An eye injury can cause painful damage, and in some cases, the damage may be permanent. It is easy to avoid eye injuries by wearing safety glasses when the situation calls for it. This is a simple step to ensure the safety of one of the most delicate parts of the body. There are many people who should wear safety glasses in their line of work. Mechanics, welders, construction workers, laboratory technicians, factory workers and heavy equipment operators are just a few of the population who should invest in a good pair of safety glasses. Some sports, such as target shooting, will also require safety glasses. Those who work on projects at home, such as building cabinets or other hobby work, should also wear these types of eyeglasses.
Safety glasses actually start with everyday wear. One of the worst things for the eyes is harmful ultra-violet rays from the sun. Sunglasses should be worn most every day, even days when it is slightly cloudy or in the winter when there is a lot of snow. Glasses should have at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of fifteen. Wearing glasses outside will ensure the safety of your eyes, as well as prevent wrinkles and headaches from squinting.
Safety glass lenses are made from a very strong material known as plastic polycarbonate. This type of material is very durable, as well as resistant to impacts. Frames of this type are also heat resistant, and generally built so the lenses do not come loose. Frames of safety glasses will be built stronger than a normal pair of eyeglasses. Safety glasses can be purchased with your own prescription set into the lenses.
When looking for the right pair of safety glasses to wear, customers should check to make sure they meet the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI has certain criteria that must be met for them to put their stamp of approval on a pair of safety glasses. For one, they must be impact resistant. Safety glasses should meet the requirements of not only ANSI, but also the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Before purchasing a pair of safety glasses, there are a few things that can be done to ensure they are the best kind. Research can be performed first to find the brands that meet all the correct requirements.
It is important to ensure safety glasses fit properly because most professions will be wearing them for hours at a time, a comfortable fit is important. The glasses will need to cover the eyes, of course, but should also cover the top and side of each eye. Glasses should be made so even if fragments of any material shoot at the face from the side or top, the glasses will still protect the eyes.
Wearing the proper safety glasses, whether for work, sports or a project at home, is important for a couple of reasons. Eye injuries cause pain and discomfort, and many times vision loss or even blindness. Medical bills are expensive, and an eye injury can mean time off of work. The simple solution is the use of safety glasses at all times.