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I'm getting ready to schedule my yearly eye exam.
A few questions I wanted to ask on here.
Are most of the shooters who need prescription lenses having their eyes examined at their local Optometrist and then sending your script to one of the sources that cater to shooters for their lens for their shooting glasses?
In my area any of the eye exam places look at me kind of funny when I ask about having the prescription to send out to have my lens made. Which makes me wonder, am I getting the correct script from the local to send and have my shooting lens made.
If anyone reading this knows of an eye exam facility that understands a shooters needs in the western Maryland area could you please post the name.
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Jeff
 

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I had an open discussion with my doc about my needs/wants for shooting glasses. He could not source what I wanted, (Pilla) and even offered to talk with Morgan Optical if questions arose about the insert.

If you get attitude get altitude... meaning get up n find a doc that will work with you. They’re out there, even though I don’t know about Maryland in particular.
 

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While having my annual checkup, I asked my eye doc if he could help me with shooting glasses. He said no, but he would be glad to give me my prescription so I could purchase some. I got my script from him and sent it off to L & M lenses in Vermont. They were great to work with and I got my glasses in two weeks. I expect if you tell your doc what you were doing he would provide your script if he wasn’t able to help. If not, find another eye doc. It’s certainly not hurting their business if they don’t have what you want.
 

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I have always received a prescription for lenses after an examination. I wouldn't leave without it -- it's what I'm paying for. Some years ago I was shopping for shooting glasses, called my eye doctor to get a pupil distance measurement. Told them it was for shooting glasses. Turns out they sold Rangers and I got them right there.
 

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Mike @ L&M made me a pair of lens from my prescription for Decot glasses. I was surprised that they only made the distance part of the prescription and raise it up 4mm. Made perfect sence after thinking about it and they work great.
I've had many pair of lenses made by L&M, including a couple pair of bifocals. These were for his All American Frames.
 

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Every eye doc has given me my prescription. They never gave my my PD, unless I asked. Your PD is necessary and it is an easy measurement for them to give you. If all else fails, you can even take it on your own but I'd feel much better having a eye professional do it.
 

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I'm getting ready to schedule my yearly eye exam.
A few questions I wanted to ask on here.
Are most of the shooters who need prescription lenses having their eyes examined at their local Optometrist and then sending your script to one of the sources that cater to shooters for their lens for their shooting glasses?
In my area any of the eye exam places look at me kind of funny when I ask about having the prescription to send out to have my lens made. Which makes me wonder, am I getting the correct script from the local to send and have my shooting lens made.
If anyone reading this knows of an eye exam facility that understands a shooters needs in the western Maryland area could you please post the name.
Thanks,
Jeff
They are required by law to give you a copy of your Rx if you ask. So ask. If they hem and haw, or try to make any excuse that they can't, remind them that they are required by law. Writing the PD on the Rx is not required, so you could ask for that, but they might not give it to you, in which case you would need to see an optician to be properly fitted, and as oldshotgunner says, correct fitting for shotgunning glasses involves raising the Optical Center above the center of the lens. I also recommend getting single vision only lenses, and definitely not progressives for shooting only glasses. If you want to shoot in your 'street' progressive glasses, you can, but you limit the useable area of the lens that way.
Morgan Optical, Decot, and L&M should all be able to make excellent shooting glasses for you.
 

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Ok
I’m sorry, I wasn’t clear in my first post.
I’ve always got my prescription from the eye specialist who did my examination.
What I was trying to say was they don’t understand why I need to have lens made for shooting.
They are not into any type of sports vision and can’t seem to grasp what I’m asking.
I’ve always got my new prescription after my exams.
I was more concerned as to whether or not I should search out an eye specialist is a shooter or understands sports type vision.
Sorry for not making it more clear in my first post.
 

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Find a new OD (optometrist) or MD. (opthalmalogist) Find one that shoots, or at least has an understanding of your needs.

Your situation is exactly how I got my start as an optician. I was an optical lab tech, and a sporting clays shooter came in wanting lenses for his Zeiss frame. The Opticians in the store did not know how to fit him, so knowing I was a trapshooter, they called me out front. I had him bring his gun in from his truck, and I fit him.
 

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I have always received an email of my prescription form my optometrist. Find another eye doctor if you have any issues with that. And then I email the prescription, when necessary, to DeCot and buy a whole new Clay package. Pilla lenses are amazing, but that insert makes me crazy. I just can't handle all that extra material in my glasses.
 

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When getting a copy of your Rx to send for RX shooting glasses make certain you have the optometrist provide interpupillary distance measurement as most will not provide this information since they believe you will source lenses made by a local optician..
 

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Other than the Rx, I think the PD is the only other measurement the glasses guys need. Personally, I wear distance contacts, so I can wear inexpensive plano lenses...
For shooting glasses, the OC has to be set where your eyes are looking when the wood is on the wood-this is usually up high and nasal to the shooting hand side.
 

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If you pay for the exam,they are required to give you a copy of the prescription. Having spent 30 yrs in the industry as Optician and business owner,Optomitrist will do a better job with the script whereas Opthomologist are more concerned with the physiology of the eye.Of course its a human endeavor so there are exceptions as always.Morgan does mine and does a fine job.
 
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