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Discussion: Eyeglasses and seeing the ball?

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Nov. 2, 2003
TerryDarc
22 posts
Eyeglasses and seeing the ball?
I'm curious if anyone has any wisdom to share on eyeglasses, particularly with respect to seeing the pitched ball. I've got blended focus lenses which means the bottom parts are set for reading and the tops are for distance. In between is for seeing somewhere in the middle range.

As far as I know, everyone's eyes lose the abilitiy to focus after 55. I'm 62 and I think part of my batting problems are with vision.

I've thought of single focus glasses for batting and shifting to the variables when in the field. Has anyone else come up with a solution? BTW - I'm not wild about lasix for reasons of cost mostly. What are your thoughts?
=Terry
Nov. 2, 2003
STONEMAN
Men's 50
535 posts
TERRY, I wear single, yellow lens. When I started playing senior ball 3 yrs. ago, I wore bi-focal lens. I had a hard time fielding ground balls. Most batters, young & old do not see the ball, once the ball gets 3' to 5' from the batter. I wear yellow lens in the day , night , when it's a cloudy days, etc.
When u r at bat, relax, & focus on the ball; only the ball; turn everything else off.
The cost for some eye surgery is under $ 300 per eye.
Nov. 3, 2003
Coach
Men's 80
15 posts
Yes I had this problem. I have blended tri-foculs and didn't have any problems with them till last July. I went into a batting slump where I was popping everything up and lazy fly balls. I finally went to the batting cages and I finally noticed that I was losing the ball about 3/4's of the way to the plate in the middle of my lens. Somewhere along the line I had started to take a step when I batted (I have never taken a step up till then) dropping my head which lowered my line of vision. It must have happened slowly because I never noticed it. What I did was have a pair of glasses made and the vision lines lowered to elimanate that problem. Being a diabetic my visions changes with by blood sugar level. I cary 3 paris of glasses with me and take fly balls to see which pair is right for that day.
Nov. 3, 2003
taits
Men's 65
4359 posts
I use REC-SPECS Poly-something or other glass but come in a RX if wanted. As for the yellow specs, in sun they is great, also for driving at night. The recspecs should be found in\at most eye ware places.
Nov. 3, 2003
TerryDarc
22 posts
Thanks, All!

I'm seriously thinking of getting single vision or "reblended" lenses next spring. Maybe the polycarbonate lenses would be a good idea - I pitch and have been dusted off before. That losing the ball about 3/4 the way from the pitching machine really hits home. That's exactly my experience. Maybe I could lower the line for close vision or just go single vision, cuz I can see the ball (I think) well enough to field with just the top part of my glasses and I can read the print on this screen from 3'. I bet the optometrist would be able to adjust the close vision.

I'm curious if anyone's tryed radial keratotomy or lasix?
=Terry
Nov. 4, 2003
T.Burk
48 posts
I have a pair of prescription Oakleys with a rose lens that works at night as well as a pair of Boles with interchangeable lenses. With the Boles, I use a yellow lense for night time softball. I don't like either because I can't keep them from fogging over or keeping the sweat off of the lense. Also I don't wear glasse all of the time, so it takes some getting used to.
Nov. 5, 2003
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
There are some great antifogging- anti-static lens cleaning products at your local dive shop. I play with glasses year round and I seldom have fogging problems.
Nov. 6, 2003
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
419 posts
Try smearing aerosol shaving cream on the lenses of your glasses and wiping it (don't rinse with water) with a towel or soft cloth. It's an excellent way to keep them from fogging up.
Nov. 6, 2003
Pieman
Men's 50
84 posts
I TRIED WEARING GLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES AND COULD NOT STAND IT. I HAD LASIK DONE ON BOTH EYES WITH MONO-VISION. THAT IS ONE EYE SEES CLOSE FOR READING AND THE OTHER SEES DISTANCE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND SPENDING THE MONEY AND BE FREE.
Nov. 6, 2003
Hittman
Men's 55
13 posts
i wear the same kind of lenses and use just my distnce prescription lenses in single vision when i play. i forgot them once and tried to use my regular glasses and it was a disaster. i have always used the single vision and it seems to work great, at least for me.
Nov. 6, 2003
Hittman
Men's 55
13 posts
i wear the same kind of lenses and use just my distnce prescription lenses in single vision when i play. i forgot them once and tried to use my regular glasses and it was a disaster. i have always used the single vision and it seems to work great, at least for me.
Feb. 16, 2004
crusher
Men's 70
389 posts
I had the Progressive glasses where you do not have Lined Bi-foculs. THESE were bad bad bad for batting. The ball will actually appear to curve in towards you as it progresses down thru your lense's on its downward flight to the plate.
I had to go back to lined bi-foculs.
Have a good season.
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