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We Need To Protect Our Eyes And Ears – Jamestown Post Journal

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Like most things, with age, they don’t work like they did when they were new.

For sportsmen and shooters, protecting your ears and eyes should be No. 1 on your personal checklist of things to do before you pull the trigger.

Take it from an old guy who has had shotguns in duck and turkey blinds go off in close quarters.

For me, my hearing has been getting worse over the past few years, and my eyes went long before the ears. It’s important if you want to continue hearing distant gobbles or the sight of a monster buck, we need to protect eyes and ears.

In fact, at any gun range, you will hear the words, “eyes and ears.” This means, “are your protective glasses on and is hearing protection in place?”

Protective eyewear is a must for anyone actively using firearms. Whether hunting, plinking or target shooting, proper safety eyewear will help protect your eyes from common hazards like ejected casings, as well as less-common but potentially more-severe threats resulting from catastrophic firearms failures. Understand that while shooting eyewear should always be selected for its protective qualities first, other variables can help to improve visual acuity and, ultimately, shooting performance.

Selecting shooting sports eyewear should always begin with the consideration of impact resistance, and an understanding that your standard eyeglasses or sunglasses probably don’t provide enough protection. Safety eyewear must conform to a higher standard of impact resistance than regular eyeglasses and sunglasses. This higher standard applies to both the lenses and the frames.

In the United States, safety glasses are tested to ensure they meet or exceed the ANSI Z87.1 standard. This standard is established and periodically updated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Eyewear with this key certification has passed basic-impact testing — both frames and lenses — and is marked “Z87” on the temples. Prescription safety eyewear which has met or exceeded ANSI Z87 standards is marked “Z87-2”. Finally, safety eyewear marked “Z87+” has lenses that have passed high-impact testing.

In the world of safety eyewear, “ballistic-rated” means military-grade impact protection. Such safety eyewear is designed and tested to survive the U.S. military’s high-speed impact and fragmentation standards, which exceed ANSI Z87.1 high-impact standards. Military V0 ballistic-rated eyewear must be able to withstand up to a .15 caliber projectile fired at the lens and frame at 64 feet per second.

In addition to choosing shooting glasses that have been tested, certified and marked to meet ANSI Z87.1 standards, fit is an important consideration that affects both comfort and performance. Look for comfortable wraparound designs that fit close to the face and afford ample side protection. Such designs minimize the potential for ejected casings often from adjacent shooting lanes at the range to find their way between the face and the lens. Wraparound frame designs also typically fit well and provide the most comfort with popular earmuff-style hearing protection.

Good shooting glasses should sharpen visual acuity, not hamper it. Unfortunately, poor materials, engineering or production methods can result in shooting glasses with compromised optical quality.

“Poor optical quality can result in visual distortion, lack of visual clarity or a narrowed field of view,” says Nancy Kufferman, Senior Offering Manager for Honeywell Howard Leight. <span …….

Source: https://www.post-journal.com/sports/local-sports/2022/06/we-need-to-protect-our-eyes-and-ears/

Like most things, with age, they don’t work like they did when they were new.

For sportsmen and shooters, protecting your ears and eyes should be No. 1 on your personal checklist of things to do before you pull the trigger.

Take it from an old guy who has had shotguns in duck and turkey blinds go off in close quarters.

For me, my hearing has been getting worse over the past few years, and my eyes went long before the ears. It’s important if you want to continue hearing distant gobbles or the sight of a monster buck, we need to protect eyes and ears.

In fact, at any gun range, you will hear the words, “eyes and ears.” This means, “are your protective…….

Like most things, with age, they don’t work like they did when they were new.

For sportsmen and shooters, protecting your ears and eyes should be No. 1 on your personal checklist of things to do before you pull the trigger.

Take it from an old guy who has had shotguns in duck and turkey blinds go off in close quarters.

For me, my hearing has been getting worse over the past few years, and my eyes went long before the ears. It’s important if you want to continue hearing distant gobbles or the sight of a monster buck, we need to protect eyes and ears.

In fact, at any gun range, you will hear the words, “eyes and ears.” This means, “are your protective…….

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