Safety Tip: Protecting the Eyes

Northern Colorado Indian Motorcycle Riders Group Fort Collins, CO

I think all of us take for granted our eyesight. It’s not until your vision starts to diminish that you appreciate the times when your vision was better. Protecting your eyes is a requirement by law in our state (Colorado) while riding a motorcycle. How many of us actually do thorough research on our protective eye-wear? If you’re like me, you may prefer one brand only and think as long as it’s that brand, we are good to go. Well, here are some things to consider when purchasing your next pair of protective lenses:

  • Select glasses or goggles with poly-carbonate lenses. While no lens is shatterproof or unbreakable, these lenses are impact resistant, shatter resistant and filter out 100 percent of UV light. Long term exposure of the eye to UV light can result in medical issues with your eyes.
  • Choose greater lens curvature. More curvature maximizes side protection against sun, wind, and impact. Wrap around lenses sometimes work best because they block light coming in from the sides. In addition, larger lenses may be more effective because they cover more of the eye.
  • Make sure they fit correctly. Rubberized grip points keep the eye-wear in place with rapid movements.
  • Hydrophobic lenses can be helpful. An invisible coating easily sheds sweat, rain, sunscreen, skin oils, dirt, and dust.
  • Polarized lenses can help with glare. Polarized lenses reduce the blinding rays of glare reflected off flat surfaces; however, they are not recommended for riders who rely on an LCD instrument panel.

There are many brands to choose from in the eye-wear industry. I believe you get what you pay for with protective lenses. So be cautious when being offered a great deal on “riding glasses.” Do your own research, then decide.

Until next time, Ride Safe!