What Are the Best Safety Glasses for Big Heads?

Posted by Collin Ferguson on

Even if you aren’t particularly egotistical, you’ve got a big head. Physically speaking, you’ve got a cabeza grande: a noggin’ large enough to hold your massive brain, of course.

Having an extensive cranium isn’t an issue until you attempt to buy hats or glasses, and then things get a little tricky. Since most eyewear is crafted to fit a medium-sized skull, it can be a challenge to find eyewear that doesn’t feel like a tiny vice grip on your temples. 

Safety eyewear can be even more precarious. Opt for goggles, and you’re sure to feel the squeeze. Try safety glasses, and you might just find yourself popping the arms clean off the lenses. 

Don’t worry, Biggie Smalls; the team at Stoggles has you covered. We’ll help you determine if you really do have a big head (by using actual, quantifiable measurements), talk about the need for safety glasses, and help you find the perfect pair.


Did your cap shrink in the wash, or is your head really larger than life? Maybe you’re suspicious that your skull is larger than most, or maybe you know for a fact you’re housing a massive brain. There’s an easy way to tell, and it’s by measuring your face. 

If you want eyewear that fits perfectly, you’ll need to know your face size. This can help you avoid arms that squeeze your temples or lenses that look too small. Measuring is easy, and you’ll only need a few minutes to get the job done. 

Measuring Your Face Width

You’ll need a ruler or measuring tape, a mirror, and of course, your face. To get a proper measurement, stand in front of a mirror and hold your ruler or measuring tape from temple to temple.

If you’re using a flexible measuring tape, don’t bend it onto your face. Keep it straight across. 

Face shape is measured in millimeters; you can easily convert inches to millimeters by multiplying. The ratio is 25.4 millimeters per inch. You can also do this math with an easy inch-to-millimeter converter from Google. 

Basically, the average span will be somewhere between 129-145 millimeters.

Super Size Me

People with small faces have a measurement that ranges below 129 millimeters, while the average face measurement usually falls between 130-139 millimeters. 

If your measurement is above 139, you’ve got a large or wide face, which can make it really difficult to find comfortable eyewear unless you custom-order it. For safety glasses, that can be even more difficult and can result in a person simply forgoing eye protection because they can’t find protective glasses that fit without hurting or squeezing. 

Trust us: Safety glasses are absolutely essential for all people. Don’t think your eyes are at risk. 

Now, let’s talk about some of the scenarios that can be dangerous for your eyes.

When To Use Safety Eyewear

You probably already know this (because of that big brain), but your eyes are some of the least protected organs in your body. Because of their function, they can’t be covered with bone or muscle, making them vulnerable to even the slightest injury. 

Specialized retinal cells in your eyes are what give you the ability to see. These cells are able to change the light collected by the cornea to electrical signals. Those signals are then picked up by the optic nerve and transmitted to the brain, which then produces the images we see. 

Another notable property of retinal cells is that they don’t regenerate like skin cells or numerous other cell types in your body. That means that when they are damaged, you could damage or lose a portion of your vision. 

How frequently is your vision at risk? More often than you think. 

Lawn Maintenance

Whether you’re planting, weeding, or cutting, your favorite lawn care tools can become your eyes’ worst enemies. Accidents are never planned, and a stray rock or limb can come from nowhere. Be prepared by keeping your eyes safe with protective safety glasses every time you work in your yard

Cleaning with Chemicals 

Cleaning chemicals can be hard on your lungs and your eyes. Harsh abrasives, bleach, and other chemicals can splash and splatter and cause irritation or even vision loss. 

Not to mention… cleaning involves dirt and bacteria. No one wants a splash of commode water to the eye or anywhere else. Keep your safety glasses on, and you can mark yourself safe from being tainted with toilet water. 

Hobbies and Pastimes

Even the most leisurely of hobbies can go woefully wrong, and planning for accidents can help you keep your vision. Sports and other activities can leave you with an L if you take a ball or bat to the face, and it’s simply not worth the risk. 

Home Projects

Whether it involves a drill, a hammer, or pliers, there’s a risk to your vision anytime you embark on a Tim the Toolman Taylor-style home improvement project. You’d never catch Tim without his safety glasses or toolbelt. And you shouldn’t start your project without a pair of properly fitted safety glasses to make sure you don’t lose your vision when you aim the caulk gun the wrong way. 

Even when you’re careful, it’s still possible to get an eye injury. They’re more common than you realize.

The Cold Hard Facts

The CDC estimates there are more than 2,000 eye-related injuries per year. About three-fourths of those result in trips to the ER, costing time, money, and maybe even time off from work. 

Half of all eye-related injuries occur right at home, and those include sports and hobbies. The risks are real, and finding glasses to fit your face is essential for staying safe.

The Best Safety Glasses for Big Heads

Armed with our extensive shopping guide, it’s easy to get safety eyewear that fits, no matter what your massive measurement may be. 

Know Your Measurements

Once you’ve measured your face, take that information and head on over to check out the collection at Stoggles. Bypass the big box store; their glasses are usually only available in a one-size-fits-most version that won’t feel comfortable. When your glasses aren’t comfortable, you won’t wear them, and they won’t offer you any protection. 

Stoggles are available in different sizes because we understand that faces come in different sizes, too. Comfort is key, and you’ll get comfort with every pair of Stoggles you own. 

Impact Resistance

Want to make sure your eyewear can withstand a blow without shattering? Look for the ANSI Z87.1-2020 certification. The American National Standards Institute develops safety guidelines that are implemented by agencies like OSHA. 

For safety eyewear, the Z87.1-2020 seal means glasses can withstand impact from weighted objects at various speeds without shattering. 

Every pair of Stoggles bears the ANSI Z87.1-2020 certification, so your eyes are safe regardless of what you are doing. 


You know the frustration of foggy lenses. They constantly need to be removed to be wiped down. That’s a safety issue that places your eyes at risk. Instead of relying on wipes or anti-fog drops, try anti-fog-coated lenses. 

Stoggles lenses are dipped in an anti-fogging compound to provide a long-lasting, fog-resistant coating that you can depend on. No taking off your glasses, no wiping down. Just fogless glasses that keep you safe. 

Side and Top Shields

Keeping your eyes safe is a 360-degree job, and the best way to get the job done is by employing the protective power of side and top shields. Side and top shields protect your eyes where standard eyeglasses leave them vulnerable (near your eyebrows and across the temples). 

Unlike wraparound glasses, which don’t exactly scream “style,” side and top shields give you a low-profile look with an upgraded level of protection

UV Protection

Keeping your eyes UV-safe is important. UV light can damage eyes and lead to early onset macular degeneration.

A solution? UV-blocking lenses. Stoggles are made from lightweight polycarbonate material, which is naturally UV-blocking to keep your eyes safe without any tinting whatsoever. 

Blue Light Blocking

Blue light is a problem because our exposure to it is so frequent. Blue light is emitted from the sun but also from tablets and smartphones. Basically, our eyes are constantly being attacked by intrusive blue light. 

You can help keep your eyes safe from blue light by grabbing safety glasses with blue light-blocking technology. Stoggles have blue light-blocking filters poured into the lenses at the time of manufacture to keep your eyes safe whether you’re outside or inside. 

Big Safety for Big Heads

Stoggles is here for the little guy but also for the big guy too. We keep eyes safe on any size face because we offer our comfortable, stylish safety glasses in sizes that fit you perfectly. You can have glasses that fit your face.

Trust Stoggles to keep your eyes safe while you dream up your next big plan.


Eye Safety | NIOSH | CDC

Sports-Related Eye Injuries | Current Sports Medicine Reports

Convert inches to mm | UnitConverter.net

Ultra-violet and Blue Light Worsen Macular Degeneration | AMDF

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