Wearing shooting glasses is the best and only way to protect your eyes when shooting, whether at the range or hunting. This eyewear protects you from cartridges, inclement weather, gunpowder, etc. Accidents can occur at any time, so it’s imperative that your eyes are covered.
Contrast when target shooting – yellow lenses improve the contrast in your vision, which helps pick out the target you need from the grass and brush. This, in turn, can help improve your accuracy both on the range and in the field. Not only do safety glasses protect you from unexpected accidents, they also provide added protection from the environment. In heavily wooded areas, it’s very possible for stray branches, twigs, and leaves to damage your eyes. Eyewear is important even when cleaning your guns to protect your eyes from cleaning solvents or loose springs.
High-quality safety eyewear is tested many times over for it’s impact resistance in order to meet the standards set by the American National Standards Institute. For some brands, if the lenses don’t stay intact after having a ball dropped on them from far distances, they won’t pass. Shatter-proof lenses protect you from severe damage that can occur from ricochets or stray cartridges. Many glasses have polycarbonate lenses for UVA and UVB protection. When your glasses have UV protection, you can shoot outdoors all day without worrying about damaging your eyes. While they can be worn over contacts or reading glasses, your shooting glasses can even be outfitted with prescription lenses in order to eliminate the need for it. With your prescription, you’ll never miss a target! (well, theoretically. There’s only so much your glasses can do!)