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Discussion: to" tri "or not to "tri"

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Feb. 17, 2009
batter4u
Men's 65
74 posts
to" tri "or not to "tri"
not to ingore all the discussion on the HR rules but I just started wearing trifocals and was wondering if anyone has had difficulty changing from single lens to tri's,not that anyone on here would need to wear glasses....
Feb. 17, 2009
ffdonnie
Men's 50
90 posts

ha, thought you were going to ask about tri-tip
Feb. 17, 2009
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
I have been wearing them for the 15 yrs that I have been playing and have had no problem with them.

At one time I did have a small problem hitting but I took care of that with my sport glasses by having them drop the trifocals as far as they could and that took care of the problem.
Feb. 17, 2009
docswear
Men's 55
97 posts
Roger.... not sure if you mean a tri-focal in the traditional sense with visible lines or a progressive lens (no lines). In general, for playing sports the progressive seems to be more successful. Fred's suggestion to lower the segment for near vision is a great way to improve your overall distance and keep a little in there to see the score book, your cell phone, and the stitches on the ball before you gun it to first for an out. Not everyone does well with them but usually if you give it some time and patience you will have success. Your side vision will always be a little distorted so force yourself to keep your nose pointed where you are looking as that usually helps. good luck.
docswear
March 13, 2009
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
415 posts
I had to go back and dig this message up from a few weeks back.

Does anyone wear trifocals or bifocals while playing? If so, do you actually use anything besides the distance vision?

I've always switched to single vision to play ball. Just wondered if anyone finds the bifocals or trifocals to be of any use on the field?
March 13, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
Progressives work for me, about 10+ years now. Have Rec-Specs also, w\Progressive, but rarely wear them.
No particular reason, just lazy to change them.
March 13, 2009
Mr. Manassas
225 posts
I tried tri-focals and they did not work for me . Had terrible time adjusting to the ball going through three transitions. I use bi-focals but really only see the ball through the distance lens.
March 14, 2009
wagon487
Men's 50
516 posts
I were "tri focals" or "prgressives is what they are called now" in daily life. I got glasses to play and just use my distance lens, works great! Tried the "tri" while playing, did not work.
DISTANCE only and you should be fine
March 14, 2009
Books8
Men's 55
3 posts
Have to agree with wagon on this. I play infield and the progressive lenses made 3rd base even more challenging. The distance lens only work great.
March 19, 2009
Omar Khayyam
984 posts
I am a pitcher and have been wearing progressive lenses for almost 20 years with no problems, not even the first times I played with them. Had a catcher years ago in rec leagues (when I was playing with the young sprouts) who went to trifocals. He was so happy to see the ball and his batting average went up 100 points! On the other hand, he was plunked in the body more than once on one-hoppers into the plate. When one bounced up and hit him in the face, he never played with his trifocals again (and went back to being a poor hitter). I am surprised to hear of any infielder who can successfully wear trifocals while fielding.
March 19, 2009
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
415 posts
This may be a question you don't know the answer to, as you were referring to a teammate.

Did the trifocals make him a better hitter because he used the nearer distance portions of the lens and could see the ball better than with single vision lenses?

I believe I could see the ball better from, say 10 feet on in, through the mid-range of my trifocals. I just don't see how you make the transition from distance vision to the nearer distance portion of a bifocal or trifocal when the ball is in flight.


March 23, 2009
Omar Khayyam
984 posts
Not sure what the difference was. He had been wearing his distance glasses (the guy was in his 60s) for years and he said with his trifocals he could finally see the ball better. Maybe his other glasses were no longer the correct prescription. He was a good batter years earlier, and he became a good batter for the three months he wore the trifocals. But changing glasses for hitting and then for catching was not for him—too complicated. He went back to being a more capable catcher with his old glasses.
March 23, 2009
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
415 posts
Thanks for the follow-up. I guess this is a topic you would only see on the senior board. Problably won't find it on Softballfans.
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