Should I get special glasses made for playing pool?

Some people can benefit from bifocals or progressive to help them focus clearly on both the CB and OB, but most people just need distance correction to play pool. You can have your optometrist fine tune your prescription to focus on the typical distance range of pool shots (3-9 feet). Some people might prefer a monovision prescription, where one eye is focused for close-up viewing (e.g., the CB) and the other is focused for longer distance (e.g., the OB target), but this is definitely not for everybody, and it can cause vision center alignment issues since the monovision “vision center” head position can change with shot distance.

Some people prefer “pool glasses” with no top rim that are very tall above the eyebrows so it is impossible to look over the glasses. Some companies offer billiard-specific glasses like this (e.g., Billiard Eyeglasses, Curran Billiard Glasses, and Snookerspex.com). They might look a little goofy, but they are effective.

You can also just use regular glasses and adjust the nose supports so the glasses sit close to your face and high so the upper rim in buried in your eyebrows.  That way, it is difficult look over the glasses. An alternative is a device to prop up the glasses on your nose (e.g., PropEyes).

It also helps to have a low stance, where your gaze angle doesn’t change very much from the CB to the OB. For more information and demonstrations, see advantages of a low stance.

Wearing a baseball cap can help hold glasses firmly to your head. A cap will also block direct light and reduce glare from the lights above the pool table.

See also: A Guide to Pool Glasses and “Pool Friendly Eyeglasses” (BD, December, 2021).


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