy but would more than likely be fine for defensive style shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtStream View Post
    I recently had trouble focusing my eyes to sight in my 17L so back to the eye doctor I went hoping an adjustment to my standard prescription will hold off the inevitable awhile longer. While there I spoke with the optometrist and asked if he had experience making glasses specifically for pistol shooting.

    He said he recently made a pair for a gentleman where he put a small mid-range lens on top portion of the dominate eye lens - think upside down bi-focal. The shooter sees the target with the standard lens then looks through the top edge to focus on the front sight. He said the secondary section was smaller than would normally be used for a bi-focal but it allowed the shooter to transition much quicker.

    It seemed like a creative solution but I was wonder what your guys' opinions/experiences were?
    My doctor suggested Monovision using contact lenses. My right contact is for near and left is for distance. For me, after a short time wearing them, the brain sees things together and doesn't differentiate between the two. I shoot right handed and am right eye dominant and I can readily focus on the front sight. The left eye helps with depth perception. While some people don't like this approach, I'm very glad I use it. After shooting I switch back to glasses. Prolonged use of the computer or reading is easier with my progressive lenses. Also, it's nice to buy and wear non-prescription sun and safety glasses. Quite a bit less expensive than prescription. Anyway ... Monovision works for me.
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    I've known some folks who did that, some via surgery. But I dont see my brain handling it. I'd be stuck walking in circles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtStream View Post
    I've known some folks who did that, some via surgery. But I dont see my brain handling it. I'd be stuck walking in circles!

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    Well surgery isn't required ... and your brain gets accustomed to it readily. Sometimes I go as long as two weeks without wearing them at all. Within seconds of putting them in I don't notice I'm using them. Anyway ... just a suggestion.
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