Of the thousands of eye injuries that occur each day, 90 percent could have been prevented with the use of appropriate safety eyewear.
Whether you’re at work, home or at play, wearing safety glasses or goggles is the best way to protect your eyes.
How is Safety Eyewear Different from Everyday Eyewear?
Safety Eyewear is different from everyday eyewear because it has a higher standard of impact. The higher standard applied to the lens and frame of the glasses or goggles. Many safety glasses are made of polycarbonate, a lightweight but strong material.
The fit of safety eyewear is also usually different than everyday eyewear. In most cases, safety glasses are wider and longer; resting upon your cheek bones to insure your eye is fully protected.
In some cases, safety eyewear may also have filters to protect from heat, radiation or light.
Safety eyewear can be made with prescription or non-prescription lenses.
Potential Eye Hazards
- Projectiles such as dust, wood chips, metal, and other particles that could enter and damage the eye. These could be a potential danger at work or at home.
- Chemical splashes and fumes. These dangers could be on the job or using chemicals to clean at home.
- Radiation lasers, ultraviolet radiation, or heat radiation.
- Blunt force injury can occur whether you’re at work, home or at play.
Contact your local eye care provider to learn more about safety eyewear appropriate for you.