Eyes play an extremely important role in our quality of life. In light of that, it is amazing how badly we neglect them. Whether we’re failing to wear sunglasses, squinting for hours at a computer screen, or starting a project without putting on safety goggles, we put our eyes in difficult positions all the time. At Guardion Health Services, we have dived deeply into what makes eyes happy and how to prevent them from wearing down over time. One of the most basic things you can do to keep your vision is wearing the right safety eyewear for the right job.
In our last blog, we went over safety eyewear and the vigorous methods used to test it. Our main goal was to show you that simple glasses are not sufficient for eye protection. If your glasses can’t stand up to being hit by projectiles moving at 150 feet per second, you should not wear them for sports or projects. Depending on what you’re doing, though, you may need different eye gear. That is the focus of today’s blog!
First, Some Basics
In general, the best material for protective lenses of all kinds is polycarbonate. It is lighter and more flexible, making it easier to wear and much more impact resistant. The only drawback is that polycarbonate is a softer material than glass and will scratch more easily. Scratch-resistant coatings are used to mitigate the issue.
The Anti-Reflective Question
Sometimes called AR coating, an anti-reflective coating reduces distracting reflections on lenses. While it can be helpful for some applications, it may negatively affect the lenses’ impact resistance. All impact testing must be done after the coating is applied to ensure the polycarbonate still has strength.
Let’s Dive In!
Safety Glasses for Work
If you work for a company, it is up to your company’s safety officer to determine whether your job requires basic or high impact eyewear. The following is a basic list of occupations that absolutely need high impact eyewear:
For some jobs, just glasses won’t be enough. You’ll need goggles, a side shield, or even full face protection. Your safety officer should closely consult OSHA regulations to ensure that each position has the correct eyewear.
If you run your own business, we recommend you use eyewear rated for the highest impact no matter what you’re doing.
Safety Glasses for Home Projects
Just go for the glasses with the highest impact rating possible. If you’re going to be mowing or trimming, invest in eyewear with side shields to keep all those flying particles away from your eyes. If you don’t need prescription lenses, you will be able to find the eyewear you need at building supply stores, sports stores, and hardware stores.
The glasses you’ll find will likely be made of polycarbonate, which is favored for its light weight and flexibility. Look for the Z87+ marking to ensure you get the best impact protection for your money. If you need variable focusing ability, look for bifocal lenses. They make it possible to read without taking off your glasses.
If you need prescription glasses, you’ll want to head to your eye doctor or optical store for eye protection. Get the highest impact rating and don’t buy glasses without the Z87-2 mark on the inside of the front and temples.
Again, just go for the highest impact rating. There is no need to waste your money on anything less. Depending on how active your sport is, we recommend investing in an elastic band that will keep the glasses on your head. You should also consider photochromic lenses, which tint themselves depending on the level of outdoor light.
As you can imagine, fish hooks are a huge eye risk when it comes to fishing. Invest in wrap-style frames and ensure your lenses have a polarized tint. The tint will cut through the glare on the water, allowing you to see into the depths. The tint will also give your eyes a break.
For Hunting and Shooting
High impact rating is absolutely essential here. Get wrap-style frames and an anti-reflective coating to keep your vision clear and safe. You can invest in camouflaged frames for hunting. We also recommend you invest in amber- or yellow-tinted glasses. These tints enhance contrast, making shooting easier. They can also be very helpful for sports like golf.
Anyone who fails to wear eye and head protection while playing paintball will end up with catastrophic injuries. The paintball pellets fly at speeds over 180 miles per hour, and it is absolutely essential you have both eye, ear, and head protection in the form of a head shield. The shield should have a high impact rating, and it should never come off while you’re in the playing area (whether a game is going or not).
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