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    Prescription eyeglass for a Golf player over 50 years of age

    I have this patient that wears progressive permanently and would like a pair of glasses specially made to play golf.
    I do not play golf at all. Could someone guide me on this?
    Recommended lens color, lens type, frame characteristics, etc.

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    Personally, I wore just my distance correction in Grey polarized lenses. Despite a +2.75 Add I never needed near vision on the course and in fact found it a nuisance. Of course I always carried my good old trusty trifocals in the golf bag so that I could read the menu in the club house. But, hey, that's just me.

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    Redhot Jumper So we used the old fused round bifocals (Kryptok) ...................................

    I was taught in optical school in London many years ago, that the proper way to make older golfers special golfing glasses.

    So we used the old fused round bifocals (Kryptok) mounted on top corners, one eye temporal the other nasal side, instead of bottom to give a full visual field at bottom. The reading segments placed according to preference of patient in the right or left hand corner.

    So to mark their score the just had to lower their head, but had a full visual field at the bottom.
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    I agree with Chris, a kryptok/RD22 was what we used as well. The seg placement was measured according to how the patient preferred to read their scorecard. Upper nasal or lower temporal were the most common placement.

    Kryptok will limit material and tint choices, but CR39 would be a good choice due to the availability of tints. A B-15 tint, IMO, is good choice. The contrast will help the ball standout from the grass

    For SV wearers, I use to recommend Polarized, but I had some patients complain that polarized lenses remove too much glare and they could not properly read the greens. The nuances of the greens, they said, were more readable with the surface glare. I since stopped recommended Polarized

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    The ultimate arbiter of what is best in any given situation is not the prescriber but the wearer. One size does not fit all.

    For example, I think that Danny Duffer with a -2.00 distance correction and a +2.00 Add might find a multifocal lens quite unnecessary while out on the fairway. With my SV DVO lenses I had sufficient NVA to pencil in "10" or "12" on my score card.

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    I am ignorant on golf matter and I am a spanish speaker trying to translate.
    How necessary is a good vision on intermediate distance?
    When the ball is near the hole i has seen on TV that sometimes the player goes down and align the ball and the hole. Maybe also examine if the green has a inclination. Does sharp vision on intermediate distances is needed?

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    I've always done a FT with the seg at the top of lens instead of bottom. Pt just has to hold map/score card up to see it and has a clear view of ball when looking down.

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    If patient insists on a progressive for the golf course then Shamir does a Golf specific progressive lens. It has very minimal reading just in the bottom of the lens to read scorecards but doesnt affect your distance when youre looking down at the ball

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    I golf and I use a progressive sunglass and it doesn't bother me at all. Each person is different. However if you want him to improve his score, tell him to wear only distance glasses for golf. Because he wont be able to see his score card while playing, tell him to mark his score before the round starts. This has improved my score tremendously.

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