Investing in a high-quality form of eye protection should be high on your list of airsoft essentials. The great news is, you don’t have to spend lots of money on suitable eye protection.

However, you do need to know what to look out for to ensure you don’t buy a dud pair! Here at Surplus Store, we want you to get the most out of your airsoft games, and with 60 years of experience under our belt, we know what to look out for in airsoft protection.

Want to sharpen your aim even further? Why not take a look at our extensive range of airsoft accessories, including Hawke Scopes which provide some of the finest precision optics in the shooting industry.

Why It’s Important

The bottom line is, during an airsoft game, exposed skin can be painful and irreversibly damaged if hit by BB pellets.

Our face needs proper protection because it holds some of our finest and irreplaceable features! Our eyes and teeth can be lost if struck by a BB pellet.

Close quarter battle (CQB) is the most dangerous for this, with pellets being fired at a closer range, meaning they have a more significant impact.

Injury takes the fun out of everything, especially a skirmish game!

Considering that eye damage is irreversible and goes on to hinder other areas of your life off the field, we cannot stress enough how important it is that you purchase decent eye protection.

Like all things in airsoft, safety gear and accessories both contribute to an airsoft player’s style, so choosing a form of eye protection can be fun too and set the tone of your persona on the field!

Face Protection Essentials

You want to consider protecting these areas above your shoulders during skirmish:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Head

You at least need some safety googles for your eyes; we will advise about the different types of eye protection further in our blog.

You will also require a mouth guard for your teeth. Alternatively, you can consider full-face coverage which protects your whole face in one stylish shield!

Choosing Quality

Looking after your sight goes one step further than just opting for glasses or goggles which shield your eyes.

The protective properties and material of the lenses are integral to the safety of eye protection. If the lenses aren’t durable enough, they can pop out of the frame or shatter upon impact, putting your eye at risk.

Discover what to look out for in eye protection in our infographic below:

Surplus Store infographic for a guide to airsoft eye protection

More On Quality of Eye Protection

Following on from identifying good quality eye protection, the EN166 and CE is the European Standard stamp which proves the glasses have been tested for their safety.

Strength of Lenses

During airsoft, shots are fired at a maximum of 2.5 joules. Therefore you should look for the letters ‘A’ or ‘B’ next to the CE mark.

For more information on the meaning behind the ‘A’ and ‘B’ marks, take a look at the image below:

Surplus image on the meaning behind the ‘A’ and ‘B’ marks

If you want to ensure the highest available protection for your lenses, you could consider Wiley-X range. It is certified as reaching the US military standard for ballistic protection.

Types of Eye Protection

Now we have covered the safety standards for eye protection, you may be wondering what types of eye protection are available. Below, we take a look at the different forms and why some players choose them over others.

Goggles

Advantages

  • Goggles are one of the comfier forms of eye protection, as they seal around the shape of your face.
  • Full seal goggle protection stops any stray BBs from hitting your face as there are no gaps.
  • Lightweight.

Disadvantages

  • Easily become foggy.
  • Prone to being scratched.
  • Need regular cleaning.
  • Heat up in summer months.

If using goggles, an anti-fog gel is essential to ensure your visibility remains high.

An airsoft player wearing eye protection glasses

Glasses

Advantages

  • Good low-light visibility.
  • Adaptable lenses according to conditions.
  • Versatile and can be used outside airsoft.
  • Lightweight.

Disadvantages

  • Don’t necessarily cover the majority of your face.
  • Gaps at the side of the eyes.
  • Weak spot of frame.
  • Easily scratched.
  • Require regular cleaning.
  • Some airsoft sites don’t permit glasses.

Mesh Eye Protection

Advantages

  • No fogginess.
  • Reduces the amount of sweat around the eyes.
  • No scratched lenses.
  • Don’t require regular replacing.

Disadvantages

  • Not the best solution for visibility in low light.
  • Parts of shattered pellets can enter the mesh to the eye.
  • No sun or glare protection.

An airsoft player wearing a full face covering

Full Mask

Advantages

  • All in one protection; complete with goggles and face shield.
  • Protects the eyes and mouth.

Disadvantages

  • Not always necessary.
  • Can be hot.
  • Can cause issues when aiming and shooting.
  • If non-mesh based, it can fog easily.

How to Choose

Choosing between different types of eye protection entirely depends on your personal preference and comfortability.

However, you must ensure whichever protection you choose meets the safety standards we have highlighted. Some can be surprisingly inexpensive, and you will be impressed with the high quality provided.

Some brands we recommend include:

  • Nuprol
  • Wiley
  • Dye Masks
  • Sirmi
  • Bolle

If you are unsure of which eye protection is most suitable for you, get in contact with one of our team members who are more than happy to advise you in the right direction!