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Discussion: Prescription Glasses

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Jan. 27, 2013
Men's 70
473 posts
Prescription Glasses
I am about to get a new prescription. As a 69 y/o I wear lineless bifocals for general use. Last season I played with these which were also transition lenses. I was wondering if bifocal wearers use bifocals or single vision lenses for SB. I also wonder if SB players use transition lenses or tinted on their SB glasses. I will have a dedicated pair for SB only and our games are in the morning. If you use a visor or flip on that would be interesting to know. I am trying to generate an
exchange of ideas since good players must deal with this.
Thanks for your help
Jan. 27, 2013
Men's 70
499 posts
I keep a separate pair of single vision glasses for softball. I know plenty of guys who play with their bi-focals, lineless and otherwise, but, in the outfield, it seems like the ball is always passing into the mid-distance/reading area just as it gets to me.

I switched to the transition lenses several years ago because I liked the convenience. The perverse thing about transition lenses, however, is that they don't get as dark in warmer weather as they do in cold. They may not get as dark as you like, or as you're used to, in the summer heat. Mine get as dark as any sunglasses when the temp is in the 50's. I would judge that they only turn about 2/3 as dark when it's in the 90's (or 100's as it regularly is here in the summer).

Jan. 27, 2013
Men's 65
321 posts
I use single vision glasses in the outfield because I think it helps me pick up the ball quicker. I don't wear them when I hit. No experience with transition glasses. Regards, Mel
Jan. 27, 2013
Men's 60
873 posts
I use single vision lenses as an infielder. (many on my team will tell you they dont help me) My eye Doc is also a team mate and he wears bifocal transition glasses. I guess its what you can get use to playing with or works best.
Jan. 27, 2013
5 posts
I wear contact lenses, mono vision, one for distance and one for close up. I have found that playing softball I only wear the distance lens and do not wear the close up lens. Works great
Jan. 28, 2013
Men's 70
473 posts
Thank you. Has anyone tried hi-contrast lenses or
tints designed to make the ball pop or change the contrast with grass?
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