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  • Question re snooker glasses

    First post, apols if it's been asked before but found the forum search quite tricky.

    I recently picked up a pair of "Hurricane" snooker glasses as my optician offered them dirt cheap when I was buying my regular glasses. They were mail order so I couldn't wait to try them - and found out they were almost as bad as standard glasses for playing. Even when swivelled the top of the frame obstructs your field of view.

    I actually asked one of the main suppliers and the response was "They're not great are they". So my question is, has anyone else got these specs and finds that they work? If so can they be adjusted? Its as if the arms and nose bridge are sitting far too high up.

  • #2
    I have no experience with him but apparently there is a optician that also plays himself so he should know his stuff.
    See https://snookerspex.com/shop/

    I plan to contact him too in the future about getting glasses, now i'm using contacts but once i know my changed vision numbers i might give it a try.

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    • #3
      My first snooker glasses were a cheap pair off e-bay and were similar to the Hurricane ones you mention. Completely useless!
      I've tried other types and believe that rimless spex are best. You really don't want to see the top of the lense when sighting. The other important thing is that you get the line of sight correct. Glasses need to be made properly for this. Don't think the High Street opticians really understand this.
      Buying from a company who specialise in sports lenses is a good idea. I've used Rockspex and Snookerspex.com and been happy with results. Both these companies made me glasses with a 57mm deep lense which suited the way I sight the balls.

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      • #4
        This is the guy I contacted, he sells the Hurricane but didn't recommend them. Seems very odd to market snooker specs that don't appear to work.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chelon View Post
          This is the guy I contacted, he sells the Hurricane but didn't recommend them. Seems very odd to market snooker specs that don't appear to work.
          Guess they might suit some people. If you could get an Optician to fit them properly and adjust the legs and nose bridge that would help. There's also something called a Pantoscopic Tilt which needs to be right for line of sight. Guess some folk may not be bothered about seeing the top of the lense but I just hate having ANYTHING in my line of sight. Some folk might just be happy with them cos they're cheap.

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          • #6
            I bought a pair a few years ago from snookerspex. The glaze was terrible and they only worked if I was looking directly forward. As soon as I got down for the shot they would blur.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hunter101 View Post
              I bought a pair a few years ago from snookerspex. The glaze was terrible and they only worked if I was looking directly forward. As soon as I got down for the shot they would blur.
              Not good mate. Did you get your money back? Clearly something wrong somewhere. If you could see from standing up position then prescription must have been ok. What are you using now?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nifty50 View Post
                Guess they might suit some people. If you could get an Optician to fit them properly and adjust the legs and nose bridge that would help. There's also something called a Pantoscopic Tilt which needs to be right for line of sight. Guess some folk may not be bothered about seeing the top of the lense but I just hate having ANYTHING in my line of sight. Some folk might just be happy with them cos they're cheap.
                I was in an optician the other day and showed her the Hurricanes. She agreed with me that to be any use you'd have to raise the height by approx 10mm, she said it wasn't possible by tweaking, so think I'm looking at either a DIY hacksaw job or else trying to get some of the nose pieces I have seen. It's a shame because the lenses are actually fine; I'm just an occasional player so don't really want to shell out on another pair if these can be made to work.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chelon View Post
                  I was in an optician the other day and showed her the Hurricanes. She agreed with me that to be any use you'd have to raise the height by approx 10mm, she said it wasn't possible by tweaking, so think I'm looking at either a DIY hacksaw job or else trying to get some of the nose pieces I have seen. It's a shame because the lenses are actually fine; I'm just an occasional player so don't really want to shell out on another pair if these can be made to work.
                  I know someone years ago that stuck a couple of plasters across the bridge of his nose to lift up his regular specs.. seemed to work for him till he got proper snooker specs.. maybe the same could work for you?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The Artful Dodger View Post
                    I know someone years ago that stuck a couple of plasters across the bridge of his nose to lift up his regular specs.. seemed to work for him till he got proper snooker specs.. maybe the same could work for you?
                    That sounds ok but I think I'll try to get some of the lifters you can get for regular specs from the optician first

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                    • #11
                      Dave Coutts does some spec ups: Click Here
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                      • #12
                        I have the norville rimless snooker specs, they do the job, but contacts are a lot better, my game has definitely suffered since not being to wear them but the glasses are good enough for me to still enjoy it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RogiBear View Post
                          I have the norville rimless snooker specs, they do the job, but contacts are a lot better, my game has definitely suffered since not being to wear them but the glasses are good enough for me to still enjoy it.
                          I wear disposable contacts Adam, they are great, how come you stopped ?
                          Snooker Crazy - Cues and Equipment Sales Website
                          Snooker Crazy - Facebook Page
                          Snooker Crazy - You Tube Channel

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nifty50 View Post
                            Not good mate. Did you get your money back? Clearly something wrong somewhere. If you could see from standing up position then prescription must have been ok. What are you using now?
                            I didn't bother trying to get my money back to be honest just binned them. It was the angle of the lense/frame that was the issue. When you got down for the shot with your head not being totally upright it would distort. I now use disposable contacts. Only use them for snooker or pool

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hunter101 View Post
                              I didn't bother trying to get my money back to be honest just binned them. It was the angle of the lense/frame that was the issue. When you got down for the shot with your head not being totally upright it would distort. I now use disposable contacts. Only use them for snooker or pool
                              You can adjust the angle yourself by bending the side arms using a couple of pairs of grips, it's what I did to my snookerspex rather than send them back to be adjusted.
                              It's trial and error but easy enough to do, just check each small adjustment you make by bending down into your stance position and sighting something about twenty feet away, when you can see it clearly you've got the right angle.

                              I wore daily disposable contacts for years but developed an irritation in my left eye so had to stop using them so bought a cheap pair of snooker glasses from ebay for £40. They were ok but the rim was in my vision so forked out for the rimless snookerspex for £250, a lot of money but now I can see ok, not great but ok. You must have an anti reflective coating or you'll see the glare of the lights reflected on the lenses, and it will always obscure the object ball.
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