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user01394
03-07-2009, 2:59 PM
I wear perscription glasses and want to protect my eyes. Are normal glasses enough?

If not what should I get to wear over my glasses?

Do they make perscription shooting glasses? If so which are good and are they worth the money?

Librarian
03-07-2009, 3:10 PM
I wear perscription glasses and want to protect my eyes. Are normal glasses enough?

If not what should I get to wear over my glasses?

Do they make perscription shooting glasses? If so which are good and are they worth the money?

I usually use something like these (http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/fiovrxgl.html) (though not actually any of these models, and I have never purchased from this site).
Here we go - I usually wear these: http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/images.php?imgtype=L&product_id=2270&thumb=1&width=300&height=300, but I like yellow, and I don't pay $11.90 for them (http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/product/scout-visitor-safety-glasses.html). Wide temples keep brass out :thumbsup:

Yes, prescription shooting glasses are possible see here (http://www.rx-safety.com/) for examples. Again, I'm not a customer and I don't own any of these.

You'll have to decide 'worth the money' on your own. :)

Beelzy
03-07-2009, 3:23 PM
Normal glasses are fine, especially if you are wearing Polycarbonate lenses.

bountyhunter
03-07-2009, 3:26 PM
I wear perscription glasses and want to protect my eyes. Are normal glasses enough?
If you have them made with polycarbonate lenses. That's what they make protective lenses out of. Be sure to get the scratch coating, polycarb scratches easily (it softer and more shatter resistant).

gcvt
03-07-2009, 3:35 PM
Normal frames might be good enough, but it depends on the frame. If they can't stop hot brass from dropping in from above, you can easily end up with a burn on or near your eye. Ask me how I know. Of course, a baseball cap can help keep the brass out if the eyeglass frames can't.

Rivers
03-07-2009, 5:11 PM
Normal glasses are fine, especially if you are wearing Polycarbonate lenses.

That's what my brother thought. Well, until the hot shell casing (from a shooter in the next lane) lodged itself between the (polycarbonate) lens and the flesh just under his eye. (Entered from the side, not above.) It happened just once. Since then, he has worn wrap-around safety glasses with his prescription glasses.

Check out welding supply shops for basic glasses too. If it's safe for grinding and hot sparks, the safety glasses should work for shooting too.

user01394
03-07-2009, 5:36 PM
I have poly scratch resistant but I just feel like I need more. Last time I wore some home depoish kind but they were painful and didn't work well.

I don't really want to spend the money on perscription shooting glasses. I guess I need to find something to go over that's comfortable.

Hearing protection makes it more difficult...

Sixer
03-07-2009, 6:23 PM
i usually just shoot with my regular glasses and a hat, or if its sunny i will use my prescription sunglasses that would keep everything out so i dont need to wear a hat with them

Irv
03-07-2009, 7:13 PM
Try something like this.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0034375521848a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&No=0&Ntk=Products&QueryText=goggles&sort=all&Go.y=12&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&Go.x=15&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1

I had a 45 casing nail one of my lens, tris,progresive, photo sensitive and cost me about 2 hundred to replace the one lens. Put a nice mark on it.

sevans
03-07-2009, 7:15 PM
Oakley sells their lenses in prescription models. As others have mentioned it's much safer to have actual safety glasses than regular eyeglasses. Brass gets in everywhere. Oakleys are expensive but I'm very happy with mine.

Freagan
03-07-2009, 7:44 PM
If you have them made with polycarbonate lenses. That's what they make protective lenses out of. Be sure to get the scratch coating, polycarb scratches easily (it softer and more shatter resistant).

This is exactly what i was just to say. My mother used to work for SOLA optical which makes the lenses for pretty much any pair of prescription glasses you will see on the west coast, and I used to get to go see all the testing facilities where they would do durability tests ect. and I remember one test they would take this large and very solid ball bearing and drop it in a tube from 10ft or so straight onto the lense at multiple angles...and they would seriously test it over and over again and yet the lense would always come out without even a scratch to speak of!

Gshock
03-07-2009, 11:33 PM
This is exactly what i was just to say. My mother used to work for SOLA optical which makes the lenses for pretty much any pair of prescription glasses you will see on the west coast, and I used to get to go see all the testing facilities where they would do durability tests ect. and I remember one test they would take this large and very solid ball bearing and drop it in a tube from 10ft or so straight onto the lense at multiple angles...and they would seriously test it over and over again and yet the lense would always come out without even a scratch to speak of!

+1 I had some polycarbonate/scratch resistant lenses put into Rayban wrap around sunglass frames. Very comfortable and better peripheral vision than standard frames. Hey Freagan, I worked at SOLA Optical for 4 years, I might know who your mother is. (no comments from the peanut gallery)

cush
03-09-2009, 11:49 PM
As an alternate you can get perscription inserts matched to safety glaases/googles.
One brand is here:
http://www.esseyepro.com/Military-and-Law-Enforcement_1_category.html
-cush

Maddog5150
03-10-2009, 1:04 AM
I had the ESS in basic. It was really great! Though I like the vision of the BCGs better >_<
I got a slight fish eyed effect when I wore them but other privates loved em. ICE makes some and wiley does also.

asgalindez
03-10-2009, 2:42 AM
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/safetyglassesusa_2042_97293218
http://safetyglassesusa.com/ots.html
Pyramex OTS. $4.75 for clear lens. $4.95 for grey and mirror lens.

Works for me.:thumbsup:

NSR500
03-10-2009, 2:53 AM
If you have vision insurance check if they cover you for sunglasses. If so, find and optometrist that is an Oakley dealer and have them work up a pair for you in your prescription.
I had a set of Asian Fit Gascans covered by my Vision Insurance for prescription lenses, as a bonus I have the original lenses for the Gascans. I just swap the lenses out if I'm wearing contacts and want to wear them out as everyday sunglasses.

bombadillo
03-10-2009, 9:16 AM
Try something like this.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0034375521848a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&No=0&Ntk=Products&QueryText=goggles&sort=all&Go.y=12&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&Go.x=15&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1

I had a 45 casing nail one of my lens, tris,progresive, photo sensitive and cost me about 2 hundred to replace the one lens. Put a nice mark on it.


First off, that sucks to get hit with a casing, but tell your optician that they need to replace both lenses because if you wore transitions lenses for very long at all, they will change at different rates as you go indoors and out. Check them sometimes because some people don't even notice that they're different color. Your optician officially sucks if he/she didn't replace both and I'm a licensed optician so I can say that with some validity.

Back on topic, also check out cycling glasses. They make some really decent glasses that fit close, work well for peripheral viewing, and have great coverage in general. I like them because you can take the insert out and wear them as normal glasses if you're a contacts wearer. Thats the other option is use your contacts if you're fitted for them and put cheapo safety lenses to protect yourself as stated above. I personally like glass lenses when it comes to shooting because you're around so much sediment and crud as well as chemicals not made to be put on plastic lenses, and it will not scratch anywhere near what plastic will. Just ask for ansi z87.1 stamped glass lenses with a proper center thickness per OSHA guidelines and you're good to go. Good luck

berg
03-10-2009, 9:37 AM
My eye doctor made me a pair. It was no big deal. I chose the frames from the cheap-o section. They look like aviator frames. (about $30).

Then they took my prescription and sent the frames out for the lenses to be made with the "Sportsman's yellow" tint. Total charge was about $100.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
03-10-2009, 11:10 PM
Gargoyles sells prescription insert frames for their glasses. Took them to my optometrist and he made lenses for the inserts in my reading prescription. They work pretty well, although Gargoyles lenses scratch very easily.

DedEye
03-11-2009, 12:05 AM
ESS ICE with the Rx inserts are my vote.

wildhawker
03-11-2009, 8:26 AM
ESS ICE with the Rx inserts are my vote.

+1 on the ESS, http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/ice-series-eyeshields.html

rp55
03-11-2009, 10:47 AM
I just got a new prescription at Costco and asked the Optometrist about shooting specifically. He said the polycarbonate lenses were more than adequate.

bombadillo
03-11-2009, 7:07 PM
Thats where I work. BTW, all people who work in eyewear at costco are required to be certified A.B.O. opticians within 3 years of employment or they're let go. We're usually more qualified than any "optician" which is what most private practices call their employees off the street with no creds.

Lone_Gunman
03-12-2009, 12:07 AM
http://zennioptical.com/cart/home.php

I have 4 pair of glasses from this site. All prescription. all under 35.00 delivered. If you have your prescription check em out. Pay close attention to frame width and lens width and height. Measure what you have so you get an idea of what sizes to consider.

You can thank me later.

user01394
03-12-2009, 11:31 AM
I am actually planning on getting some cheap glasses from them just as backups. I like the idea of the ESS with inserts or even the goggle type protection. Do you think I would get weird looks at the range with the goggle type?

None of us would give weird looks to a soldier wearing goggles, but in an indoor range?

bombadillo
03-12-2009, 5:40 PM
Careful with zeni cause they're hit or miss. Sometimes I've seen them make great stuff and sometimes it comes out like crap. If you do, go get your exam and make sure you have a copy of it, make sure somebody takes a monocular, not binocular PD (pupilary distance) measurement, and take it to a 3rd party to read on a Lensometer for accuracy in all of the RX.

Jonathan Doe
03-12-2009, 5:54 PM
I used to wear just regular prescription glasses, and I never had a problem.

SubstanceP
03-12-2009, 7:16 PM
I have had WileyX RomerIIs in progressive and regular prescription lenses. I prefer the standards because, for some reason, I see the front sight post and red dot and target better than the progressives. But, the point is WileyX makes a good product.

I have recently switched to Oakley Half-jacket sunglasses and Half-jacket frames with clear lenses.

Each of the above are polycarbonate and "scratch resistant" to a degree. The Oakleys seem to be more scratch resistant than the WileyXs. My experience is that not all scratch resistant lenses are created equal.

Wrap-arounds as described above should prevent brass from reaching your eyes.

RickD6023
03-12-2009, 7:31 PM
ESS ICE with the Rx inserts are my vote.

+1

I've been shooting with them since September. It's great and I have the exact script as my regular glasses.

Irv
03-12-2009, 8:22 PM
Bombadillo, thanks for the reply. Yes I think they got me on that one, they said I only needed the one. By the way it was Lencrafters. Will need new ones this year and will go to my local Costco this time.

uxo2
03-12-2009, 8:47 PM
+1

I've been shooting with them since September. It's great and I have the exact script as my regular glasses.


I have had them for 3 yrs but I also recomend
http://www.bolle.com/main/
Parole or vigilante with RX insert..

http://www.wileyx.com/TACTICAL/index.aspx
TALON,,PT1 / 3 ...I love WileyX...


http://www.sunbusterglasses.com/shgl.html
SunBuster ShootCorrect

But this last one has me grinning..
Because I will soon be able to were my Oakleys with a RX insert.

http://www.svedoptics.com/