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rhanold  (D License)

Sep 23, 2012, 6:12 PM
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I don't know my prescription, I just know I have trouble making out signs in time on the highway with out my glasses. I have jumped twice with my glasses (I've never worn contacts) once on one of my night jumps. I did not like it either time. I told people at the DZ (jokingly) that when I see how scary a swoop is it makes me not want to do it. The real reason is the distortion in my periphery throws me off... I think someone is near me in FF and the ground in my lower periphery during plane out makes me flinch. If you can see well enough without correction (even though it is RX) why add a failure mode?


LyraM45  (B 26378)

Sep 23, 2012, 8:21 PM
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I can't go without contacts or glasses. My Rx really isn't that bad, but my astigmatisms are awful and I have no depth perception. I hate contacts. I've been fitted for every kind of thing out there and now have the lesser of all evils. They suck to put in, they suck to keep in all day, and I usually can't wait to take them out. But I don't go without them while I'm jumping.

I do have wiley-x Rx wrap arounds that have transition lenses in them if I'm without contacts. They're nice, but I'd rather jump in goggles, which I can only do with the contacts. I'm really looking forward to getting a G3, which I can wear my glasses under-- score! Smile

If you need to wear glasses to drive, then you should probably be wearing them on your skydive too. Totally not worth it to just not want to wear them for whatever reason.




riggerrob  (D 14840)

Sep 24, 2012, 3:47 PM
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Hah!
Hah!
You remind me of one of my warbird pilot customers. He used to own two airplanes, but said that he needed four paris of glasses.
One of his airplanes had a nosewheell and the other had a tailwheel, so his sight-picture changed as he flared for landing.
He needed dark bifocals to fly the nosewheel airplane during daylight, but clear bifocals to fly it at night.

He wore dark, single-vision lenses to fly his tail-dragger during the daytime, but wore clear single-vision lenses when he flew it at night.


ZigZagMarquis  (D License)

Sep 26, 2012, 10:36 AM
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... I found that bifocals are not exactly helpful as I approach the ground. ...
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Hah!
Hah!
You remind me of one of my warbird pilot customers. He used to own two airplanes, but said that he needed four paris of glasses.
One of his airplanes had a nosewheell and the other had a tailwheel, so his sight-picture changed as he flared for landing.
He needed dark bifocals to fly the nosewheel airplane during daylight, but clear bifocals to fly it at night.

He wore dark, single-vision lenses to fly his tail-dragger during the daytime, but wore clear single-vision lenses when he flew it at night.


You're not talking about Pepper from Cal City, are you?

I seem to remember his flying the Otter at Cal City with like 3 pair of glasses on that he'd switch around depending on what phase of flight he was in... seriously... and some folks think jumpers are stupid for wanting out of the airplane!


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