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Shooting without prescription glasses

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by riceboy72, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. 420Stainless

    420Stainless Well-Known Member

    I am near sighted and must remove my glasses to see the sights on a handgun in focus - so I always shoot with just safety glasses. Can't shoot open iron sights on a rifle well at all. The rear sight is fuzzy with glasses and the front sight is fuzzy without:banghead:. Still seem to do pretty well with a peep.

    Fortunately, although my far vision is fuzzy, it is not so bad that I can't distiguish and center on a target.
  2. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    The rear sight is supposed to appear fuzzy.
  3. RJTravel

    RJTravel Well-Known Member

    Without glasses the sights are in clear focus, however the target is a bit fuzzy. Once I was moose hunting and shot a moose. A nearby farmer got really, really mad and insisted I shot his cow. My far vision may be a little fuzzy but I could prove that it was a moose. He asked how. Easy - only a moose would moo.
  4. 420Stainless

    420Stainless Well-Known Member

    True, but when its so fuzzy you can't tell if the front sight is centered or level with the top of the notch it doesn't work too well, at least not for me.
  5. Andrew Leigh

    Andrew Leigh Well-Known Member

    Glasses are probably the single most frusrtating part of my shooting experience, I shoot scoped hunting rifles exclusively.

    I needed to get reading glasses then within 6 months my distance vision went. Currently I wear multifocals which is OK for general use but with shooting no can do.

    When on a hunt the multifocals are great but when addressing target the position of my eyes > glasses > scope does not work. The position of the glasses on my face is such that my eye looks through the portion of the lens that focusses far, but the scope is only 4" inches away.

    I am considering having a pair of glasses made with my normal long distance prescription in both lenses but by having a "bifocal" portion at the top of the right lens so my right eye can focus through it on the scope. This will pretty much leave me snookered for reading but this would not be required out on the hunt. I would also have to check how this will affect my use of a rangefinder.

    Any suggestions?
  6. xfyrfiter

    xfyrfiter Well-Known Member

    I also shoot only scoped rifles other than my AR, and I focus my crosshairs and AO so that I can shoot without glasses. When I was a much younger man I had 20/10 in both eyes, at 25 yo it had deteriorated to 20/15, and then was 20/20 for a quite a few years, now I am looking at trifocals, it sucks getting old.
  7. GreyCoupe

    GreyCoupe Well-Known Member

    I'm lucky; -1.75 in my dominant eye, -1.5 in the other. I can almost pass my driver's test without them. In fact, when shooting at the 5 and 7 yard ranges, I peek over my glasses to keep the front sight sharp, and let the bull's eye blur behind it.
  8. Fotno

    Fotno Well-Known Member

    These two posts mirror both my nearsightedness, and my approach to shooting without my glasses. In other words, at other than bad breath distances I wouldn't think of it.
  9. Big Lew in NC

    Big Lew in NC Active Member


    I used to shoot the IHMSA game well at age 30. I could ven hit the 500 meter targets. Now at 50 I have tri-focals. I recommend you practice with regular safety glasses that have no prescription and get used to it so you can defend yourself and your home. There are special glass that can be ordered when you are competing. Just practice a lot with regular safety glasses and you'll do fine.
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Didn't know there was a requirement to be able to see to exercise a right.
  11. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Well-Known Member

    Andrew, I buy the common stick-on reading lenses from OPTX. I cut a little dot (larger than a BB and smaller than a 9mm ;) ) to place on the inside, upper left corner of my right glasses lens. It has taken me about 20 years to go through my first pair and start on my second. The dot tends to come off when you hand your glasses to the tech at the optometrist.


    Now, you will need to know the approximate diopter of your prescription. Then buy the nearest stronger to cut and fit. Talk to your eye-guy for further advice. Mine let me bring my rifle and pistol into the shop and did some trials with his trial lenses. The biggest problem we had with that was when the two women came over to look at the Hawken I'd brought in.

    I've pictures around someplace. I'll look and see if I can find them to post.


    That little dot of magnification in the upper corner of your vision will bug you for a bit, but I've never had anybody tell me it took more than a day to forget about it.
  12. Andrew Leigh

    Andrew Leigh Well-Known Member

    Awesome, will check it out.
  13. JTHunter

    JTHunter Well-Known Member

    Considering I can't read newsprint at 6" because I'm so near-sighted, I can't see the targets.
    I've had bifocals - they didn't work for me. I went back to single vision lenses on this prescription and, if I need to read some fine print, I just lift them up and use my bare eyes.
    When I'm at the computer, I use an old prescription that is about 1 diopter weaker and hang some of those cheap "reading glasses" on the front that lets me see the screen quite well. If I need to look at something over 2-3' away, I just look over the tops of the readers and through the upper portion of the regular glasses.
  14. hardheart

    hardheart Well-Known Member

    Which is why shooting with your eyes closed is a great idea.
  15. otasan56

    otasan56 Well-Known Member

    I have prescription shooting glasses (impact resistant).
  16. Iramo94

    Iramo94 Well-Known Member

    This reminds me of a poem often attributed to an epitaph on a grave somewhere.


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