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    Getting old

    I'm a NOOB here but not new to shooting. I went to the range the other day after a few years away from the sport and discovered that something was wrong with my handgun's sights. They're turning invisible!!!

    Well, it's either that or my eyesight is going. (At nearly 50 I think that's the real problem.) So, anyone have any suggestions so that things are visible instead of fuzzy or not there at all? Glasses help but I don't know if my CCW will allow me to use them when I qualify. IF not, then I would have to qualify without them and it's DARN HARD to see.

    Since the need to wear glasses thing is new to me, I don't know the answer to whether my CCW qualification will allow them or not. If they don't, what options do I have for sights to make them more visible?

    What I have: S&W 6906 with factory sights. Range is indoors and not brightly lit.

    Suggestions?

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    Texas allowed me to wear my trifocals to qualify, and even called them eye protection.



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    Why wouldn't they allow you to qualify with your prescription glasses? They don't require you to take driver's test without glasses do they?

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    Take your gun with you to the eye doctor and have him match the sight in the middle of the glasses to your gun sight. Point it at the big E. That's about the same distance you read a computer at. Works for me. If he don't want to do that get a new doctor.

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    I got a set of Crimson Trace laser grips for my Defender... price is a little high but well worth it for poor eyesight and low light conditions.

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    I worked as an optician for several years, and helped a few shooters. Mostly they liked progressive lenses (the no-line bifocals) because they could find a focal "sweet" spot in the lens. I don't see a reason in the world you can't wear prescription specs for a CCW qual.

    Alternatives or additional options are the Lasergrips (an excellent product at www.crimsontrace.com) and also the XS Sights "big dot" sights. I have limited experience with these, but they are certainly VERY easy to see. Try www.expresssights.com.
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    Thumbs up Thats GREAT ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering Man View Post
    Texas allowed me to wear my trifocals to qualify, and even called them eye protection.



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    "even called them eye protection." ....

    I love you Texans for your Pro~Gun Addittude... :

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    "even called them eye protection."


    Same in New Mexico!

    OOOH RAH!


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    glasses should be no problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowdrift View Post
    "even called them eye protection." ....

    I love you Texans for your Pro~Gun Addittude... :
    In FL as well

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    You're in the first stages of presbyopia -- old eyes. The eyeball changes shape, its lens is less accommodating to distance changes, and a few other things. Nearsighted? Farsighted? Find out and get used to it, and get the glasses you need.

    My optometrist told me he can glue (yup, glue) special small-size glass or plastic discs on either or both eyeglass lenses, anywhere I want them. These discs will change my regular-vision prescription very locally so I can easily focus at any reasonable distance (my front sight, for instance).
    I toyed with installing one in the upper left corner of my glasses' right-eye lens. It worked very well, actually, but I finally decided that I really didn't need it for the distances at which I'm prepared to shoot.
    It was easy for the optometrist to remove the disc, once I said I didn't want it.

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    You can also get a "Merit Optical attachment" and stick it on your glasses for shooting. I have tried them and they work like a charm. Both the sites and the target will be in focus.

    http://www.meritcorporation.com/products.html

    (For the money though I've decided to just get a Red Dot....but then again I'm only shooting one gun right now)

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    Laser eye surgery

    anybody had or know anyone that had laser eye surgery? I understand it can have very good results, but costs around two grand In my neck of the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james 47 View Post
    anybody had or know anyone that had laser eye surgery? I understand it can have very good results, but costs around two grand In my neck of the woods.
    My wife had a sort of laser eye surgery, to correct growths that were beginning to cover her implanted plastic lenses with a vision-distorting "capsule" of human lensatic material. This is not the same as vision-corrective laser surgery, although the end result had the same effect.
    The surgery, she reports, was easy, painless, and pretty effective. The preparation for the surgery, a couple of injections within each eye socket, was painful, but of extremely short duration.
    The result of the surgery was immediate relief. Within an hour, she was OK to drive a car, and her vision was unimpaired.
    This particular problem will recur, and her surgery will have to be repeated someday. She's OK with that.
    Does that help?

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    Lasik first... for everything else.

    Laser second, for the guns...

    Target-Focused Acquisition
    Instant Follow-Up shots
    Within 1" of PO from 0-25yds
    Exceptional low-light capability where aging eyes are worst
    Excellent periferral vision in stressful situation.

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    Lasik is a trade name for one kind of laser eye surgery.
    All laser eye surgery is done with a laser. Like the one on your pistol, but more powerful.
    My wife's laser eye surgery was not a Lasik procedure.

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