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The Top 3 Things to Consider When Buying Eyewear for Hunting

Perhaps your prescription eyewear isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when preparing for the hunt, but knowing these few facts may help you better prepare for your next outing.  The fact is that most people go out into their adventure with their standard prescription glasses or perhaps a pair of sunglasses as well, but taking these extra steps will certainly bring more success to your overall mission.

1)    Frames – When considering frames for hunting, keep in mind that a semi-rimless frame will be ideal, so that peripheral vision is maximized. Durability is also a factor. Make sure that any frame you select is durable enough to withstand weather and terrain. Some good options for frames that are specifically designed for outdoor use include: Oakley Radar, Radarlock, M Frame and Fast Jacket; as well as Bolle Kicker, Parole and Vigilante. These designs were built to withstand the elements and rugged movements inherent in hunting.

2)    Lenses –Lenses are probably the most important part of selecting glasses for hunting. Given the different lighting scenarios possible, some prefer to bring a few options on a trip to switch out easily with weather and lighting changes. Ideally, lenses should be orange, yellow or rose, which helps vision in outdoor settings where there is low light. If needed, progressive lenses are a great idea for outdoor use as they allow you to see all aspects of your weapon’s sights as well as optimal vision of the target. One warning: polarized lenses are not recommended for shooting, because it can affect depth perception. Lastly, the best option is for digital lenses. A remarkable advancement in optometry, digital lenses are optimized with computer-controlled surfacing equipment that is much more precise than conventional tools. This allows the wearer to get vision that is even better than 20/20 vision without glasses.

3)    Purchasing – I don’t know about you, but my optometrist doesn’t have a “Hunting” section in their retail section. Most glasses offered at a doctor’s office are very limited to what is in stock, or what particular vendors may have for the season, which is still tailored at your everyday lifestyle, not the rugged terrain of a hunt. For this reason, it is worth your effort to seek out an online store that provides not only the convenience of ordering from home, but a customized experience. Check out RevisionOutdoor.com

As technology continues to evolve and a hunter’s tools get more sophisticated, it makes sense that you would want your eyes to be just as prepared as your weapons, clothing and safety. The concept is pretty easy: your eyes are the most important element of a successful hunt; your prescription eyewear and the benefits of customized glasses for your sport should be included in that checklist before you head out this season. Remember: without great vision, accurate shooting is impossible; and without accurate shooting, your efforts could be fruitless.

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Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of HuntingLife.com. His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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  1. One year ago I decided I’d had enough of glasses and went for lens replacement surgery. I selected the “Light Adjustable Lenses” which as the name suggests are shaped into the prescription that you need for 20/20 or better vision. Not only is the world a brighter place after losing the cataracts but I no longer need glasses to read a newspaper or see antlers moving at a 100 yards. It was expensive but the best $6K I ever spent.

    1. In the last 3 years, I have had to move to reading glasses for just about everything and though I would love to be able to ditch those readers, I think I am a few years away from taking the plunge to eye surgery.

      1. I hear you. I dithered about for about ten years getting more and more frustrated until one rainy foggy evening I missed an opportuniuty to shoot a huge buck because I had to stop and clean my glasses. I got back on him just in time to see him step into the trees and be gone forever. I haven’t rifle hunted much since then as I got hooked on bowhunting but still…. life without glasses is great. Nary a day goes past when I’m not appreciative. BTW – My eyes wern’t terrible before and the doc said I could wait another ten to fifteen years before “needing” cataract surgery but oiur definitions were different! 😉 Just an otption to consider.

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