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prescription shooting/outdoor glasses?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jason41987, May 10, 2012.

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  1. jason41987

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    hey everyone.. currently, i dont even use eyewear for shooting.. have a hard time finding anything due to needing a prescription and well, i do tend to get hit in the face a lot with random objects once in a while, or get dirt kicked up in my eyes when shooting prone, so i was looking for some eyewear to fix this problem

    anyway, they cant be wrap style, my prescription wont allow heavily curved lenses, and it would be nice to have an option i can use tinted, and untinted for indoor or outdoor use in low light or bright conditions.. and since id like to use them for outdoor use such as hunting and fishing id prefer something that wasnt likely to fall off my head

    since i want something that can be used indoors or outdoors, i know people will suggest a photochromatic option, so i feel it neccessary to discuss some concerns i have about those... ive heard they can take up to an hour to go back to being clear, and that they also dont work very well inside a car, in shade, or wearing a hat... if these concerns are not true, then this would be a great option

    but so far ive come to this conclusion... a goggle style, which will keep the glare from coming around the sides of my eyes as well as keep the dust out of my eyes, or standard glasses type in which case ill still get glare and dust in my eyes, and theyd require me to wear a hat to relieve the glare coming off my cheeks and around the sides of my head...

    so with all of this in mind, does anyone have a sub $100 recommendation?
     
  2. Squeaky Wheel

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    I wear prescription glasses that adjust to light automatically (forgot what the official name is). Mine adjust pretty quickly (light to dark and back). For shooting I bought safety glasses at Home Depot for something like $3.00 that fit over my regular eyeglasses. They may look a little bit dorky, but I don't care how I look at the range. I highly recommend something like this, even if only as an interim solution, to protect your eyes.
     
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    http://www.7eye.com/

    This company used to be Panoptx. I use their motorcycle glasses. My wife has the prescription ones with the foam seals, and photosensitive day/night.

    You won't find anything in the sub-$100 range, IMHO. What's your medical insurance deductible for emergency eye surgery? :scrutiny:

    Good protective eyewear isn't cheap. Good sight is priceless.
     
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    It's true that the photo-sensitive glasses will not work in a car (unless it's a convertible with the top down!) and not so well in shade either, unless there's a fair amount of incidental light hitting the lenses still... but still they will not darken as much as if you were in direct sunlight. They need the UV rays to darken..

    But NOT true that they take an hour or more to change.. more like less than a minute.

    Currently I just change into my contacts when shooting so I can wear safety glasses, but will hopefully soon just be getting some type of LASIK.
     
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    There are makers who sell wrap around safety glasses with perscription inserts (such as these). I believe the US Army issues something similar to the troops.
     
  6. jason41987

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    unfortunately, contact lenses arent an option due to the astigmatism...

    as for the photochromatic lenses (the ones that change from light<->dark)... its a hard call how useful those are going to be for me in shade... i mean, shades definitely not nearly as bad as being in direct sunlight, so it may not be a problem for me, but it might be, hard to say... as for car, no convertible yet, im working on building the chassy and drivetrain of a ford model A from scratch, but havent started working on the body yet... might go roadster, but its a ways away still....

    so it seems the tradeoff with photochromatic is i never have to change the lenses to use them in low, or bright light conditions, i only have to carry the one... but the light i receive from shade and in a car wont really be enough to tint them....

    so for those that use photochromatics for shooting and outdoors, how well do they work with a hat on, or while standing under the shelter at the shooting range?... and if they dont go dark, do you find discomfort in the shade from glare?
     
  7. jason41987

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    mdauben, those look very similar to the ESS ICE.. which i was considering.. i could use something like that for everything, but theyll still let sun around the top, bottom and edges i think, so a hat would be neccessary... or am i wrong about that?
     
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    Small lenses on glasses add fit overs sunglasses

    For many a years I have been using small lens with wire frames and then use fit over sunglasses.
    The combination works well. The small lens frames are light, they fit close to your eye. I have a strong bifocal prescription.
    I get the polarized fit over sunglasses at Wal-mart for about $20.00.
    Buy the fit overs first then find a prescription frame that works with them. You can also get clear safety fit overs.
    The fit overs will keep alot of dust and nicks off your perscription lens.
     
  9. jason41987

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    what would your opinions be on using something like bobster goggles for shooting glasses?... apparently their lenses meet the requirements to be used as safety and shooting glasses, i could get them with photochromatic lenses and wear those as my normal glasses too, then ill have them wherever i go... as long as they were polarized too i dont think theyd be quite sufficient in a car or shade... what do y'all think?... and looking at them ive also had the idea of making the band out of weaves paracord just for those outdoor situations where i need some (my watch band is also paracord too, as are my shoestrings
     
  10. Dr.Rob

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    I bought these with prescription amber lenses:

    http://www.opticsplanet.net/wiley-x-blink-rx-sunglasses.html

    Tough enough for roller derby (saved me many a black eye) and tactical shooting matches. Full wrap around with peripheral vision.. pretty cool.

    You can get them cheap online if you know your scrip.
     
  11. jason41987

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    dr rob, due to the astigmatism they cant make a lense that would fit in frames like that, my lenses would have to be fairly flat
     
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    I have mild astigmatism and they work fine. I missed you post on needing flat lenses. Sorry.
     
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    yeah.. maximum cylinder on most wrap lenses is around -2.50, mines -3.50 and 4.00
     
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    Jason,

    Most cases of prescriptions involving astigmatism can be handled with soft toric contact lenses. As an optometrist, I daily deal with toric soft contact lenses to sucessfully handle most cases involving astigmatism. Have you recently asked your optometrist about this?
     
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    yeah billvau, ive been through it and the cost of lenses is too high... so i need another option until i can afford eye surgery
     
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    If you are considering laser surgery, be sure to look at both PRK as well as Lasik. Most eye surgeons push Lasik but PRK is significantly safer. For example, almost all military personal are required to have PRK instead of Lasik. PRK has a longer recovery period and is a more painful postop , but has less chance of complications.
     
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    billvau, PRK is what i was planning on
     
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    Oh my. Now those are something I hope I can get.

    I need to have cataract surgery on my left eye before I can consider new glasses though...
     
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    Twmaster,

    A lot of people don't realize it, but cataract surgery can give the same result of eye laser surgery (PRK, or Lasik). The surgeon puts a new intraocular lens into the eye that can potentially correct one's vision. I shouldn't say potentially, because it usually corrects one's Rx very well. If the eye in question is the dominant eye with shooting, i usually prefer a very slight nearsightedness ( -.50 diopters) to allow clear viewing of the sights, or Plano if the eye is used for distance vision. I am leary of the fairly new "premium" intraocular lenses many eye surgeons push that are supposed to eliminate the need for eyeglasses. These are multifocal implants that have some drawbacks.

    "premium" multifocal implants are also non-covered by insurance and cost several thousand dollars out of pocket.
     
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    Thank you for the info. I'm in the process of scheduling a consult with a surgeon presently
     
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    I wear the ESS ICE glasses with the prescription insert. Comfortable, easily interchangeable lenses.
    http://www.gunnersalley.com/product/ESSGLASSES/ESS-Shooting-Glasses.html
    Not under $100, but then neither are my eyes.

    I also have regular prescription lenses with the photochromic lens, what a waste of money! The only time they really get dark enough to be sunglasses is in the winter. When it's warm outside they barely darken at all. I wouldn't buy them again.
     
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    In the hands of a good eye surgeon, cataract surgery is probably safer than laser eye surgery. I haven't seen any serious complications in the last couple thousand cataracts I have referred out. I do their postops so I know the final results.

    Do your own homework in advance of your consult with the surgeon. Many offices push the multifocal implants. The most commonly used one is the ReStor implant. I would not personally use that in my eye. I would prefer a monofocal implant.
     
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    Look up Zenni Optical. Glasses starting at $5 and you can customize tint and lenses in multiple colors. I recommend the pink at 80% tint for good outdoor shooting glasses. All you need is your prescription and OD (Ocular Distance) and you're all set. They drop ship in a few weeks.
     
  24. jason41987

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    i can afford eye surgery.. i just cant afford it all at once, or right now, this fall ill make the neccessary arrangements to either pay for one eye now, the other in the spring (since RPK takes longer to recover, one eye at a time is best)... or if i can get payments ill make a payment then, in the spring, and again in the fall so i wont get killed by any interest...

    but for now i still need a here and now option and im still undecided if i want to go with prescription transition goggles such as the bobster bugeye, or with something like the ESS ice and wear a hat to keep the glare off my cheeks from getting under the lenses
     
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    Jason,

    There is a potential problem with doing one eye at a time with PRK. If you have
    a fairly high prescription and you get one eye lasered, you now will need eyeglasses with no prescription in one eye and the full correction in the other eye. This is called anisometropia. This can be very hard to comfortably wear. If the uncorrected eye has a modest prescription, perhaps -1.00 or -2.00 diopters of myopia, that might be ok. But if it was a -3.00 or more, I bet you would find it hard to tolerate the new eyeglasses.
     
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