is an independent, veteran-owned company in Denver, Colo. specializing in
custom, handcrafted prescription tactical eyewear. Their goal is simple: to
provide law enforcement officers, security personnel, and military units with
prescription eyewear that meets their rigorous demands of both protection and
performance, and the result is a unique product that has the ability to protect
eyes and save lives. Until now, prescription-wearers have typically had few,
limited options for protective eyewear in the field. Tactical Rx fundamentally
revises those options.
Bret Hunter, owner and Master Lenscrafter at Tactical Rx—an Army veteran and
extreme athlete who struggled to find eyewear to meet his needs. Over the past
20 years, Hunter has worked to develop a specialized process, which enables an
optical prescription, intended for a flat lens, to be shaped into curved-format
sport lens without any distortion. Other companies attempt this process,
however Hunter’s proprietary optical formulas and adaptations are highly
refined, providing cleaner optical perspectives and allowing the wearer fully functional
Rx also offers an inverted bifocal called the Almost Lens, which, for those
whose near vision is weakening and have trouble acquiring the front sights on their handgun (or see
their phone), custom-tunes the lens to focus the exact distance from the front
sight to the shooter’s eye.
enforcement officers requiring prescription glasses, their eyewear will contour
around the eye providing physical protection; by having full use of his peripheral
vision, just as he would with his naked eye, he expands his field of vision to
better recognize and identify his surroundings. It is a point of performance,
of safety, and without a doubt, of protecting one’s life and livelihood.
Rx lenses, which are fully custom and handcrafted by Hunter, are made of
high-index polycarbonate, which allow the lenses to be extremely lightweight,
as thin as possible, and made to exceed ANSI z87 safety standards to protect
against impact, shrapnel and debris. If needed, Tactical Rx can also craft
lenses to exceed Mil-Spec Ballistic standards. They use an independent
laboratory to test the safety standards of their lenses, and they also conduct
extensive, in-house safety and durability testing. Each lens comes standard
with full UV Block, and a scratch-resistance coating for increased durability.
to create a complete eyewear package, Tactical Rx crafts lenses with frames
from Numa Sport Optics, Smith Optics Elite, Rudy Project Tactical and others.
For those not requiring the performance specifications of a tactical frame,
their aviator selection from Randolph Engineering are popular.
Rx is working with an individual or with group orders from a department or
agency, they will send out a selection of frames so customers can try them on
for fit. There are a wide variety of lens styles to choose from, and depending
on a customer’s intended use and the conditions in which they will be worn, there
are certain lenses best suited to certain conditions. Tactical Rx staff,
reached by phone or email, can help people choose the lens style that will best
suit their needs.
Tactical Rx makes glasses for law enforcement officers around the country,
including prescription eyewear for FBI tactical units. Tactical Rx frames begin
at $89 and handcrafted prescription lenses at $195. A pair of arguably the
world’s best tactical glasses can be had for around $300 and up. Plus, they
extend a 20 percent discount to law enforcement officers.
Kyle Ross is with Tactical Rx, a
division of Sports Optical and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.