View Full Version : weird eye glasses/contacts???

March 19, 2009, 02:17 PM
Here is a weird one for ya.....Does anyone notice a difference in POI shooting (shooting handguns at 25yrds), when switching from contacts to eyeglasses? Reason I am asking, I caught an eye infection that forced me to remove my contacts for a couple weeks. I recently qualified with my XD45, but its time again this Sunday to shoot. I will probably practice (with eyeglasses) before then. But I just wondered if anyone noticed a difference between the two, as far as having a different POI, by the eye looking through a contact, or eye glass? One of those looking through two different materials thing. See I told ya it was a weird one...

March 19, 2009, 02:26 PM
I didn't start wearing contacts until I was about 16-17, and had done lots of shooting prior to that age with glasses. I swap back and forth now (depending on my laziness factor in the morning). The only time I notice a difference in my vision is if I just recently swapped from one to the other. Given about a 5-10 minute window, I'm adjusted just fine.

Granted each individual may be different in this category, depending on other variables, but I haven't had it be an issue.

March 19, 2009, 02:31 PM
as you get older it takes longer (laymans terms)

applies to so many things.

March 19, 2009, 02:46 PM
ya, I will try to let some lead fly tonight and see if I notice any change....hey at least I have a new reason to go shooting!

Ben Towe
March 19, 2009, 03:28 PM
Not sure if I've ever shot with my glasses on but I do notice a huge difference between glasses and contacts. The glasses have alot of distortion unless you look directly through the center of the lens. Part of that may be the fact I bought el-cheapo plastic lensed glasses as I rarely wear them (usually once a month when I change my contacts).

March 19, 2009, 03:32 PM
Depends on you script somewhat. Some people see better with contacts than glasses, and some the other way around. Contacts don't always correct all your Rx. For pistol shooting, you should notice very little difference, because you are using the "center" of the lens. Any distortion or aberration will occur on the periphery of your lens, getting worse the further you go from center.

The material your lenses are made from can definately effect your vision, some more than others. Glass gives the best optics, but I sure wouldn't wear glass to shoot with. Trivex has optics close to glass, but extremely safe. Polycarbonate can knock some people down a tad on vision, but is also a very safe material.

T. O'Heir
March 21, 2009, 01:07 AM
Can you see to shoot? Nothing else matters.

March 21, 2009, 01:57 PM
Thats why I have a hard time with scopes. My prescription is so strong that the slightest angle of the head distorts the crosshairs. Contacts definitely improve shooting comfort though accuracy remains unaffected

March 23, 2009, 04:45 PM
Thanks all for the inputs.....now for my update... I never got the chance to shoot before qualifying. Oh well. I did qualify yesterday. Out of a possible 200 points, I shot a 199. So I guess it didnt hurt any having to wear my glasses. My score improved from last time, but that was from changing how I support my arm against the pole for "supported" at 25yrds. What makes me mad, is I was only one shot from 200, I very last shot was outside the 8 ring....and that was from the hip at 3yrds :mad:. Still a good day though:D

Coop de Ville
March 29, 2009, 09:57 AM
For me yes.

With glasses I shoot to the right? quite a bit with rifle/ shotgun. To the point where I need to drift the sights all the way.

With contacts, my poi comes back to center.

This is annoying since in a survival situation, I will probably not be wearing contacts for very long.


March 31, 2009, 06:47 PM
Back in 1992? I think, laser surgery was just experimental, in Toronto Canada. My next eye glass prescription was to be tri-focal!

Not only was I a keen sport shooter, I taught as well.

I was introduced to a Dr Weinberg/Weisberg who talked to me for a couple of hours, in the end I took this experimental procedure, one eye at a time.

It hurt!! Right eye first, after two weeks my vision in that eye was improved to 20-15 incredible. Other eye never got that good, and after all these years, about 80% is remaining, still good considering where I came from.

The new Lazik is a vast improvement, that is the route I would take if I were you. Your nose looses those big groves as well.

Plus you can wear those nifty shooting glasses!

Keep Safe.

April 13, 2009, 02:37 PM
Late last year I went to my eye doctor and got Prescription Shooting glasses. I am right eye dominant, just over 60, and only need reading glasses. I had him put 1.75 diopter in the right lens and 1.25 in the left. I shoot with both eyes open. The lenses are coated light yellow to improve contrast. Work like a charm. Front site is In Focus and target is also in focus. Front site is Fiber Optic Green.

April 15, 2009, 09:47 AM

do you have any astigmatism? most contacts (especially soft) cannot correct this like glasses can and it can have an effect on depth perception etc. However, as mentioned, after 5-10 minutes or so you adapt and the difference does not seem apparent any more...