5 Tips For Choosing And Using Eyeglasses When Hiking

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If you love spending time hiking and backpacking in the back country and you wear glasses, you may be concerned about the best ways to care for your vision issues when away from civilization. The following tips will help you choose the best glasses and to keep your vision sharp during your jaunt in the woods.

Tip #1: Get sport frames

Sport frames aren't just for high contact activities. These frames are generally made to be impact resistant, which means they are less prone to breakage. They are also usually shaped to fit your head snugly but comfortably so they don't slip. When looking at frames, choose those with full coverage to help increase the acuity of your peripheral vision, as well.

Tip #2: Go for plastic

Plastic lenses are the safest option, since they aren't going to break if you fall or drop your glasses. You will likely have a few choices in the plastic, so opt for the most impact-resistant. 

Tip #3: Choose the right coatings and treatments

Here is where you can really customize your glasses. At a bare minimum you need an anti-scratch coating and an anti-glare coating. You can't protect your glasses from grit on the trail, and chances are you will wipe them on your shirt from time to time, so scratch coatings are a must. Anti-fog coatings can also be helpful when hiking, especially when you are up and moving on cool mountain mornings.

Tip #4: Manage the moisture

Rain and fog happens, even on a summer hike. This can quickly ruin your vision if you aren't prepared for it. Wile anti-fog coatings help, they aren't perfect. The easiest way to manage moisture is to keep a brimmed hat in your pack. You can simply put it on to keep the water off of your face when the rain begins. Also, bring a microfiber cleaning cloth. These lightweight cloths don't take up much room in a pack, they won't scratch your lenses, and they dry quickly.

Tip #5: Consider a spare

If your vision is bad enough that moving is a danger without glasses, you definitely need to purchase a second set of eyeglasses to bring as a backup on the trail. If your eyes aren't too bad, you can simply keep a second set in your car. This way, if something happens to your glasses while you are in the woods, at least you will have a spare set available so you can drive yourself home safely after your hike.

To learn more, contact a company like Wolcott Optical Service LC

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