10 Tips for Hunters Who Wear Contact Lenses

tarra-eye-5I absolutely love wearing contacts. I have been using mono vision lenses for years.  Even though most people have two eyes that work together like binoculars , one eye is usually dominant over the other. When looking at far away objects, the dominant eye is the one that is actually seeing more.  Here are some points to take into consideration:

  1.  If you wear mono vision contacts, establish which eye is your dominant eye.  Discuss this with your optometrist to make sure you are using your dominant eye for distance.  After struggling to see distance when hunting, It became apparent that my prescription had my reading lens in my shooting eye!  Looking back, I am amazed at how well I hunted turkeys and deer with that disadvantage.
  2. If you hunt birds, you may have some additional issues with depth perception with mono vision lenses.  Talk to your eye doctor to see if there is a way to work through this when hunting birds possibly with another set of contacts specifically to help with this problem.     However,  if you are making a change in your lens correction, it takes a good week to get your brain to adjust so you need to consider that before you change up your correction to hunt birds. I am the first to admit that I have a real problem when hunting doves, ducks, and quail because of the problem with depth perception.
  3. When getting ready to hunt, avoid the eye area as much as possible with sunscreen, moisturizers, or anything that can migrate onto your lenses and cloud your vision.  It is near impossible to change out your lenses while in a deer stand or turkey blind!
  4. If you are using a Thermacell, be mindful of the smoke and heat drying out your eyes. ultra-edition-ad-3
  5. Remember to stay hydrated!  Make sure you drink more water in colder months as most of us tend to drink less water when it gets cold.
  6. Take a break from your contacts as often as possible in your daily use and switch to using your glasses.   Contacts tend to dry out your eyes so give them a break.
  7. If you don’t typically wear disposable contacts, I would have some on hand when you hunt.  It is so much easier if you go on a hunting trip not to have to worry about cleaning and storing your contacts
  8. Have a back up plan.  Just in case you have an issue with your contact lenses while hunting, have a spare pair of glasses in your backpack so you can continue hunting.
  9. A full hunting day starts before daybreak and ends after dark. You might consider giving your eyes a break mid day by wearing your glasses and changing out the contacts for your afternoon hunt.
  10. Autumn breezes bring with it lots of pollen that sticks to your contacts.  Bring along some contact drops to refresh your eyes.

If you have any ideas on how to improve your hunting when using contact lenses, please share!

Author: maggie

Hi there! I’m a real estate agent by day, an avid hunter on the weekends, and this is my blog. I live in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina have a wonderful husband and fellow hunter, whose name is Trippett. My passion for hunting is rooted in growing up in a hunting family. I loved everything about hunting and was always fascinated with guns and archery.

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    • Thank you! Contacts are a critical part of hunting for those of us who wear them.

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    • Thank you! Contacts are a very important part of hunting for those of us who wear them.

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  1. I found your blog after returning home from a hunting trip in South Carolina last month. I was so impressed that there is finally a site that deals honestly with women hunters. I truly enjoy reading your posts and appreciate that you are sharing your experiences and valuable hunting information. Thank you.

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  2. I had no idea my contacts could be a problem with bird hunting. I’m going to take my glasses with me next time to make a comparison. Great article!

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    • If you use mono vision lenses, it will really mess up you depth perception. I am doing so well now that I changed them to wear distance lenses in both eyes. same for hunting deer. I have never worn glasses to hunt, though.

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    • Robin. It is all about mono vision contacts. They don’t work well for hunting or driving for that matter. I changed my contacts on my own to just distance and now my brain works much better with my eyes. No depth perception problems. Even helped me with night driving today!

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