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Okay, I don't know about the rest of you, but I wear glasses. Some of you have mentioned contacts, and bringing a spare pair on your bug-out. My concern is a long term Bug Out. If you don't have a stocked, permanent Bug-Out location, and you expect to do little squatting or impromptu house sitting... what will you do about your vision needs? We usually keep our old glasses for an emergency, but they are usually not in very good shape. This last time, I bought Titanium frames, which have held up like a dream. But, they now need new and very expensive lenses. Stopped by the thrift shop today and they had a couple pair of fugly glasses that actually mimicked my current prescription. Will put a pair in the Bug Out bag, and a pair in the car, for backup. Anybody got any thoughts?

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I have thought about this a lot as of late. I think the best option if mony isn't an issue is o just go ahead and get LASIK done. They guarantee it for life, with annual check ups, and can make your vision 20/15. I think is the best option. It for now until I get the money to get this done I just have a pair on meat all times, in my bag, and in my truck.

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In austere condition contacts could be your worst nightmare with infection and such, I've seen an eye swollen shut in the bush with the contact still inside because someone didn't take it seriously. If your eyesight is bad enough that you absolutely must have glasses I'd get some decent lenses maybe in some USGI mag-1 frames if you can find them. goofy looking but the work pretty well. I've actually seen something like that made with para cord, no idea how but it could be an option.

 

Then there's the crappy old school Birth Control Glasses, which look terrible, but are tough and effective with some basic plastic lenses for extra low cost. Nowhere near as nice as titanium frames with polycarbonate lenses, but they get the job done and if you look around you can get them cheap enough to overcome quality with quantity.

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I think your biggest concern is breakage. My wife and daughter both used to wear glasses (lasik and contacts now). My daughter used to swim competitively. We got her prescription swim goggles. Have you considered them? They aren't "sexy" by any stretch of the imagination (who cares if SHTF?) but they are sturdier than glasses and they would be strapped to your head, so the are less prone to being lost

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I strongly encourage you to get a couple pairs of glasses and ditch the contacts in a bug out scenario. As a fellow optically challenged person I broke down and had corrective lens surgery a couple years ago. Before that I wore contacts/glasses for decades. (I don't have any school pictures without me wearing glasses).

 

I spent a year in Iraq before having the eye surgery and my good Uncle Sam had the foresight to make me get three pairs of glasses for the trip. Wouldn't you know it, I was on the third pair by the time my deployment ended. Shucking and jiving can be hard on glasses.

 

I would recommend getting prescription sports glasses if it's in your budget. They ain't pretty but they are made for physical activity. If they are out of your budget, at least get one of those straps that attach to your glasses and will keep them from falling off your head if they slip. You don't want to be like Ralphy in A Christmas Story and step on your peepers if they fall.

 

My wife still wears glasses and get cheap glasses at http://www.zennioptical.com

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Since the world turns into an impressionist painting about six feet away from my nose if I'm not wearing glasses, this is a HUGE concern. It's good to know I'm not the only one who is worried about this... or who will opt for LASIK as a permanent solution when the budget allows it. Multiple pairs of glasses is good (and don't forget sunglasses if you're going to be in a lot of outdoor situations!) but still - unless crafting lenses is in your bag of tricks, it's worrisome.

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Got Lasik about 10 years ago, best thing I ever did for myself. I went cheap and got monovision. That is they only do your dominant eye. I was a bit skeptical about this at first and it does take some getting used to because one of your eyes is still bad. But it won't get any worse and everything you do is directed from your dominant eye anyway.

There are some negative things about Lasik and they will give you a list to read and sign.

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I got Lasik in 2000 and it was the best thing i ever did. I could not see anything but after the surgery I had 20/10. Went to Diamond Vision in Greenwich CT. They were awesome. When it really hit me was when I was umpiring my first baseball game and the kid threw a curve and and I could actually see the rotations on it. If I had had that in high school I would probably gotten a scholarship somewhere. The price has come down considerably and if its an option it would actually wind up saving you money in the long run because no more Glasses/contacts/solution/ or co-pays for the eye doctor.

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i stuck my old glasses in my bag. would have put in my contacts too but they cant be used long term (learned that the hard way) lets just say that if you continually forget to take out contacts they can cause an ulcer that will blind you. believe me on that. i lost 30% of my vision in my right eye to this. i am going to get my new glasses soon and will retire these frames for more of the same. also upgrading both pairs to new prescription. thats the best ive come up with so far. dont sacrifice vision

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I have been very fortunate in my ability to wear contacts. My eyes do not fatigue easily by prolonged wearing and even in the dirtiest of enviroments (used to work in a steel fabrication shop) I don't have alot of problems. I am a minority in the contact lens wearer segmant I'm sure.

 

I do however keep a few things in my GHB / BOB: an extra 1 or 2 pairs of lenses w/ solution and overnight case, a pair of glasses (cheap but effective) ,and a pair of non-persription saftey glasses. 1 thing I always remember w/ contacts is this; if I get something in my eye, there are now 2 things in there. 1 I want out and 1 that I want to leave in. A plain jane clear or smoke wrap around style pair of safety glasses are very effective and comfortable. Even if you don't need corrective eye wear, I would suggest getting a pair of saftey glasses in your gear.

 

When the SHTF, is usually flies everywhere....keep it out of your eyes.

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I have been very fortunate in my ability to wear contacts. My eyes do not fatigue easily by prolonged wearing and even in the dirtiest of enviroments (used to work in a steel fabrication shop) I don't have alot of problems. I am a minority in the contact lens wearer segmant I'm sure.

 

I do however keep a few things in my GHB / BOB: an extra 1 or 2 pairs of lenses w/ solution and overnight case, a pair of glasses (cheap but effective) ,and a pair of non-persription saftey glasses. 1 thing I always remember w/ contacts is this; if I get something in my eye, there are now 2 things in there. 1 I want out and 1 that I want to leave in. A plain jane clear or smoke wrap around style pair of safety glasses are very effective and comfortable. Even if you don't need corrective eye wear, I would suggest getting a pair of saftey glasses in your gear.

 

When the SHTF, is usually flies everywhere....keep it out of your eyes.

Certain two facts on this post unequivocally the best we have all had.I'm totally agree with you.You'r 100% good here that a plain jane clear or smoke wrap around style pair of safety glasses are very effective and comfortable.I agreed what's said above!!!

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Even if you don't need corrective eye wear, I would suggest getting a pair of saftey glasses in your gear.

 

When the SHTF, is usually flies everywhere....keep it out of your eyes.

 

 

i wear cocoon safty glasses when i fish. they rock and are very affordable. if you dont have them your missing out.

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Both my wife and i wear glasses. She wants contacts, just because she breaks her glasses too often.

BoB rules say you gotta have spares.

Im concerned about getting into an altercation and glasses being broke. THen I'll be, for all practical purposes, blind... well not really, but not enuf to drive or shoot or fish or recognize a face 20ft away.

If you have contacts you're confronted with having a supply of 'care products' for your Bob and storage.

THe only real answer is Lasik.

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I got Lasik years ago...probably around 2000. However since I am somewhat old, battered and tattered as I've meandered through life...I now need 'cheaters' for up close. Now when they did mine they did offer to make one for up close and one for far away.

 

That's one of the things you need to keep in mind.

 

If you are older...figure 45+ the lens in your eyes lose their flexibility and you will need reading glasses as some point. Just saying...

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i wear cocoon safty glasses when i fish. they rock and are very affordable. if you dont have them your missing out.

 

Ricks,

got a link? I'm looking to get prescription safety/shooting glasses. Any recommendation guys?

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I got Lasik years ago...probably around 2000. However since I am somewhat old, battered and tattered as I've meandered through life...I now need 'cheaters' for up close. Now when they did mine they did offer to make one for up close and one for far away.

 

That's one of the things you need to keep in mind.

 

If you are older...figure 45+ the lens in your eyes lose their flexibility and you will need reading glasses as some point. Just saying...

 

Good point, sir. Even if you use corrective lenses now, some type of reading glasses/magnifier makes a great deal of sense. My new glasses will be good for about 5 years and then I'll need new ones. Depending on the rate of change, it could be annual.

 

Food for thought, I prefer glass for scratch resistance. Are your lenses plastic or glass? Which is better for survival is your call.

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Food for thought, I prefer glass for scratch resistance. Are your lenses plastic or glass? Which is better for survival is your call.

 

It would depend on your use.

 

If you were going to shoot with them or run through the bush, I'd get the scratch resistant plastic to prevent something from making them shatter and getting glass in your eyes.

 

If your only using them to read or do close up work I'd get glass because that tends to be more scratch resistant than the plastic and for me hold up better and longer.

 

On a sidenote...

 

Should you need sunglasses with 'cheaters' built into them, go to Wally world and look in the fishing section. They have some amber and green sunglasses there with cheaters built into them. They come in a hard package and have 'magnification' or some such on the right lens <when you look at them> it also will tell you the level of magnification. They run about $20. I think the brand name is Berkley.

 

I've worn them for several years and have used them when I'm out on the bike...70 mph plus and no problems noted.

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Ricks,

got a link? I'm looking to get prescription safety/shooting glasses. Any recommendation guys?

 

 

these really are great glasses. i have these with amber lens. perfect to see to the bottom of the rivers i fish too. your eyes are completely covered (all the way around) no i dont wear glasses, but contacts. i still wanted these for the surround fitting. great eye protection for my flyfishing too. very cheap for the quality.

bought mine from bassproshops sir. i swear by these. great quality for such a low price.

other than these i like gargoyle or costa delmar. both are pretty expensive.

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Great discussion been wearing contacts since I was 13, 27 years ( please don't do the math) wore glasses for 6 years before that. So this is big for me, very adverse to wearing glasses, but on my last trip. To. The eye doc I asked for a glass prescription, I need to get the link, but a buddy of mine orders his from a online site for $15 to $25 he gets frames and lens and they have an app that you take a picture of yourself next to a template you print and they use it to fit your frames before they ship them.....he swears by it, has like 20 pairs pairs!

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he gets frames and lens and they have an app that you take a picture of yourself next to a template you print and they use it to fit your frames before they ship them

 

 

i aint mailing my pic to nobody. my luck i'll end up on some weird porn site lol.

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