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Old 06-21-2015, 12:41 PM   #1
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Hello Everybody (Especially Guys over 50)
I have made no secret of the fact that I am 67 and started target practice less than 2 years ago. My question is: Dose anyone wear bifocals and shoot? I have been wearing "lineless" bifocals for several years and that has worked for me in general.
At the range I place my focus on the front sight, as I have read to be the correct way to focus for people with 20/20 vision.. That means that I must keep my head at an odd and uncomfortable position.
I am thinking that, maybe, I should ditch the bifocals and have a pair of glasses for "close" and another for distance.
Has anyone had this problem? How about lasic surgery? I am told that that dose not work well for people "long in the tooth"
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:51 PM   #2
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I use progressives, like you. You eye doc can adjust the lenses for you- just tell him what you need them for.
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Originally Posted by wildbillbugman View Post
Hello Everybody (Especially Guys over 50)
I have made no secret of the fact that I am 67 and started target practice less than 2 years ago. My question is: Dose anyone wear bifocals and shoot? I have been wearing "lineless" bifocals for several years and that has worked for me in general.
At the range I place my focus on the front sight, as I have read to be the correct way to focus for people with 20/20 vision.. That means that I must keep my head at an odd and uncomfortable position.
I am thinking that, maybe, I should ditch the bifocals and have a pair of glasses for "close" and another for distance.
Has anyone had this problem? How about lasic surgery? I am told that that dose not work well for people "long in the tooth"
Thanks,
Bill

My bifocals have a line. I never notice it anymore. The glasses work great for shooting. When I focus on the front sight, it is not through the "reading" portion of the lens, so I do not have to hold my head at an angle. They work fine for me. I considered getting a pair of glasses especially for shooting, but decided against it.



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Old 06-21-2015, 01:35 PM   #4
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I am near sighted. Wear progressive bi-focals. finding the weird angle that contorts a normal head position is a pain in the petuti. Next time i go to the Ophthalmologists I am gonna ask for a special prescription to have the focus point land where the front sight normally falls.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:29 PM   #5
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I'm 61. I wear progressives glasses. I have to tilt my head around to get two out of three in focus. I've switched all my target pistols to Red Dots using Burris FastFire III. I even have it on carry guns. Finding holsters wasn't easy but I'm making progress. The Red Dots make it easy to have dot and target in focus.
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Haven't tried them yet but a friend has tri-focals. He says the middle lens is set perfectly for the sights. A little lower then normal sight straight out and higher than for reading. Seems to work for him. I will probably ask about them my next checkup.

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Thanks everybody ! I am gonna see my optometrist about trifocals. I looked at the web sights advertising Burris Fast Fire III. It is not clear (to me) which model I should buy. We are talking Kimber Ultra; Combat II & Kimber Match II. The Burris sights are a bit pricey to get 3, one for each gun. If I had to choose one for a specific gun, it would be for the Combat II
I have never seen one of these, or a laser sight, in use at the range I go too. But I do not mind being the "Range Geek'"
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I've been wearing bifocals for 20+ years, before you invest money in a special pair of glasses try picking up a cheap pair of reading glasses from Walmart or a local drugstore. They come in various powers 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75 thru 6.0.
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I've been wearing bifocals for 20+ years, before you invest money in a special pair of glasses try picking up a cheap pair of reading glasses from Walmart or a local drugstore. They come in various powers 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75 thru 6.0.
That's what I do.They're just cheap azz reading glasses from Walmart and it works for me.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:54 PM   #10
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Are you frequently told that you are some kinda genius? I tried it with a pair of cheap reading glasses that my Bro left here about 2 years ago. I can actually focus on the front sight and see the target! I don't know what the power is. I will go to CVS(I hate Walmart). I am in CA, so I can't see myself taking my pistol into CVS and aiming at something. So, I will have to use something else other tan a gun to find out what the best power for this application is for me.
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