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08-10-2002 10:54 AM
Copy of comment from "Sunglasses Idea"

Had an interesting conversation with my Optometrist about sun glasses, UV, and macular degeneration.

First off, MD is bad news. It means the retina is deteriorating and you will eventually become blind! It usually starts out as a defective spot on the retina which results in a void ( a black spot) in the center of your vision. As the desease progresses, the spot gets larger and eventually you are left with only periferal vision.

Sound bad? You bet! Big time!

O.K. There are two types of MD. Dry and wet. Dry type is due to the effects of UV and fair skinned, blue eyed people are the most vulnerable. (Sorry Blonde, but that's the way it is) The best prevention is to ALWAYS wear good (sun) glasses when you go outside during daylight, overcast or not.

Now, the definition of "good" glasses are as follows:
[list=1][*]All glass will filter 100% of the ultra vioilet spectrum.[*]Polycarbonate lenses will also filter out 100% of the UV spectrum.[*]CR39 and Acetate, (less expensive plastics) will only filter out UV [B]if[B/] a special UV coating has been applied.[/list=1]
So, even if you are driving your car and not wearing glasses of any kind, you are protected. It does not matter if the glass(es) are polarized, tinted, or what color tint has been applied.

The wet type MD is caused by insuffient blood flow thru the retina.The retina is a delicate, multilayered, light-sensitive membrane lining the inner eyeball and connected by the optic nerve to the brain. Delicate as like a thick cobweb! This type of MD is usually the result of other problems such as diabetes, alchohol, drug abuse or [B]smoking[B/]. Anything that leads to *ucking up your arteries.

Take care of yourself folks! Life, as we know it, will not exist if we lose our sight. Maybe "racoon eyes" ain't so bad after all.

Polarized contacts? I could go for that.:eyecrazy:

><///('> JD
08-09-2002 01:36 PM
08-09-2002 09:49 AM

JimS, Thank you I 'm grateful I have never used the side shields but it sounds like good advice I will check with the dealer. I'm not sure but I think Action Optics might be the old "Specialized Eye Wear" that made great fisher glasses awhile back and they all came with side shields but they were all wide enough to keep the suns side glare from harming my "Beady little eyes".
08-09-2002 09:34 AM
jimS I too have the Action Optic Wood River sunglasses. Moldable sideshields eliminate the sidelight effectively for me when sightfishing. Action Optic has this accessory for about $7, and you can get them directly from the company if your dealer doesn't stock them.

08-09-2002 09:22 AM
Moonlight I made the mistake of purchasing the Action Optics "Wood River" frames these are not suitable for fishing you get way to much side glare the lens is to small. The wire frames have good ventilation and the nose piece is raised for even more venting I thought they would have a larger lens size than they do. Oh well I can look cool when driving around or shopping in the mall if I ever get to one!!!
Now I have to buy another pair but this time I will do so in person so as to not buy another mistake. The frames and lenses are all top quality its just that model is not for a fisher type.
08-08-2002 07:32 PM
TinMan FYI: I just ordered a pair of Action Optics Headwater frames with script lenses in gray through Andy at Concord Outfitters (great people there BTW).

I'll let you know how the whole thing pans out - but came in less than I imagined... sub-200.
06-17-2002 09:41 AM
Lefty Sean,
If you haven't been told yet, being closer to the cape will yield better fishing in the SALT. But on the No. Shore people are more intelligent.
But anyway I wanted to mention that Oct. was my best month last year. The No. Shore above Boston held on while the cape was pretty much done for the season (shrug). So you could get some great outings in during that month. Each fall is different, so we'll send you where the fish are. Got a 9 wt.?

06-14-2002 09:35 PM
Polarized Sunglasses?

Though I may have missed it in skimming over the numerous posts, the key difference between inexpensive and quality eye wear is the the protection provided to a fisherman's most important sense, their vision. A lifetime of unrelenting, reflective light can cause various vision problems. Though cataracts can be caused by some medical conditions, ultraviolet radiation is also thought to be one possible contributing factor in their formation.

According to an an article at WebMD, "...Ultraviolet (UVA or UVB) radiation is invisible but these rays are the same culprits in causing sunburn, skin aging, and skin cancers as well as cataracts and macular degeneration (an aging-related disorder of the retina). UVB poses a particular danger for cataracts. The eyes are normally protected from the sun by eyelids and the structure of the face (overhanging brows, prominent cheekbones, and the nose). Long-term exposure to even low levels of UVB radiation, however, can eventually cause changes in the lens, including pigment changes, that contribute to cataract development."

Bottom line, if you want to see what your doing out there for a lifetime, always protect your eyes.

Tight Lines, Speynut
06-14-2002 12:28 PM
sean Ahh Lefty not your fault. They are good for driving or if I was blind casting but not for technical sight fishing. They are still nice glasses and I will use em for everday use rather than fishing.

I will be steeping foot in Beantown October 1st. We still have not found a place but we are close. Trying to decide between the north end , New Hampshire border or down south closer to the cape to buy a house.

Looks like when we first get there we will rent a place in city to get a feel for the area.

Hopefully I will be able to get one striper in before the winter really sets in.

06-14-2002 12:09 PM
jborkowski I have had prescription Maui Jim's for years and they're great.

Only wish I could attached side shades for when I'm fishing.
06-14-2002 11:51 AM
Lefty Boy do I feel sheepish. Sorry about that Sean.
Where I fish there's nothing to see. When the water is clean it's very deep (rocky shoreline). When there is an occasional flat it's stained brown by tannin. And the tide swings are so big the flats come and go too fast. I just don't sight fish much. At least it was a small investment.
Maybe I can make it up to you with an outing. Aren't you moving to Beantown?

06-13-2002 01:08 PM
Good ones do matter

I took leftys advice and bought a cheap pair of Bolles after I lost my action optics a month or so ago. Yesterday I tossed them in the trash can cause they were horrible.

Just bought another pair of action optics and gone is the distortion and I can actually see into the water more than a foot or so. I started out with action optics when I began fly fishing so I never came to appreciate what good glasses can mean to your success. Now I do and $150 is more than worth it.

Had to dip into the ross canyon BG5 fund but a fancy reel is worthless if you cannot spot the fish you are trying to cast to.

Now to buy some corkies so I do not lose these ones.

06-09-2002 10:39 AM
Billy Pate


I wouldn't exactly say "out fished". More like it was hard for him to fish while people kept bugging him all day, wanting autographs, ect. I just wanted some Tarpon and I'm sure he did too. Besides it would have been easier for me if he was casting at fish. Once you have the swimming speed of the migrating tarpon down you can pretty well set your watch by when they will get to you once they pass the position ahead of you. There was a ton of smoke in the air, and visibility was poor, so my knowing when tarpon were moving down the bank would have helped alot. Being able to see him cast at fish moving down the bank would have been a major benefit, not a negative. FYI from what I understand he will sit and talk all day in his shop for those who care to. So, you don't have to bug the guy while he's fishing.

06-09-2002 08:54 AM
pmflyfisher FlyfishAR

Wow out fishing the legendary Billy Pate, thats an accomplishment. I love doing that to some of the guides up in Michigan occasionally, then they wonder who is that mysterious guy.

06-09-2002 07:26 AM

Whiskey Dick:

No the Padre frame is a wrap around so you don't need side guards. I just got back from a week of Tarpon fishing in Islamorada and I wore that very frame. The skin got torched but I don't have any eye problems at all. Other than the fact that I look like a racoon from the tan lines. The amber color did a fine job in letting me pick out tarpon in some really crummy overcast conditions and various color of bottoms.

Just as a side note..... Day 3 in Islamorada I fished postion #2 of the Pocket on Buchannan Bank (the locals acted like it was a really famous spot). Caught a couple of fish and had a generally great day. The guy in position #1 kept having people come over and talk to him so he missed a ton of fish. Later in the day I found out that it was Billy Pate I was catching fish behind. Poor guy must have had 10 boats stop by to talk to him.

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