Hunting is a recreational and sustenance activity that poses several safety risks. Wearing hunting glasses is the best way to shield your eyes from hazards such as ballistic impact and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays while outdoors during daylight hours. If you are not sure whether you need prescription hunting glasses, here are three reasons why you should consider getting specialized eyewear for this activity.
1. Hunting Glasses Reduce Eye Fatigue
Lenses in hunting and shooting glasses enhance wearers’ focus on targets in the middle-to-far range of vision. Sighting involves several specialized ocular functions, including the accommodation reflex, depth perception and dynamic visual acuity.
The term “accommodation reflex” describes the ability of your eyes to shift focus between far and near objects or vice versa. Depth perception is your spatial determination ability over distance, and dynamic visual acuity refers to your ability to clearly discern moving targets.
Hunting glasses with prescription lenses can compensate for the natural decline in accommodation reflex function that occurs after age 40. Lens tints impact acuity, contrast and depth perception and should be selected based on prevailing light conditions at your preferred hunting grounds.
2. Ballistic-Rated Frames and Lenses Protect Eyes
Safety glasses or goggles with ballistic ratings are essential for hunting. Eyewear with these ratings is capable of withstanding impact from projectiles moving up to seven times faster than the testing speed for the American National Standards Institute Z87.1 safety standard.
Frames that have a ballistic rating must stand up to 0.15 caliber projectiles traveling at velocities between 640 and 660 feet per second, depending on whether eyewear has a spectacle or goggle design. While both types of eyewear feature shatterproof lenses, goggles may provide more complete protection from impact and other eye safety hazards.
Glasses or goggles that have a basic or even a high impact ANSI Z87.1 rating are not sufficient for ballistic eye protection. This eyewear is better suited for occupational eye hazards. Look for eyewear that meets the United States Military MIL-PRF-31013 standard.
3. Prescription Hunting Glasses Improve Aim
The ability to clearly discern targets is essential when hunting. If you are nearsighted, you should look into getting ballistic-rated glasses or goggles that have prescription lenses or accommodate a prescription lens insert.
Most ballistic-rated prescription spectacles are only available in one lens color. Eyewear that has an optical docking system or similar technology to accommodate a lens insert may make it possible to see clearly and customize your lens tint color based on changing light conditions outdoors.
In addition to wearing prescription glasses, many hunters find sighting systems designed to accommodate for vision deficiencies to be useful. Correcting your vision and enhancing your aim are two ways to have more successful hunting trips.
These are three of the primary reasons to wear plano or prescription hunting glasses. A number of ballistic-rated eyewear styles are available, including safety glasses and goggles with options for lens inserts or corrective shatterproof lenses. Make sure that any eyewear you consider for hunting meets relevant safety standards, such as the MIL-PRF-31013 ballistic eye protection standard.