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Old October 6th, 2013, 08:11 PM #1
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Prescription Shooting Glasses/Goggles

Perused a bit through the old threads about prescription shooting glasses.

Before 2 years ago, I was fine with contacts and just a regular pair of shooting glasses. Unfortunately long story short, I suffered retinal detachments in both eyes, then developed cataracts from treatment, had them removed, blah blah and so on. Now, for the immediate future it seems contacts are no longer viable for me. I went the range friday and tried normal shooting glasses over my progressive, yes it worked but was not very comfortable. I didnt want to just use just my Rx glasses because I paid too much for them to get them potentially messed up, and I liked the larger coverage of shooting glasses.

I see people mention ESS, wiley x, and a few oakley's. My question is, for those that have prescription shooting glasses, do you still like/dislike them since you picked them up? Would you get the same pair over again or try something else? Are there any vendors/stores I can visit to try on a few pairs? Anyone else have other brands/sites they can suggest? Thanks in advance
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Old October 6th, 2013, 08:19 PM #2
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Perused a bit through the old threads about prescription shooting glasses.

Before 2 years ago, I was fine with contacts and just a regular pair of shooting glasses. Unfortunately long story short, I suffered retinal detachments in both eyes, then developed cataracts from treatment, had them removed, blah blah and so on. Now, for the immediate future it seems contacts are no longer viable for me. I went the range friday and tried normal shooting glasses over my progressive, yes it worked but was not very comfortable. I didnt want to just use just my Rx glasses because I paid too much for them to get them potentially messed up, and I liked the larger coverage of shooting glasses.

I see people mention ESS, wiley x, and a few oakley's. My question is, for those that have prescription shooting glasses, do you still like/dislike them since you picked them up? Would you get the same pair over again or try something else? Are there any vendors/stores I can visit to try on a few pairs? Anyone else have other brands/sites they can suggest? Thanks in advance
You just need to get yourself a 2nd pair of single vision glasses that are for distance and use them when shooting. When I shoot I wear my single vision glasses. When I play golf I use my single vision glasses. When I play cards I wear my progressives.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 08:35 PM #3
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You just need to get yourself a 2nd pair of single vision glasses that are for distance and use them when shooting. When I shoot I wear my single vision glasses. When I play golf I use my single vision glasses. When I play cards I wear my progressives.

After all that pain and operations the last 2 years, Id like something that gives me z87+ or even the mil spec protection and wide coverage. Just getting another regular pair of vision glasses simply wont give me the satisfaction of knowing my eyes are safer from shooting hazards.
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As much as I don't like Walmart, I actually picked up a pair of the prescription safety / sun glasses that they have. I cant complain, so far so good
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Perused a bit through the old threads about prescription shooting glasses.

Before 2 years ago, I was fine with contacts and just a regular pair of shooting glasses. Unfortunately long story short, I suffered retinal detachments in both eyes, then developed cataracts from treatment, had them removed, blah blah and so on. Now, for the immediate future it seems contacts are no longer viable for me. I went the range friday and tried normal shooting glasses over my progressive, yes it worked but was not very comfortable. I didnt want to just use just my Rx glasses because I paid too much for them to get them potentially messed up, and I liked the larger coverage of shooting glasses.

I see people mention ESS, wiley x, and a few oakley's. My question is, for those that have prescription shooting glasses, do you still like/dislike them since you picked them up? Would you get the same pair over again or try something else? Are there any vendors/stores I can visit to try on a few pairs? Anyone else have other brands/sites they can suggest? Thanks in advance
Honestly, I'd talk to Dr. Alan Toler, in Richmond, VA. He's got a neat kit that lets you fine-tune your prescription to your needs. Then he makes a lens to fit. He's a top-flight shooter in his own right, so he knows your needs.

I shoot the precision disciplines, so I use a pair of Knobloch frames.
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Perused a bit through the old threads about prescription shooting glasses.

Before 2 years ago, I was fine with contacts and just a regular pair of shooting glasses. Unfortunately long story short, I suffered retinal detachments in both eyes, then developed cataracts from treatment, had them removed, blah blah and so on. Now, for the immediate future it seems contacts are no longer viable for me. I went the range friday and tried normal shooting glasses over my progressive, yes it worked but was not very comfortable. I didnt want to just use just my Rx glasses because I paid too much for them to get them potentially messed up, and I liked the larger coverage of shooting glasses.

I see people mention ESS, wiley x, and a few oakley's. My question is, for those that have prescription shooting glasses, do you still like/dislike them since you picked them up? Would you get the same pair over again or try something else? Are there any vendors/stores I can visit to try on a few pairs? Anyone else have other brands/sites they can suggest? Thanks in advance
I have a set of regular reading glasses for every day use. Also, have a set of RX safety/shooting glass's when I'm out, having fun. The eye place I go to pulled both of these together. One stop shop. If you have the RX you should be able to find someone to pop in the RX lens into a set of good safety glasses. Wish you the best.
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Thanks for the info so far guys. But more opinions are welcomed!
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Spoke with Neil Stepp about the ey glass thing. He is a shooter and FFL with a great deal of knowledge on this issue. He told me for iron sights to measure the distance from your eye to the front site. Prescription should be distance + 1/2 diopter. For scopes, just the distance vision lense. He can be reached at 817-595-2090.

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Randolph Ranger frames, lenses by Morgan Optical.

The Morgans are shooters, so can point you in the right direction for lens colors. The father was a BIG time trap shooter.

The Randolph Ranger frames have easily interchangeable lenses, and are designed to sit up higher on your face. So the center of the lens is where you are looking when shooting (more towards the top of a normal lens).

My wife and I have been dealing with Morgan for some 20 years, with fast, good service.

I keep 3 colors of lenses. Brown for bright days (brown enhances contrast), Yellow for indoors or overcast days, and Target Purple for clay targets (I shoot mainly sporting clays, if skeet or trap, orange would good).
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I use a pair of ESS Crossbow's with the prescription insert. One thing to keep in mind is that with the prescription lens swept back in many full coverage glasses the focus can feel different than your normal glasses. I have the same problem with both my Crossbows and full coverage sun glasses. Once you wear them for a few minutes, the difference goes away, but when you first put them on they may seem odd.

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