Hunting Sunglasses

Dr. Gary Nesty is an optometrist and the owner of Solar Bat Sunglasses.

Hunters, did you know that selecting the correct sunglass tints for the species and conditions will improve visual performance in the field?  That is the purpose of this hunting blog.  I have to believe that hunters are aware of the need for eye protection in the field so this information will center on what I call “selective wavelength filtration”.  What that means is lens tints can be incorporated into a sunglass that will make certain colors more vivid while other colors will be bleached out.  This technology can be used to improve the hunter’s visual performance and is dependent upon the coloration of the game being pursued.

In the case of deer hunting, the coloration of the body of the deer blends well with the background coloration in the woods.  To make the deer more visible to the hunter the contrast between the brown and the white on the body must be intensified.  If the white becomes more outstanding, the deer will be more visible from greater distances.  When the shot is made and the deer is being tracked, a lens that will make the blood trail more visible will assist the hunter in locating the downed animal.  Other game with the same coloration as the deer, such as quail, requires the same selective filtration tints.

When duck hunting, a tint that will make green more visible will allow the hunter to identify the gender of the duck from greater distances.  Lens tints to brighten vision on those low light days are also helpful.  In pursuit of fast moving game, such as ducks, a tint that allows identification of the species and gender at a greater distance will improve performance in the blind by allowing more time to prepare for the shot.

You can go to to read more about species specific lens tints, eye protection, and species specific sunglass kits with multiple lenses to meet any situation in the field.