by Steve Theunissen
There was a time, not too long ago, when safety
prescription glasses for the home handyman were bulky, ugly affairs
that were uncomfortable at best and down right annoying at worst.
How glad we homely types can be that the world of safety prescription
glasses has undergone a much needed facelift. In fact, safety
prescription glasses are getting dangerously close to being cool.
Not only are today’s safety prescription glasses as stylish
as street glasses, they offer far more eye protection.
There are more than 1,000 eye injuries throughout the United States
every day in the workplace. More than 300 of them result in some
form of vision impairment. It is estimated that 90 % of those
injuries could be avoided if the injured person was wearing safety
prescription glasses. So, what are we meaning when we refer to
safety prescription glasses?
Safety prescription glasses are not street glasses. With street
glasses there is no side impact protection and only minimal front
impact protection. Safety prescription glasses are specifically
made for industrial or home carpentry use. They are thicker than
street glasses and have side protection.
Resistance to impact
is the main thing that sets safety prescription glasses apart
from regular street glasses. The American National Standards Institute
requires that all safety prescription glasses be able to withstand
the impact of a quarter inch steel ball traveling 150 feet per
second. To check whether the safety prescription glasses you’re
considering purchasing meet stringent strength and heat requirements,
check the frame for the “Z87” imprint. If it’s
got it, you know you’re safety prescription glasses are
Now, as mentioned, safety prescription glasses used to come in
a very limited range, today, however, safety prescription glasses
come in a wide variety of inexpensive, wrap around styles that
are stylish as well as functional. Many varieties of safety prescription
glasses come with wrap around side shields that are detachable.
Whip off the side shields and you won’t look out of place
sauntering along the beach in your safety prescription glasses.
Although your safety prescription glasses are designed to protect
your from sharp flying objects and debris, they will not be able
to withstand repeated impact or abuse. Therefore, your safety
prescription glasses should be inspected regularly for scratches,
cracks and other signs of wear and tear. If you notice that your
safety prescription glasses have cracks, scratches or they are
bent out of shape, they should be replaced without delay.
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