Our collection of ballistic eyewear includes impact-resistant and ANSI-rated prescription and non-prescription glasses, sunglasses, and goggles that are rugged enough for military, outdoor, and security applications anywhere. This premium eyewear has been rigorously tested to provide superior eye protection in hostile environments while still offering functionality and comfort. Whether for special military operations, working in the machine shop, shooting clays, or target practice, ballistic eyewear is crucial to safety.
Ballistic eyeglasses, sunglasses, and goggles are important accessories to protect the health of your eyes from debris and ricochets associated with firearms, target practice, heavy equipment and machinery, and other projectiles. They come in a wide array of rugged, ANSI-rated frames styles—including glasses that meet or exceed strict military MIL-SPEC standards. From sleek, ultramodern wraparound sunglasses to classically cool aviators, you’ll find durable safety glasses crafted to impeccable standards for exceptional protection at the shooting range, when you’re out hunting, or just working around the house.
Two major standards are commonly used to rate ballistic and shooting glasses as set by the American National Standards Institute: ANSI Z80.3 for basic impact resistance and ANSI Z87.1 for high impact resistance.
All ANSI Z80.3 certified eyewear must pass the “drop-ball” test. A ⅝ inch steel ball is dropped on the glasses, sunglasses, or goggles from a height of 50 inches. The lenses must not fracture, chip, or crack in order to pass the test. For high-impact rated eyewear, or glasses and sunglasses and goggles that meet the ANSI Z87.1 requirements, the frames must pass the “drop-ball” test, multiple tests for high mass and high-velocity impact resistance, and several durability tests against flames, corrosion, etc. In order to pass these tests, the lenses must not crack, chip, break. They must stay in their frames and not make any contact with the head form used to run the tests.
From low-hanging tree branches on the slopes to clay shards during target practice, ANSI Z87.1 (or Z87+) rated safety eyewear will provide the most comprehensive protection for your eyes. Brands like Oakley and Wiley X make non-prescription and prescription shooting glasses, sunglasses, and goggles that meet or exceed these standards.
Yellow-tinted lenses are the best option for safety and impact-resistant eyewear, as they offer improved vision in low-light conditions, and better contrast and depth perception. These features are very important if you are trying to aim at a target or precision cut a piece of wood. FramesDirect also offers an anti-fog coating to keep your shooting glasses, sunglasses, and goggles clear in warm or humid conditions.