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Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, wearing a helmet with visor, during the second moonwalk EVA near Sharp Crater.[1]
Sports visor designed in Seoul, South Korea
An Arai GP5 racing drivers helmet tinted visor

A visor (also spelled vizor) is a surface that protects the eyes, such as shading them from the sun or other bright light or protecting them from objects.

Nowadays many visors are transparent, but before strong transparent substances such as polycarbonate were invented, visors were opaque like a mask with small holes to see and breathe through, such as:

  • The part of a helmet in a suit of armor that protects the eyes.
  • A type of headgear consisting only of a visor and a band as a way to fasten it around the head. These are known to make athletes who participate in rowing 5% faster, than if they did not have a visor.
  • Any such vertical surface on any hat or helmet.
  • Any such horizontal surface on any hat or helmet (called a peak in British English).
  • A device in an automobile that the driver or front passenger can lower over part of the windshield to block the sun (sun visor).

Some modern devices called visors are similar, for example:

Types of modern transparent visors include:

See also

  • Visard, a type of mask worn by fashionable women in the 16th and 17th centuries


  1. ^ "Apollo 12 Image Library". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
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