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Well actually I got two pair. I bought a pair of progressive for every day use. The kind you can bend in all directions and they hold there shape. Those take some getting use to. I've had them for almost three weeks and they are starting to feel normal.
My other pair, They are made by Decot, called Hy-Wyd. Decot is a 4 wood from my house. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif The nose peice adjust up or down and the lenses come up above my eyebrows. It looks kind of odd but I bought them for pool only. I stopped in today and practiced for a couple of hours. The first thing I noticed, I could see!! Instead of seeing the blured fuzzy edge it was crystal clear. I thought I was 30 again. LOL I had the lenses ground for optimal distance of appx 10 feet. The next thing I noticed was I couldn't think clear. It's hard to explain but looking through a lens took part of my concentration away. When I shot my arm was not automatic. I had to think of how hard to hit the shot. Then when I thought about that sometimes I lost my focus on the shot.
These glasses dont have an outer frame below or or to the side but I notice the edge of the lens. I think that is what throws me off. I said to myself just play and shoot balls, it will become easier to focus in time.
The next thing I noticed was my head position. Aiming at a long shot comes near the edge of the lens. Since I see the edge it takes away some concentration. I really have to forget that and stay focused on the shot. I felt like I had to hold my chin up more than usual. Try doing that and make a good stroke. LOL I checked it out without glasses and it seems to be in the same position. I must be imagining that part since they are so new.
The good part; While shooting along I noticed some bounce to my steps. Understand that I normally just stroll around the table. I'm not what you would call quick in that area. It seemed I must have been a little excited. I think that is because I could go to the next shot and actually see it. Instead of having to take more time looking at a somewhat blured o/b. When I did that it was called what part of the halo should I aim at! LOL
After warm up I zipped off 42 balls pretty quick in 14-1, the first and only try. Then I did a bone head move on a simple out. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif Nothing special but I haven't played 14-1 for a long time. Then I switched to 9 ball.
All in all I think my brain needs some adjustment time. My eyes and arm need to cordinate better, there out of sync. In the long run I hope it's what I've been looking for to get my game back in order. I felt like Fast Eddie, IM BACK!!!
As an end note I was wearing contac lenses. The script was a little weak and needed changed after two years. Instead of doing that I chose glasses. The smoke air blowing ect, really dried out my eyes. I went through bottles of eye lubricant keeping them wet.
The last time I played a cooler was running. My eyes were so blured, it was just and educated guess where I was aiming. I took out my contac's and threw them in a small cup of water. I played much better without them.
Ok I don't want to bore you all, just a story. Maybe some of you can tell me your experiences and getting use to wearing glasses playing pool. I wear glasses like I said for the computer, reading etc. There it does not disturb my concentration as it does in pool. Thanks for listening.
07-07-2003, 06:47 PM
Glad about your recent vision improvements.
Been there, done that and found out that I really can play pool better when I see the sharp edges of the balls. LOL
I'm on my 3rd perscription in the last 6 months. My eyes have been giving me trouble and I've had to change my diet and exercise routines. (not really change.. its more like getting into these routines) Does walking around a pool table equate to 'exercise'?
I found that when my glasses were working well, I was able to see (focus) on the shot soooo much better. But, I did find out that when I was having problems seeing, that I was just guessing at the aim point, going through a pre-shot routine that gave me a 'coarse' aim point, that was pretty good. I was surprized about how accurate I was aiming while not being able to focus (see the edges of the OB). My confidence was still less than normal. Guessing is not the same as being confident at what I am doing, for me anyway.
I've been having 'spurts' of runs (no pun intended), but its been very inconsistant. Maybe its the eyes, confidence or just all the moving chaos. Too many excuses, not enough quality table time.
The last time I ran 40+ ball was in the 70s.. Now, I can get some 20+ or even a few 30+, but when I had eyes and LEGS.. lots of 14.1 back then.. not near enough now to keep in practice.
Even with the Cincinnati Straight Pool League (CSPL) in its 18th session (founded in 1997), I don't get more than 2 or 3 games a month. It should be more like 3-4 games a week.. for me to be even close to running 50. LOL
Good sight, good aim, good stroke = good playing.
I am getting a new pair to play this week. I just play without them now but I can't see. It is amazing I can play at all. Could you post a picture of the glasses you got?
I saw those glasses on the net and have been thinking about some if I get a new prescription. Maybe I will. Good report.
07-07-2003, 08:22 PM
I bought a pair of Hy-Wyd about 8 years ago. Been very happy with them. I only use them when I can't use my contacts now (about 30% of the time). I have the same problem of the lenses drying out and having blurred vision but I seem to see better with the contacts overall (when the're not dried out).
A good solution for me is I carry my Hi-Wyd's with me and if I do have a problem I just remove my contacts and put on my glasses. Particularly if I'm betting. A little trouble but it works for me. Overall I'm sure you'll be quite satisfied with them.
The balls sure look different when you can see them, don't they? LOL /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif John G
07-07-2003, 08:35 PM
Hi Rod, when I read your post and you mentioned big glasses I thought of Dennis Taylor right away, and he wasn't a bad player either.LOL, Have a look http://www.embassysnooker.com/grtmatch.htm , Good luck with your new glasses. Terry /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Yes I remember that guy. Yep my glasses could resemble those. Thanks, I'm going to need some brain adjustment time.
I would rather wear contacts, depending on conditions. I was told by my eye doctor I could buy contacts that don't dry out. They are very expensive. I'd need a new script for them but I may do the same as you did. Problem is I can't see up close to put them in without a mignifying mirror. LOL
It's hard to remember the balls being so clear. Ha Ha
Thanks for your imput.
If you wear glasses now to play pool I imagine the switch would be fairly easy. I've never played with glasses so it is distracting. Decot is just around the corner from me.
I can't see without some help, like my contacts. On a bar table it doesn't hurt me to bad, but I don't play a lot on bar tables. Here is a link to the company.
I'll say playing pool is some exercise. LOL Not enough to get my heart started unless it's gambling or tournament. Well I did move faster today, maybe I burnt off two more calories. ha ha
I'll bet if you could see, your confidence would jump up a notch or two. I think it really makes a difference. Like today seeing the shots, even long ones, made them look easy. The distraction from the glasses took away from that on some shots. I just need to adapt. I played that little session of 14-1 to test playing in a smaller area. It was a lot easier to stay focused. I didn't have to bend over for longer shots so the glasses didn't interfere near as much. It was a decent run for me because it's been a long time.
Wow a straight pool league with only 3 games a month! Hard to imagine there isn't more games. It would be hard to have any decent runs unless you practiced 14-1 more often, Something I do very little of these days.
Thanks for you comments Tom, now get out there on that tread mill!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
~~rod, sometimes works out on an E-Trainer, It kicks my butt every time. LOL
07-07-2003, 10:09 PM
Rod did you get anti reflective coating or have you tried it.I just got my first glasses but get frustrated with them and take them off.If i play a long session my eyes get very tired and i just go on instinct.soon i will look at some type of those glasses keep us informed how you adjust to them. almer
I paid $40 extra for anti reflective coating. I was playing under regular light bulbs and never had a problem. My eyes got a little tired today but it was first time out. I'll write more in time.
Hey Rod, I wear glasses to work and have contacts but I didn't play any better with them. Mostly I can't handle the smoke and temperature in the pool room, my eyes just dry out like crazy!!!!!! I'm thinking of going to glass permeable lenses but I'm just not sure right now. They are a superior vision lense to soft torric lenses but I'm not sure of the cost. I don't really see the edges of the balls any better with my current contacts so wearing them and constantly dumping stuff in my eye isn't the way to go. Now if they make pool rooms non-smoking I'll go back to it.
07-08-2003, 10:19 AM
"Problem is I can't see up close to put them in without a mignifying mirror. LOL"
I Have a similar problem. I had bi-focal lenses made. the're small so they don't get in the way. Works out well for me. John G
9 Ball Girl
07-08-2003, 10:31 AM
I wear the rigid gas permeable lenses. Don't know how I used to shoot without them! My eyes used to really dry out when smoking was allowed in the poolrooms, not anymore, but they still dry out depending on the air situation. My lenses are $80 each and the visits are 3x that but because it's not for cosmetic reasons, the health insurance kicks in! Whew!
How long are the lenses good for Wendy?
07-08-2003, 11:32 AM
I have been using Decot glasses for more then a year now. They are excellent and are now even being offered by my Optometrist.
07-08-2003, 11:35 AM
Hope things are well with you.
A question for you and/or Rod: Did you get tinted lenses or clear lenses? If tinted, what tint and why?
Thanks! I'm hoping to get new pool glasses sometime soon.
07-08-2003, 12:07 PM
Congrats on the new glasses, i'm sure your eyes will adjust quickly.
To bring up another thought; have you considered getting the Lasik surgery? I hear that the newest procedure has no nightvision problems(blurring, etc). I also wear glasses instead of contacts, for various reasons. Between the smoke filled places I hang around, to the fact that I ride a scooter, it's hard to wear contacts.
From what I hear, the Decot's are the way to go, for Pool. Sounds like a good choice to me.
9 Ball Girl
07-08-2003, 12:53 PM
They don't "expire" if that's what you mean. I last saw my specialist a year ago and have to go again this August for my usual check up.
Mine are custom made because I have keratoconus (http://www.avclinic.com/keratoconus.htm) and it took a couple of tries to get them right. Ultimately, they changed the plastic of the lenses so that now the new ones hold moisture better than my first ones. I rarely have to put drops in my eyes. However, like any other hard lense, when I get something in my eyes, I take 'em out, wash 'em, and pop 'em in again.
I've never checked into Lasik. My eye doctor told me on my recent visit I'm in the early stage of a catarack in my left eye. I also need more light to see which is an indication of my lens not expanding as normal. I can't explain that any better sorry. CC has something very similar with his eyes. I keep wondering if him and I are brothers. Mom didn't show me any pictures! /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
I may do that one day but for now this is my best route. I would still need glasses for reading. I can't imagine being on a scooter with contacts.
I got clear with a antireflective coating. I chose clear because I want colors/tints to be natural. I've played too many years to have color or tint change now. I did not notice any glare with clear lenses. The only thing I question is the lens size. Mine are 50 some mm. They make a larger frame and lens which after playing, might have been better. They would be quite large but the ones I have are quite large. On long shots I look through near the edge of my lenses. I'll go play a while tommorrow and see what happens. They may work fine.
My doctor told me very much the same that you just mentioned.
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The part I forgot is which type of lenses. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif Now I suppose I could call and find out. So your saying you rarely use drops but you would if smoking was allowed?
I am curious about anyone with experience with different types of lenses. Some how I think contacts will always be somewhat of a pain. Having an extra element in our eyes and not notice it is not likely. The good is you don't have a lens edge or frames to distract you.
9 Ball Girl
07-08-2003, 07:53 PM
I use the rigid gas permeable lenses (hard lenses). They were definitely a pain but like anything else, I got used to them. I even know how to handle a piece of whatever happens to find it's way into my eye. That's the pain in the a$$.
I never use drops because my eyes rarely dry out. They did dry out back when I was surrounded by smoke (you should've seen me at Valley Forge--Bloodshot!) and if the air is dry whether it be at work, outside, etc. But again, because I hate drops and I'm clumsy and the drops never land where they should, I pop 'em out, wash 'em, and pop 'em in if and when they get dry.
07-09-2003, 11:50 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Tom_In_Cincy:</font><hr> Does walking around a pool table equate to 'exercise'? <hr /></blockquote>
When playing at Salva's speed it does... /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
The dude puts me out of breath just watching him run around the table !!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
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