By Montana Grant

Posted: June 25, 2022

You can see better in cloudy conditions. Your depth perception will be improved as well. Tinted lenses offer improved vision in different conditions, and they are available for prescriptions or just healthy seers. 

Wearing glasses when outdoors is a great idea. Wearing glasses that improve vision are even better. Fishermen, hunters, aviators, and others that need to see better afield need to wear glasses. Eyewear not only helps you to see, but glasses also help to protect your eyes from debris, harmful rays, and impact.

I once took a friend trout fishing and forgot my clunky cheapo fishing glasses. He handed me a pair of Bausch and Lomb aviator glasses that were brown tinted polaroid lenses. Not only did they look cool my vision improved. Fish seemed to be floating in air! I could see everywhere. He never asked for the glasses back, and I used them for the season, until he said, “oh, can I have the glasses back?” I was never ever able to find those quality glasses again. There are other glasses close but…

Here is a spectrum of tints that will open your eyes!

Gray Lens    No color distortions. A neutral color best for bright and sunny offshore.

                Copper Lens    Inshore and freshwater fishing for variable cloudy days

                Brown Lens    This darker tint is great on sunny days and improves contrast. A good color for Polaroids.

                Amber lens    Perfect for a variety of light conditions. Better contrast and perfect for seeing into shallow water. Good sun protection.

                Yellow lens    This is a popular color for shooting glasses. Gives great contrast and brightens during low light. Perfect for cloudy and early/ late.

Polaroid lenses are excellent for fishermen and boaters. These lenses cut the glare and reflected light allowing you to see beneath the water. It’s not so much about the tint than their other abilities. 

Mirrored lenses can be added to any tint. Green, blue, and silver are the most common colors. Silver is best in low light, shade, and cloudy days, since they allow more light to pass through them. Green and blue are best on open water or space where constant light is a challenge.

Not only are the lenses important, the size of the lens and the fit of the glasses are important. Have an optician fit your face with the proper choice for your profile. Everyone is different and one size does not fit all. Cheapo, off the rack optics, are disposable at best.

Keeping lenses scratch free is also a challenge. Try using glass straps to hang them around your neck. You won’t lose them or scratch them.

Clean lenses help you see clearer. Don’t clean them with your shirt or a snot rag. Carry cleaning fluid and a silk cloth. Thoroughly rinse any sweat or crud off the lens before wiping it.

Seeing is believing when using great eyewear!

Montana Grant