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Discussion: Prescription Eye Glasses Versus No Glasses

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Aug. 20, 2009
defense3B
Men's 55
40 posts
Prescription Eye Glasses Versus No Glasses
I use my prescription eye glasses (bi-focal)for the infield and see everything extremely clear. But when I play the out field with my eye glasses....Fly balls that requires me to run for a catch causes my view of the ball to bounce. I guess its the glasses moving on my face and causing my view to jump due to my bi focals. Can anyone else share similar concerns? Thanks
Aug. 20, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Have you tried PROGRESSIVE lenses? No lines, but work well for both close and faraway.
Aug. 20, 2009
BrianWin33
Men's 40
7 posts
I have Oakley Prescription sunglasses. The lenses are transition lenses and they get pretty dark when in sunlight. I wouldn't play without them. I recommend not getting any anti-glare coating on them because all they do is get scratched. They were a little pricey ($450)but I am worth it....lol
Aug. 20, 2009
defense3B
Men's 55
40 posts
I have a pair of progressive lenses with sunglass darkening. I hate to use that pair to play....like Brian says very expensive. I might look at putting a sports band attached to the end of my glasses to tighten to my head. Less moving around on a run play.
Aug. 20, 2009
Caveman
Men's 50
64 posts
Have your eye doctor set you up with some single vision lenses. I wear progressive normally, but as defense3B said they are not easy to play in. The single vision lenses may not let you read the scorebook, but you don't have issues seeing the ball as it passes through the different powers of the lens. I also recommend the transition lens as you can use the same glasses to play day or night.
Aug. 20, 2009
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
DEF 3B--i had the same problem with bouncing glasses when running. my solution, went to a fabric store, they sell elastic in 3ft rolls, 1/4" wide. you cut and make small loops, tight enough so that the ends of your glasses dont slip out. the loops are made by using a needle and thread. measuring the length of the strap will be based on your head size. i would make one loop first, then wrap the elastic around to the other side, mark where you want to cut by making another loop, then sewing it. the elastic will strech with time, to compensate, make a knot in the center of the strap. being 1/4" wide it shouldnt feel too bulky like regular sports straps, BUT IT'S A CHEAP FIX. i make six at a time, once you make one that fits right, use that as a mold for the rest. SORRY FOR THE LONG POST, I HOPE IT HELPS. frank
Aug. 20, 2009
wagon487
Men's 50
526 posts
just go to sears or costco and get plastic frames and get your distance only put in them, don't get progressive or bi-focals. I tried them and they don't work. Just get your distance lenses and you should be fine.
I play outfield and the never fall off.
Aug. 20, 2009
Enviro-Vac
Men's 60
401 posts
BrianWin33 - can you tell me where or how you managed to get prescription Oakleys? I would love to get some.

info@envirovac.com

Great thread defense3B
Aug. 20, 2009
defense3B
Men's 55
40 posts
Enviro-Vac I start league play next wed night 50+. I wanted to address my eye sight issues. This thread is a concern for others as well. I'm leaning to just using distance glasses as suggested by Wagon487. I like armiho211 idea to secure glasses with a home made elastic support head band, if I can't find a sport band anywhere around.
Aug. 21, 2009
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
as an outfielder, we all have a problem when the sun is right in your eyes. to solve my problem, i bought a pair of prescription,single vision, sun glasses that were "POLARIZED", non-glare, non scratch in a darkgreen color. this really cuts the brightness of the sun, to the point that i am able to pick up the ball coming out NEAR the sun. these also help when you are batting and have the same problem during early/evening games. might be cheaper than the special oakleys.
Aug. 21, 2009
Llama Man
Men's 55
15 posts
I have also used Oakleys with my distance perscription, non Polarized, with a G30 lens for several years now and love them!!! The G30 lens is a light rose color that is good for a wide spectrum of light, from bright sun to good on a totally cloudy day. The Oakley frames are light and stay glued to your head when running. Wouldn't want to play without them! And I've been able to get them for around $300. You just need to order them through an eye doctor that has a relationship with Oakleys. Good luck!
Aug. 21, 2009
defense3B
Men's 55
40 posts
I never even thought that Oakley would carry/ work with eye doctor for distance perscription. I know that Oakly are light and stay glued to your head when running. Thanks Liama Man.
Aug. 21, 2009
Omar Khayyam
1000 posts
Been playing with my progressive lenses for 20 years—never had a problem adjusting whether pitching or playing infield/outfield. There are sunglasses for the outfield that fit OVER your regular lenses, not clip-ons (which I have found have to be made by the same manufacturer as your regular lenses or there is a glare from the non-perfect fit). I have also used prescription sunglasses, but they are pricey with progressive lenses, and they are often too dark for me when pitching in the past. Haven't used them for years.

There are many, many sport bands available. I always wear one when I play and have for 30 years. Every drug store chain has its own; sports stores have them; some eyeglass stores carry them. My favorites were only $1.98, only I can't find a store that carries them anymore and the manufacturer has no web site to order from. The last time I found them, I was at the Huntsman in St. George. I should have bought several sets.
Aug. 21, 2009
Stretch14
Men's 50
187 posts
Llama Man, if you only paid $300.00 for them, that's pocket change for you.
Aug. 22, 2009
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
I also have progresive lenses for years with no problem. I use the sport frames that have the strap on them to keep them tight.

This year I went with lens from Coppertone and they are fantastic. The are designed to bring out the greens and yellows and everything is so bright and clear.

Thinking of getting a pair for driving.
Aug. 22, 2009
bprieve
17 posts
I use bi-focal contact lenses with monovision, too for everyday. I HATE them for softball, so my eye doctor also set me up with a distance only, 20-20 corrected set. Works fine. Players I've observed using multi-focal glasses or contacts of any type tend to miss even easy catches as they can't see the ball coming accurately as it moves across their different corrections on multi-focals of any type.
Aug. 22, 2009
Omar Khayyam
1000 posts
Thanks bprieve for the tip. I will tell my manager there is a reason I dropped the fly at the last tournament! LOL
Aug. 22, 2009
Hacker
Men's 65
41 posts
Although I normally wear progressive I went with Oakley prescription lenses using my distance only prescription. I pitch and play OF...no problem with them...I originally bought the rose colored lenses for bright sunny days but have since purchased a second set of lenses and got the grey transitions for use on cloudy and night (under the lights) and they darken well enough to also use during bright days, they are now my all-around glasses. The lenses are interchangable on the frame - "Half Jacket" style. They come with a nice case that carry both the frame and an extra set of lenses. Check out the Oakley web site for more info...there are several styles to chooses from. Your eye doctor can order for them you.

Rich
Aug. 23, 2009
defense3B
Men's 55
40 posts
Good Idea Omar! I'll save that excuse for the next time I blow a catch.:)
Great feedback Y"all. My first try will be to use transitions w/light darkening glasses and try to find a tightening head band for my 1st game next week. Keep you posted on results.

Ron
Aug. 28, 2009
defense3B
Men's 55
40 posts
Played 3rd Base w/my transitions and head band it was a big time difference. I saw every ball hit off the bat. The best is I made no errors...:0) Glasses felt extremely secure to my head. No jumping do to my older bifocal perscriptions. I feel certain that my outfield duties will be more sucessful with my new prescription transition plus head band addition. One caution head band clamps glasses close to forhead, sweat finds its way from far head to glasses after around the 4th inning depending your body type. I picked up a head band to reduce sweat getting to lenses. "Play Ball!" Ron
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