Tips for Buying Prescription Safety Glasses
Whether you’re buying your first pair of prescription safety glasses or you are an old hand at the process, here are a few things to consider while researching which pair is right for you.
Where are you most likely to use them?
The lenses you weld with will not work well for weekend motorcycle rides. For appropriate protection, purchase lenses that are right for each facet of your lifestyle. You may need to purchase multiple pairs in order to cover you from day to night and work to weekend.
If "home" is the primary use, choose lenses and frames with a high impact rating, denoted by a Z87.1 rating on the inside of the frame. For basic handyman work, lightweight, wraparound frames should work great and are available from a variety of frame manufacturers. For using power tools or cutting the grass, choose lenses that wrap around your face or that have a side shield to block flying particles.
If "work" is your main focus, carpenters, plumbers and welders are just a sampling of the many occupations requiring high impact safety glasses. Consult your company and establish if you need frames, goggles, side shields or full-face eyewear. If you’re independent, choose lenses with a high impact safety rating, denoted by the ANSI Z87.1 on the inside of the frame.
Lastly, don’t forget to pack protective eyewear while participating in sports like hunting, fishing, and while riding motorcycles or ATVs. Anti-reflective coatings, sport specific tints and Transitions lenses can greatly increase your enjoyment while keeping your eyes protected from impact and the elements.
Most safety lenses are made of polycarbonate, offering a more comfortable and lighter fit than glass lenses. Polycarbonate can take a punch more effectively than glass and is scratch resistant by its nature. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning and your lenses will have a long and happy life. Anti-reflective and anti-fog lens upgrades are available on most of the styles we sell.
Is the eyewear ANSI Certified?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) supervises workplace safety and strives for decreased job-related injuries. To protect employee vision, OSHA adopted the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) safety eyewear standards. ANSI is a non-profit with a mission to produce quality and safety standards for products in all categories and industries. The standards outline qualifications like general requirements, impact testing, marking, selection and maintenance of safety glasses. You can purchase a complete copy of the ANSI Z87.1-2010 safety eyewear standards at the ANSI Web Store.
Your eyesight is priceless. Be aware of potential eye hazards throughout your day and outfit your eyewear collection appropriately.