Most polo players wear goggles. Often these are tinted like sunglasses to help reduce the sun’s brightness, but this is a secondary role. The primary role is to protect your eyes and eyesight.
If you are new to polo you may not realize the danger of being hit in the eye by that hard plastic polo ball, and the arena ball can do similar damage. It’s not being alarmist to say you might lose your eyesight if you take a direct hit in the eye… so wearing eye protection is highly recommended. The danger exists at all levels of polo; the ball may not be hit as hard at beginner level but the players will have less accuracy for directing the ball. So make sure you wear a pair of goggles.
Ryan currently wears Oakley Radar goggles. These ‘sport sunglasses’ offer good protection round the eye socket, are designed with good airflow to avoid fogging up and the lenses meet ANSI Z87.1 standards for impact protection.