Military Sunglasses: 4x The Impact Resistance, 4x The Eye Protection

ESS CDI MAX Ballistic Interchangeable Sunglasses

ESS CDI MAX Ballistic Interchangeable Sunglasses

Did you know that dangerous, sharp shrapnel from a hand grenade can travel up to 700 feet upon detonation? If you’re in a combat-facing position, chances are you know exactly what we’re talking about. We recommend safety glasses for any task that can cause potential harm to your eyes, from cutting the grass to riding a motorcycle. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. But if you’re operating in a volatile environment where bombs can explode at any moment or unfriendly fire can break out, you need more than normal safety glasses – you need Military Sunglasses.

Military sunglasses, along with specific Ballistic Sunglasses, are subjected to tests at four times the velocity of normal ANSI Z87+ standards, and that’s saying something, considering the already rigorous testing done to ensure ANSI Z87+ eyewear will stand up to industrial demands. Our military sunglasses and shooting sunglasses all meet or exceed U.S. Military Ballistic Standard MIL-PRF-31013 testing. We want you to be safe in the field protecting our homeland, and we’ll do everything possible to ensure your eyewear acts as an instrumental accessory in keeping our country safe.

Our military eyewear features state-of-the-art technology, including:

  • Lightweight frames made of impact resistant materials to ensure your military sunglasses are comfortable on your face for long periods of time, while giving you rigorous protection.
  • Tapered lens technology eliminates lens distortion, giving you a clear field of vision.
  • Facial cavity seal blocks out wind, light, dust, and debris, even at the highest of speeds and the most treacherous of conditions.
  • High impact protection – our Revision Sawfly Deluxe Three Lens Military Eyewear can actually withstand impact from a Remington Mod. 1187 Semi-automatic 12 gauge, 28 inch barrel, full choke!

If you’re out in the field protecting our country, Military Sunglasses are an important part in your mission to return home safe and sound. Hitting the shooting range, or enjoy hunting? Ballistic Sunglasses are certainly an essential component of your gear, too. Get 4x the impact resistance and 4x the safety at

Understanding U.S. Military Eye Protection (MCEP) Standard

Military Combat Eye Protection (MCEP)

MCEP's goal is to increase the number of soldiers who wear protective eyewear thus reducing the number of eye injuries sustained in training and combat.

The Military Combat Eye Protection Program (MCEPP) was established to validate and authorize protective eyewear for use by military personnel, and it works to improve soldier acceptance of authorized protective eyewear thus reducing the likelihood of eye injury to soldiers. MCEPP comes under the umbrella of Program Executive Officer Soldier (PEO Soldier). PEO Soldier “designs, develops, procures, fields and sustains virtually everything the soldier wears or carries.”

The Army’s MCEPP program offers protection to soldiers’ eyes from ballistic fragments by allowing soldiers to choose their own approved eyewear. As more options are provided to soldiers, MCEPP hopes to increase the number of soldiers who wear protective eyewear thus reducing the number of eye injuries sustained by soldiers in training as well as in combat.

All approved military eyewear should meet or exceed protective standards established by the Integrative Protective Team (IPT). The IPT is a committee appointed by PEO Soldier to validate safety standards and test protocols and to approve new products for the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).

Commercial eyewear products are put through a rigorous testing procedure to determine their ability to withstand ballistic fragments such as rock, glass and shrapnel in both a laboratory and a field environment. Eyewear that passes these tests is included on the APEL, which is updated twice a year.

APEL is a listing published by PEO Soldier of all eyewear products that have been approved for military use by the MCEPP-IPT. All APEL items must be marked with a sticker on the packaging stating that the product is on the APEL. Anyone purchasing their own MCEP should look for this sticker. Only eyewear on the APEL has been validated against Army requirements for protection against ballistic fragments. Eyewear not on the APEL is not authorized for wear during combat or training or even when there is a risk of eye injury.

Products on the APEL are tested every two years and routinely sampled for compliance. APEL items with changes in the design or fabrication process require immediate retesting, and items can be placed on suspension resulting in recertification needed to get back on the list.

The APEL is published on the following website:

Sunglasses and goggles from a variety of makers such as ESS, Oakley, Revision, Uvex, Wiley-X and Arena have all made the APEL. Currently, MCEPP is working with vendors to make improvements in eyewear for soldiers. Improvements needed include better scratch, fog and impact protection as well as protection against exposure to contaminants such as bleach and dirt. In addition, new goggle colors, universal prescription inserts and agile laser protection are on the list of future interests for MCEPP.

Here’s additional information on the submission process for inclusion on the APEL. And here’s a link to an earlier article we did on “How to Identify Ballistic Rated Eyewear”.