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Polarized lens - (?) improvement in sight/shooting

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by BT99Max100, Apr 10, 2010.

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  1. BT99Max100

    BT99Max100 Member

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    I'm in the process of updating my RX. Morgan Optical has a 'high contrast brown' polarized lens and I would like to know if it improves your shooting. Thanks
     
  2. OldGoat

    OldGoat Well-Known Member

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    Don't know how dark these brown lenses are, but polarized helps hold down glare. Anything you can do to see targets better "should" help..."technically" speaking. The older you get, the lighter your lenses should be to let more light through the lens to your eye. Regards, Ed
     
  3. ke4yyd

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    The high contrast brown polarized lens they sent me were not very dark. I found them excellent for all around use.

    My eyes are very light sensitive and the polarized lens help very much even in the lighter tints.
     
  4. Dahaub

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    I don't know about the rest of you guys but my polorized lenses on the sun glasses gives me a lot of relief. It's like a large iced tea after a hot afternoon If you know what I mean? I like the ease they put my eyes too. Dan
     
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    I found them to be absolutely necessary when there is snow on the ground. The reflected light kills me.

    HM
     
  6. jdsfarms

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    I just had Mike at Post4 grind me a set of grey polarized progressive lenses,I figured if I couldn't shoot with them I could use them for fishing but they are awesome,used them at the northwest grand this weekend and worked excellent even on a cloudy day.Jerry
     
  7. maltzahn

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    A polar filter in lenses is would be compared to looking through window blinds. It will reduce periphery vision. Designed to take reflections off of what the user is looking at. Example; reflections off of water.

    Lenses with a anti-reflective coating, spray/dip on or gas/heat impregnated takes reflections off of lenses. Polar blanks are used for making Rx lenses and the lab will buy filtered blanks that are color impregnated along with the filter. The retailer or the lens lab manufacturer will have no options other than plastic(CR-39) or Polycarb.

    The shooter needs to understand what they are buying and how it relates to the use. Non of us would see a reflection off of a targets, but could see reflections off of snow or water. On the other hand, reflections on lenses are realized by those not wearing blinders or cap. Artificial lighting for night shooting create reflections, sun angle through from the back of the lenses. Shooting early targets to the east with the sun still too low in the east.

    Know what your needs are and understand what you are buying. Polar filter lenses offer few colors and one density....very dark. Will reduce your periphery vision as you look throught the outside edges of the prism center / correction optic. As well as a sweet spot on non-Rx lenses. AR coatings take reflections off of lenses. Offer the same range of color selection.

    Maltzie
     
  8. tracyhunter

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    Your glasses are only as good as the guy who wrote the Rx.I have yet to find one that knows what trap shooting is.
     
  9. Pull & Mark

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    BT99Maxl00, Yes I have a set of Polarized lens I can not due without in the summertime. They cut out the unwanted brightness of the sun down here. I too am light senseitive, and need the extra help on real sunny days. I find they blend in the background at my club better than most others too. 3 different shades of trees w/ water in the foreground for extra added fun. Bottom line is that they have to work for you. Try your driveing sunglasses at the range, if they are polorized and see if it helps you. My driveing sunglasses are what I started shooting with, and they had to be polorized for my fishing needs. So I was very used to shooting,driveing,fishing,working and misc. in these type of glasses so it just naturaly carried over into my shooting as well. Good Luck and Break-em all. Jeff
     
  10. tomlieb

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    I use Poloroid lenses for fishing and in snow and used to use them for driving and golf. I found that in golf they actually decreased my ability to see the ball after it was hit or for looking for the ball in the grass, which was a problem. My uneducated interpretation for this is that since the polorized lens eliminates the glare, such as on water surface, it also eliminated the glare on the golfball and therfore made the ball harder to pick out from the background. All I know is that I could see the ball better without the polorized lens than with it. I haven't tested polorized lens on trap targets because I use a non polarized lens now and dont have anything in the same color to compare it to. I think that it might have the same problems as with the golfball though.
    I would like to test the same lens with or without the polarizing to see.
    Tom
     
  11. ke4yyd

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    Polarized lens do not have to be dark. I have been wearing a pair of "DriveWear" lens in my driving glasses for a couple years now. These are photochromatic and are very light tinted inside or at dark. The polarization quality is excellent. They darken in the sun like transitions except they will darken some inside a car some where transitions do not. I had Lehman optical make a pair of these for his 8 base shooting frame which do very well for most shooting conditions.
     
  12. porky

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    If you are devoping or have eye cataracts, polorized lens become an absolute must because of the glare
     
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    Maltzie- Thank you for your post. It was very informative.

    Pat Ireland
     
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    The drivewear is the stuff AFIK, I analyzed all the options after cataract surgery and would love to have a pair, but the price is a little over my budget.

    How much did the lenses cost you, and are they RX or plano?

    HM
     
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    Polarized lenses filter out certain wavelengths of light. Since the eye operates on light, such lenses are an inefficient solution to the problem of glare. However, there aren't many other solutions out there. The so-called "High Definition" lenses claim to reduce glare without using polarization, but reviews of such lenses are mixed. So, do what you need to do, but if you can possibly get by without using polarized lenses, you'll be doing yourself a favor. -John
     
  16. maltzahn

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    High-def lenses have a UV-b filter, not the same as a polar filter or have the same effect on reflections from an outside source. Does not restrict periphery vision. I like to sell the ZiessAR anti-reflective heat and gas coating to my shooting clients. Tends to clear or allow poly lenses a noticable crisp view. Heat/gas impregnated into the lens material outside surface allows for a smooth finish/easier cleaning and much more scratch resistant than spray/dip. Will wash out 10 to 15% of the color tint during the second (aggressive) wash preparing lens surface for the gas treatment. Would recommend 1 tint level darker before AR treatment. Lenses need to be Rx prism cut, PD centered, shaped/edged/cleat holes, color dip before going into the gas treatment canister. Can be added to any blank lens material, but must be flawless as in a newly maufactured lens. Polar blanks for making Rx lenses come tint impregnated by the manufactered. The lab does not surface tint or able to change tint density on polar lenses made from blanks.

    Maltzie
     
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    I have a pair of the high contrast brown lenses from morgans, the clip on ones for my rx sporters.

    I like them very well for a bright sunny day in the winter with lots of snow out there when shooting.
     
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    Does any one make a polarized orange lens??
     
  19. ke4yyd

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    Lehman optical and Post 4 will make them.
     
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    My optometrist does know what trap shooting is, and he recommends Zeiss AR coating rather than polorized lenses for most shooting conditions for the reasons Maltzie mentioned.
     
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