If you wear glasses, it can be hard to reconcile your vision needs with your favorite sport. You shouldn’t wear your everyday glasses for sports, but contact lenses aren’t for everyone either. And though some find that prescription sports goggles aren’t ideal, they’re better than playing without anything at all. Here’s our list of the sports you should definitely get prescription safety-rated glasses for, as well as some it’d be beneficial to have them for. Read on to learn more!

What is the safety standard for sports?

Sports safety tests are usually concerned with the risk of the lens dislodging from the frame. ASTM International devises the tests that glasses and goggles must pass to be approved for sports. Meanwhile, ANSI creates the standards for workplace safety eyewear. Want to know more? Check out our guide to ANSI and ASTM here!

Before we jump into our list, it’s important to note that not all sports need safety-rated glasses in particular. For activities such as cycling or mountain biking, having an impact-resistant lens is enough to protect your eyes.

Sports You Should Definitely Get Safety Glasses For

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Two sergeants chat while wearing safety glasses


These sports are high-speed, high-impact activities that are unsafe for your everyday glasses or sunglasses. Consider getting safety-rated glasses or goggles if any of these are your passion.

  • Shooting/Hunting: ANSI-approved eyewear is best for shooting and/or hunting.
  • Soccer: ASTM-approved eyewear (such as a pair of sports goggles) is your best bet here.
  • Lacrosse: Lacrosse is especially unsafe for your regular glasses considering the risk of head and eye injury. As with soccer, prescription sports goggles are your best solution, but lacrosse standards tend to be more strict than with soccer.
  • Military/Tactical: Ballistic eyewear should be your go-to, and is a different standard than ANSI or ASTM. Read more on those standards here.

Some of our favorite ASTM glasses and goggles are designed especially for kids. If your kids love playing soccer or lacrosse, a pair of safety-rated glasses is worth it.

Sports You Would Benefit From Having Safety Glasses For

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Joe Kelly pitches while wearing glasses


These are all high-speed sports where safety-rated glasses aren’t a necessity, but are a good idea anyway.

  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Racquetball
  • Tennis
  • Pickleball
  • Archery
  • Motorcycling

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