Sight is a precious thing, and great care must be taken to protect the eyes. For many people, that means wearing protective eyewear when working or playing in their daily lives.
People who are sports shooters and hunters ideally require an extra level of eye protection for a number of reasons. Flying shells can strike the eyes, and water, ice, snow or debris of many kinds can also affect the vision of a shooter at critical times when they need crystal clear sight the most, such as when shooting itself.
Without the proper protective eyewear, shooters can lose control of the aim of their weapon, and shots can go off course, creating very dangerous conditions. The right protective eyewear can protect sportsmen and others in the course of a competition or hunt.
To guarantee the safety of both the shooters’ eyes, and people and animals, such as pets, protective eyewear in good working order is critical. Therefore, finding and using protective eyewear that is appropriate for their needs is a very important step to take in preparedness for those engaged in the sport of shooting on all levels.
The Different Types of Protective Eyewear
Most common protective eyewear comes in a range of forms, such as safety glasses, safety goggles, and sports goggles. These are available through most hunting supply stores or many companies online and offline, and are usually not too expensive in many cases, although top-of-the-line gear is more expensive.
Much of the time, however, you can find decent protective eyewear for the purposes you would need in clay shooting sports or for hunting, that is reasonably affordable and that you should always include in your shooting gear.
There are some very stylish models of different eyewear available that are attractive as well as ultimately functional, so you can look your best while staying safe as well. Let’s take a peek at some of the different types of protective eyewear you can easily find here:
1. Safety Glasses
Safety glasses are generally well-known, and most people think of them as the big bulky glasses used in chemistry or shop classes. There are many different kinds of safety glasses, however, and modern technology has produced whole new strains of them that did not exist only a few years ago. Some of the types of these modern safety glasses include bifocal safety glasses, polarized safety glasses, colored safety glasses, infrared safety glasses, and many more.
Let’s take a quick look at the different features found in common models of safety glasses currently available:
- Bifocal lenses available in different strengths to match your vision needs
- Magnification features available for up close reading
- Rubber molding on some models for comfort
- Nose bridge molding custom-designed to fit most users
- Colored lenses
- Cut glare with polarized lenses
- Mirror coating available
- Hard-coated treated lenses
- Unbreakable construction available
- Rugged and durable
2. Safety Goggles
Safety goggles are much like safety glasses, and were even boxier back in history. However, in modern times, these goggles have many new features previously unavailable.
Some of the features you will find in today’s safety goggles include:
- Colored lenses
- Space age materials
- Scratchproof coatings
- Hardened shells
- Unbreakable construction
- Glare reduction
- Infrared protection
- Comfortable design
- Breathing holes
3. Sport Goggles
With all of the different types of goggles available, you will have a hard time choosing the one you love the most, and you might end up getting several pairs, so watch out. These goggles have many of the features of the safety glasses and safety goggles, plus benefits such as:
- Adjustable cloth headbands
- Adjustable lenses
- Inner lenses
- Fog protection
- Shatter resistance
General Facts About Eyewear Safety
For those who are into sports, especially the clay shooting sports where risk for eye injury must be accounted for, the use of safety glasses, safety goggles, or sport goggles is an absolute must.
Eyewear protects the eye in several ways. First, flying debris or other dangers can strike the eye, or even gun malfunction can sometimes create serious dangers. In many cases when these events occur, having rugged safety eyewear can prevent the worst from happening.
In other concerns, sunlight exposure can cause strain on the eye, and direct sunlight can blind the eye temporarily when taking shots, causing even further danger. These risks can be avoided by simply wearing and using eyewear that protects you and your eyes, keeping others and yourself safe from many unfortunate events that can inadvertently develop during the course of ordinary range shooting or hunting.
It is best to be prepared and always wear protection for your eyes at all times. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and there is no restoration of sight once lost due to negligence or carelessness. Nothing is worth the risk, so protect your eyes when you are preparing for your game.