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4 hours ago, SimonR said:

I tried playing with my new prescription sunglasses (bifocal without the line - progressives) and it was a disaster. I kept topping the ball and am fairly convinced it's due to different depth perception (I have a strong prescription). Without question, I will be returning to contact lenses!

You might also consider looking directly at the ball instead of through the bottom of your lenses.

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On 7/16/2010 at 7:15 PM, msd3075 said:

I wear contacts when I play golf. If I'm outside I pretty much always have my sunglasses on (macular degeneration runs in my family, and one of the best ways to help prevent it is to always protect your eyes from UV rays), so wearing my glasses outside really isn't an option. The contacts I have are toric lenses; they are weighted on one end to orient them the correct way. Because of my astigmatism and the resulting "flatness" of the front of my eyes, I have some brand of contacts that basically suction themselves to my eyes, and because of that they dry out very, very easily. Compound that with my bad allegies, and I can't see crap come afternoon-time. with my glasses, my orientation just is off compared to my contacts. I don't know why, but it just is. I know I could probably try to play with my glasses, but I'd rather have my sunglasses on and have everything look like I'm staring through waxpaper than not have my sunglasses on and have by balance be off.

I don’t wear contacts but, if your eyes are drying out, would a couple of eye drops help?

29 minutes ago, iacas said:

You might also consider looking directly at the ball instead of through the bottom of your lenses.

The problem I have with that is that my head rotates a bit which changes the orientation of my glasses to the ball. Fortunately, I can still play without glasses so that’s what I usually do. 

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9 hours ago, SimonR said:

I tried playing with my new prescription sunglasses (bifocal without the line - progressives) and it was a disaster. I kept topping the ball and am fairly convinced it's due to different depth perception (I have a strong prescription). Without question, I will be returning to contact lenses!

I have those as well (with the light sensitive filter, so they darkened in the sun, quickly), and I was playing Ok after a period of adaptation, but if I turned my head just a tad, I had trouble getting the ball back in focus again, because those progressive lenses have such a narrow field of vision.

My solution? Not the contacts as I once, a long long time ago, fought with my ophthalmologist for what seemed like an eternity to get them back out after an afternoon try. I was never ever able to wear contact lenses. 

So, what is my solution, I hear you ask again? Simply go back to a single distance prescription and forget the multi-focals. Sure I need to lift my glasses to glance at the score card, or my phone or whatever now and then, but now I can see the ball at all times and my contact (with the ball, not the lenses) has improved!  So, I have a pair of sunglasses with the distance prescription and also a cheap clear one (ordered online, frame and lenses for like $39), for those overcast or rainy days or late in the day in winter when fighting daylight is a struggle and not using the sunglasses meant reverting back to the multi-focals. No more.

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