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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by otnot, Jan 8, 2009.

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  1. otnot

    otnot Active Member

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    Well I went to get my driving license renewed today and barley passed they eye exam. So now it's time for glasses or contacts and I was wondering what most shooters prefer? My thought is with contacts I could at least use my existing shooting glasses.
     
  2. OldGoat

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    If you can use contacts, by all means do so! You are correct that you have much better flexibility with lens colors and use of your current shooting glasses. I have done this for many years. Best Regards, Ed
     
  3. John Thompson

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    No matter what, wear safty glasses over your contacts. I learned early the feel of burning gas on the eyes. I shot M-12s left handed.
     
  4. otnot

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    I just hope it helps with the handicap scores. LOL I have noticed this last year that there are days my eyes just don't seem to have the ability to focus as quickly as other days and besides that my arms are getting shorter or the print is just getting smaller?????
     
  5. sim32

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    I have shot with contacts for 30 years now. I tried RX lenses in my Decots but my prescription is strong and it never worked well for me. I now use multi focal lenses so I can read, but for shooting I keep a supply of one time use, single focal lenght soft lenses, can't see the bead-but that's a good thing. Distance vision is very sharp. Wrap around glasses to keep the wind and dust out and everythings good. Unless you have a problem with your eyes not tearing todays soft contacts are very comfortable and very easy to get used to. DO see someone that fits a lot of contacts---just like a gun, fit is everything.
    Good Luck
     
  6. otnot

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    It sure sucks getting old but if you can't see the target you sure as hell can't hit it.

    Sim:Does the wind make your eyes water with contacts?

    Jack I would appreciate the contact. (no pun intended) LOL
     
  7. KEYBEAR

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    Getting the right prescription is the easy part . Most of the trouble come after they are orderd . Make sure you have them test you WITH them in at the office . I have had three and four sets before getting the right ones .

    ALF
     
  8. Dennis DeVault

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    If you can wear them contacts are the way to go. Make sure that you go somewhere that deals alot in contacts. I went through 6 sets of different types and different manufacturers before the eye specialist and myself agreed that I could see properly. The first pair I tried were great for reading the chart but after two weeks I still copuld not read road signs at a distance. Went back and tried 5 other pairs until they got it right.

    Dennis
     
  9. idoc

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    Sim32,

    Going from Contacts to a significant Rx can have a dramatic affect on your gun fit. Usually when someone tries to do this they find they can't shoot and give it up not knowing what the real problem ever was. It has to do with "lateral displacement". To simplify it, it would be like what happens to a pencil in a half glass of water.

    If you are nearsided (-) when you went from the contacts to the glasses you would need more height at the comb and more cast off. If you are farsighted
    (+) you would need more drop at the comb and more cast off. What is your Rx.

    Rich
     
  10. 101voodoo

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    otnot,

    Have you thought about Lazik? If your eyes are correctable, you'd love it. Best money I ever spent.

    Jim
     
  11. sim32

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    Rich, -550 both eyes. Was able to hit targets OK but with the way the Decots set so high on the face it made other functions (like walking) feel weird, and the peripheral (sp?) was a little distorted. And they did'nt look good, thick as coke bottles. However, I just purchased a set of the NYX sport glasses, and they have available the RX inserts that fit close to the face, attached to the nose peice. I may try a set for when I want a break from the contacts.

    otnot, Eyes watering with contacts is a good thing, unless it's too much.
    Wind dries them out, makes the contacts feel like gravel in the eye.

    Must say I've always been pleased with contacts, when you have the right brand for you that fit right, most of the time you never know you have them in. Both my daughters use extended wear contacts and sleep with them in. I prefer to take mine out at night, clean them and give my eyes a break. Whenever my doc has me try a new lens (new and improved is always coming out) he fits me and I leave with a trial pair to try for a week or so before ordering. I would think most places would do that for you, that way you know if it's going to work out before you order a supply. And you can try shooting with them.
     
  12. otnot

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    idoc I have an appointment next week, so I don't know what my my RX is but my vision has changed alot in a years time. And yes I will consider Lazik at a later date after this shooting season. I used to have 20/15 vision but now that my closeup vision is fading and I'm sure my far vision isn't what it once was. I don't want to mess with glasses or contacts but for now I'm going to have to. I thought I would have a set of contacts for far vision(shooting) and a set of glasses for reading for now. And the Spring Grand is only 5 weeks away.

    Dennis at last Spring Grand made me realize that my eyes were fading. Old Yukon could see the strip club signs farther away than me. LOL
     
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    dr hl childress- st joe mo. who is a very good optomitrist and a sr vet all american sporting clays shooter ,told my duaghter to try not to wear contacts. if she does when trapshooting,then wear side blinders to block the wind. blinking over and over as the eyes dryout will eventually cost you a rock and probably discomfort.
     
  14. KGUN

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    Contacts are the way to go. I have been wearing glasses since 2nd grade. I would hunt with them all through my childhood. It wasn't until I was about 20 that I tried contacts. It wasd the best thing I ever did. You should purchase a pair of glasses also. I don't know how bad your eyes are but if your like me and you need to wear them all of the time it would be smart to have a pair of glasses. Extended wear from contacts will starve your eyes of oxygen. I never wear my contacts the day before a tournament and during the tournament I always take them out as soon as I'm done shooting for the day. Also I have a dedicated pair just for shooting, that way I always have a fresh pair in. Just some suggestions if your interested.
     
  15. fiftystr8

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    Make sure you tell the eye doc you want to shoot with the contacts if you get them. As age crept up on me, the near vision crept away. The doc said he could help the near vision, but it would lessen the far vision. I told him I was a trapshooter. He took care of the far vision and told me to hit WallyWorld for a set of reading glasses for close up.
     
  16. Barry C. Roach

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    Accuvue Oasys. Have been wearing contact lenses strictly for shooting since the late seventies. I had Decot shooting glasses but were pretty thick, heavy and caused some distortion in depth of field.

    Contacts eliminated all distortion and increased accuity. When I started, the contacts weren't as good as what is available today. I have always used Bausch and Lomb brand so I can't speak to other's. Since the first lenses I have gone through all their improved versions. They have more than one type of lens available for different afflictions. The Oasys' work best for me.

    They are very comfortable and the comfort lasts all day. I like that I don't have to wear them all the time. I only use them to shoot. The older types of lenses I used did cause eye watering but only when temps went below 50 degrees F and there was some wind. I don't have that problem with the Oasys.

    I suggest that you go to your optometrist and try a sample. It's free. You'll never regret it if you can tollerate them. Good Luck.
     
  17. otnot

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    Well just got back from the eye doctor and my left eye is a lot weaker than my right eye. Which when he told me that I thought to myself fine I'm right handed so I shouldn't have a cross firing problem. Then he tested me for eye dominance and not only is my left eye weaker it is also my dominate eye. So now I'm going to try and learn to shoot left handed before the Spring Grand. LOL
     
  18. jeffprigge

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    my 2 cents , i have astigmatisum ( a roundness of eyeball ), i where contacts for everyday use and glasses the rest of the time, but i found that when trying contacts at shooting was no way to go for me , they float around on my eye when mounting gun ,therefore i get blured vision , so i had the eye people that i deal with all the time make my shooting glasses and have never seen better while shooting . the glasses never dry out on a windy day . Jeff
     
  19. Barry C. Roach

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    Jeff - what kind of contacts did you try? If they were fitted correctly and they were a soft lens they should not move.
     
  20. jeffprigge

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    Barry ,I have Toric lenses now, probably the last time i tried contacts while shooting i did not have the contacts that i have now for astigmatisum ( or to say they did not have them for astigmatisum then ). I thought about that after i typed my 1st responce , maybe i will try it when it WARMS up a little bit. Jeff
     
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