Admitting that I needed glasses to tie on a fishing lure was a major blow to my state of mind, not to mention my ego. I'd always had exceptional eyesight, right up until my 45th birthday. Shortly after that fateful day, it was like someone had thrown the blur switch.
Since then, I've struggled trying to maintain my grip on that slippery slope of time. Each year my eyesight has gradually gone down hill. At first it was just reading that was a problem. One afternoon this past summer, I was hunting prairie dogs and couldn't see the little rascals without a scope. Now I find myself trying to get used to multi-focal lenses.
Being an avid outdoorsman, wearing glasses presents a problem on bright, sunny days. I've tried keeping my glasses in my pocket, and only taking them out when I need to do something up close, but that is more trouble than it is worth. Trying to juggle polarizing sunglasses and reading glasses from pocket to pocket while maintaining control of line and lure in the wind got the best of me.
A while back I learned about a possible solution, but being a skeptic, I had to try them myself under all conditions. According the manufacturer's promotional material, Fitovers polarized sunglasses are designed for the sportsman who wears prescription glasses. Sure, I thought, "but will they really fit?"
Turns out they perform exactly as stated, and they're a good "fit." They worked great on the water and recently I wore them on a hunting trip in glaring snow. I always get a bad headache when I drive without sunglasses, and the glare from snow brings it on quicker. Fitovers allow me to use my new glasses to keep objects at a distance in focus and avoid the glare and eye fatigue that comes from driving when snow blankets the countryside. After a two hour drive, and a full day of hunting on snow in the bright sun, I was very relieved not to be hitting the Advil.
If you have sensitive skin, no need to worry. The frames are constructed of hypo-allergenic nylon with a removable comfort bar. Personally, I've found that the comfort bar is handy, and provides a bit more stability in windy conditions. Another plus, are the side-shields that are also polarized. They give you a better field of peripheral vision while still protecting your eyes from UV rays.
Ultra Violet (UV) rays can cause serious eye damage over prolonged exposure. What group of individuals, more than sportsmen, are better candidates for the adverse effects of UV rays? I don't know about you, but this recent jolt of reality has caused me to reevaluate the care I've been giving my body. As the saying goes, "If I had known I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself." Now might be the time for you to reconsider the impact of what you are doing to your own eyes.
Cartainly the price for Fitovers isn't a valid excuse for not taking care of your eyes. There are two models, and both are available in either gray or amber UV lenses. The sport model, at $39.99, is offered in either tortoise or standard black frames, while the signature series is available in black. The main differences between the two styles are spring-hinged temples and Polar-Dynamix™ (PDX) lens that the Signature series features for $69.99. Both models come in either small or large to accommodate any size of prescription glasses.
Now, I'm back to fishing and tying knots without holding the lure at full stretch and squinting or fumbling in my pocket. I still don't like the idea of having to wear glasses, but that's another problem.
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Frank Ross grew up on a lake in Florida, where fishing and hunting were second nature. He has pursued his passion from the jungles of South America to the northern reaches of the Arctic Circle and most points in between. With a background in newspapers, the wire services and magazines that began in 1970, Frank brings a unique perspective to his work with Cabela's. He is an award-winning photographer with a flair for getting to the bottom line of every story.
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