I have progressive lenses and have found that I have to hold the pistol up and slowly tilt my head forward or backward until the sight pic is clear. I have also started bringing the site pic closer to my face. It results in a longer time between shots. I also shoot large targets i.e. soup cans or a bright orange rubber reactive target. The progressive lenses are expensive but I can usually find a decent site pic.
I’ve been taught that the site pic is more important than focusing on the target.
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In order of importance: front sight, (rear sight, target). I'm farsighted, I got some readers that just barely get the front sight in focus, the rear sight on a pistol and the target aren't crisp but I can manage. I can't use a rifle with traditional open sights at all, peep sights are a different story, do fine with them. Progressives are terrible with iron sights as noted. I get my bifocals cut higher than normal on the lens so I don't have to tip my head back much to use the close lens. Shooting outside I can get by with the bifocals, inside forget it. Seems like you could find a lens RX that moves your closest focus out to the front sight, that would help with the target and the rear sight should be usable. If you're trying to shoot open sights indoors good luck, the low light opens your pupils up and you depth of field gets narrow. My optometrist made me some glasses with my dominant eye bifocal lens set for the front sight, the other eye is a normal reading RX. Don't even notice it. Hope something in all that helps.
Chris142 - is the condition the same in both eyes? My eyes have different issues. Although I am right eye dominant (more or less) I see up close better with the left and better farther away with the right. If I want to clearly see the target, I use my right eye, but I lose clarity on the front sight. Hence, I have started using my left eye, which does seem to require some alteration in point of aim since I'm right handed. This is with a handgun, a rifle still gives me trouble since I cannot shoot left handed.
no way! I can still shoot. Very close to my target but not hit it like I used to.
There surely must be something in the literature or at one of the shooting sites. Years ago, I had read stuff on the matter in shooting magazines, but that was way too long ago to offer anything of any use. Before I had laser surgery many years ago, I was highly nearsighted, but still enjoyed shooting. Fortunately, my glasses were good enough to give me distance vision, too.
In any case, all my instructors have always stated to concentrate on the pistol sights, and the target last, as already indicated in the thread.
What you need is a pair of Diopter Shooting Glasses. These are nothing new, and have been around for years, and they work very well. What they do is "trick" your eyes into being able to focus on both the sights and target at the same time. It works on the same principal how a camera allows more depth of field focus in a photograph, through a higher F number, (smaller aperture), setting on the lens itself.
I've had mine for years. The were made by a company called HySkore. I got them from Midway. But they're now showing them as discontinued. You might be able to pick them up somewhere else. You see many Olympic rimfire shooters using them. So I know they're still being manufactured. These are the one's I have. They're like a microwave oven or a garage door opener. Once you have them you'll wonder how you lived without them for so long.
This is an older video. But it explains how this whole aperture system works, and allows your eyes to focus on both the sights, and the target at the same time. Bi Focal's, or any other kind of prescription eyeglasses will do nothing to correct this condition.