5 Tips for Wearing Glasses in the Back Country

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If the great outdoors and the back country is your second home, you know how important it is to keep your vision clear so you can follow the trail. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done if you don't have perfect vision. The following tips can make it easier to see clearly in the woods while wearing glasses.

Tip #1: Get a professional fitting

Professionally fitted sports frames are a must. Unlike some regular frames, sports frames hug the head for a snug fit, so they aren't going to slip when you are hot and sweaty. These frames are also typically impact resistant, so they won't be as prone to breakage or damage. Combine well-fitted glasses with a head strap and you should have few worries.

Tip #2: Opt for plastic

 Skip the fancy glass lenses. Plastic is lighter and less likely to break. You can even pay extra for even thinner and more lightweight lenses, a must if you are already carrying a heavy load in the woods. Add an anti-scratch coating to the lenses and your plastic lenses will remain just as clear as glass.

Tip #3: Bring a backup

Accidents happen, and you don't want to be stuck miles from civilization and unable to see. Keep a second pair of glasses with you in a padded, impact-resistant case. If something does happen, you'll be glad you have these in your pack.

Tip #4: Bring separate sunglasses

It may be tempting to get glasses that darken in the sun, eliminating the need for sunglasses. Unfortunately, this can interfere with some outdoor pursuits when you may need to see clearly in the sunlight, such as during bird watching or tracking. Instead, bring a pair of polarized prescription sunglasses or get some clip-on sunglasses to attach to your regular glasses. If you opt for prescription sunglasses, these can double as your backup pair of glasses.

Tip #5: Have a cleaning cloth

Soft cleaning cloths aren't readily available on the trail, where clothing fabric is usually rough but durable or dirt and dust is on everything. Keep a lint-free cleaning or polishing cloth in your eyeglass case. In fact, since these take up little room and add minimal weight, you may want to keep a few on hand. This way you can easily clean your glasses with just a small amount of water without fear of scratching your glasses.

Talk with a optometrist like Dr R Saunders for further suggestions.