Known for carrying out secret missions behind enemy lines, defeating enemies against impossible odds, and keeping seas safe from piracy, the Navy Seals exist as a legendary and highly trained group of soldiers. They must think fast and always be ready for anything.
Elite Fighters Require Elite Eyewear
Because of their highly specialized and dangerous training and missions, Navy Seals require gear of the highest quality that holds up under in intense situations. Nowhere is this truer than with their eyewear. From blowing dust and debris to highly variable lighting conditions, eyewear worn by Navy Seals must meet the highest standards of protection, comfort, and visibility.
A Navy Seals’ eyewear must first protect eyes from the harmful rays of the sun since Seals usually spend lots of time outdoors. Also, many situations involve dusty and windy conditions, so full protection on the sides, top and bottom are important. Also, the threat of ballistics is very real for a Navy Seal, so eyewear should meet the highest standards for impact.
Eyewear worn by a Navy Seal should also be comfortable since distraction of any sort can mean the difference between life and death. Likewise, consistent visibility, even in varying light conditions, is essential for carrying out successful missions.
Current Navy Seal Eyewear
Navy Seal eyewear must meet all of the above needs. Among the current top choices include the Wiley X Romer 3 Advanced Ballistic Safety Glasses Kit and the ESS Flight Deck Military Goggles.
- The Wiley X Romer 3 provides terrific protection and excellent visibility. It’s also ergonomic, which means good protection in wind and debris. The three lens choices allow for options in bright/glare conditions, medium/low light conditions and hazy, overcast or dusk/dawn conditions.
- The ESS Flight Deck Military Goggles are designed for all-day use with cranial-style helmets. The Flight Deck Goggles includes two high-impact lenses, clear and smoke gray, and fits over most prescription eyewear. Also, they feature ESS ClearZone anti-fog and anti-scratch lens coatings and protects within the worst of dust and wind conditions.
And it goes without saying that both the Romer 3 and the ESS Flight Deck meet ANSI Z87.1-2015, CE, and MIL-PRF-31013 Ballistic (U.S. Military Eye Protection Standard) standards. Both also provide 100% UVA/UVB protection.
While the Romer and ESS provide the best protection currently available, let’s look to the future of what protection will be to meet the unique needs of the Navy Seals. Enter the Fast-Tint Protective Eyewear (FTPE).
The Future of Navy Seal Eye Protection
While not currently available for consumer purchase, FTPE looks to revolutionize military eyewear. Not only do they provide 100% protection from the sun’s harmful rays, FTPE lenses “rapidly transition between clear for indoors, blue or amber for low light, dusk and dark gray for daytime use.”
That’s right, a single lens suitable for every lighting situation. A single lens adaptable to desert, woodland, urban and mountainous terrains as well as to hot and cold weather environments.
The Office of Naval Research and Science and Technology reports that TechSolutions developed the lenses at the request of a retired Navy Seal. And the difference these lenses can make is significant.
“The technology increases mission efficiency and warfighters’ readiness level because they no longer need to stop, remove, and replace lenses to accommodate different light levels. FTPE decreases warfighters’ risk of eye injury by enabling them to keep protective eyewear on since lenses transition automatically in less than .5 seconds based on ambient conditions or by a manual switch, allowing warfighters to select a specified state regardless of environment.”
The current state of eye protection for the U.S. Navy Seals already sets a tremendously high standard and allows special forces to stay protected and to do their jobs with excellence. The future of eye protection with FTPE lenses looks to be an even higher standard, once again allowing the Navy Seals to set the pace for excellence in every way.
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