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Glasses in the field:

I've seen posts about camoflaging scopes, binoculars, and rifle muzzles, but I have not seen anything about glasses. I happen to wear glasses, so I am trying to find a way to make them nonreflective without losing any visibility.

Crazy J
Crazy J <>
TX USA - Wednesday, December 02, 1998 at 12:56:44 (EST) 

With glasses I think your best bet is to get an anti-reflective coating on them when you buy them. I think that pretty much any optometrist can order the lens coating with your glasses, you just have to know to ask for it. The downside is that the coating is prone to scratching.
I am slightly nearsighted, so I wear prescription (polycarbonate lens) glasses when I'm shooting. I have a similar pair with matte black frames and the anti-reflective coating that I generally keep in reserve so they don't get trashed with normal use.

Dave <>
San Jose, CA USA - Wednesday, December 02, 1998 at 14:20:55 (EST) 

Camo on Glasses !

Try soft throw away Contacts first, only for the field outings, and definetly for some training lessons as they will definatly change your zero. Take your glasses as spares as it is a bitch to reinstall a washed out contact lens with fingers that have camo greasepaint on them.

Most Glass makers Zeiss, Rodenstock, etc. offer several types of non glare coatings, choose the best they make, but remember that the coatings are difficult to clean, and may get blurry or smeared with some special glass cleaners.I use warm water and a little liquid soap and wash mine.

Keeping the Glasses in the shade will help keep reflections to a minimum, so wear a baseball or BDU cap with a larger bill. Or if practical a OD green skeeter net.

Here in germany it is fashionable at the moment to wear very thin frames made out of titanium etc. with small lenses that are bolted directly to the frame and not held by it like conventional glasses.
The advantage is that smaller lenses reflect less, and when painting your face you dont look like a bush with glasses. Even on a picture taken from a few yards you can harly see that I´m wearing glasses.

Other than that always remember that the glasses are extra protection for our most sensative and important MkI Eyeball.

Torsten <>
Germany - Wednesday, December 02, 1998 at 14:25:32 (EST) 

As far as camouflaging eye glasses. About the only thing you can do is to cammy the frames to reduce glare and then wear a boony hat which keeps light off of them. When I wore glasses (and I wore glasses in every USMC and Army course I went through) I tried not to wear them when I was on the gun or on optics to reduce the number of lenses I had to protect. I now use extended wear contacts and take handy wipes, solution and a spare set to the field as well as a set of glasses which can be worn under a gas mask. Once they get this laser surgery shit down I might go for that. Don't mess with the lenses of your glasses trying to cammy them. All you do is look silly and reduce your field of view. It will also give you a headache from hell trying to see through them.

gooch <>
USA - Wednesday, December 02, 1998 at 14:28:26 (EST) 

Contacts, glasses and Laser surgery;

For half of my life I've had to wear contacts, and I've lost those damn things from High school football games, hunting trips, scuba diving & swimming, snow skiing, back seat tumble parties, you name it, I've lost a contact doing it.
This past October, I was told that my eyes were past the 20/200 requirment to meet most department regs. so I got the laser eye surgery done, and it was the best move I've done other than calling off my past engagement.
RK surgery is done with either a knife or laser. The old way,(knife) will cut insisions in the eye and is prone to rupture from a blow to the head or recoil. The laser actually shaves the eye and not subjected to limitations that the knife has. Check your insurance to see if they cover it. Some may cover it %100, some just a part of the cost.
After the surgery, a few days are needed off to heal the eyes. No driving, but after a few days you're good to go. While night driving, you will have stars around lights, but vision will be clear. The staring effect will fade away in time. During this time your vision will adjust sharper and clear. By all means, do what the Dr. tells you to do and not to do! Use only the drops that he gives you and throw away all your old contact junk! Doing this, you by-pass many of the things that COULD go wrong.
If you've ever thought about it, at least go and have the check-up so they can tell you where you fit in and what can be done for you.
Now, a month and a half later, I see 20/20. Clear vision, No stars around lights at night, No problems.
If you got the chance, check it out. You won't be disapointed.

D. West <>
Pheasent busting in, IL. USA - Wednesday, December 02, 1998 at 23:22:31 (EST) 

About glasses. I usually wear my contacts and carry a pair of glasses when I use a scope. With iron sights I shoot better with glasses. I wear a boonie either way and that helps with the shine. Something often overlooked is NO SUDDEN HEAD MOVEMENT. That is a quick "Shoot Me" sign.

Calif USA - Thursday, December 03, 1998 at 01:36:21 (EST) 

this is on the subject of contacts in the field.... i've been lucky enough not to have lost a contact in the field. but after a few target detection exercises and squirrel hunting adventures (remember those Gooch?) i can honestly say i wish i didnt have them in. it feels like sand is in your eyes after concentrating so hard. plus your vision gets blurry so its the same as not having any vision correction. its an unconscious reflex, you concentrate and you keep your eyes open a bit longer than you need to and voila......instant dry eyes. gooch and i carry eye drops now in our camelbaks. i prefer alcon eye drops, they are a little more expensive but they work great.

kudu out
allen <>
USA - Thursday, December 03, 1998 at 18:28:29 (EST) 


What do you'all do about them? Seems they're always fogging up (tried sea drops, spit, other antifog compounds) and they just give your position away. I am sure at least 3 deer this year clued in on my position by seeing them.

Are contacts a good option - there is the question about dirt getting in them on a sneak.

Karl <>
Minneapolis, Mn USA - Monday, January 04, 1999 at 19:56:23 (EST) 


Glasses & contacts? Have you given it a thought to check into laser eye surgery? I just got it done in October and it is remarkable! I've had problems with contacts almost all my life ( Ok, I'm not as old as some of you are ) from infections to loosing them doing everything.
Funny how everyone will spend mega $ on good optics and never give their own eyes a thought. I know that things COULD go wrong with the surgery, but most of the problems that happen is when they don't fallow the Doctors orders.
One exam can tell you if you're good to go and how close to 20/20 you could get.

D. West <>
Still shoveling #*% snow, in IL. !!! USA - Monday, January 04, 1999 at 21:09:51 (EST) 

On the subject of Sniping-How does one limit the flash off of prescription glasses? It seems at times they can act as mirrors or am I totaly wrong here?

Bill M <>
Central, Ny USA - Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 23:54:52 (EST) 

Bill, you can get your glasses' anti-reflection coated, just like camera lenses, see your local optometrist.

Pablito <>
USA - Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 06:14:38 (EST) 

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