Shooting Spectacles Take Aim

Throughout the years, specialized eyewear was developed when there was need for eye protection or visual enhancement in recreational and occupational situations. One popular type of recreational eyewear during the late 19th and early 20th centuries was shooting spectacles, which were typically worn by hunters. While various temples and bridge types were used in shooting spectacles, dark and light shades of amber were preferred for the lenses in order to better penetrate fog or mist. The lenses also featured a frosted periphery that was intended to help keep the hunter’s eyes on target without distractions, thereby aiding in the ability to see and shoot prey. Sometimes marketed simply as “scenery spectacles,” ads of the time claimed the concentration of the sight through the small aperture cleared up distant vision.

Courtesy of The Archives & Museum of Optometry, St. Louis, MO,
an entity of Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation.



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