shooting glasses/need advice from shooters who wear perscription lenses


April 20, 2009, 04:50 PM
I wear glasses and hate my contacts (only use contacts on the boat and jetski). I have been wearing over-sized shop safety glasses over my regular glasses while shooting. Does anyone have any suggestions on more comfortable over-sized shooting glasses? I have seen them online but am hesitant to order until I hear some opinions. Thanks

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April 20, 2009, 05:34 PM
Talk to your optometrist about impact resistant lens next time you have to have new ones made.

I have been wearing prescription no-line bifocals made from polycarbonate with no-scratch coating for years.


April 20, 2009, 05:39 PM
Around my usual range, my regular plastic lenses with scratch-resist coating are considered "good enough"--but it also helps that there's another set of lenses protecting them as well; not only do I require corrective optics but filtering ones as well (polarized lenses help a great deal with my light-sensitive eyes).

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April 20, 2009, 05:43 PM
RCmodel - Were you able to get the wrap around lenses or did you get typical frames? I'd like to get the wrap around style and I think they can do that except they have to mount the prescription lenses in the wrap around lenses.
I guess I'll just have to get some big frame sunglasses with prescription lenses in them or just start wearing my contacts again to justify the $300 dollar pair of Oakleys that never get worn :)

April 20, 2009, 05:45 PM
I also just use my regular prescription glasses since they are scratch and impact resistant. The next pair I get are going to be extra large frames to give me a larger field of view while shooting...

April 20, 2009, 05:47 PM
Dback - I wear smaller frame glasses so I'm afraid if anything went wrong they'd just blow off my head then my eyes would be gone. I hate my contacts because they tend to get too dry when shooting for any period of time and start to "roll" when I look through the scope.

April 20, 2009, 05:51 PM
Mine are not wrap-around.

Look here:

Any good eye doc should be able to fix you up with prescription shooting glasses in any style you want.

All it takes is money!

While you are at it you can get the focal length right for front sights instead of newspapers.


April 20, 2009, 05:57 PM
chutchis, mine are smaller frame as well--just about the same size as the eye sockets in my skull, which I usually keep them snugged up into, locked in place by my eyebrows.

I couldn't do wraparounds myself, my eyes are so bad I need either high-index lenses or Coke-bottles that'd be heavy enough to break my nose.

April 20, 2009, 06:06 PM
RCmodel - those are perfect and not that expensive considering my regular glasses were over $500. Now if I can just get my medical flex account to pay for them I will be in business...thanks RCmodel!

I meant the RXshooting glasses...

April 22, 2009, 09:44 AM
wileyX makes some pretty nice prescription lenses for their glasses

April 22, 2009, 10:15 PM
Believe it or not, on one pistol session a .40sw case ejected, ricocheted off the plexiglass sidewall of my lane and toppled into the top of my eyeglass style safety glasses over my left eye and landed between the lens and my eye. I was able to react and shut my eye in time and the case was still warm. I took the glasses off and the case fell out. I was lucky but it just goes to show ANYthing can happen. I really don't take any chances. From now on I wear goggles; I also double up on hearing and wear styro ear inserts AND a headset. When shooting milsurp ammo in C&Rs I wear a bandana over my mouth since having several cases split in the chamber and pepper my face with hot particles.

April 24, 2009, 05:36 AM
I have to wear safety style glasses for my job, I am a welder in the oilfield so there are alot of flying things that wish to enter my eye. A roughneck enlightened me to walmarts eyeglasses as being quite cheap, so I tried it after spending several hundred dollars at my old place for regular cheapy's. My job takes its toll on eye wear so cheaper sounded better! I was able to get a pair of wrap around style tinted glasses for cutting in perscription with polarization and a non-tinted set with removable side shields for I think it was $80. The non-tinted aren't trendy but not the typical safety glasses, the wraparounds are for sports and aren't to bad looking. They offer very good protection, both sets. With out polarized lenses, I would have walked out for $40 I think it was.... So you might look into thier selection, they offer several styles and options, might have what you are looking for at a nice price. The eye doctor there is also able to remove foriegn objects and help with burnt eye's for a substantial discount to the hospital visit, incase there are any fellow welders on here!

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