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Guide to choosing the best shooting glasses

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WileyX Shooting Glasses at Pleyers

For every athlete, whether amateur or professional, it is essential to see well.

In some sports, however, the role of vision is decisive. One of these is shooting in all its forms, as it is clearly based on the athlete’s visual power, and to a great extent success depends on the state of the shooter’s eyesight. For this reason, those who practise these sports and also wear eyeglasses must choose their prescription glasses with great care. In fact, shooting glasses are an integral part of every shooter’s toolbox, on a par with a good rifle, a good pistol and appropriate technical clothing.

Contact lenses vs prescription shooting glasses

As these are high-precision competitions, Pleyers opticians advise against the use of contact lenses for shooting. In fact, contact lenses are placed on the ocular surface and float on the tear film, moving – albeit imperceptibly – with each blink of the eye. This generates micro-shifts in the eye that affect your ability to aim. Furthermore, the shooter must stare at the target for a long time before firing, ideally without squinting. A fixed position that causes dryness and impairs the optical quality of the perceived image. It is therefore essential to choose shooting glasses specifically designed for this discipline. 

The difference between normal glasses and shooting glasses

The main differences between glasses worn for leisure and those made for shooting concern the frame and the lenses. For shooting glasses the frame is designed precisely to ensure a secure fit at all times, even in the presence of sweat, fast movements and prolonged wearing.

Shooting lenses are also certified to MIL-PRF-32432 (GL) ballistic safety standards and ANSI Z87.1+ safety standards.

How to choose shooting glasses

When choosing shooting glasses you should take specific factors into account. 

  1. Strong, lightweight and durable frame for comfort and eye protection

  2. Certified quality lenses with anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and ensure the best image sharpness

  3. Lens-eye position: the central optical point of the lens must be exactly in front of the pupil. In fact, only when the lens is centred between the eye and the target can the shooter be certain that there are no image defects originating from the lens.

Visual distortions caused by incorrect lens position

The defects that can be caused by a lens not designed for shooting include:

  • astigmatism of oblique beams that deforms circles into ellipses or collateral prismatic effects, which make the object appear in another direction

  • slight blurring

  • transverse colour errors forming coloured edges

Distortions of this kind reduce the visual acuity that could be achieved with precise centring. Remember that these errors can also occur when the central optical point is centred correctly in front of the eye but the lens is tilted forwards or backwards, or turned.

Colour of shooting glass lenses

It’s also essential to know the most suitable colours for shooting lenses.

Shooters often find themselves in medium-light situations, with the possibility of variations in the lighting.

Pink lenses

Darken the sky and bring out the green background. Ideal for shooting at orange targets, also with a black border. 

Purple lenses

Lenses that highlight green backgrounds by making targets of all colours stand out.

Bronze lenses

For use on clear days, especially for clay pigeon shooting and target shooting.

Orange lenses

Chosen by those seeking greater sharpness of the target colour and strong contrast with the background.

Yellow lenses

Ideal in low light conditions as they boost light transmission and therefore target definition.

Smoke lenses

These absorb all colours equally, thus maintaining the same perception of colour as without sunglasses. They ensure maximum glare reduction and are perfect for all outdoor sports in bright light conditions, including golf, running and cycling.

Transparent lenses

Ideal for foggy or cloudy weather as well as dusk/dawn conditions and indoor use. Also perfect for early morning hunting.


Pleyers has selected a  line of shooting glasses specially designed for those who practise shooting sports and need vision correction. Ergonomic frames with integrated optical clip to correct any visual defect and three interchangeable lenses for all light conditions.

Book a free persolanised vision consultation.

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