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Shooting Glasses for Aging Eyes + How to Choose the Correct Magnification

by Ali Juten on Nov 04, 2019

Shooting Glasses for Aging Eyes + How to Choose the Correct Magnification

Can't See your Front Sights? We have a solution. SSP Eyewear Top Focal Shooting Glasses.

Originally, our Top Focal Lenses were designed for Law Enforcement pistol instructors. They allow the instructor who wears reading glasses to tilt their head down in the standard Weaver, or Isosceles stance and pick up their front sights on his or her pistol. No more blurry front sights!

How to Choose the Correct Top Focal® Magnification

The first thing to note is that the magnification that you use for reading may not be the same for shooting. The reason for this is because, when you shoot, you hold your firearm out at arms length. Now think about how you would typically read a hold it much closer. An arms length, when it comes readers, makes all the difference. 

  1. Go to your local drug store and locate their reading glasses section. Bring a pencil along for testing purposes. 
  2. If you already know what your reading glass magnification is, try on a pair of reading glasses at a magnification that is slightly weaker than your reading glasses.
  3. Now, hold your pencil out at arms length. With the glasses on, focus on the tip of the pencil like you would your sights. If the tip of the pencil is clear, this would be the correct magnification. If it is not clear, try different strengths until you can see the tip of the pencil clearly.

BONUS TIP: Ways to customize your Top Focal® glasses to improve accuracy

  • Using the Top Focal Assorted Kit, wear both right and left Top Focal® lenses. This will make your sights clear but target softly blurred. 
  • Using the Top Focal Premiere Kit, wear a Top Focal® lens on your dominant eye and a Chelan lens (no magnification) on your non-dominant eye. This will make the sights clear and the target unobstructed with both eyes open.
  • Using the Top Focal Ultra Kit, wear a Top Focal® lens on your dominant eye and a Denial lens (bottom bifocal) on your non-dominant eye. This will make the sights clear, the target clear, and reading clear when using both eyes
The SSP Top Focals are offered in: 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75, 2.00, 2.25, 2.50 & 3.00 magnification. So, whether you are shooting recreationally or relying on a firearm for your everyday job, the Top Focal® shooting glasses from SSP Eyewear can improve your accuracy by providing a clear sight picture.


  • Peter Lassen
    Oct 15, 2020 at 13:11

    please begin a conversation with me about how SSP can help me with corrective glasses, clear and yellow tinted for hunting, other outdoor activities. I’m currently wearing progressive polycarbonate lenses w/transition for sun UV protection and single correction distance tinted sunglasses for hunting, boating, daytime driving.
    Peter Lassen


  • patrick
    Oct 15, 2020 at 13:10

    I have a pair of Elvex +1.5 full lens diopter glasses for rifle shooting. My reading glasses are 2.5. I would like to get some tinted but can find none so far. The 1.5 gives me sufficient magnification to adjust my turrets but not too much for looking through the scope. Partial lens diopters do not suit me. Top diopter I can see would be good for pistol but not for scoped rifle. Do you make such a lens?


  • Ralph Rosales
    Oct 15, 2020 at 13:10

    Where do I order glasses


  • Glenn A. Teare
    Oct 15, 2020 at 13:10

    I have a stigmatism in my right (aiming) eye which requires glasses all the time. My left eye only requires reading glasses adjustment. So will your product work for my right eye?


  • Keith Selthofer
    Oct 15, 2020 at 13:10

    I am going to order a set of top focal shooting glasses. Question I have is I need 1.25 for my tight eye and nothing for my left.

    How do I order this configuration?

    Thank You
    Keith Selthofer


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