Glasses when shooting?

frenchpeasoup

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I am Gordon Harrison, the optician who makes billiard eyeglasses. www.biliiard-eyeglasses.com. I am pleased to say that I appreciate all of the comments here on the forum and respect the many different opinions posted. While I can not be everything to everybody I can proudly say that the people who have purchased my product are very happy and comfortable. There are many products and ways available to correct the need for better vision while shooting and the choice can become very personal.
There is a note above that says I will not sell just the frame. This true as there is more to making a proper pair of Billirad Eyeglasses that just the frame. My hope is that should you require assistance with your vision at the table, that you will consider calling and talking to me. Order a pair or not, I will be glad to assist you in getting what you want , where you want. Thank you
 

Celophanewrap

Call me Grace
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Take my advice.....always crop your selfie.

That's excellent advice.

Back to the glasses....
So I got my normal prescription which is OK for pool but better if you go in for the $69 exam and 2 pair of glasses and tell the Optometrist (generally you won't find an available Ophthalmologist at those places) anyways, tell the Optometrist what you need. Chances are they aren't pool players so it will take some explaining. Find the biggest rimless glasses they have a get a couple pair that are included in your $69 package. If you start to get the add-ons, like the scratch resistant coating and that stuff the price will jump quickly. For me, after it was understood what I needed and I got my 2 pair of really cheap glasses (no add ons), I went to an on-line glasses company and bought a pair of round rimless with the coatings and other add-ons that I wanted and they wind up costing about $35 and took about a week to get. They work great.
I thought about those Pool glasses but I, personally thought they were butt ugly, and especially on me. I look odd enough, glasses on me only add to the strange goings on above my shoulders, and the pool glasses, lets just say YEESCH!!!
Though I have seen people they don't look bad on, but that being said I couldn't imagine them on this face.
Anyhow, the round ones work, they're cheap, and reasonably invisable
 
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macguy

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That's excellent advice.

Back to the glasses....
So I got my normal prescription which is OK for pool but better if you go in for the $69 exam and 2 pair of glasses and tell the Optometrist (generally you won't find an available Ophthalmologist at those places) anyways, tell the Optometrist what you need. Chances are they aren't pool players so it will take some explaining. Find the biggest rimless glasses they have a get a couple pair that are included in your $69 package. If you start to get the add-ons, like the scratch resistant coating and that stuff the price will jump quickly. For me, after it was understood what I needed and I got my 2 pair of really cheap glasses (no add ons), I went to an on-line glasses company and bought a pair of round rimless with the coatings and other add-ons that I wanted and they wind up costing about $35 and took about a week to get. They work great.
I thought about those Pool glasses but I, personally thought they were butt ugly, and especially on me. I look odd enough, glasses on me only add to the strange goings on above my shoulders, and the pool glasses, lets just say YEESCH!!!
Though I have seen people they don't look bad on, but that being said I couldn't imagine them on this face.
Anyhow, the round ones work, they're cheap, and reasonably invisable

Post a picture
 

Celophanewrap

Call me Grace
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Of course this is a stock photo as my glasses are at home in my case
 

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cuedoctor

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I am Gordon Harrison, the optician who makes billiard eyeglasses. www.biliiard-eyeglasses.com. I am pleased to say that I appreciate all of the comments here on the forum and respect the many different opinions posted. While I can not be everything to everybody I can proudly say that the people who have purchased my product are very happy and comfortable. There are many products and ways available to correct the need for better vision while shooting and the choice can become very personal.
There is a note above that says I will not sell just the frame. This true as there is more to making a proper pair of Billirad Eyeglasses that just the frame. My hope is that should you require assistance with your vision at the table, that you will consider calling and talking to me. Order a pair or not, I will be glad to assist you in getting what you want , where you want. Thank you

Time for an eye check up....your link is typed wrong
try http://www.billiard-eyeglasses.com/
:):):)
 

derangedhermit

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No one solution

There isn't a single solution that works for everyone.

If you are young, then your eyes can still adjust for distance, within a range. Young people who can't adjust between reading and distance vision can get a single-prescription pair of glasses or contacts, and then see both near and far. The only problem with the glasses in this case is they may be too low or tilted too much. We've seen some ways to solve this problem in this thread.

Older folks' eyes lose the ability to "accommodate", to refocus over near and far distance. And the reduced ability to focus that remains is slower. What used to be unnoticed, apparently instantaneous, can now take a second or two. Bifocal lenses are the general solution to this problem, but may not be the best for pool.

Another type of consideration is if you get down over the ball, chin touching the cue or nearly so, when you shoot. Then indeed bifocals are not of much help, since the head stays still and the eye doesn't move up or down much at all to try to see near and far.

Also, full correction for neither reading nor distance vision is needed for pool. Where you need sharp vision for pool is from about 3 feet (your eyes to the cue tip and cue ball, for all shots) to about 12 feet (your eyes on a shot from a short rail to the far corner pocket on a 9' table).

My vision center was having a twofer sale (buy one, get one) so when I talked to the optometrist he made the exam for a distance pair, I then asked him to make me a prescription for pool, for overall best focus between 3-12 feet. He found that interesting, and said he'd have to take a few minutes to work it out based on my distance prescription. Then he came out into the frame shopping area with those frames the optomotrist slips lenses in and out of to find your prescription. He said to try this, and I put two printed A-frame things lying around on one of their tables for cue ball and far pocket/object ball, pretended it was a pool table and bent over for a rail shot. It was a bit soft on one end, and sharp at the other, and I told him so. Back to the back he went, and came back saying "how about now". These were well-balanced for 3-12 feet, so I went with that. I had the lenses put into a set of Rayban Clubmaster sunglasses frames, and I'm very happy with them.

The other way to really boost almost everyone's visual acuity is to provide proper lighting over the table. Most rooms have horrible lighting over the tables: too dimly lit, and unevenly lit. Sharpness of vision is greatest when the eye's pupil is about 2mm wide, on average. And on average, a pupil that has to open to 4mm in a poorly-lit room is more than twice as bad as far as sharpness goes. This is not something that can be fixed with standard glasses or contacts. Also, when the pupil is smaller, the range of distance where everything is in focus at once is larger - a clear win-win.

Rooms that replaced their free vendor (beer logo) 4 foot table fixtures containing two 36" fluorescent tubes with a 7 or 8 foot fixture with 2 long (72" or 96") or 4 short (36" or 48") tubes would be improving every customer's game, and a sign the owner is taking care of his customers.
 
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SpiderWeb

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I am Gordon Harrison, the optician who makes billiard eyeglasses. www.biliiard-eyeglasses.com. I am pleased to say that I appreciate all of the comments here on the forum and respect the many different opinions posted. While I can not be everything to everybody I can proudly say that the people who have purchased my product are very happy and comfortable. There are many products and ways available to correct the need for better vision while shooting and the choice can become very personal.
There is a note above that says I will not sell just the frame. This true as there is more to making a proper pair of Billirad Eyeglasses that just the frame. My hope is that should you require assistance with your vision at the table, that you will consider calling and talking to me. Order a pair or not, I will be glad to assist you in getting what you want , where you want. Thank you
I have only had three pairs of your glasses and its time for new ones now. Thank you!!
 

Jaden

"no buds chill"
Silver Member
What I did...

When I was younger always had better than perfect vision... By the time I got out of the navy 8 years ago, my vision had started to digress.

I didn't really find out though until I went through a job interview that required 20/20 corrected and I couldn't pass the eye exam.

I went and ended up getting a prescription for glasses.

I noticed almost immediately how much a difference it made in how I could see and I wanted to apply that to my pool game.

The problem I noticed was the same as everyone else, my glasses would slide down and be unusable in the ideal position for shooting pool.

What I did was use the straps that attach to the arms to keep them from falling off your head and I tightened them to the point that glasses couldn't possibly go forward.

Eventually I replaced the arms entirely with that strap and that worked good, till I found a lazik center in San Diego that offered discounts for veterans and financing at a good price. I had always been told that they couldn't fix astigmatism with lazik, but they have come a long ways since then.

I haven't looked back nor needed glasses for anything since.

Jaden
 

kaznj

AzB Silver Member
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The most important think about glasses is that are constantly filled with miller lite. If they are empty then the waitress is doing something wrong.
 

Buzzard II

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The last time I had an eye examination I explained to the Doc what I wanted. His answer was to give me a standard progressive lens scrip but to see a special Optician that he sometimes works with.

This was an old school shop that does all their own grinding in the back room and makes lenses of all types. They sold me gun shooting frames by Randolph Engineering with a adjustable bridge and cut the lenses to perfection. RE is a major supplier for military glasses and does not do business with the Sears/Costco/K-Mart or strip mall optician. Do a search for more info and to find if a local Optician is qualified for sale.
 

tony frank

THE TRAPPER
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I'll look into your grinder. I must use tri-focals - however the most powerful - lower - part never comes into play on the table. Over recent years my prescription has never changed - however only one of 4 new ground glasses functions correctly - I'm not sure which one is truly ground to the spec. Another rip off in my area. I'd really like to settle this before I'm gone !!!! Pool - I believe one automatically adjusts head position to see correctly - never bothered me at all or gave it a thought.
 
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