Prescription-Ready Safety Glasses: The Epitome of Convenience

Smith Elite Optics Hudson Tactical Sunglasses

Many styles of safety glasses and goggles can be fitted with prescription lenses.

If Safety Glasses USA told you they had 50 styles of prescription-ready safety glasses — just waiting for the installation of your specific lenses which promise to become one of the most indispensable parts of your life and work — would you be incredibly impressed?

Then sit down.

Because we have 200+ prescription-ready safety glasses to choose from! And what about prescription-ready safety goggles? Yup! We offer 62 goggle styles by top brands such as Bolle, ESS, Pyramex,  Wiley X, and more. We even have “convertibles”. Six styles by Bobster give you the best of both worlds. With the push of a button, the (included) interchangeable temple pieces and goggle strap give you all the versatility you’ve ever dreamed of when your safety glasses become safety goggles.

Some of our most popular prescription-ready brands and models include:

Edge Eyewear

  • Dakura Safety Glasses: The hottest-selling glasses in the US combine a wrap-around, anti-distortion frame, with a fog- and scratch-resistant coating, in a style that fits any kind of work or play. Meets ANSI Z87.1+ 2003 compliance standards, as well as U.S. Military Eyewear Ballistic Impact Resistance Requirements.
  • Khor Polarized Safety Sunglasses: Designed with sophisticated styling and superior comfort, Khor offers three interchangeable lens colors with 99.9% protection from UVA/UVB/UVC rays. Meets ANSI Z87.1+ 2003 compliance standards, as well as U.S. Military Eyewear Ballistic Impact Resistance Requirements.
  • Brazeau Safety Sunglasses: Cutting-edge fashion in a bold and contemporary design, Edge’s Brazeau also provides 99.9% protection from UVA/UVB/UVC rays, and meets ANSI Z87.1+ 2003 compliance standards and U.S. Military Eyewear Ballistic Impact Resistance Requirements.

ESS CDI Sunglasses: These lightweight, high-impact sunglass are first in their class. Available in five colors, the CDI’s extra-thick polycarbonate lenses can be easily switched for quick adaptation to your environment. Their high-speed, low-drag frame and shatter-resistant lenses make the CDI comfortable and cool enough for downtime, yet functional and rugged enough for the battlefield. Meets ANSI Z87.1+ 2003 compliance standards, as well as U.S. Military Eyewear Ballistic Impact Resistance Requirements.

Revision Hellfly: Whether you’re on or off duty, these sunglasses offer essential protection from unexpected debris in your environment. Exceeding stringent impact resistance requirements and optical tests, Hellfly Sunglasses provide military-level protection, perfect optics, and 100% UVA/UVB/UVC protection. Includes microfiber cleaning cloth and storage case.

Smith Optics Elite

  • Hudson Tactical Ballistic Safety Glasses: Ultra-cool, understated, street-wise frame style combined with the performance Smith Optics is famous for. Proprietary high-impact lens materials meet ANSI Z87.1 standard for optics and MIL-PRF-31013 standard for impact. Made in the USA.
  • Chamber Tactical Ballistic Sunglasses: With full-coverage style, these glasses are a great choice for any activity from duck hunting to patrol duty. Proprietary high-impact lens materials meet ANSI Z87.1 standard for optics and MIL-PRF-31013 standard for impact. Made in the USA.

Wiley X

  • SG-1 Goggles: Inspired by our military elite, this eyewear system protects you from foreign particles in the air or wind. The durable Ultra Foam™ rubber-based rim seals your eyes from debris and protects against extreme changes in weather or body temperature, while the interchangeable anti-fog lenses fit beneath a helmet for stylish wear, day or night.
  • AirRage Sunglasses: With a removable facial cavity seal featuring a symmetrical venting system that allows cool air to naturally enter the frame, these sunglasses come with a soft case,  elastic strap, leash cord, and cleaning cloth. Meets ANSI Z87.1-2003+ high velocity safety standard.
  • Romer II Sunglasses: Fashion and function fuse in this powerful design made to withstand almost anything hurled at you. Aerodynamic features cut through wind and debris, preventing  interference of vision. E ANSI Z87.1 and CE certified. Meets the Military’s MIL-PRF-31013 Ballistic Standard.

Because it’s extremely important to Safety Glasses USA that we bring you only the most trusted names in safety, we only chose prescription-ready safety glasses and goggles that have been tested, certified, and stamped for ANSI Z87+ compliance. The range of prescription strengths available across brands and models do vary, and not every style allows for every strength, but with almost 300 to choose from, we’re confident you’ll find one that works for you — in a style you’ll love!

And if all these choices leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed, let us help. We pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service. Our friendly, expert staff is here to answer all your questions and help you find exactly the right brand and style for you, Monday-Friday, 8AM-7PM EST at 800-870-6189.

10 Tips for Safe Wear of Contact Lenses in the Workplace

Putting in eye drops

Putting in artificial tears right before putting in contacts feels good and is a great way to ward off dry eye problems.

As detailed in the previously published article “10 Considerations for Contact Wearers in an Industrial Environment,” wearing contacts is acceptable in most industrial environments and even advantageous in some. This article discusses various care tips that contact wearers must adhere to in order to ensure that wearing contacts will not cause a safety hazard. The following 10 tips will not only help prevent such situations, they will also make overall contact wear safer and more comfortable.

  1. Take proper care of contacts. No matter how small, a dust, dirt or other particle under the contact lens can scratch the cornea and possibly cause serious injury or infection. Diminished vision, discomfort and inability to wear contacts for an extended period of time can all happen as a result.
  2. Avoid rubbing the eye when a particle is in it. Try to let tears naturally flush out the particle or irrigate the eye with artificial tears.
  3. Follow the advice of your eye care specialist. Proper wear and care for contacts on a daily basis is crucial in eye health as well as in contact effectiveness and comfort.
  4. Have a backup plan. Keep a pair of eyeglasses or extra pair of contacts handy should the contacts being worn become lost or damaged. This will ensure proper vision at all times.
  5. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) whenever required. This is good advice not just for contact wearers but for everyone. Safety glasses and goggles not only protects eyes in general, it can also help ensure contacts do not cause safety hazards.
  6. Remove contacts if exposed to chemicals. Begin flushing the eye immediately in hopes that the contact will wash out and seek medical attention right away. Note that flushing eyes after chemical exposure is a step needing taken whether an individual is wearing contacts or not.
  7. Keep artificial tears on hand. Contacts can often become dry. For this reason, quality artificial tears can be helpful to use regularly. Keep in mind that some artificial tears should only be added to the eye when the contact is not in it while others can be added directly to the contact in the eye. Read package label carefully. BONUS TIP: Make a habit of putting in artificial tears right before putting in contacts. Not only does this feel good on the eye, doing so is a great way to ward off dry eye problems.
  8. Let people know you wear contacts. Make sure your supervisor and the individuals with whom you work now you wear contacts. This will help to ensure proper safety procedures should an accident take place.
  9. Replace contacts as needed. A common mistake many contact wearers make is wearing contacts for longer than prescribed (not taking them out at night for example) and failing to dispose of contacts when needed (such as wearing daily wear contacts for a couple of weeks). Doing either of these increases the possibility of contacts become a vision hazard.
  10. Know situations that put contact wearers at increased risk. Environments where chemical splash is a higher risk may not be appropriate for wearing contacts. In addition, environments that are hot and dry may also cause problems for those wearing contacts. Be aware of the environment in which you work and deliberately assess the condition of your contacts in those situations to decide if another option is necessary.

Contacts are an option that chosen by more than 34 million Americans. Fortunately, they are not a problem in normal circumstances for those individuals working in an industrial environment providing contacts are worn and cared for properly.

10 Considerations for Contact Wearers in an Industrial Environment

More than 34 million American wear some type of contact lenses.  Some people believe that wearing contacts provides an extra layer of protection for our eyes should an eye injury occur, but that just isn’t the case. In fact, contact lenses can increase the severity of some eye injuries and can themselves be the source of eye injury and infection. On the other hand, contacts can also be beneficial and even advantageous in some industrial environments. In fact, following established safety guidelines can make wearing contacts a possibility in most environments, even in industrial work environments.

Contact Lens Safety Considerations for Industrial Environments

Following established safety guidelines can make wearing contacts a possibility in most industrial work environments.

The following considerations can help companies develop a safety plan with regard to contact wearers in an industrial environment, and it can also help anyone wearing contacts keep eyes as safe as possible in the work environment.

  1. Contacts do not qualify as personal protective equipment. OSHA requires contact lens wearers to also wear industrial safety eyewear.
  2. Dry eyes due to low blink rate and air fed respirators can interfere with vision thus causing a safety hazard. Dry eyes can actually cause eyes to burn as they try to compensate for a lack of lubrication, and this can interfere with vision. Use artificial tears or deliberately increase blinking to keep eyes lubricated.
  3. Contacts can be worn with all types of respirators because they provide “the best visual ergonomics for users of full face respirator masks.
  4. According to the American Welding Association, “Wearing contact lenses poses no problem for welders in most normal situations.” In fact, OSHA, the FDA and the NSC have all found that claims by welders of contacts fusing to eyes could not have possibly happened.
  5. Contacts provide some benefit over wearing glasses. They do not slip down the nose or fog up. For these reasons, contacts may be a better option for some industrial workers.
  6. Certain situations may make avoiding wearing contacts necessary. Those situations include exposure to chemical fumes and vapors, potential for chemical splash, areas with increased dust or other flying particles, exposure to extreme infrared rays, intense heat and a dry atmosphere, and areas where caustic substances are handled. Note that some of these situations are hazardous for anyone, regardless if a person wears contacts or glasses or does not require corrective lenses.
  7. Major risk for soft contact lens wearers exist in environments where chemical splash is possible as well as in hot, dry environments. Some chemicals can pass through lenses while dry conditions can cause eye discomfort, and both situations can result in impaired vision and create an unsafe situation.
  8. Wearers of hard contact lenses have increased risk in dirty, dusty environments as well as when working with chemicals. Hard contacts can cause dirt or dust to wear down or rub on the cornea of the eye. In addition, chemicals can become trapped behind the lens, also causing harm to the cornea. For these reasons, “wearing of hard lenses may be more hazardous than soft contact lenses.
  9. Sudden loss (a contact “popping” out) of a contact poses obvious dangers, especially if the incident takes place when sight is crucial for safety. However, the same problem (loss of vision correction) could occur for those who wear glasses. However, contacts may be more difficult to replace and are easier to lose.
  10. The American Optometric Association (AOA) has stated that “improvements in lens materials, design, fitting and care procedures have eliminated many of the problems formerly associated with contact lenses.” The AOA further noted that contact lenses do not make eyes more susceptible to injury or make matters worse.

The American Optometric Association confirms that wearing contacts in the workplace does not increase risk of eye injury and may actually increase worker safety by improving vision with “a wider field of vision than eyeglasses” as well as a more comfortable fit for wearing with safety glasses and respirators. So, contact wearers can feel secure in knowing that when paired with the right safety eyewear, they are operating in the workplace with the best vision possible.

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Stay tuned for next week’s article on “10 Tips for Safe Wear of Contacts in the Workplace.”