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Discussion: bifocals and softball

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Jan. 1, 2012
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
bifocals and softball
any of you guys play with BIFOCALS ? CURIOUS to " see " if you have/had a problem as the ball gets close to you . appreciate any input you can offer if you play with them. thanks .
Jan. 1, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
I do, and I remember being concerned about that when I was getting them for the first time. But it has not been a problem. All I can think of is you just naturally focus in on the ball, even as it is moving toward you, with the correct part of the lens so that the ball always stays in focus.

At least that is how it has worked for me.
Jan. 1, 2012
crusher
Men's 70
403 posts
Frank, zero problems with lined bifocals.

Now, with Progressive, wow, problems. When batting
the ball will appear to curve towards you as it gets closer.
So, what you may think is a BALL will instead be a STRIKE
as it does not actually curve.
If a thrown ball gets in the progressive part it will appear
to curve and you may miss the throw and get hit.
Jan. 1, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4403 posts
I have worn progressive for 25 years and never had a problem. That was for seeing close or far.
If they place the dot incorrectly, which I had once, they were off a hair, but I had them replaced & all was fine.
Jan. 1, 2012
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
gary19- are your glasses, progressive or lined ? crusher, taits, gary19- i appreciate your responses. i am getting cataract surgery done this month, but because of a bad astigmatism i may possibly need to wear glasses to correct it. this whole process is scary, but i will do it if necessary to continue playing softball. thanks !
Jan. 1, 2012
Omar Khayyam
1004 posts
I, too, have worn progressive lenses for about 25 years and never had any kind of problem playing ball with them on. My very first pair were also much larger in surface area than my previous glasses that I wore for distance viewing and there was some distortion for a month until my brain adjusted. I have played with men who wore bifocals and they had so many problems (usually misjudging a ball coming right to them) that they gave up on playing with bifocals. Maybe it is different for each individual?
Jan. 2, 2012
leftyfalcon
Men's 65
158 posts
I had bifocals and that didn't work for me. Went to progressive an that helped alot. So this year I'm throwing the glasses away. I tried hitting the ball off the tee and live pitching with bifocals,progressive and I hit better with out glasses. Wish I would of tried that a long time ago. If I had to ware glasses it would be progressive. Much easier to hit and catch the ball. I guess it all depends on how bad a persons eyes are.
Joe Left Falcon
Columbus LX #14
Jan. 2, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Progressive.
Jan. 2, 2012
steve65
Men's 65
177 posts
I have noticed that with lined bifocals the ball will move when it crosses the line--but with progressive I have not noticed this ---I do have a problem of when running the glasses seem to bounce a little thereby "moving" the ball--any suggestions for this---also I had sunglases made with single prescription for softball --
Jan. 2, 2012
crusher
Men's 70
403 posts
steve65,I have considered a single prescription, glad to here you are doing that.
As far as bounce when running the only thing I have found is to run on your toes,
if on my heels sometimes it lookes like
3 or 4 balls.
Have to try to get on toes for last few yards to catch.
Any other things that work?????
Jan. 2, 2012
GaCMan
86 posts
Hey guys I started out with progressive only problem was running in the outfield after fly balls would sometimes loose the ball just before it hit the glove. Never missed one but got afraid one would hit me in the face. Hitting didn't seem to be as much of a problem with them.
I changed to single vision lens with transisions for the sun this last year after talking to a good friend who happens to be a eye Dr. This combo works great. Think this is the way to go. I even tryed contacts but the vision was not nearly as sharp as with glasses so went back to the glasses.
Jan. 2, 2012
Goater
54 posts
Ditto the above ... I wear progressives but can't imagine playing with these ... I bought sport glaases with only my distance prescription and I've never looked back.

I also use them for trapshooting. I wouldn't want to crank my head back too far and have the clay go out of focus
Jan. 2, 2012
dandy47
Men's 60
12 posts
I wear progressive lens glasses off the field. However, for softball i do mono-vision, wearing one contact lens for distance in my dominate eye (for me it's my left)and nothing in my other eye. Your brain takes over on which eye dominates when needed for focusing. That worked pretty well for me for about 10 years, now. I also do this when playing golf.
Jan. 3, 2012
Brusco
10 posts
I tried playing with my progressive lenses but did not work for me. Just use my distance lenses (sunglasses and regular)
Jan. 3, 2012
MurrayW
Men's 50
92 posts
I would recommend 2 different pairs of glasses. Use non-bifocals on the softball field and bifocals off of the field. That's what I do with my contacts.

I have single vision contacts that I wear for softball and multi-vison ones that I wear at work and for general use. My correction with my single vision contacts is 20/15 and with my bifocal contacts it is 20/25. I've worn my bifocal contacts to league games when I forgot to bring my singe visions with me and I do notice a difference.
Jan. 3, 2012
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
steve65- i had the same problem with bouncing glasses. cheap fix : i make my own straps. FABRIC STORES sell 10-12ft coils of elastic, i buy the 3/8" wide in white (matches my hair color ! ) . fold one end of the elastic, take a needle and tread and make a small loop on one end. the opening on the loop must be tight enough to allow the temple end of the plastic frame ( part that goes over the ears) to go in and hold it tight. install one end of the elastic, put on your glasses, then put the other end of the elastic on the other side and measure it, cut it and make another tight loop. the elastic with time will stretch out, when this happens, make a knot in the middle of the elastic, this will make it tighter. you made to play with the elastic a little until you get the proper length and tightness, make a few extras for you bat bag as spares. once you make one that feels good ,not too tight, use it as a mold to more more as you need them. this is a cheap fix, but it works ! hope i didnt confuse you.
Jan. 3, 2012
crusher
Men's 70
403 posts
Frank what are you saying? Last year didn't you just
use superglue on the nosepiece and behind your ears? Then,
just rip it off after each game!
Jan. 3, 2012
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
CRUSHER- never occurred to do that. i've got oily skin, would not stick. who are you playing with in 2012 ?? torrence and i will stay with howard and the wildcatter's 70's. aaron summey decided to do something else , too bad, we had fun playing together in 2011, even though we didnt play that many games with 70's. dont rule out playing with us someday, we could use your bat. james, have a great year in 2012, will see you on the fields. frank
Jan. 3, 2012
garyheifner
370 posts
armhio211

I tried both bifocals and progressive. On hard hit balls (grounders or liners) below my knees I couldn't refocus fast enough. Just a blur. The glasses fogged up often at night even with non-fog coatings. Ended up getting Lasek. Best move ever. No problem picking up and fielding balls below the knees.
Jan. 4, 2012
MaryPaul
1 posts
I am amazed to see that simple steps to order contact lenses online! Easy to register and buy online at low prices. More Christmas offers to choose from for contact lenses. I had ordered daily contact lenses with about 70% off. We have more choices to choose from different contact lenses at http://www.contactlensesexpress.co.uk
Jan. 4, 2012
rtaven
Men's 65
22 posts
progressive with transition and you never have to change.
Jan. 4, 2012
crusher
Men's 70
403 posts
Frank, have a great 2012 also. Look fwd seeing you guys.
Will be playing with Rangers of North Texas.
A bunch of old guys, can - not - can - not - believe I will be playing ball with a bunch of old guys, OH WELL..
Time does fly, so, have fun today. james
Jan. 4, 2012
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
guys- i appreciate all your points of view based on your experience. i think i will proceed with progressives with transitions. my operation is tomorrow at 9 am, i would prefer to be put under and wake me when it's over. the tendency to blink is the part i am concerned about, i guess they prop your eyes open to avoid this. YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT SEASON IN 2012.
Jan. 4, 2012
Bandit13
2 posts
Years ago after suffering with glasses that fogged up constantly even after using anti-fogging treatments for my glasses, I finally decided to try contact lenses. With proper fitting and proper examinations, I found that wearing my distance vision prescription improved my hitting and my fielding self confidence. The ball was finally always where I perceived it to be, now all I had to do was put the bat or the glove in the right spot. When I think of how many years I failed to do that, it kills me. I mean I was a good ballplayer but my fielding, even at pitcher, became something special. Been going to the same eye doctor for a lot of years now and I just hope he doesn't retire any time soon.
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