Whether or not you require prescription lenses to see normally, you should always wear a pair of protective glasses while hunting. Since most hunting and shooting activities take place in an outdoor environment, sunglasses are a necessity for any hunter who needs corrective eyewear. There are few activities that rely on your sense of sight as much as hunting does, and guarding your eyes when handling firearms is important for preventing unnecessary eye injuries. Browse through our selection of high-quality, affordable prescription hunting sunglasses at Marvel Optics.
Any time you handle a gun, your eyewear should protect your eyes in the case of an accident or situation outside of your control. Gun powder particles can irritate the eyes, and bullet ricochet is more common than you might think. Dust, wind, and tree branches can also cause issues for your eyes if you aren’t prepared. When choosing prescription hunting sunglasses, your eyewear should at least meet ANSI Z87.1 standards for safety glasses, which protect against projectiles that travel at 150 feet per second. Ideally, you should pick up a pair of sunglasses that meet ballistic military standards. Glasses that meet the MIL-PRF-31012 standards can protect against projectiles at a speed of 650 fps.
Not only do prescription hunting glasses help prevent your eyes from getting injured, but they are also designed to help you see your environment and the target clearly while you hunt. Yellow, amber, orange are all popular choices for helping increase contrast and make targets stand out in normal conditions. Blue or purple lenses can help you better see the target is surrounded by trees or other greenery. Polarization, anti-fog, or photochromic technology are add-ons to consider depending on where you plan to hunt. When hunting near the water or duck hunting, polarized lenses help dramatically reduce glare.
Prescription Hunting Sunglasses FAQs
Why are Shooting Range Glasses Yellow?
Some shooting ranges have nonprescription protective eyewear on hand in case you don’t bring your own. While almost all ranges will require you to wear eye protection of some sort when using the range, no lens color will be required. The glasses at the range may be yellow to help the target stand out.
What Color Lens Is Best for Hunting?
Having multiple lens colors on hand is ideal for prescription hunting sunglasses. Many hunters use yellow or amber lenses since they block out blue light and improve contrast. This lens color is especially useful in dark, hazy, or overcast conditions. Gray lenses help reduce glare without drastically altering contrast. Purple and blue lenses are useful in forest areas.
What Is Tactical Eyewear?
Tactical eyewear, more often referred to as ballistic eyewear, are designed to protect the wearer’s eyes from small projectiles. When worn for military use, sunglasses are required to meet the United States Military Ballistic Standards, which include the MIL-PRF-31012 for spectacles and the MIL-DTL-43511D for goggles. Tactical eyewear is often used among military, law enforcement, hunters, and shooters.
Can You Wear Sunglasses While Duck Hunting?
Yes, when duck hunting it is important to wear sunglasses to block out UV rays, protect your eyes from gun powder and fragments, and clearly see the sky when looking up in sunny conditions. Polarized hunting sunglasses offer the added benefit of reducing glare and enhancing colors, so you can spot ducks better during the hunt.
Are Polarized Sunglasses Good for Shooting?
Generally, polarized prescription sunglasses for hunting are a great choice for outdoor shooting in sunny conditions. They are especially useful when hunting near the water or snow. Polarized lenses are not ideal in dark conditions or indoors. They can make it difficult to see the screen on electronic devices, such as your cellphone, GPS, or game camera.