Trying to find the best binoculars for use with glasses can be a real hit or miss game. While twist or fold down eyecups make a big difference in how well binoculars perform while wearing glasses, they aren't always enough.
So, we've put together a list of the best binoculars for someone who wears glasses, looking specifically at the eye cups but also primarily at the eye relief. We also based our selection on which binoculars would be the best for birding, the best for hunting, and also which would be the best compact binoculars and the best all-purpose binoculars.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top Pick: Best Birding Binoculars for Glasses Wearers
- 2 Alpen Optics Wings 8 x 20 Binoculars - Best Hunting Binoculars for Glasses Wearers
- 3 Bushnell Powerview - Best Compact Binoculars for Glasses Wearers
- 4 Hammers 10 x 50 - Best All-Purpose Binoculars for Glasses Wearers
- 5 What are The Best Binoculars to Use with Glasses?
Eyeskey EK 8685N - Author's Top Pick
These binoculars will all perform well, whether you're wearing glasses to help you see or are wearing goggles or other eye protection down at the shooting range. Our favorite of the four, though, is the Eyeskey 8x56 Binoculars, which will explain in more detail below.
Top Pick: Best Birding Binoculars for Glasses Wearers
When it comes to being the best binoculars for birding and the best binoculars for glasses wearers, you really can't go wrong with these. With a magnification of 8x and a good sized objective lens of 56mm, these binoculars strike a good balance between power and performance.
The BAK 4 roof prism and fully multi-coated optics provide a crisp image with clearly defined details. And with that 56mm objective lens, these binoculars let in plenty of light to provide a bright image. The rubber armored housing gives these binoculars a rugged construction and contributes to a long life expectancy. The body is also argon filled and O-ring sealed, making these binoculars both waterproof and fog proof.
What makes these binoculars so great for those who wear glasses are the twist-up eye cups that allow for comfortable viewing with or without glasses. They also have a long eye relief of 17.5 mm. that makes these a very functional pair of birding binoculars for those who wear glasses.
These binoculars have a close focus of 3 meters and a field of view (FOV) of 345 feet at a thousand yards. They measure 6.5 inches long by 2.9 inches wide by 7.4 inches high and weigh just under 3 pounds. Includes a neck strap, carrying case, lens caps, and lens cleaning clothes. Tripod adaptable.
Alpen Optics Wings 8 x 20 Binoculars - Best Hunting Binoculars for Glasses Wearers
There are a lot of binoculars designed for hunting, but not all work well while wearing glasses. Our pick for the best binoculars for use with glasses while hunting was easily the Alpen Optics Wings ED HD Binoculars. These are a rugged pair of binoculars that offer the performance of a pair of binoculars costing twice as much. They are available as either 8 x 20 or 10 x 25, but we chose the smaller magnification based on overwhelmingly positive customer reviews (89% of buyers gave them 5 stars).
These binoculars feature extra-low dispersion (ED) glass, fully multicoated optics, and PXA phase coated lenses that provide an amazingly clear image that you wouldn't expect for this price range. Even with a relatively small objective lens size, these binoculars still gather a ton of light and provide sharp images with no chromatic aberration.
They also offer a nice, compact size that won't weight you down out in the field and allows you to easily stash these in your bag or jacket pocket. They measure 6.9 inches long by 5.7 inches wide by 2.9 inches high and weigh just three pounds. Both waterproof and fog proof, these binoculars can handle whatever the elements throw at you.
Bushnell Powerview - Best Compact Binoculars for Glasses Wearers
Finding compact binoculars that still offer a decent enough eye relief for use with glasses is no small feat, but we found a great functional compromise in the Bushnell Powerview Binoculars. These compact binoculars weigh a scant 12.4 ounces and have an eye relief of 12 mm. That's impressive for their small size and why we chose them as one of the best binoculars for people with glasses. But, they also offer high performance with a BAK-7 roof prism and fully coated optics to provide sharp clear views. They provide a close focus of 20 feet with a field of view (FOV) of 180 feet at a thousand yards.
Fold down eye cups help to provide a more comfortable view with or without glasses. And the rugged rubber armor housing helps to absorb shock -protecting the optics should they fall. They also feature an ergonomic design that makes them more comfortable to hold and that folds in toward the center for more compact storage.
While these binoculars are not tripod adaptable, fog proof, nor waterproof -which is pretty normal for compact binoculars- they do have a lifetime warranty on top of a very affordable price. They come with a soft carrying case and neck strap.
Hammers 10 x 50 - Best All-Purpose Binoculars for Glasses Wearers
These were an easy choice for the best binoculars for people who wear glasses who are looking for an all-purpose pair of binoculars. They have an impressive eye relief of 18mm and have soft, fold-down eye cups for more comfortable viewing. The magnification of 10x is plenty of power for backyard wildlife viewing, trekking deep into the forest to check on the herds, or for hiking about tracking that last bird on your list down.
The 50 mm. objective lens is a great size and lets in plenty of light to get clear views even in low light or foggy conditions. If that wasn't enough, these binoculars feature Porro prisms and multi-coated objective lenses to provide sharp, bright images with no flare-up. They also provide a field of view of 347 feet at a thousand yards.
While these are an off-brand pair of binoculars, they offer great performance and rugged construction -not to mention a great price. These are the kind of binoculars that you can comfortably leave in your truck or let your kids (or grandkids) use without fear of them being damaged.
What are The Best Binoculars to Use with Glasses?
The search for the best binoculars to use with glasses doesn't have to be difficult. Regardless of what your intended use is, you should be able to find the perfect pair of binoculars for use in this list. Each of these binoculars provide a long eye relief that truly makes them the best binoculars for glasses as they will be functional. Every pair also features a rugged construction and, among them, there is a good range of magnification power to choose from, depending upon what you're looking for.
Of these four binoculars, our favorite was the Eyeskey 8x56 EK-8685N. While they are especially great for birding, they offer the high performance and rugged construction that also makes them a great choice while hunting or for use out at the range. They're not compact binoculars, but they're not giant, and they weigh just 3 pounds so they won't be a burden to carry out across the mountains as you track your next trophy.