Arguably the most important and often overlooked piece of protective gear we should be hitting the streets with every day is a good pair of eyewear. Even if you don't need prescription glasses to see or sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's rays a quality pair of clear protective lenses are invaluable. Think about it, how many times have you been exposed to OC spray during a fight or been spit at by a suspect? If you didn't have eye protection on in those instances I'll bet you wish you did. In a perfect world, we would have one pair of glasses that provided ballistic protection, automatically adjusted to lighting conditions, came in a prescription if needed, and looked stylish to boot. Revision may have checked all the boxes with its HellFly Ballistic Sunglasses.

The HellFly Ballistic Sunglasses are the latest in Revision's long line of military and tactical eyewear built to exceed ANSI and U.S. Military requirements for impact resistance. Weighing in at just over an ounce, these sleek, wrap-around glasses feature a durable frame and distortion-free lenses for a clear field of view. The broad form contours to the face, which not only makes them extremely comfortable for all-day wear, but also provides excellent protection from debris and wind.

The lenses of the HellFly Ballistic Sunglasses are the real star of the show. Featuring Revision's photochromic lens technology, the HellFly glasses automatically adjust to any lighting condition in seconds. Unlike some transitional lenses of the past, the HellFlys can go from completely clear to very dark and they always seem to provide just enough tint to protect your eyes without diminishing your ability to see details. This becomes important when moving quickly from bright to dark surroundings. Think clearing a building during the day. They can also be ordered with prescription lenses, as mine were. Just send them a copy of your current prescription and they'll custom make a pair just for you.

From tactical teams to motor officers, the new HellFly Ballistic Sunglasses would work great in almost any law enforcement setting. Available in a wide variety of frame and lens colors, with or without prescription, the HellFlys are a great deal starting at around $80. Pick up a pair at

Revision Eyewear Hellfly Ballistic Sunglasses

  • Ballistics: Exceed ANSI Z87.1-2010 and meet U.S. military ballistic impact requirements
  • Optics Design: 2.2 mm-thick lenses made of high impact, optical grade polycarbonate
  • UV Protection: 100% protection from harmful UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C rays
  • Fit: Contours to face, overmolded temples, adjustable nosepiece
  • Durability: Material resistant to chemicals, moisture, and extreme temperatures; lens hard coated for scratch resistance
  • Weight: 1.25 ounces
  • Colors: A variety of frame and lens color options available; polarized and photochromic lenses
  • Price: $79.99 without prescription lenses

A.J. George is a sergeant with the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department assigned to the Technical Operations Unit, Special Investigations Section. He has more than a decade of law enforcement experience in patrol, field training, and traffic enforcement.