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Glasses Wearers - Better shooting with or without them?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Clanktank, Jun 7, 2014.

  1. Clanktank

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    I wear glasses for short sightedness, but was wondering if anyone finds it better to shoot without wearing them?
    I've previously always shot with them, but that was always without a scope (shotguns, etc), so is there any benefit by not wearing them when using a scope?
     
  2. anyoldiron

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    l am nearsighted (glasses for watching TV , driving etc, but ok for reading) no scope glasses, scope no glasses.

    Regards
     
  3. Ichabod Armacost

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    Well everybody is different, I am supposedly near or short sighted, but I only really wear glasses for reading and close up work, and on the computer. I don't wear them for driving, tried it was a bloody nightmare!! I don't wear glasses when shooting through a scope, or over iron sights, because what I am aiming at is outside the range of my glasses.
     
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    You will be able to see OK when looking through the scope, but outside of the field of view of the scope depending how bad your eyes are it will be unclear. I suppose it doesn't matter if you're just shooting targets.

    Try it & see how you get on?
     
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    I shoot with both glasses and contacts with no problem, have to wear them all the time as I'm blind as a bat but it's down to prefference. So try with and without :)
     
  6. Brittleview

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    Ichabod it sounds like you're long sighted (able to focus at distance). I'm myopic (short sighted) and I definitely wouldn't drive without glasses, anything beyond 5 yards and I'm squinting. Regarding the OP, absolutely spot on, everybody is different as it'll depend on your prescription and eye relief on the scope. Luckily for me I can get focus with or without specs through my scope, but iron sights without specs and I'd be hitting everything but the target!
     
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    Got to be with glasses, I would not be able to see whatever I was aiming at to line the rifle up without them.
     
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    I hated fishing/shooting in glasses so 12 years ago I had laser treatment. Still got 20-20 vision but eyes are going close up now and need readers in poor light. Best £950 I ever spent.
     
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  9. Ichabod Armacost

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    Ichabod is a silly old sod, my only excuse is my meds are quite strong, and making me feel a bit disjointed to say the least. Long sighted is indeed what I am.:eek:
     
  10. metalman

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    Have to wear glasses when out shooting otherwise i can't spot the bunnies unless blatenly out in open. Trouble is when plinking i also have to wear them as all guns zeroed with glasses on.

    The boy is aways suggesting "Laser" treatment, but being an oldie, seems a bit late
     
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    I have to wear varifocals due to a combination of vision issues.

    I can re-focus the scope for use without my specs but that defeats the object since it means I can't hand the rig to someone else to shoot and I still need to be able to see what I'm hunting before I even shoulder the gun so I need the specs regardless.

    Additionally, if you aren't using your correction you will be over-straining your eyes while shooting, which is only going to lead to other issues.

    I bought bins that I can use with my specs as well :)
     
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    I have the same problem as 177. I have to wear varifocals as I can't see distant stuff and need reading glasses for near stuff.

    I have to use a scope without the glasses - the field of vision on the varifocals is very small close up.

    I wear the glasses for open sights/red dot sights - but still have the limited field of vision problem.
     
  13. Panther

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    With glasses for me, tried varifocals as have problems with both long and short distances didn't like them, settled on bi focals for shooting. Now I can see where to put pellett and have a rough idea of where the target is! also helps with keeping correct head position.
     
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    Another thought, you have to refocus the reticle between with & without your specs.
     
  15. mrb911

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    I use varifocals and I don't have any problems seeing through a scope.
     
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    I wear varifocals all of the time except when I shoot now. I tried my damndest to get used to using them with no luck, I then tried using my reading ones and then my distance ones but met the same problems. I then chucked them off in a paddy and tried to shoot without any at all and found that by adjusting the scope I was able to see far clearer and without any head juggling to get a clear view. I suppose it all depends on the person, the scope and distance.
    Its worth trying everything until you find what works for you.
    Good luck.........
     
  17. oliver13

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    Yes, but when your hunting you need to scan the area, if you do it with your scope you're limited to a very limited view - as I said before when you're doing targets it probably doesn't matter but when you need to look along a hedgeline or whatever then I think you will need your specs.
     
  18. ambriel

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    I need both reading glasses and long-sight glasses but I find I shoot better without either - that's with the rifle and scope.

    When I'm pistol-shooting I keep my long-sight glasses on, both because I can see better and because it gives me some protection from rebounding BB's.
     
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  19. Bluesboydave

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    I wear varifocals all the time. Shoot wearing them too without any problem
     
  20. MossyNW

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    Same as Anyoldiron .... I'm short sighted and don't use specs for looking through my scope ..... But I need them for "spotting" bunnies. I don't need them either for looking through my binoculars ! So I tend to use my binocs for spotting when I'm static, and it works really well for up to 40 yards especially in longish grass where you can do the squeak and get bunnies to pop up and have a look,
     

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