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poolplaya1
10-29-2015, 11:54 PM
I got an offer from someone to get a free pair of glasses that are specially designed for pool players. He owns a eyewear shop and just wants me to try them and write up my thoughts on them.

I wear glasses all the time, except when I shoot. When I lean down to shoot my eyes look over my glasses.

A very good player and I were discussing glasses/contacts/lasik and he said that seeing a different picture than you are used to will take a long time to adjust to. I agree. I just wonder if it is worth the effort to play worse in the mean time so that I can be better in the future?

Will seeing better help me shoot better after I am adjusted to it?

Thoughts?

Zhero
10-30-2015, 12:03 AM
I used to wear glasses when I play..imo it's a bad habit to shake off, I realized years later that glasses limited my vision to cue ball only, because I could not see the object ball if I get down on the shot.

I have to talked many good players and they all said a player should look at the object ball last (when striking the cue ball), that was not possible for me because I cannot see the object ball when I wear glasses.

I now wear contacts when I play, but sometimes it gets itchy/twitchy, and it might affect your shot. However it does open up the vision field, I can now see everything when I get down on the shot, but the habit of looking at the cue ball is very hard to change, it took me about 3-4 month of playing with contacts to get adjusted.

Ratta
10-30-2015, 12:07 AM
I got an offer from someone to get a free pair of glasses that are specially designed for pool players. He owns a eyewear shop and just wants me to try them and write up my thoughts on them.

I wear glasses all the time, except when I shoot. When I lean down to shoot my eyes look over my glasses.

A very good player and I were discussing glasses/contacts/lasik and he said that seeing a different picture than you are used to will take a long time to adjust to. I agree. I just wonder if it is worth the effort to play worse in the mean time so that I can be better in the future?

Will seeing better help me shoot better after I am adjusted to it?

Thoughts?

Hi buddy,

i myself wearing glasses since i was 4 years old-- my right eye is more kind of a *cosmetic feature* :-)

when i started playing pool (about 18 years old) i played without wearing glasses-- since i stopped in 1999-- after 10 years re-started to play pool-- but my left eye also got extremly bad-so i was forced to wear billard glasses, to be able to see a bit :-)


to your question: i would kill to be able to play pool without glasses! operation for me is no option- in my case not do-able.
contact-lenses would be FANTASTIC..........but also not do-able for me.

Billard Glasses has to be build by a PRO- who really knows what he is doing-- if that is for sure the case, it will help you a ton poolplaya1 --
You will have a much sharper view- and you ll see how the *things are*--

It will first maybe a bit strange- but i remember how great it was, to see a very clear (or a bit clearer pic in my case :-) ) with wearing billiard glasses---

What s also SUPER-important: i never had neck-pain again! because with the billard glasses i was able to stand much more relaxed at the table-- and was able to put my head in a mch more comfortable position.
also important points in my opinion.


i would definitley give it a try buddy-- and i would say, that if the glasses are perfectly set up for you (including measuring everything what is necessary for you by the optician) you will be satisfied from the first moment/day :-)


kindest regards,


ingo

denzilla171
10-30-2015, 12:50 AM
I've bought some 'specially made for pool' glasses off the internet awhile back, quite similar to the ones worn by snooker player Dennis Taylor back in the 80s. Effective, but really silly looking.

I then had a custom set of glasses made while on vacation in Thailand, I drew the shape of the lens I wanted (less silly looking) and explained to the shop how I wanted them mounted on frame - high up. These worked well and the price was right, but still looked a little silly and because so much glass was above my eyebrows the glass would pick up a lot of oil from my skin, that would slowly creep down and it was a struggle to keep them clean, even for one game.

I then had another custom set made at the same shop in Thailand, but this time using an off the shelf lens, just mounted higher up on a 'frameless' frame. Works great, looks like normal glasses, and stays clean for hours. The trick is to get the amount of glass on top just right, basically touching your forehead just above the eyebrows but not pressing into the skin. Different frames hold the glass different distances as well, I found that the closer they are the smaller the lens can be.

Comparing the various glasses back to back, I'd also have to say that smaller lens is overall better, more focused and picks up fewer reflections from the environment.

Ratta
10-30-2015, 12:56 AM
I've bought some 'specially made for pool' glasses off the internet awhile back, quite similar to the ones worn by snooker player Dennis Taylor back in the 80s. Effective, but really silly looking.

I then had a custom set of glasses made while on vacation in Thailand, I drew the shape of the lens I wanted (less silly looking) and explained to the shop how I wanted them mounted on frame - high up. These worked well and the price was right, but still looked a little silly and because so much glass was above my eyebrows the glass would pick up a lot of oil from my skin, that would slowly creep down and it was a struggle to keep them clean, even for one game.

I then had another custom set made at the same shop in Thailand, but this time using an off the shelf lens, just mounted higher up on a 'frameless' frame. Works great, looks like normal glasses, and stays clean for hours. The trick is to get the amount of glass on top just right, basically touching your forehead just above the eyebrows but not pressing into the skin.

Comparing the various glasses back to back, I'd also have to say that smaller lens is overall better, more focused and picks up fewer reflections from the environment.


Hi there,

nowadays you have technics where also *greater* glasses can be extremly accurate and *possible*--

but the price here is about 3-4 times as much as normal *sized* glasses (jsut a bit bigger).

To order glasses over the internet is neverever a good idea.
It s absolutley necessary to do SEVERAL measurements with the human to build a perfect billiard glass°

have a good day

Ingo

philly
10-30-2015, 05:19 AM
My vision has gotten worse over the years. I wear glasses from the minute I wake up until the time I go to bed because I like to see but shooting with glasses is a pain in the ass since I wear progressive bifocals. I got contacts just to play pool. They are DISTANCE ONLY contacts so I still carry reading glasses and I have an astigmatism in my left eye. They are wonderful. I see clear as a bell at the table and don't have to wear those stupid things called glasses on my face to see. If you think about, the distance from your eyes to the CB, when you are lining up a shot is really not close up and is covered by the distance contacts. I put them in an hour before I play. Since they are distance contacts, driving is no problem. They do amazing things with contacts nowadays. You should give it a try. The contact makers actually let you "test drive" them before you buy them.

oldplayer
10-30-2015, 05:52 AM
I started wearing glasses only for ppol about 2 years ago and just had another pair made 2 months ago. it is very important that your tell the dr to make the focus from 2ft to 10 ft....he can do it. that makes a huge difference! the frames of course have to be large and round and the nose guard can be adjusted "up" so you will not have a problem seeing the top of the frame while down on a shot. hope this helps. it sucks getting old! :sorry:

Island Drive
10-30-2015, 06:59 AM
Without a clear picture of each shot, your mind is not receiving ''all'' the information. You have to start ''somewhere'' as we all have declining eyes. KIS for your first venture. Since I'm farsighted, I tried the single vision 10' focal point prescription, and then went to a 12 foot focal point. All I did was find some frames that I liked, that sat up high on the nose brow and then I had a prescription made.:cool:

JW_Redmon
10-30-2015, 07:11 AM
I got an offer from someone to get a free pair of glasses that are specially designed for pool players. He owns a eyewear shop and just wants me to try them and write up my thoughts on them.

I wear glasses all the time, except when I shoot. When I lean down to shoot my eyes look over my glasses.

A very good player and I were discussing glasses/contacts/lasik and he said that seeing a different picture than you are used to will take a long time to adjust to. I agree. I just wonder if it is worth the effort to play worse in the mean time so that I can be better in the future?

Will seeing better help me shoot better after I am adjusted to it?

Thoughts?

I need glasses to read a book and view a computer screen. I currently have 3 sets of glasses, one for book reading, one for computer work and one for playing pool. Several years ago I asked my optometrist about a pair of glasses for playing pool (he owned a sports bar and was familiar with playing pool). He made me a pair with the vision focal range of 4 to 8 foot, which will cover about any shot on the table when you think about where your eyes are when you are in your stance.

Without glasses a ball would look like it had a halo around it, the glasses make the ball very sharp and clear. They look like normal reading glasses and the biggest adjustment I had to make was to not to let the upper frame interfere with my line of sight. I have adjusted and now I automatically look under the frame. The cost was reasonable, around $100, inexpensive but durable frames, seems like the frames and the coatings can drive the cost up quickly.

I would highly recommend letting an optometrist test your eyes and fit the frames for your face. I definitely believe in the glasses.

BillCurran2020
02-10-2016, 12:18 PM
I got an offer from someone to get a free pair of glasses that are specially designed for pool players. He owns a eyewear shop and just wants me to try them and write up my thoughts on them.

I wear glasses all the time, except when I shoot. When I lean down to shoot my eyes look over my glasses.

A very good player and I were discussing glasses/contacts/lasik and he said that seeing a different picture than you are used to will take a long time to adjust to. I agree. I just wonder if it is worth the effort to play worse in the mean time so that I can be better in the future?

Will seeing better help me shoot better after I am adjusted to it?

Thoughts?
Your eyes shouldn't be doing any "adjusting" if you start playing billiards again while wearing an Rx just for playing. If anything, it should be the opposite. When wearing your Rx billiard glasses, you should have sharp, crystal clear vision. However, the frame itself might need some adjustment but that shouldn't interfere with the your overall vision. Keep in mind if you currently are wearing progressive lenses then we recommend single vision lenses for billiard playing. I hope this helps, please let me know.

9_Ball_King
02-10-2016, 12:27 PM
I wear 'normal' glasses (no-line bi-focals) and don't have any problems at all. I am 57 and playing the best pool of my life. How are 'billiard glasses' different? Sounds like it could be a gimmick......IMO

JoeyM
02-10-2016, 12:29 PM
I wear glasses for everything but playing pool. I haven't been able to adjust to the progressive lens or the frames on my glasses while down on a shot.

sjb
02-10-2016, 12:33 PM
Your eyes shouldn't be doing any "adjusting" if you start playing billiards again while wearing an Rx just for playing. If anything, it should be the opposite. When wearing your Rx billiard glasses, you should have sharp, crystal clear vision. However, the frame itself might need some adjustment but that shouldn't interfere with the your overall vision. Keep in mind if you currently are wearing progressive lenses then we recommend single vision lenses for billiard playing. I hope this helps, please let me know.

I've played with glasses (nothing specialized for billiards) for the last 25 years, and am so used to it I don't even notice it. It's all a matter of getting my head in the right spot.

I got my first set of progressive lenses a few years ago (I'm nearsighted), and was worried what it might do to my game. All my worries were gone within 5 minutes of playing with them on. In fact, my first thought was "why didn't I get these years ago?" With the progressive lenses, when I get my head in the right spot now, I can see everything from my bridge hand to the object ball in focus, by only moving my eyes.

But what works for me doesn't mean it works for everyone. :smile:

PocketSpeed11
02-10-2016, 12:59 PM
I wear 'normal' glasses (no-line bi-focals) and don't have any problems at all. I am 57 and playing the best pool of my life. How are 'billiard glasses' different? Sounds like it could be a gimmick......IMO

How tall and flexible are you? I'm 6-4 in shoes and not very flexible. I have to crane my head in an awkward position to get a clear view of the table while playing pool in glasses, especially on a big table. If contacts aren't for somebody, then billiard glasses are certainly not a gimmick.

justadub
02-10-2016, 01:12 PM
I talked this issue over with my eye doc. I have bifocals. She understood immediately, and wrote me a script where the bifocal is higher in the lens so I'm using it easier from the down position. I chose a pair of frames that rest higher on my nose.

Its been helpful. Does it change everything, no. But the 10' area around the table is the focus, and the balls are a bit clearer, which means im squinting less. Any thing I dont have to worry about is helpful!

pocket
02-10-2016, 01:12 PM
I'd love to have a pair of glasses for pool. When I wear my distance glasses I'm amazed at how sharp the table, pockets and balls are. It's almost startling.

However, I can't wear them to play, particularly on longer shots where I am down on the ball as my eyes see over the top of the lens as others have stated.

Last time I had my eyes checked I talked to the guy about playing and lens height etc, he looked at me like I was from mars. :rolleyes:

If I could find a pair of billiard glasses that weren't in the $350-$500 range I'd jump on them.

I am certain it would improve my game.

nfuids
02-10-2016, 01:15 PM
I don't personally wear glasses, but people around me that got glasses designed specifically for billiard just LOVE them!

They no longer have to look above their glasses and they just see better!

Tooler
02-10-2016, 01:50 PM
You will get lots of opinions on this topic, as it's been discussed lots.

In my case, I only wear glasses for reading, and the PC. Distance isn't a problem, but as I get older, I notice it's not what it was 5 years ago(distance). I'm a Cad Designer, so I spend 10 hrs. a day at the computer.
I tried the Pool Glasses, and they weren't for me. I've always worn my glasses on the bridge of my nose, and I look over the top when not looking at a screen, and I just couldn't adjust. I would rather let my game suffer, than to wear glasses at the table.
About 2 years ago, I had my doctor fit me for daily contacts, after he told me that he's helped a couple of pool players with similar stories, and I haven't looked back.
He set my prescription from 3-12 feet. And it was like a come to Jesus moment for me. Just incredible. And the weird thing is they helped my distance as well, which he told me might happen.(+1.5/+1.75).

I have nothing against the pool glasses, and everyone is different, but for me contacts were it. The biggest problem is, you will need to adjust to either one(glasses/contacts) at the table, but after 10-20 hours of table time, you'll see a big difference. For me it was cut shots. I was over cutting everything for a few hours, until I slowly adjusted for it.

I would give the glasses a shot as the price is right:thumbup:........ but don't overlook the contacts. He may be able to give you a couple samples to try.

Good Luck.

Island Drive
02-10-2016, 02:04 PM
You will get lots of opinions on this topic, as it's been discussed lots.

In my case, I only wear glasses for reading, and the PC. Distance isn't a problem, but as I get older, I notice it's not what it was 5 years ago(distance). I'm a Cad Designer, so I spend 10 hrs. a day at the computer.
I tried the Pool Glasses, and they weren't for me. I've always worn my glasses on the bridge of my nose, and I look over the top when not looking at a screen, and I just couldn't adjust. I would rather let my game suffer, than to wear glasses at the table.
About 2 years ago, I had my doctor fit me for daily contacts, after he told me that he's helped a couple of pool players with similar stories, and I haven't looked back.
He set my prescription from 3-12 feet. And it was like a come to Jesus moment for me. Just incredible. And the weird thing is they helped my distance as well, which he told me might happen.(+1.5/+1.75).

I have nothing against the pool glasses, and everyone is different, but for me contacts were it. The biggest problem is, you will need to adjust to either one(glasses/contacts) at the table, but after 10-20 hours of table time, you'll see a big difference. For me it was cut shots. I was over cutting everything for a few hours, until I slowly adjusted for it.

I would give the glasses a shot as the price is right:thumbup:........ but don't overlook the contacts. He may be able to give you a couple samples to try.

Good Luck.

Some who wear contacts have a hard time in smokey rooms.

9_Ball_King
02-10-2016, 02:06 PM
How tall and flexible are you? I'm 6-4 in shoes and not very flexible. I have to crane my head in an awkward position to get a clear view of the table while playing pool in glasses, especially on a big table. If contacts aren't for somebody, then billiard glasses are certainly not a gimmick.

Hi PocketSpeed11,
I am 6'2" and I guess as flexible as a 57 yr old can be. I weigh about 218 and walk 3-4 miles 4 or 5 times a week. Luckily, I guess, I have just never had any problems playing good pool while wearing glasses. In the past couple of years I've beaten Gabe Owen, James Davis Jr., Mike Alonzo, Manny Chau and other good players in tournaments with short races. Of course I still can lose to Stevie Wonder at any time also but unfortunately that's because I sometimes turn into Mr. Bonehead at the table.......just can't use the glasses as an excuse:D

AtLarge
02-10-2016, 02:21 PM
http://www.sportglasses.com/cart/1/Sportglasses.htm

http://www.billiard-eyeglasses.com/

http://www.williamcurranopticians.com/billiard-eyeglasses.html

jwh1942
02-10-2016, 02:23 PM
There are billiard eyeglasses made in Canada. The side frames are lower on lens leaving more lens above the frame so that when you lean down the lens is in correct position. Optician name is G. Harrison and he is incredibly patient and helpful with players (he redid mine again and again until he and I were satisfied).Phone # in canada is 450-465-3058 or use 1-877-465-3058. Website is www.billiard-eyeglasses.com and email is coupe@bellnet.ca If he's still in business (since 1979) give him a shout, he's very easy to talk to. Best of luck, hope this helps as I know it's a real problem for many of us. Shoot me a PM if you need any more input from me.

cookie man
02-10-2016, 02:51 PM
You will get lots of opinions on this topic, as it's been discussed lots.

In my case, I only wear glasses for reading, and the PC. Distance isn't a problem, but as I get older, I notice it's not what it was 5 years ago(distance). I'm a Cad Designer, so I spend 10 hrs. a day at the computer.
I tried the Pool Glasses, and they weren't for me. I've always worn my glasses on the bridge of my nose, and I look over the top when not looking at a screen, and I just couldn't adjust. I would rather let my game suffer, than to wear glasses at the table.
About 2 years ago, I had my doctor fit me for daily contacts, after he told me that he's helped a couple of pool players with similar stories, and I haven't looked back.
He set my prescription from 3-12 feet. And it was like a come to Jesus moment for me. Just incredible. And the weird thing is they helped my distance as well, which he told me might happen.(+1.5/+1.75).

I have nothing against the pool glasses, and everyone is different, but for me contacts were it. The biggest problem is, you will need to adjust to either one(glasses/contacts) at the table, but after 10-20 hours of table time, you'll see a big difference. For me it was cut shots. I was over cutting everything for a few hours, until I slowly adjusted for it.

I would give the glasses a shot as the price is right:thumbup:........ but don't overlook the contacts. He may be able to give you a couple samples to try.

Good Luck.

Do you wear them all the time or just to play pool?

Dave-Kat
02-11-2016, 01:34 AM
My glasses have been in my way for along time. I use them for most everything but can get away with sunglasses in the daytime when outside or driving. I looked over the top for years. Then I bumped them up and do my best to look though them but they really are in the way, especially on 9'ers.

Played a BCA 8 ball match last eve and one of the gentlemen had a pair of glasses that were specifically made up for pool. He swore by them. They reminded me of Tom Kite's glasses back in the day. He sharked me when he asked 'Don't those thin frames get in your way?' Should have lied...lol.

Played BCA 9 Ball this eve and all the F#@k I could think of were my frikin' frames being in the way. Sharked myself, sold out on several games. Think it's time to try contacts out or just leave the glasses off one day and see how I shoot. I am still far from blind just in the habit of wearing them inside.

Good rolls,
-Kat

strmanglr scott
02-11-2016, 05:32 AM
I started wearing glasses after being back into pool about a year and a half. I have issues seeing distances not up close. Still the balls were a little fuzzy at the end of the table. I wear them, I think they help, everything is crystal clear.

A big thing for me w glasses I recently discovered is wearing a baseball cap dramatically cuts down glare.

TheBook
02-11-2016, 06:12 AM
I had to start wearing glasses a few years back. It never affected me.

You line up the shot and get down on that line.

Address the ball and get the grove of your stroke.

If nothing feels right get up and start over as you aren't supposed to make adjustments down on the shot.

You should be able to close your eyes and make the shot.

If you can do that then your stroke and alignment are correct there is no reason or purpose on looking at the CB or OB while making the shot. Glasses won't affect you at all because you can close your eyes and make the shot.

🎱

philly
02-11-2016, 06:23 AM
I admit I have not read the whole thread as there have been numerous similar threads in the past. As I have mentioned before, I wear distance contacts for pool. It is amazing what they can do with contacts today. I have an astigmatism in my left eye and see everything on the table clear as a bell. You don't realize what a pain in the ass glasses are until you get contacts. Incidentally, you can drive wearing distance contacts.

john coloccia
02-11-2016, 06:27 AM
I switched to contacts over 20 years ago and never looked back. The dailies are very comfortable. I just recently (last week) switched to a new kind of daily that is even more comfortable.

I don't wear the contacts all the time, but 100% of the time when I play pool, shooting or any other sport. Smokey rooms don't bother me. Even if they did, rewetting drops would fix that right up no problem.

The new contacts are great. They don't move around on my eyeball like the old ones occasionally did, and there's no funny business in my peripheral vision. With glasses, unless they're on your head absolutely perfectly, there are always aberrations as you look away from dead center. That's the first thing I noticed when I started wearing contacts way back when...my peripheral vision came back. I've worn glasses pretty much my whole life, so it was an incredible experience to see everything for the first time.

GoldCrown
02-11-2016, 06:34 AM
I wear extra large frame shooters glasses. The frame is adjusted to sit above my eyebrow. They are made to view 3-9ft. I cannot see a thing without them. One big blurry picture. I get examined and upgrade the RX as needed. Had them done in Springhouse, PA. Specialty eyewear has to be done by someone that takes a serious interest in working with you as they might have to done once or twice (or 3x) until you are satisfied. They are converted RayBan sun glasses. I'm not a contact lens person.

Tooler
02-11-2016, 07:15 AM
Some who wear contacts have a hard time in smokey rooms.

Yes, this is correct. I dont have that problem in my room, but at a Super Bowl Party, where there was lots of smoking, I did have to use my drops a couple times.



Do you wear them all the time or just to play pool?

No, I only wear them when I golf, shoot pool, and other outdoor activities.

There are huge differences in contacts from say 10 years ago. I wear the Dailies, and these are so light, you hardly know your wearing them.

androd
02-11-2016, 09:49 AM
I'd love to have a pair of glasses for pool. When I wear my distance glasses I'm amazed at how sharp the table, pockets and balls are. It's almost startling.

However, I can't wear them to play, particularly on longer shots where I am down on the ball as my eyes see over the top of the lens as others have stated.

Last time I had my eyes checked I talked to the guy about playing and lens height etc, he looked at me like I was from mars. :rolleyes:

If I could find a pair of billiard glasses that weren't in the $350-$500 range I'd jump on them.

I am certain it would improve my game.

Glasses complete in the UK work great, price reasonable, somewhere between 1 and 2 hundred.

pocket
02-11-2016, 10:27 AM
Glasses complete in the UK work great, price reasonable, somewhere between 1 and 2 hundred.

Someone you've used before? Link?

pwd72s
02-11-2016, 11:19 AM
http://www.sportglasses.com/cart/1/Sportglasses.htm

http://www.billiard-eyeglasses.com/

http://www.williamcurranopticians.com/billiard-eyeglasses.html

Bump.... Good links here. I ordered a pair from the center link. I feel it helped my game as far as how well I could see the object ball.

(edit) I did try the Decots before buying the Canadian ones. Being primarily skeet glasses, they didn't work as well for pool. Thicker, heavier, not as comfortable. Probably because of the shatterproof requirements of shooting sports combined with a pretty heavy prescription for my 20-400 eyes.

Popeye31
02-11-2016, 11:55 PM
Glad I saw this post I was just having problems with long straight in shots and realized it was my glasses. and was contemplating getting contacts. after reading peoples responses. im getting contacts. thanks

HawaiianEye
02-12-2016, 12:04 AM
I wear glasses now, but I can't wear them playing pool. I can never feel comfortable because the frame is in the way or I'm looking over the top of them. I wear contacts when I play, only once a week. My contacts are customized with one eye a bit stronger than I really need, so that I can focus on close and far shots...sort of blended vision. If I was going to use them for daily wear at normal distance vision, I wouldn't have the one eye customized for the shorter distance viewing.