Minimize eye injuries to the Soldier during training and deployment. Provides protection from fragmentation, ultraviolet (UV) light, laser threats/hazards, wind, sand and other potential eye hazards.
The Military Combat Eye Protection (MCEP) helps ensure Soldiers are visually able to carry out their mission. Eye hazards exist in a variety of forms in both combat and training environments. They range from fragmenting munitions and other airborne debris, to invisible hazards such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation. If unprotected, Soldiers are susceptible to short- or long-term effects on their vision. This can compromise current and future mission effectiveness. MCEP helps preserve performance in both combat and training by reducing the risks associated with exposure to such hazards.
MCEP offers eye protection to Soldiers in a variety of sizes and styles. They give Soldiers a choice in eye protection to best suit their needs. Prior to placement on the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL), MCEP eyewear must first undergo rigorous testing. Ballistic fragmentation, optical quality, operational testing and certification to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices are among the tests performed.
Goggles currently authorized for use in military combatant training are:
For Soldiers who require corrective lenses, eight goggles have approved the universal prescription lens carriers:
Authorized goggles listed on the APEL can be found at the Qualified Products List (QPL).
All items have assigned National Stock Numbers (NSNs). Soldiers can purchase them through normal supply channels. Service members who require a prescription may obtain the appropriate prescription lens carrier for their device through their garrison optometry clinic, deployed optometry clinic, or medical support section. Deployed soldiers may also obtain replacement prescription lenses through the G-Eyes website.