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Laser Safety Glasses for Pilots against Laser Pointer Strikes

Laser safety glasses have become increasingly important in several industries, but lately, their importance and necessity aboard military and civilian aircraft pilots are receiving much attention. In 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) claimed that laser strikes on aircraft occurred an average of eleven times daily. This number has increased dramatically in the last two years.

Laser strikes on aircraft have been on an alarming upward trend, with over 7,000 strikes reported in 2015 alone. 2023’s data has not yet been released, but the FAA expects these numbers to continue growing even though it is now a federal crime to point lasers at aircraft. Pointing lasers at aircraft can be punishable by 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, there is rampant ignorance regarding the dangers of pointing lasers at planes and helicopters, and it can be challenging to track down offenders. This growing problem cannot be taken lightly, as pilots – commercial, military, and civilian alike – are in danger of being distracted and temporarily blinded by high-powered, long-range lasers. Though the risks are most acute during take-off and landing, laser sightings have been reported at over 10,000 feet.

With the ever-growing threat of laser interference, it is time for pilots to protect themselves and utilize laser defense technology. Laser Strike Eyewear by Phillips Safety Products, Inc. has been designed and manufactured to block and reduce laser beam wavelengths. Though this eyewear was initially developed for the US military, it is now available for civilian pilots, offering protection and visual clarity for safety on the job.

Phillips Safety Laser Strike Eyewear employs a functional design that can be worn over prescription glasses, under headsets, and helmets. Laser Strike Eyewear is guaranteed lightweight and durable, with a reliable one-year warranty against manufacturer defects. Many frame options are available for style preference, but the technology is in the specially developed polycarbonate lenses that absorb dangerous laser light.


The unique absorption of the wavelength of light in Laser Strike Eyewear offers complete protection from all three laser color spectrums. The spectrums of laser color are determined by wavelength, so the lenses are designed to filter and block specific wavelengths without distorting or obstructing your eyesight or your ability to see and work with essential instrumentation.

Our lenses are designed for maximum visibility and protection. The competitor lenses are admittedly darker than ours and may make it more challenging to see. The most difficult process of making the best laser lenses is to block just the laser wavelength to protect your eyes but not too much of the visible light spectrum so that the lenses become too dark to fly the plane. The lens shading level is based on which lens you choose.

We manufacture three Laser Strike lens options:

Offering protection from and reduction of green laser beams.

Offers protection from, and reduction of, green and blue laser beams.

Offers protection from and reduction of green, blue, and red laser beams.

Each lens is designed to offer specific beam reduction, offering slightly different levels of visual light transmittance (VLT). VLT measures how much visible light goes through the lens in question. Our green beam reduction lenses offer the most visibility with a VLT of 46.9%. The darkest glasses – which protect against green, blue, and red – offer a VLT of 23.3%. These are significantly darker than the more basic lenses, but they do not impede vision.


Our lenses are thoroughly tested and held to the highest standards. We aim to provide a product that protects you from dangerous lasers and provides a comfortable experience. Laser Strike Eyewear is lightweight, strong, and available in many styles, from wraparound frames to heavy-duty goggles that easily fit over your regular prescription. Every frame, style, and lens has a product description that includes laser specifications, wavelength protection, VLT, and optical density. Phillips Safety Products, Inc. also has an excellent support staff ready to help you decide on the best product for your needs.


Laser protection is no inconsequential matter. As laser strikes on aircraft become common, it is essential to combat the possibilities of unseen and unpredictable danger. Many countries and airlines already utilize laser defense glasses as standard operating procedures. Even if you are not required to wear them, they are an excellent safety precaution for any pilot. The FAA and FBI are constantly in pursuit of people who recklessly endanger pilots by pointing lasers at planes. Still, unfortunately, with as many laser reports as there have been, it is difficult to make a significant dent in ending this problem.


The reality is that lasers have become increasingly cheap and easy to obtain, making it more difficult for these law enforcement agencies to stop laser negligence and irresponsible misuse. Laser defense eyewear provides protection, rendering laser strikes entirely harmless for pilots. Some countries have outlawed lasers, but this is not the case in most of the world, so it is essential to be proactive against a growing danger. Suppose you want to learn more about Laser Strike Eyewear or our laser safety products. In that case, don’t hesitate to contact us. Phillips Safety Products, Inc. has protected eyes for over 110 years and takes pride in our top-of-the-line technology.


We look forward to fulfilling all of your laser safety needs.

If you still aren’t sure which laser pointer safety glasses are right for you, it’s a good idea to give us a call at 1-866-575-1307 or talk to us through our chat or e-mail us at

Our experts will be able to tell you what you need for your application.


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