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We only have two eyes, so it’s important we protect them with proper eyewear in every aspect. At work is a great example, not just for those that sit in front of a computer all day enduring eye strain, but also for those working in trade and craft fields such as carpenters, plumbers, machinists, millwrights, and laborers that encounter flying debris or small particles and chemicals. Wearing protective eyewear can prevent up to 90 percent of all eye injuries, but not just any eyewear will do. Did you know safety glasses are significantly different from regular eyeglasses?
Safety eyewear must meet specific criteria set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI tests and sets the ratings for safety eyewear and OHSA sets the standards for the workplace. While safety eyewear can be prescription and non-prescription, these higher standards apply to both the lenses and the frames. The lenses and frames must go through several tests for mass impact, velocity impact, durability, flammability-resistance, corrosion-resistance, plus many more. But how do you know what safety glasses are best? Both prescription and non-prescription safety eyewear will be permanently marked with impact ratings. Z87 refers to basic impact rated eyewear and Z87+ refers to high impact rated eyewear. When in doubt, go for the high impact rating.
Remember, keep those eyes of yours protected. Even if you don’t work in a trade or craft field, we recommend keeping a pair of safety glasses at home to wear when working on projects around your home that could create a risk for eye injuries. To order prescription safety eyewear or for other questions related to protective eyewear, give us a call. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you with your eyewear needs.

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