Prescription Shooting Glasses
People who need prescription shooting glasses are faced with a slightly different set of
specialized problems when making their purchase.
As I've several friends who require a prescription shooting lens, I've seen firsthand how
frustrating and difficult these issues can be. Let's take a few minutes and talk about some of the specific
problems encountered with prescription shooting glasses:
Availability - Not all manufacturers of shooting glasses offer models that can
be produced with prescription lens, so your available choices may have already decreased. Only certain
manufacturers have designs that will accept a prescription lens. Most of these manufacturers are on the higher end
of the pricing spectrum so you end up paying more for the frames. Even inexpensive generic prescription safety
glasses are difficult to find.
Pricing - Most prescription shooting glasses lens have to be custom made by an
optometrist or other eye care specialist. Anything with the word "custom" in it always comes at a higher price.
While one of my buddies was searching for for prescription shooting glasses, he contacted Oakley and
inquired about the price of a set of Oakley prescription shooting glasses. The quote: $385 with a 4-5 week
turnaround time. Here's something else to consider, we talked about "Availability" above, right. Now figure that
you had to pay more for a specialized frame that accepts prescription lens, and now you have to pay again for the
lens themselves. This is getting to be a pretty expensive pair of glasses.
Lens material - We've already talked about Polycarbonate as being the premier
choice for lens material. Well the same features that make Polycarbonate so effective also makes it the most
expensive lens material to work with. As a result, about 90% of the prescription shooting glasses produced today
are made with CR 39 Plastic lens instead of polycarbonate. Although CR 39 Plastic is certainly better than no
shooting glasses at all, I'd still rather have Polycarbonate as my lens.
Now how do you deal with all these additional issues?
Well, believe it or not, there is a way to get around these problems. It's a relatively new
concept called "prescription inserts." Basically prescription inserts are prescription lens that are designed to
mount inside of the glasses between the eyes and the glasses lens. They look something like this:
While this is a relatively new concept, not many manufacturers have caught on to it, and even
fewer have integrated the concept into a well functional design. We do know of one manufacturer that has created an
excellent design and incorporated a fully functional prescription insert at very reasonable pricing. Want to know
who that manufacturer is?
Well take a look at the shooting glasses that we