The Complete Guide to Binoculars for Eyeglass Wearers

September 16, 2019 6 Comments

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Normally if you plan to buy a binocular you think of the magnification and purpose of use.

Purpose of use is the most important aspect. Once you know why you need a binocular you know what magnification to choose.

But there is a group of people that wear glasses and when they decide to choose a binocular they get confused.

So, I decided to write a post and help glass wearers to choose the right pair of binoculars.

To choose the right pair of binoculars for you as a glass wearer you need to pay attention to binoculars eye relief feature.

How to make sure that you choose the right binocular with eye relief suitable for you?

What is eye relief then?

 

eye relief

 

Binocular eye relief is a the distance between the eyepiece or exit pupil of a binocular and human’s eye.

Manufacturers normally set an optimal distance between eye position and binoculars lenses (exit pupils).

With the right eye relief you get an entire field of view when looking through a binocular.

If you choose a binocular with eye relief not suitable for your eyes you will see only portion of the field of view or blackouts.

 

black spots

 

As a result you with binoculars will not be as good as you expected.

In fact, most binoculars produced nowadays are eye relief and most of the time suitable for glass wearers.

You can even use binoculars without glasses.

Binoculars will compensate any issue with your eyesight and you will get a clear image when looking through it.

But fo some glass wearers due to more serious problem with their eyesight binoculars with long eye relief may be highly recommended.

 

Useful TIP: There is no any restriction for eyeglass wearers. Eyeglass wearers can get as good image looking through binoculars as any other normal user.

 

 

 

What is the ideal eye relief for glass wearers?

The main problem with binoculars for eyeglass wearers is that when eye relief is not suitable you can’t hold binoculars close enough to see things properly.

If distance between exit pupil is too short you will see black spots when looking through binoculars.

That’s why eyeglass wearers should look for binoculars that have a long eye relief.

 

Important TIP: Some manufacturers describe their optical instruments as long eye relief while in fact they are not. For example, eye relief 13, 14 or even 15mm may not be suitable for eyeglass wearers. For glass wearers binoculars with eye relief 19mm, 20mm would be an ideal choice. 16mm is the minimum you should be looking for.

 

 

Magnification

Some people think high power binoculars with magnification higher than 12x are not recommended for eyeglass wearers which is not true.

If eyepiece distance is more than 15mm, 16mm this type of binocular will be suitable for you.

But it’s true that finding binoculars suitable for eyeglass wearers among 8x, 10x binoculars is much easier than choosing among high power binoculars.

 

 

Eyecups

Most binoculars produced nowadays have eyecups that allow you to adjust the distance between your eyes and binoculars exit pupil.

Thanks to eyecups you can get a whole image when looking through binoculars without black spots.

There are two types of eyecups: retractable rubber eye-cups and twist up/down plastic eye-cups.

 

 

When you need a binocular for eyeglass wearers?

There is also some misunderstanding in this question.

Many eyeglass wearers think if they wear glasses it means they need to buy a binocular designed specifically for eyeglass wearers.

In fact, it’s no so. Your choice depends mainly on the reason why you wear glasses.

If you wear glasses due to short-sightedness or farsightedness it’s not so important to buy specific binocular.

Because you can easily use a binocular without glasses. The binocular will correct your vision.

But if you have some serious problems with your eyesight which may be astigmatism (common vision condition that causes blurred vision).

 

Normal-vs-Astigmastim

 

In case of astigmatism you may need a long eye relief binocular to get a crystal clear and sharp image.

Normally, if you have no any issues with your eyesight you fully extend binoculars eyecups and get a clear image.

If you wear glasses, you either take your glasses away or use the eyecups.

You extend the eyecups by twisting them up until you get a clear image when looking through your binoculars.

Normal users twist eye-cups up to maximum while eye glass wearers keep eye-cups as they are because their glasses already take up the space between their eyes and binoculars exit pupils.

 

 

Best binoculars for eyeglass wearers:

 

Binoculars under $100

 

     Levenhuk Karma Plus 8×42

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 17.8mm
  • Fully Multicoated Roof – Schmidt/Pechan
  • Field of view: 6.8° (355 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 90%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $79

 

Levenhuk Karma Plus 8x42

 

4,7

 

 

 

 

 

     Levenhuk Karma Pro 8×42

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 17.5mm
  • Fully Multicoated optics
  • BAK-4 prism
  • Field of view: 7.4° (388 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 89%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $75

Levenhuk Karma Pro 8x42

4,7

 

 

 

 

 

Binoculars under $200

 

     Opticron Savanna R 8×33 Binocular

  • Eye relief 20mm
  • Magnification 8x
  • Phase corrected prisms for extra clarity
  • BAK-4 prism,
  • fully multi-coated optics
  • Field of view: 7° (370 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 95%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $144

 

Opticron Savanna R 8×33

 

4,7

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon Sporter 8×42 EX

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 19.7mm
  • Eco Glass optics
  • Field of view: 7° (370 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 100%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $180

 

Nikon Sporter 8x42 EX

 

4,7

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Levenhuk Bruno Plus 15×70 Binoculars

  • Magnification 15x
  • Eye relief 19mm
  • Fully Multicoated optics
  • BAK-4 prism
  • Field of view: 4.4° (230 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $159

 

Levenhuk Bruno Plus 15x70

 

4,7

 

 

 

 

 

     Carson RD Series 8×42 Binoculars

  • Magnification power 8x
  • Eye relief (exit pupil distance) 17mm
  • Field of view: 7º (372 ft at 1000 yards)
  • Waterproof/fogproof
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • BaK-4 prism
  • Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • Price: $149

Carson RD Series 8x42

 

4,7

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Levenhuk Bruno Plus 20×80 Binoculars

  • Magnification 20x
  • Eye relief 18mm
  • Fully Multicoated optics
  • BAK-4 prism
  • Field of view: 3.2° (170 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $184

 

Levenhuk Bruno Plus 20x80

 

4,7

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Wingspan Optics Skyview Ultra HD 8×42

  • Eye relief 17.8mm
  • Magnification 8x
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • ED Glass BAK-4 prism
  • Field of view: 7.4° (393 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 82%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $179

Wingspan Optics Skyview Ultra HD 8×42

 

4,7

 

 

 

 

 

Binoculars under $300

 

     Steiner Marine 7×50 Binoculars

  • Magnification 7x
  • Eye relief 20mm
  • High-Contrast Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • Field of view: 6.7° (352 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 91%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $299

 

Steiner Marine 7×50

 

4,6 scored

 

 

 

 

 

     Athlon Optics Midas Binoculars 8×42 ED

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 17.2mm
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • Dielectric Coated and Phase Corrected
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • BAK-4 prism
  • Field of view: 8.1° (426 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 92%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $309

Athlon Midas 8x42 ED

4,6 scored

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Nikon Monarch 5  8×42

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 19.5mm
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • Phase-Corrected Dielectric-Coated Prism
  • ED Glass BAK-4 prism
  • Field of view: 6.3° (330 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 82%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $246

Nikon Monarch 5 8x42

 

4,6 scored

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Alpen Optics APEX XP 10X42

  • Magnification 10x
  • Eye relief 16mm
  • BAK-4 prism
  • PXA phase coating for superior resolution
  • Field of view: 6° (315 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 100%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $300

Alpen Optics APEX XP 10X42

 

4,6 scored

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Hawke Frontier HD X 8×42 Binoculars

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 18mm
  • Fully Multicoated optics
  • BAK-4 prism
  • Field of view: 8.1° (426 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 90%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $299

Hawke Frontier HD X 8x42

 

4,6 scored

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Bresser Pirsch ED 8×56 Binoculars

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 19.6mm
  • Fully Multicoated optics
  • Premium ED Glass
  • Field of view: 6.5° (340 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 90%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $309

 

Bresser Pirsch ED 8x56

 

4,6 scored

 

 

 

 

 

     Celestron TrailSeeker ED 8×42 Binoculars

  • Magnification power 8x
  • Eye relief (exit pupil distance) 17.2mm
  • Field of view: 8.1º (426 ft at 1000 yards)
  • Waterproof/fogproof
  • Fully multi-coated optics dielectric coated
  • BaK-4 prism
  • Customer satisfaction: 83%
  • Price: $282

Celestron TrailSeeker ED 8x42

 

4,6 scored

 

 

 

 

 

Binoculars under $400

 

     GPO Passion ED 8×42 Binoculars

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 18mm
  • Fully Multicoated optics Roof – Schmidt/Pechan
  • Field of view: 8° (420 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $399

GPO Passion ED 8x42

4.6

 

 

 

 

 

Binoculars under $600

 

     Minox BV 8×56 BR

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 23mm
  • Phase corrected roof prisms
  • Field of view: 6.5° (341 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 100%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $569

Minox BV 8x56 BR

4.6

 

 

 

 

 

Binoculars under $1000

 

     Tract Toric UHD 8×42 Binocular

  • Magnification 8x
  • Eye relief 19mm
  • ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lens
  • Field of view: 7.1° (377 feet / 1000 yds)
  • Waterproof/ Fog proof
  • Customer satisfaction 80%
  • Suitable for eyeglass wearers
  • Price: $714

Tract Toric UHD 8×42

 

4.3 score

 

 

 

 

 

Binoculars under $2000

 

     Vortex Razor UHD 10×42 Binoculars

  • Magnification power 10x
  • Eye relief (exit pupil distance) 16.7mm
  • Field of view: 6.6º (346 ft at 1000 yards)
  • Waterproof/fogproof
  • Ultimate anti-reflective coatings
  • Razor UHD Abbe Koenig Prism
  • Customer satisfaction: 100%
  • Price: $1,499

 

Vortex Razor UHD 10x42

 

4.3 score

 

 

 

 

 

Binoculars under $3000

 

     Swarovski EL42 Binocular 8.5×42

  • Magnification power 8.5x
  • Eye relief (exit pupil distance) 20mm
  • Field of view: 7.6º (399 ft at 1000 yards)
  • Waterproof/fogproof SWAROVSKI optics
  • Customer satisfaction: 81%
  • Price: $2,659

Swarovski EL42 Binocular 8.5×42

 

4.3 score

 

 

 

 

 

     Swarovski EL 10×50 Swarovision Binoculars

  • Magnification power 10x
  • Eye relief (exit pupil distance) 20mm
  • Field of view: 6.6º (345 ft at 1000 yards)
  • Waterproof/fogproof
  • Phase-coated BAK4 roof prisms
  • Customer satisfaction: Yes
  • Price: $2,559

 

Swarovski EL 10x50 Swarovision

 

 

4.3 score

 

 

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  1. Chris McIntosh says:

    Great content and fantastic content. I have young kids that are starting to get into athletics.  I will be returning to this site to do my research when I’m ready to purchase a set or two. I really had no idea that there was this much to consider when purchasing a set.  Thank for the info. 

    • Adam says:

      Though buying a set of binoculars may seem super simple in fact it needs some research. I have many other educating articles on my blog. Read them just shoot me a message with questions and I will help you make the right choice.

  2. jessetoikkanen says:

    Great and informative article of binoculars for eyeglass wearers I would say! My wife uses eye classes and we are hiking and photographing pretty often and I have been considering to buy binoculars for her, this information was really helpful. Is there any sort of “adapters” to use normal binoculars with eye glasses? If no or not practical way, I will take a further look at those camo style binoculars.

    • Adam says:

      No, I don’t know about any adaptors. Most binoculars have eyecups that you can adjust to your eyes or choose binoculars with eye relief of at least 18mm. That will be enough for any eyeglass wearer.

  3. nurseboki says:

    I have learned a thing or 2 about binoculars that I didn’t know. I thought anyone can use any binocular and I had no idea that they had to be an appropriate size for you in order for you to get a clear image without blackout. I also did not think about people that wear glasses in regards to their use of binoculars but it was interesting to learn that they can use them without their glasses and see the image clearly as it corrects eye sight issues while in use and the consideration of eye relief!

    • Adam says:

      Don’t worry about black outs. If you adjust eyepieces to your eyes you will not see any black outs when looking through binoculars. Many eyeglass wearers can use binoculars without glasses except those that have serious astigmatism

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