The short answer is no. But, here’s a better explanation. If safety glasses meet ANSI Z87.1 standards, are in good condition, and are appropriate for the task at hand, then they are not bad for the eyes.

What Does ANSI Say?

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a nonprofit organization that creates uniform testing standards and guidelines for a variety of products and equipment used by businesses in nearly every sector. Their Z87.1 standard helps ensure that personal eye and face protection devices provide the necessary optical clarity, protection from impact, non-ionizing radiation, and liquid splash exposures. That standard states that:

“The long term use of eye protectors which meet the requirements of [ANSI Z87.1] will not harm or weaken the eyes of the wearer.” (Safety Action)

Safety Glasses are Beneficial

In fact, safety glasses are beneficial, and not wearing them could be harmful to the eyes. Our blog article “Why Wear Safety Eyewear” details the reasons for wearing safety eyewear.

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Here are a few of those reasons:

  • Are required in many work environments.
  • Save time and money by preventing injury and its associated costs.
  • Can enhance vision.
  • Protect eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.
  • Are the best defense against eye injuries at work, at home and during recreational activities.

“Across the board, safety eyewear protects against serious injury from virtually every eye hazard. Wearing safety eyewear when risks are most prevalent goes a long way in preventing 90% of serious damage to eyes.”

Safety glasses themselves will not hurt your eyes or damage vision. If you’re experiencing any problems while wearing them, it’s likely for a reason with a simple fix. “Selecting the Right Safety Eyewear” will likely eliminate any problems you are having.