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Having recently scraped underneath my eye and hooked the bridge of my nose/visited the emergency room, I'm thinking about some sort of fishing eye protection, other than normal sunglasses. Anyone out there know of/use some type of fishing 'safety glasses' (plastic lenses) or goggles? Preferably with the option of low light polarizing lenses. Of course with the injury I had I would have needed a full face visor, probably like a welder's helmet!

Spey casting can be dangerous! But one thing I can say, nothing will hone your technique like an incident like the above: the next time I went fishing my spey casts were so deliberate and thought out I felt like I had Derek Brown on my left and Simon Gawesworth on my right giving me instruction!

Be safe,
Marty
 

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This is a very good point, and thanks for mentioning your unfortunate incident - it will help make others more aware of the risks.

I use wraparound polycarbonate polarized sunglasses and all barbless hooks. Although this alone would not prevent me from hooking myself, I also always keep the wind off my rod shoulder - that is to say blowing away from it. Putting all of these together, I have avoided such incidents, knock on wood.

My brother being an eye surgeon who deals with mishaps helps inspire me to be cautious too. We have been discussing publishing an article discussing eye safety while fly fishing, but the pictures might warrant censorship for horror
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This is what I do.. I have several type of polarized glasses for day light... but in very low light.. at dawn or night fishing I use plastic safety glasses.. the same that I use in a squash court.. lots of coverage and shatterproof plastic.. no need for polarization at those times. In heavy fog I will use the amber/yellow plastic lenses. Maui Jims or action optics. The squash Glasses are inexpensive if from Wilson . Rudy Project makes a great plastic lens ..clear and interchangable with polarized lenses.
 

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juro said:
This is a very good point, and thanks for mentioning your unfortunate incident - it will help make others more aware of the risks.

I use wraparound polycarbonate polarized sunglasses and all barbless hooks. Although this alone would not prevent me from hooking myself, I also always keep the wind off my rod shoulder - that is to say blowing away from it. Putting all of these together, I have avoided such incidents, knock on wood.

My brother being an eye surgeon who deals with mishaps helps inspire me to be cautious too. We have been discussing publishing an article discussing eye safety while fly fishing, but the pictures might warrant censorship for horror
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Juro --- That would be a very good article which should include the the other major problem from the over exposure to UV rays and the subsequent ulsers that can develop in the eye. That would be of interest to the brave???? souls who deem not use glasses at any time.:tsk_tsk: saltRon
 

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American Optics makes a wrap-around style safety glass in clear or smoke. Temples are adjustable; available at your favorite construction materials outlet/hardware store ??? for under ten bucks - saved me once or twice.
 

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I have been looking at H3O Hydro Optics http://www.hydrooptics.com/idx1.htm for some time now. Wrap around style interchangable polarized lenses, either polycarbonite or a less expensive plastic, plus the option of a prescription insert to fit behind the sunglasses.

Striblue, how about some more info on the Rudy Project glasses?
 

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I have been looking at H3O Hydro Optics http://www.hydrooptics.com/idx1.htm for some time now. Wrap around style interchangable polarized lenses, either polycarbonite or a less expensive plastic, plus the option of a prescription insert to fit behind the sunglasses.

Striblue, how about some more info on the Rudy Project glasses?
 

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JD.. I have a pair of the H30 Hydro.. They came in a plastic box with three interchangable lenses.. light Blue was the color of the frames and ,If I remember correctly, I purchased them about 5 years ago at the big outdoor show in Worchester, Mass. 20 bucks. The literature is still with them but I have them down on the Cape . When I get them I will give you whatever information is disclosed. The Rudy Project is a new European company and they have a web site.. www.rudyproject.com... I think. Expensive but apparently they are the big eyeglass coming our of Europe for all types of sports. I bought mine at my Squash club and ordered the polarized lenses. The clear lenses and frame was about $100 and the lenses are about 30.. I have to say they are the most comfortable frames I own.. fit perfectly and light weight.. The ear pieces adjust to straight or wrap around.
 
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