Prescription Shooting Glasses

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by mikemyers on Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:09 am

For the past few years, I have been using a pair of glasses fitted with prescription polycarbonate lenses.  The prescription is for the distance to the front sight, meaning they're good for steel sights, and are usable for red dot sights as well.  They lack side protection.  My right lens has a prescription for shooting, and my left lens has a prescription for distance.


Anyone here know of any new developments in shooting glasses?  I've been searching some of the websites, including "double-D" safety glasses, but I'm wondering if some of you guys might have some good information on what to select.


  • I assume that for safety, the lenses should either have side covers, or be wrap-around.
  • I assume that polycarbonate lenses are essential.
  • It would be nice if they could be "bi-focal" to allow seeing close-up when needed.


My current plan is to get a pair of new lenses installed in one of my older frames, but maybe it's better to get a whole new set designed for shooting.

Any advice?
avatar
mikemyers

Posts : 192
Join date : 2016-07-26
Age : 73
Location : South Florida, and India

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by LenV on Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:11 pm

I generally wear Tri-focals. I have a prescription for reading, front sight (car instrument panel) and distance. I had a pair of shooting glasses made that incorporates those three into the perfect set of shooting glasses for me. They are safety glass, amber colored and the left lens only has the reading and distance prescription. The right lens only has the front sight and reading prescription. This makes the dot or front sight in focus with the right eye and distance in focus for left eye. A little disorientating for a couple of minutes but body quickly adapts.
avatar
LenV

Posts : 2411
Join date : 2014-01-24
Age : 67
Location : Oargun

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by mparker on Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:56 pm

SSP Top Focal

mparker

Posts : 62
Join date : 2013-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by mikemyers on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:41 pm

Which ones?

https://sspeyewear.com
avatar
mikemyers

Posts : 192
Join date : 2016-07-26
Age : 73
Location : South Florida, and India

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by bogierich on Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:05 pm

Mike,

You might also try SportRX.com. I used them to custom build my prescription shooting glasses and the are absolutely perfection. Admittedly they are on the expensive side ($400) but I was literally able to put every little feature I wanted into them (super scratch resistant, polarized transitional from absolutely clear to complete mirrored shade in sunlight, wraparound, extremely lightweight, etc...). I had a good experience with them and had the glasses within 1 week after placing the order online.
avatar
bogierich

Posts : 44
Join date : 2014-01-24
Location : Ocean County, NJ

http://RichardBogath.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by SteveT on Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:01 pm

I have single focus shooting glasses and change glasses every time I go downrange to score. It's a bit of a pain, but I've gotten used to it. I use my normal progressive lenses when scoring.

As far as I know, poly-carbonate lenses are the only material approved for safety glasses and side lenses are required. That said, CR-39 is pretty safe and shatter proof and a bit optically better. Fancy Olympic style shooting glasses lenses are often made of optically better, but less protective material. I swear I've seen some lenses that felt like glass.
avatar
SteveT

Posts : 257
Join date : 2011-06-10
Location : Illinois

https://sites.google.com/site/sdturner/shooting

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by BE Mike on Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:35 am

I have a pair of bifocals for shooting with the dot. The upper part keeps the dot nice and round. The lower part lets me score without changing glasses. I have a single vision pair I use for iron sights. I have the Randolph Classic. The lenses can be switched and you can send in your RX and they will make the lenses. Here's a link: https://www.randolphusa.com/re-ranger/frames/ranger-classic/
avatar
BE Mike

Posts : 1336
Join date : 2011-07-29
Location : Indiana

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by Aprilian on Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:17 am

SteveT wrote:I have single focus shooting glasses and change glasses every time I go downrange to score. It's a bit of a pain, but I've gotten used to it. I use my normal progressive lenses when scoring.

As far as I know, poly-carbonate lenses are the only material approved for safety glasses and side lenses are required. That said, CR-39 is pretty safe and shatter proof and a bit optically better. Fancy Olympic style shooting glasses lenses are often made of optically better, but less protective material. I swear I've seen some lenses that felt like glass.
Anyone have a recommendation for side shields that fit over prescription class frames?   I don't need to block side vision, rather add to safety.  I have been thinking about it and had a bad blowback yesterday which peppered my cheek which makes it a higher priority now.
avatar
Aprilian

Posts : 285
Join date : 2016-05-13
Location : Minnesota

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by Chris Miceli on Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:28 am

i was looking at these.

http://lmlenses.com/product/velcro-side-shields/
avatar
Chris Miceli

Posts : 1401
Join date : 2015-10-27
Location : Haymarket, VA

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by jmdavis on Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:21 am

Unless you are wearing a facemask, sideshields won't help with the powder on your cheek. But they will protect your eyes. 

Frequently people cut old ammo boxes to make blinders. They work. Others use a piece of tagboard target folded. You can buy them from Champions Choice, Larry's Guns and other online retailers. 

I use commerical plastic blinders, I have one pair that says Pardini, even if I am shooting a Benelli, and another that is plain transluscent plastic. I find that I can slide them between the arms of my glasses frames and they will stay in place and be easy to remove. 

My dedicated iron sight glasses are wire frames and will not fit in the case with the blinders.

If you order them online, I suggest that you order other things at the same time, since you will be paying a minimum shipping. 

http://www.champchoice.com/store/Main.aspx?p=ItemDetailOptions&item=CC200W
avatar
jmdavis

Posts : 1027
Join date : 2012-03-24
Location : Virginia

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by mikemyers on Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:41 am

SteveT wrote:....As far as I know, poly-carbonate lenses are the only material approved for safety glasses and side lenses are required......
What do you guys think about the following line of thought.  Polycarbonate lenses are approved for safety, meaning if something hits them, they are least likely to shatter or break?  For our use, suppose something does hit them, coming back from the gun.  I would think that long before the polycarbonate would shatter, it would be knocked out of the frame, meaning everything could be thrown back against the face and eye.  Is this realistic?

Does anyone here use the Wiley-X glasses?
They seem to offer everything - any kind of prescription, polycarbonate lenses, and what seems to be a sturdy frame.  Is there anything better, that is made specifically for shooting?

http://www.rx-safety.com/specialty-collections/prescription-safety-glasses-for-dusty-environments/plastic-wraparound-safety-glasses-rx-1171-rx.html

avatar
mikemyers

Posts : 192
Join date : 2016-07-26
Age : 73
Location : South Florida, and India

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by BE Mike on Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:08 am

Aprilian wrote:
SteveT wrote:I have single focus shooting glasses and change glasses every time I go downrange to score. It's a bit of a pain, but I've gotten used to it. I use my normal progressive lenses when scoring.

As far as I know, poly-carbonate lenses are the only material approved for safety glasses and side lenses are required. That said, CR-39 is pretty safe and shatter proof and a bit optically better. Fancy Olympic style shooting glasses lenses are often made of optically better, but less protective material. I swear I've seen some lenses that felt like glass.
Anyone have a recommendation for side shields that fit over prescription class frames?   I don't need to block side vision, rather add to safety.  I have been thinking about it and had a bad blowback yesterday which peppered my cheek which makes it a higher priority now.
Someone used to make clear plastic side "blinders". I don't see why you couldn't make your own with some quality flexible clear plastic. I remember, many years ago (how come I'm always saying that) attending a competitor's meeting at Camp Perry. Bill Blankenship said that opaque "blinders' were a crutch.
avatar
BE Mike

Posts : 1336
Join date : 2011-07-29
Location : Indiana

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by Aprilian on Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:32 am

I wasn't thinking of blinders.  I am more interested in safety shields that would stop a launched shell, from the adjacent competitor, from clearing the corner of my frame and hitting my eye.   The straight back launching is probably covered with my frame and lenses.  like this one
avatar
Aprilian

Posts : 285
Join date : 2016-05-13
Location : Minnesota

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by dronning on Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:59 pm

Side shield or "blinders" will stop a launched casing.  If you are really concerned make sure any glasses you get fit tight across your eyebrow.  I've had a 45acp case land between my glasses and eyebrow - kind of distracting Shocked!
- Dave
avatar
dronning

Posts : 1307
Join date : 2013-03-20
Age : 63
Location : Lakeville, MN

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by BE Mike on Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:40 pm

dronning wrote:Side shield or "blinders" will stop a launched casing.  If you are really concerned make sure any glasses you get fit tight across your eyebrow.  I've had a 45acp case land between my glasses and eyebrow - kind of distracting Shocked!
- Dave
A .22 case will really sizzle! Shocked
avatar
BE Mike

Posts : 1336
Join date : 2011-07-29
Location : Indiana

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by mikemyers on Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:51 pm

You guys have convinced me.  I'm no longer going to get new polycarbonate lenses for my existing frames.  I had a case land on my foot once when I was wearing open toe shoes, and yeah, it wasn't very comfortable.  

To add to the original question I asked, are there more wrap-around frames that have side protection and fit close to the face, with prescription lenses available, that can be purchased?  Preferably, with bi-focal lenses for seeing both the sights and the scoring?  

Also based on what you guys have written, I don't see how any single pair of shooting glasses could work for both iron sights and red dot sights.  That means two pair of glasses, for those who shoot both (me).
avatar
mikemyers

Posts : 192
Join date : 2016-07-26
Age : 73
Location : South Florida, and India

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by jmdavis on Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:57 pm

I do have two pairs of glasses. I do not like wrap around glasses. I use a brimmed hat, and side blinders for protection and to eliminate distraction.
avatar
jmdavis

Posts : 1027
Join date : 2012-03-24
Location : Virginia

Back to top Go down

Re: Prescription Shooting Glasses

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum