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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mountaindrew, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. mountaindrew

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    So in the last few years i have finally gave up and started wearing the glasses I should have been forever. I just have a standard pair of thin wire frames, but no matter how i adjust them, the top line always seems to end up perfectly in alignment with the cross hairs of my scope. I try to push them up as high as possible, but they always get in the way. Ironically, my right eye has barely any prescription, my left is the bad one. I have been mostly shooting pistols or open sights lately and it doesn't seem to be a problem, but with scoped rifles it definitely gets in my way. What do you all do? is there a frame shape that is better than others? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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    I invested in a pair of shooting glasses designed for the task.

    https://www.reranger.com/

    I had the lenses made to my Rx, which covers the entire area of the lens, something that your everyday frames do not
     
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    23F36F05-0929-4D82-8934-46417C589B60.jpeg I use a tall scope mount that keeps my head up and glasses out of the way
     

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  4. Howland937

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    Is it possible your cheek weld is too low? This could cause your line of sight to be too low if your head is pitched forward.

    I got glasses about 6 months ago because of a severe astigmatism in my dominant eye. Its really only noticeable if I either close my left eye or look through a scope where my focus is concentrated. Cross hairs are always blurry, no matter how much I try to adjust the scope. Only reason I got glasses was to help that, but since they didn't help they're in a drawer somewhere at home.
     
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  5. Laphroaig

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    Specialized shooting glasses are your best bet. The nosepiece is adjustable on some so you can raise the lenses up. Also, you can have the lenses cut so the optical center is high. I bought a set of these years ago and was going to say they were affordable. I guess that they still are but I think I paid a little over $200 with 3 sets of lenses.

    https://www.decot.com/product/classic-hy-wyd-with-spring-hinge-temples-2/

    Back in the day I built up my nosepieces with adhesive tape, which helped too.
     
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  6. jmr40

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    You can focus the scope to match the vision of your right eye and simply not use the glasses. I'm the opposite. I don't need true glasses yet, but need readers for small print. And it is my right eye that is the worst. My left eye is still near perfect. I just focus the scope for my right eye and shoot with both eyes open.

    When shooting irons it is a lot easier to do it with my readers on. But it since the scope can be fine tuned for me it isn't a disadvantage at all. Of course once focused for me no one else can see much of anything through my scopes.
     
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  7. Walkalong

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    That’s what I do, and use narrow 1.75x readers hanging down on my nose to see scope adjustments, mil settings per yardages, etc
     
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    I'm practically blind without my glasses. I need to keep my face more vertical when mounting the rifle rather than canted forward like when I wore contacts.

    Pistol grip stocks, a shorter LOP and taller scope mounts may help get into position better.
     
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    I use moderate/mild prescription but found it was a lot easier if I just adjusted focus and parallax to my bare eye. YMMV
     
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  10. George P

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    I agree with Nature Boy - either rangers or Decots and have them set the lenses so you are looking through that upper portion. You will need to find someone who understands the needs of shooters - I prefer Tom at Tx Shooter's Supply where I got my scrip lenses for my RE Rangers after going back to glasses from contacts. Good guy, knows his stuff; explain what you're wanting to do and he will fix you right up.
     
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    Shooting glasses or contacts. Additionally are you a candidate for LASIK or PRK?
     
  12. bangswitch

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    you mention your left eye is far worse than your right, but you don't say whether you shoot right- or left- handed. Assuming you shoot right-handed and your right eye "has barely any prescription", why not shoot your scoped rifle without your glasses? The eyepiece on most good scopes is adjustable for focus, let that be your "prescription".

    You'll get slightly more eye relief from the scope and won't have the glasses frames get in your line of sight. I'm also a glasses wearer, right vision better than left, and I wear "lineless" bifocals. Two things I do that my glasses interfere with is shooting a scoped rifle (right-handed), and looking in my astronomical telescope. I've found that I can do both better without my glasses, it just takes a different focus with the eyepiece to see sharply.
     
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  13. 792mauser

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    I have to keep my face in line with the scope when I shoot.
     
  14. mountaindrew

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    I am right eye dominant, so I guess I could just take the glasses off and shot like that, but that leaves me with little vision outside the scope, and constant transitions, glasses on, glasses off, etc. Not really practical for hunting either, as I need my vision at is best up until I take the shot. As far as raising the scope/cheek weld, the mounts seem simple, but does that require a different stock, or riser/pad thing strapped on?
     
  15. South Prairie Jim

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    You really don’t need anything except taller mounts, if your current mounts are low’s then order medium. It doesn’t take much to improve the sight picture.
    IME anyway
     
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  16. 3Crows

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    Live with it is my solution.
     
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    The older you get the more things you find you just have to "live with". It can get pretty tiresome. I say, if you can find a solution that works, go for it.
     
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    About 20 years ago I started doing most of my rifle shooting in a upright sitting position using a shooting stick and all of the problems using eye glasses disappeared. I would guess you are slumping over a shooting bench or trying to shoot prone and both methods lead to problems with eye glasses. You've got to get your body in an upright position. Not only did the shooting stick improve my actual shooting it also improved my hunting accuracy. Now I do all of my shooting with a shooting stick and I wouldn't think of using a bench as a crutch.
     
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  19. mlankton

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    I remove mine for rifle, progressive lenses don't get along with scopes and optics imo
     
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  20. briansmithwins

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    Without specific shooting glasses you’re going to be using the edge of the lens, which isn’t going to give as good of an image as the center of the lens that the optician assumes you’re going to be using.

    My solution is to use contact lenses for shooting. You’re always looking thru the center of contacts. Plus you can then wear legit ballistic safety glasses with side shields to protect your eyes.

    Modern disposable contact lenses are very cheap, even the lenses that correct for astigmatism. Mine are weekly wear but since I only wear them for shooting they last for months.

    BSW
     
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    I wear corrective lens of some sort for all of my shooting except when I’m using a scope. I found out by accident several years ago that I do better without my glasses when using a scope. I have severe astigmatism. Never got into the why and wherefores but the sight picture is more blurry with my glasses on.

    So I’m with jmr40 and Walkalong.
     
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  22. doubleh

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    I have no solution as I've never had any trouble with scopes since my arms got too short to read a book. Focus it and use it and I prefer my scopes mounted as close to the bore as possible. I remember safety glass that were made to sit higher on your face so the rim wouldn't be in your way but regular safety glasses always worked for me.. I suppose you could have prescription glassed made up this way.
     
  23. Offfhand

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    No matter what you hear, the bottom line is never, never ever shoot without eye protection. Even if you don't need corrective lens, wear protective glasses anyhow. There are any number of brands and types of shooting glasses that improve target definition as well providing eye protection. I insist that my grandsons and anyone else I'm shooting with always wear eye and ear protection. DSC07236.JPG
     
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  24. Picher

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    I use my regular glasses, but make sure when buying them that I can see well when using a scope or handgun. I have about 1/2" of lens above my normal long-distance viewing area. 7914.jpg
     
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  25. Mr. Zorg

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    I wear progressive lens spectacles, have for about 15 years. My left eye has always been worse than my right eye as well. I'm right handed and right eye dominant. I make sure I look through the top of my lens when looking through a rifle scope and so far I've been able to make things work. If I don't have my scope properly focused for the distance a shot opportunity occurs I have trouble. Using an illuminated dot or center crosshair section helps me make sure my scope is properly focused for the shot distance but I doubt this works for many people I'm not very mainstream in a lot of things including my vision issues.
     
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