My nearsightedness

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  1. Bee

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    my nearsightedness is getting worse, going to have to get some bifocals. Any advice, what type of frames are good for hunting with a bow. Something I could use hunting and practicing. Please help me out on this one, I don't have a clue about glasses. Thanks


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  2. Smitty0220

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    For me, I found that black frames work the best. No matter what, the lenses will reflect light and the animals see that.
    The other thing you might consider is that bifocals are ok for regular use, however, when using a bow, I found that bifocals were
    a royal pain and made shooting more difficult. I stuck with a normal pair of lenses (not bifocal) for my hunting glasses. It made a world of difference for me.
    Good luck in your choice.
     
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    Sports glasses, while dorky, work great for bowhunting. I don't mind looking like a dork in pictures with big bucks :)
     
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    You can't hunt from a stand wearing bifocals... you can't see squat. Get a second pair of glasses with just distance correction, and with amber tint for hunting.
     
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    since you are asking what type of frame, I am assuming you didn't wear glasses before. In that case, you don't really need bifocals you need reading glasses. and if that is the case, don't wear any while hunting unless you read a lot while sitting.

    When looking at glasses, somewhere on the frame normally the inside of the bridge (nose) there is a set of numbers like 55-18. Which means the lens is 55mm wide and the bridge is 18. You want the bridge to be as narrow as you can wear comfortably, the wider than number the more spread apart the lenses are and that can cause difficulty because we look past the nose when aiming.

    Lenses you can have a slight tint applied which helps with glare. As for actual bifocal it is normally placed 3-4mm lower than your typical line of sight, unless you tilt your head back when shooting shouldn't be a problem. You can ask to have them lowered more when ordering the glasses. You can also get a special pair made for hunting, have them made with only one bifocal and have it placed on the lower outside part of the lens.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'm going to get glasses tomorrow and it will come in handy. Learn something new every day.


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    My first solution in wearing/needing glasses was to wear contacts.

    The next and best solution was to have Lasik.
     
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    I repeat.... no bifocals for stand hunting. You'll have to tilt your head way down in order to see. Elk guide, how ya doing man? What age did you get lasik? I got mine in my late 30's. Worked great until I neared 50 and developed the old man eyes.
     
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    I agree, if possible no bifocals. But if you have to tilt your head way down in order to see past the bifocal, your bifocal isn't positioned right. I worked for almost 5 years making eye glasses, my boss had been doing it for over 20. We found that doctors tend to place the bifocals to high, often causing the patients to get headaches, especially with no-line glasses. We started to lower the bifocals 2mm and pretty much eliminated that problem.

    I would suggest anybody getting bifocals of any kind to ask their doctor to make the bifocal lower.
     
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    Bifocals are for reading/up close. You can't, at least I can't see anything beyond arms length through them. You have to lean forward to view above them. From an elevated position, it's very difficult.
     
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    It's been 25 years and my eyes are beginning to age but I'm still OK.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    I have no choice but bifocals but they are a no no for shooting. You'll always wind up looking thru the transition of the lens. Contacts for me.

    I have a different situation - I'm near sided in one eye and far sided in the other. I REALLY depend on my range finder because I have no depth perception what so ever. Either this past season or the season before I climbed into the stand and whipped out the RF and battery went from fine to dead in about 15 minutes. I went home. No need for me to be in the woods. I buy them in two packs now and keep one taped to it.

    One good thing about my weird eye situation is I can put as strong a lens in my HHA as I want just about and don't need a clarifier or verifier. LOL!
     
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    Wow! Mine lasted almost 12 years.
     
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    if your eyesight isn't too bad, eye exercises may work. got me off glasses 20 years ago and at 66 this year am still off them.
     
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    What type of eye exercise? I will give it a try.


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    I was told when I got bifocals last summer that with no line bifocals the prescription shape of the lens is like an hourglass so when you go to look through your peep sight you can't see. I went with the lines and I have no problem with my bifocals.
     
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    Specialty archery. They carry a verifier that will match your prescription
     
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    Ok, did not know that. Thanks!


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    Haven't seen it online. I'll type an explanation and send it.
     

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