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    Protective Eyeware Over Prescription Eyeware

    I see all kinds of protective eyeware for shooters, but nothing out here to be worn over my regular glasses. I plan on getting into handgun & rimfire rifle target shooting in the not-to-distant & don't want to show up for my 1st shoot w.o. protection. I have my el cheapo protective overshields I use for yard work & various other projects around the house, but I know I need something better for shooting. Any opinions?

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    As is said in several TV commercials: Talk to your eyecare professional.

    Normal eyewear with polycarbonate lenses provides pretty good protection. That's what I wear, all day, every day.
    You can also get full-coverage, polycarbonate lenses and frames (that look like protective sunglasses or shooting glasses) with your prescription ground-into them.

    There are slightly-less-protective, non-polycarbonate plastic lenses that you can use, too.

    And there's the old standby, tempered-glass lenses in ordinary frames. But they're heavy. Really heavy. I wore them for years, including in competition.
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    In the factory where I work they provide a pair of polycarbonate safety glasses that overlay the prescription glasses I wear. It works pretty good. So they are out there. But if your prescription lens is a polycarbonate, then as Steve said, it's already pretty impact resistant.

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    When I get a new pair of glasses, I order sunglasses in safety rated frames, with amber lenses. I shoot outdoors, almost exclusively, so they are good for that. On the rare occasions when I shoot indoors, I just use my regular glasses. That's not really recommended, these days, but I grew up shooting when (almost) nobody wore ear protection or safety glasses. Of course, my ears have been ringing steadily for forty years, but my eyes are normal.

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    Kinda glad someone started this thread. Might have to get myself either contacts again or dedicated sunglasses. My frames are on the small side even though I can't see 6" in front of my face, haha!

    Good to know information.

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    I use either my normal prescription eyeglasses (indoor) or prescription Oakley sunglasses (outdoors). They protect your eyes as much as a cheap pair of plastic safety glasses.... wearing 2 sets of eyewear seems like a big pain and really isn't necessary.

    Safety glasses are great for those who are fortunate enough to not need additional help seeing clearly.

    Have not been to a range or school that did not approve of prescription eyewear.

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    All ANSI approved safety glasses will have the z87 marked somewhere on the frames.
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    Most glasses will do and if you want side protection they make side shields that fit the arms of your glasses. I have prescription safety glasses that I wear for work so I don't have to change. I also found that wear safety glasses over regular glasses you can get reflections between the lens when indoors or when the sun is behind your shoulder.

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    Guess just wear a hat to provide a bit more protection and those shields tony mentioned. Pretty amazing what they can do now-a-days. I remember when contacts were glass and my lenses were between 1/4" to 3/8" thick or more on the sides!

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    When I was younger and more care-free (careless), I had a pair of oversized safety glasses that I would occasionally wear over my prescription glasses, when testing rifle hand loads beyond the maximum recommended charge-weight, or working with compressed charges. I don't do that any more, and my rifles are still capable of greater precision than I have the ability to take advantage of.

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