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Jack L

Several years ago I had lasik surgery, ditched the glasses and shooting was pretty good. Last year I noticed my vision wasn't as good at night or inside.  My shooting seemed more difficult as  well. I had trouble picking up targets .

 

In the spring I had my eyes tested and discovered I have cataracts.  

 

This summer my shooting has been ok but not what it had been. Today I was frustrated, sunny but couldn't find the right glasses to help me pick up the target better. Eventually I took off my shooting glasses and behold I saw the target better and my shooting  improved.  

 

My thoughts are the shading in the shooting glasses, regardless of the hue, were just enough to cause me difficulty.  Next time I'll be using clear lenses.

 

At this point I'll wait til after hunting season to have the cataracts addressed and wear those clear lenses in the meantime. 

 

Anyone else have cataract issues with their shooting?

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Greg Hartman

Lately, my scores have been going down faster than I think they should be just as a result of my senior citizen status.  I can see well enough in everyday life - even driving, doing photography, etc. but I have been having trouble seeing targets (especially the 2nd bird on pairs) with real clarity.  Thought I needed a new prescription for my glasses.  Went to a good eye doc.  Nope, no new prescription needed.  Apparently, I have a fairly early-stage (if that's the right term) cataract in my right eye and I shoot right-handed.  Like you. I'm going to wait until after the season to get it fixed, and not worry too much about scores in the meantime - I can see plenty well enough to hit real birds.  Let's just say that, even without a cataract, I'm no threat whatsoever to the Master Class folks, but I do want to be the best I can be, so I will get this done.

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quailguy
1 hour ago, Jack L said:

Today I was frustrated, sunny but couldn't find the right glasses to help me pick up the target better. Eventually I took off my shooting glasses and behold I saw the target better and my shooting  improved.  

 

My thoughts are the shading in the shooting glasses, regardless of the hue, were just enough to cause me difficulty.  Next time I'll be using clear lenses.

 That was just my issue up at the UJ Catskills shindig. 

 Like Greg I had a tough time getting a hard focus on the second target. I was using my Costa's, which are fishing glasses but are the best I've ever had at cutting glare and built to take a steel ball bearing drop from 4 feet. My shooting glasses are just not that good at cutting glare and I have 3 different pairs. I've taken to leaving them at home, which was my issue at the Catskills. Some where I've got to find some decent shooting glasses.

  AND, I had cataracts removed from both eyes this Spring and what a difference that made! I'm back to 20-20 vision with zero problems seeing, even at night.

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tut

Good timing for this.  Headed to see the eye doctor this coming Friday.  I'm left eye dominant but shoot right handed.  Also, my left eye has always been my better eye for vision.  Guess it just takes over.  Anyway, I'm going to see if there is any way to make the vision in my right eye better once again.  Guess I'm lucky because even though I'm left eye dominate I shoot fairly well.  I will say that old eyes aren't like young eyes.  Between slowing down reflexes and poorer vision I probably shoot about 3/4 as good I used to as compared to 10 years ago. 

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Jack L

I’m left eye dominant, right handed and after lasik my left eye became my better eye. Hoping cataract surgery fixes that too.

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25/06
On 8/11/2018 at 3:49 PM, Greg Hartman said:

Lately, my scores have been going down faster than I think they should be just as a result of my senior citizen status.  I can see well enough in everyday life - even driving, doing photography, etc. but I have been having trouble seeing targets (especially the 2nd bird on pairs) with real clarity.  Thought I needed a new prescription for my glasses.  Went to a good eye doc.  Nope, no new prescription needed.  Apparently, I have a fairly early-stage (if that's the right term) cataract in my right eye and I shoot right-handed.  Like you. I'm going to wait until after the season to get it fixed, and not worry too much about scores in the meantime - I can see plenty well enough to hit real birds.  Let's just say that, even without a cataract, I'm no threat whatsoever to the Master Class folks, but I do want to be the best I can be, so I will get this done.

 

I turn 50 in November so I did not think I would have eye issues but boy was I wrong. Also eye issues associated with getting older and eye issues for a specific sport are two very different things.  I went from finishing second in our state shoot to 3 months later not being able to hit the sky. I am no great shooter but I could not hit a target just floating 20 yards away. Worse yet I had no Idea where the miss went.  I wasted two seasons trying to self diagnose issues with my eyes, what a goat rope that turned out to be. I was 100% resigned to quitting shooting this spring but things are much better now.

 

Here are a couple Ideas that may save you guys some heartache:

 

Go to an eye doctor, this is obvious but, make damn sure it is the right doctor! Go to a specialist who works with shooters.

I went to my regular optometrist and told him I needed my eyes checked. minor correction noted for my eyes so I ordered lens for my shooting glasses. Targets were a bit sharper but shooting was still terrible. I struggled this way until my wife told me to go back and actually tell the optometrist what my exact issue was and see if he had a solution or could refer me to someone. Turns out once I explained my issue the optometrist an old Air Force guy knew exactly what to look for and it turned out when my eyes change from bifocal to monocular my eyes were not super imposing the images like before. New prescription and I was shooting well!

 

Buy good shooting glasses from a reputable supplier who specializes in RX  I used Decot.

 I ordered lenses for my old glasses and simply sent in a prescription. The first pair of lenses this worked ok but I had them in an old frame and a lens dropped out and got

damaged. I simply ordered more lenses from a local maker that regularly supplied lenses  to my optometrist. Once they came in I was still having the same issues only worse. I thought it was just me, It turned out the supplier left out the critical prisms that I needed for shooting as that is something that he normally did not put in glasses.

 

I finally ordered all new glasses and lenses from Decot with an updated prescription. The difference is Tremendous!. I am now trying to correct all the poor habits I created over

a two year period.

 

Do not take good enough as an answer:

  I recently had an eye infection and went to an ophthalmologist who got it cleared up. I told her about the issues I was having while participating in sporting clays ( I use PC terms when talking Doctor I do not know) She simply said you shoot? Turns out her and her husband both shoot! I told the ophthalmologist that I currently have two pairs of lenses and I can tell one seems better than the other. She told me that she had not doubt that I was probably was seeing a difference as the location of a prism in glasses are so critical that 1MM difference can be noticeable. The biggest thing she told me is that the issue I have is correctable WITHOUT surgery. It turns out there are exercise programs that can minimize or even eliminate the issue. Sorry I don't not have the proper name of my condition but it is common as people age

 

Verify lenses:

Once you receive your glasses have people with the proper equipment verify the prescription is in place and correct.

 

 

 

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KerryLuft
On 8/11/2018 at 6:36 PM, tut said:

Good timing for this.  Headed to see the eye doctor this coming Friday.  I'm left eye dominant but shoot right handed.  Also, my left eye has always been my better eye for vision.  Guess it just takes over.   

 

Doesn't always work that way.  I'm left-eye dominant, strongly so, but my left eye is the weaker of the two by a good margin.

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