What are Eye Level Over Glasses for?
As the name suggests, Eye Level Over Glasses are polarised sunglasses that fit over the top of your normal prescription specs. They're just like normal sunglasses but they're made a bit wider and deeper to allow them to fit neatly over the top. That's handy if, like me, you don't wear contact lenses and don't have a pair of expensive prescription polarised sunglasses for fishing.
How do polarised sunglasses work?
Basically, light reflected from the surface of water is horizontally polarised which creates glare that prevents you from seeing fish and features beneath the surface. Polarised sunglasses cut that glare out by using a special filter coating which blocks this reflected light, with the end result being that you can see through much of the surface reflections. You'll see fish to cast to and you'll see fish following your fly or lure, which means you'll probably end up catching more.
How big are Eye Level Over Glasses?
The Eye Level Over Glasses I bought were the medium ones, which was the only size offered by the site I bought them from. Upon receiving them, I soon found that they were truly enormous and they absolutely engulfed my fairly slim prescription glasses - and indeed my entire face. In fact they seem ridiculously large and they gave me a Bono-like appearance - which wasn't exactly the look I was hoping for.
Along with the Great Wall of China, the medium sized Eye Level Over Glasses are one of the few man made objects visible from space. I would imagine.
Do Eye Level Over Glasses come in other sizes?
Yes, fortunately they are available in other sizes. According to the Eye Level website, it seems there are three sizes of Over Glasses: Slim, Regular and Medium (or bloody massive, as it perhaps should be known). Looks like I should have gone with the slim ones instead. They're 14cm wide, rather than 15cm wide, and have lenses that are 5.5 x 3.5cm rather than 6.5 x 4.5cm. The regular size sit somewhere in between.
What colour lenses do they have?
I went for the Eye Level Over Glasses with yellow lenses. These ones are designed for use in low light levels, so they'll be ideal for the typical gloomy, cloudy weather of winter and early evening. There are also amber and grey tinted lenses available for when you're fishing in sunnier weather.
Are they comfortable to wear?
Surprisingly, yes. They don't feel particularly uncomfortable or unwieldy, although I guess the extra weight might become apparent if you had them on all day. I did, however, look and feel a bit of a pillock while wearing them.
Do they work?
Yep, especially for the price. I took mine out for a quick blast on the local river and was quite impressed. They did a reasonable job of cutting out the glare and I could certainly see a lot more below the surface while wearing them. The sides also block out glare coming in from other angles.
What's the quality like?
The Eye Level Over Glasses look and feel pretty decent quality for £20 sunglasses. They protect your eyes against UV, the polarised filter works pretty well, they're solidly built and they come with a robust case to keep them in good shape when they're in your jacket or bag. Apart from the size issue, I was quite impressed.
Would you buy them again?
Maybe, but not in this size. They worked quite well for the money, but they do look silly. I sent mine back because they were simply to large to wear without ridicule.
If I get a chance to try on a pair of the slim ones in a shop, I might give them a go. That said, I still have the feeling that these too may still be a bit on the large size, but I suppose they'd have to be to fit most over glasses, without being uncomfortable.