I wear prescription glasses.
When I shoot guns, I wear safety glasses over my prescription glasses. Yes, prescription glasses with polycarbonate lenses offer some level of eye protection from impact, but I don’t consider it adequate — better than nothing, but far from ideal. Reason being, most prescription eye glasses aren’t certified to handle impact, and I don’t really feel like the glasses breaking and potentially making the situation worse. As well, a lot of modern prescription glasses are designed to look good, not to adequately protect. For example, they might be rimless, only being held in by a bit of fishing line. Or the lenses are made very small thus they don’t provide a lot of coverage from the front — no common prescription glasses are going to provide protection from the side, and how many of us have been on the firing line with someone to our left and their ejected brass landing on us? Besides, if say my gun opted to spontaneously disassemble itself, it’s going to be expensive enough to replace the gun let alone a few hundred dollars more to replace my glasses… which I may need in order to drive myself home! I’d rather sacrifice a $10-$20 pair of safety glasses than my prescription glasses. Yes, sometimes when I shoot I just wear my glasses (e.g. when I’m out hunting), but on the whole I prefer to wear safety glasses.
The trouble is, I wear prescription glasses, and most safety glasses are designed for people who don’t wear glasses. *sigh* You can find inexpensive shop glasses at the hardware that will go over glasses, but they suck… they never fit well, they’re uncomfortable, they fog, they just suck. Better than nothing tho, and I have a couple of pairs because for short-term needs they certainly work or are easy to have on hand for other people to use.
I was happy when, a couple of years ago, I saw these glasses advertised in the NRA Store. I picked up a pair of both the clear and the tinted, and have been using them as my shooting glasses ever since. I’ve been generally pleased with them. I will say they are large, and so they should fit over most glasses and onto most faces. But because they are large, they also may not fit you tight enough. I know around my temple area there’s just enough of a gap… and one time a piece of ejected brass from the guy to my left hit my head JUST right and entered the glasses! That was a bit of a surprise and scary moment. Plus, the tinting on the lenses has gotten all scratched up… but that’s more my own fault for not putting them into some sort of case. The scratching has gotten pretty bad, and this past weekend I notice one of the stems had a crack in it, so it’s only a matter of time before they fall apart. Time to get new glasses.
Of course, my initial reaction was to go back to the NRA Store and pick up the same, but… there’s got to be something else out there. I don’t feel like going the prescription route because honestly, it’s too expensive for me to try to maintain multiple expensive sets of prescription glasses as the prescription changes over the years. So, cheap “overs” will have to do.
But I found this: Safety Glasses USA and they have a whole section for over-the-glasses safety glasses!
Multiple models, styles, tints, sizes, features. Quite a nice selection.
I’m going to order their “Guardian Pro Over-The-Glass Safety Glasses with Gray Anti-Fog Lens”. It comes in three sizes: medium, medium-large, and large. I don’t know which will fit me best, so I’m going to order all three. I will pick the smallest one that works. I want to have it as tight as possible to my head so that 1. it minimizes chances for something to get in there, 2. I don’t look like a giant bug. :-)
FWIW, I’m chosing that particular model because 1. they go over the glasses, full coverage on all sides, 2. they have tint, so should be nice on sunny Texas days, 3. anti-fog is useful, because we’ll sweat a lot on those sunny Texas days, 4. they appear to be similar to the NRA glasses I currently have in terms of form factor, so they hopefully will fit the same and be about the same level of comfort.
When I get them in, I’ll of course try things out and give a further review here.