Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions — the time when we resolve to form habits we wish we already had firmly in place. Resolutions, however, are always practices we’ve failed to make a permanent part of our daily routine. This year, better eye health, a more youthful appearance, and a commitment to eye safety are New Year’s Resolutions that could help you look your best and possibly save one of your most valuable assets. Your sight.
Top Three Eye Protection Resolutions
#1: Protect Your Eyes from Ultra-Violet Radiation
Ultra-violet light, or UV, means “beyond blue”, and these are the rays that contribute to a variety of damaging eye conditions, including snow blindness, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and tumors. There are three types of UV radiation. UV-A can damage your corneas, UV-B can cause cataracts, and UV-C can produce photokeratitis (welder’s flash). It’s best to always wear high-quality safety glasses and sunglasses that block all three types of UV rays while at work and at play. Please note however, that only specialized safety glasses, such as the Oakley Industrial M Frame, block UV-C rays in addition to -A and -B, while the entire line of Oakley sunglasses offer 100% UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C protection.
If you could hold back the hands of Father Time and avoid future — or further — eye wrinkles in 2012, would you? You can! By protecting yourself from glare off reflective surfaces, you can eliminate squinting, eyestrain, an inability to focus on outdoors jobs and activities . . . and wrinkles! Polarized polycarbonate lenses, such as those in Edge, Gatorz, ONO’s, Bobster, Bolle, Remington, O.C.C., and Wiley X, provide built-in protection against harmful UV rays, as well as greater visual acuity, extra-durability, and scratch-resistance. Polarized lenses work like Venetian blinds which let in light only at certain angles. Ophthalmologists recommend combatting glare with these types of lenses, making objects more distinct and colors more true. You can be assured Safety Glasses USA’s hand-selected manufacturers provide only the best in complete UV protection, comfort, and style.
#2: Protect Yourself on the Job
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 60% of accidents on the job result from workers not wearing eye protection at all, while 40% result from workers wearing the wrong type of eye protection. The decision to take eye safety seriously in 2012 starts with evaluating the risks you encounter at work, then identifying which eyewear is right for you.
Wearing the right eye protection protects you in potentially dangerous work environments. Approximately 70% of all eye accidents result from flying objects, particles, and sparks; with 60% of these objects being smaller than the head of a pin. Chemical contact causes about 20% of all eye injuries. Obviously, safety eyewear is imperative in many different kinds of work situations.
SafetyGlassesUSA.com offers thousands of styles of ANSI Z87.1 certified safety glasses. In fact, there are so many, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the options. To simplify your selection, we’ve organized our safety glasses into popular categories for faster, more efficient searching. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, or if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact us via our Online Contact Form or toll-free at 800-870-6189 (8:00AM-7PM EST). Our friendly, well-trained customer service reps can answer all your questions.
#3: Protect Yourself During Home Projects, Maintenance, and Hobbies
Those working in industry are required to wear eye protection, but many do-it-yourselfers neglect to wear safety eyewear at home where 40% of eye injuries occur. While there’s no Federal mandate for home improvement projects, common sense (and your 2012 New Year’s Resolution!) dictates that you work smart and protect yourself from the most common eye injuries.
Think about all the daily chores and activities where safety glasses would be appropriate. Examples include cleaning bathrooms, floors, and tile with harsh chemicals, home improvement and maintenance projects — especially when using power tools or machinery that kicks back debris — and car maintenance and repair. And how many times have you gone out to mow the lawn and something shoots out from underneath the lawn mower, stinging your leg or arm? What happens when that projectile hits you in the eye? That’s why it’s a good idea to always wear your safety glasses when blowing leaves, trimming shrubs, and mowing the lawn.
These days there are many stylish safety glasses available, from high-end, high-quality brands for specialized uses, to the most basic models costing under $5.00. No matter what your needs or cost, isn’t it an in-expensive price to pay to protect your priceless vision?