Students Practice Eye Safety at Agriculture Awareness Day

Agriculture Awareness Day

Third Graders sporting their Radians Mirage Small safety glasses.

Agriculture is a key component in North Carolina’s income and workforce, particularly in Greene County.  Here, it is their number one industry.  Cotton, peanuts, tobacco, wheat, corn, soy, sweet potatoes, poultry, dairy and livestock help to make up the farming business that is so critical to the county’s survival.  Despite its importance, it seems at least one organization believes that the county’s youth should be much more aware of all that its top industry encompasses.  Thus, in 2012, The Green County Cooperative Extension had its first Agriculture Awareness Day.

On site at a local farm, about 200 third grade students learned about farm safety, nutrition, livestock, soil, insects, poisonous plants, seeds, water and more.  The event was such a hit, they plan to continue this designated day of awareness each year.

Pictured are the third graders sporting their Radians Mirage Small safety glasses from

To learn more about The Green County Cooperative Extension, you may click here: Earns the 2012 Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum Award

We work hard every day at Safety Glasses USA to earn your business, and we couldn’t be more pleased to hear that we’ve been selected as one of only 38 recipients – out of 5,200 businesses – to have been awarded the 2012 Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum Award. With only .73% of the Bizrate® Insights North American Retailer Network earningBizrate Circle Of Excellence Platinum Award this award, we feel immensely grateful to have so many loyal customers and safety glasses fans.

The award was granted to us based on the following criteria, which was evaluated by our very own customers, post-purchase:

  • Overall satisfaction during the shopping experience
  • Variety and depth of product selection
  • Ability to quickly and easily find the desired product(s)
  • Likelihood the customer will order again from us
  • Customer satisfaction; ensure product met expectations
  • Shipping was prompt and as described
  • Exceptional customer support and service

Bill Glass, CEO of, the parent company of Bizrate®, discusses the powerful meaning of this award in the press release, “Bizrate® Insights Names the 2012 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award Recipients.”

“Every year, the Bizrate® Circle of Excellence continues to be an emblem of the best online retail experience that a consumer can have from retailers both big and small, and across nearly all product categories,” explains Glass.

We will always consider “safety first” as our business philosophy, but it’s keeping our commitment to excellence for customers and SGUSA fans like you will remain as the cornerstone of our company. We sincerely thank you for the wonderful accomplishment you have helped us achieve.

Contacts May Provide Added UV Protection

Eye ContactScientific studies have shown that prolonged exposure to UV radiation from the sun can cause cataracts and macular degeneration and can lead to permanent eye damage and even blindness. Prevention by wearing quality sunglasses that block at least 99% of harmful rays from the sun along with other preventative measures can reduce the chance of these problems.

In addition, it turns out that some contact wearers may be receiving added protection against harmful sun damage to the eyes that those who wear sunglasses or prescription eyewear alone do not, namely UV protection built into their contacts.

While some contacts offer little or no UV protection, others provide adequate additional protection as a supplement and compliment to sunglasses. In fact, research indicates that UV contacts in conjunction with sunglasses that provide UV protection provide better UV protection that just sunglasses alone.

Contacts with UV protection are labeled either Class 1 or Class 2. Class 1 indicates that lenses block 96% of UVA rays and 100% of UVB rays. Class 2 lenses block 70% and 95% respectively. Many contacts offer no additional UV protection.

Research also warns against relying on UV contacts alone for protecting the eyes against sun damage. This is because UV contacts in general block at least 10% less UV light than sunglasses with the amount being blocked varying from one pair of contacts to the next.

While wraparound sunglasses provide the best option for full-eye sun protection, simply wearing any sunglasses that protect against at least 99% of UV rays provides essential protection for eyes against the sun’s harmful rays. But, wearing UV contacts in addition to sunglasses brings added whole-eye protection that glasses alone simply cannot provide.

Most sunglasses fail to prevent all UV rays from reaching the eyes because of direct and indirect sunlight that shines through the top, sides and bottoms of glasses. Contacts can provide protection to theses exposed areas.

Taking the idea of complete protection even further, adding a wide-brimmed hat that covers 1” or more in front of the eye when wearing UV sunglasses and contacts provides the ideal solution for those whose eyes are exposed to the sun on a regular and prolonged basis. Those individuals include lifeguards, ski patrol and other individuals who work and spend the majority of their time in the sun.

Just like all sunglasses are not created equal and making sure you purchase quality sunglasses is essential, so too is the case with contacts that protect against UV rays. As already mentioned, not all lenses provide the same amount of UV protection with some providing no protection at all against the sun.

Check with your eye care provider with regard to the UV rating on your contacts. If your contacts do not provide UV protection, request contacts that do.

The bottom line is that UV contacts alone do not provide as much protection as sunglasses alone, especially wraparound styles. But together, UV contacts and sunglasses provide solid protection for eyes against the sun’s harmful rays.