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My last two sets of glasses are what are called occupational trifocals.

They have conventional bifocals on the bottom of the lenses with distance vision above the bifocals with trifocals at the top of the lenses. They are not as popular as other lenses so I had to settle for plastic lenses but had them made to safety glass lens thickness. I also had them anti scratch and uv protective coated.

They work great for me with pistols as I shoot with a slightly head down stance and are also great for computer glasses.

For the first time ever I'm able to see the "text book" sight picture you always see for examples.
 

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For Bullseye with red-dot sights, I use my regular glasses. For IDPA with 4.25" barrel, I have a separate pair of glasses that I use. The "IDPA" glasses have most of the lenses such that the front sight is in focus with a small, lower part such that I can use it to read. Put the in-focus front sight in rear notch and on the desired target area even though not in focus, and it is then all up to trigger. Have to remember to change to regular glasses before driving!

IDPA seems to be moving to allowing red-dot sights. Few who have been experimenting with red-dot sights in IDPA have noted jumps upward in score and a need not to wait on pulling trigger until dot is EXACTLY in the center!
 

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Red dot optics....

Few who have been experimenting with red-dot sights in IDPA have noted jumps upward in score and a need not to wait on pulling trigger until dot is EXACTLY in the center!

From my experience, you don't need the red dot exactly in the center.....wherever the red dot is, even if off center, if the dot is in the COM, that is where the shot should be on the target with proper trigger control....
 

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Red dots optics and "cadilacks....?"

I presume you meant "cataracts?" If a shooter has cataracts, the best choice is to have them removed.....they may get bigger and your vision will suffer no matter what type of sights you use.....! :eek:
 

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I can't use my 'readers' with a red dot, it looks like a star burst! I found this out when doing a 2 gun shoot, readers worked fine when using the pistol, picked up the AR, "*** is wrong with my red dot?", realized the readers caused it, not sure why. Anyone else have this issue?
 

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I can't use my 'readers' with a red dot, it looks like a star burst! I found this out when doing a 2 gun shoot, readers worked fine when using the pistol, picked up the AR, "*** is wrong with my red dot?", realized the readers caused it, not sure why. Anyone else have this issue?
Yes, that's what I was talking about, if I use near vision lenses corrected for the front sight that's what I see. I have to use far vision lenses with red dots and some scopes that don't have enough diopter correction.

On a side: Yes Rwe, I meant cataracts, I call it fun with words, on October 31'st we even celebrated Oscar de la Renta.
 

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A few years ago I measured the distance from my eye to front sight post and had my optometrist make a lens to focus at that distance, this was installed as a full polycarbonate lens and the other lens my distance prescription. I also made a diopter from a flip up sunglass with a 3/64 opening. I couldn't believe the difference, I could see targets like I was 20 years old again.
 

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I will have to try that 2 lens solution. I told my wife about it and she explained they have been doing that with contacts for years. One set for short distance and the other for distance. Somehow your brain makes the adjustment. I'm starting to get occasional crosshair splitting when viewing through some of my scopes these days as well, which never happened before. Old eyes can be such a pain.
 

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Using red dot optic sights and reading glasses....

I can't use my 'readers' with a red dot, it looks like a star burst!
When shooting with iron sights on a 5" 1911 slide, I use reading glasses with 1.75 diopter lenses. When using red dot optics, I switch and use Elvex RX-500 impact resistant glasses in a .75 diopter, and this does not cause any starburst effect with my eyes when shooting in daylight conditions. Using red dot optics may have a very slight starburst or fuzzy dot when shooting at night, but this may require a lower diopter for "night shooting." Since the optical red dot is closer to my eyes than the iron sights, I need a lower diopter change to see the red dot clearly without starbursts even with daytime use..... Elvex RX-500 glasses are about $10 each.

When shooting and switching from iron sights on a pistol to a red dot optic on an AR-15, you may need to adjust the distance of the red dot further from your eyes to be more compatible and prevent the starburst effect. I have also seen AR-15's used for 3-gun that had a variable power one inch tube scope and a red dot mounted to the scope mounts on top of the variable power scope....dual optics...! The red dot on the top used for close up shooting, and the variable power scope for long range targets.....

I also solved the issue of my Elvex glasses "fogging up." I took my Dremel tool with a metal cutting fiber blade, and cut the wrap around plastic that was trapping my body heat around my orbital sockets....I cut off about 3/4" on each side, and this has helped to eliminate the lenses from fogging on hot and muggy days on the range....:)
 

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I also solved the issue of my Elvex glasses "fogging up." I took my Dremel tool with a metal cutting fiber blade, and cut the wrap around plastic that was trapping my body heat around my orbital sockets....I cut off about 3/4" on each side, and this has helped to eliminate the lenses from fogging on hot and muggy days on the range....:)
Pretty cool idea.

I solved the problem a little differently, I went to Home Depot and bought some Drawer Bumper Cabinet Door Protectors - I find the smallest ones. I like the the wide flat ones the best. They have pretty effective adhesive. I throw them away after a day of shooting.

If it is extra humid or I am sweating a lot I simply adhere one of the door protectors into the bridge of the glasses. It holds the glasses away from my face just enough to circulate air. I have picked up different sizes (they are very cheap). Bigger ones for worse conditions. I have not been able to tell the difference in visibility as they move the lens from my eye very little from the intended position. It works for me. If you are at a all day match then on me it starts to red mark between the eyes. Me I don’t care. I went to a three day match and my wife asked me “what happened between your eyes”? It was fine a day later.
 

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So.....shouting I have old eyes but I'm gonna start blasting at anything that moves in my house isn't acceptable:eek: Actually I do much better indoors with a Surefire 300 on my 1911 or a laser but outdoors I can still see the front sight, albeit fuzzy, as is the target. Had laser surgery in 2001, worked great tli about 2015 when my close in vision shot craps...still working on the best solution....maybe brail target:biglaugh:
 
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