Many workers underestimate the importance of eye health, especially when working 9-5, five days a week. Who has time to go see an optometrist? But eye health is extremely important, and should be on your radar, especially if you work in an environment that requires you to wear safety glasses. A research study undertaken by Prevent Blindness America showed that over 700,000 Americans suffer eye injuries on the job each year. In addition, another 125,000 people injure their eyes at home, not to mention the countless thousands of eye injuries that go unreported.
Grinding and welding are the two most common tasks being performed when an eye injury occurs, but there is a very wide range of circumstances that can result in an eye injury. The construction and manufacturing industries, and to a lesser extent the agriculture, forestry & fishing industries and the mining industry, appear to be the industries where workers most commonly sustain an eye injury in the course of work. This is probably due to the tasks being undertaken and the processes that can generate lightweight foreign bodies travelling at high speed. Not surprisingly, many of the eye injuries occurred when the person was not wearing appropriate eye protection. Fortunately, most of these injuries can be avoided with a high-quality pair of safety glasses with impact-resistant lenses.
Safety glasses are not regular glasses and regular glasses are not a replacement for safety glasses. One major difference in these two products are material. Some safety glasses are made with the same material that is used for jet windshields. The chances of them shattering on impact is slim to none, because they are built and tested to withstand high impact projectiles that regular glass would not. Normal glasses, while sturdy and built for everyday wear, are made of a plastic called acetate that is not heavy duty enough to protect your eyes in work situations. The second main difference is that regular prescription glasses do not give the 360 covered that safety glasses do. Regular glasses are meant for comfort, not protection.
Prescription safety glasses are a must for those who require prescription glasses, but work or play in environments that may be hazardous to their eyes. Whether you need protect from dust, wind, radiation, chemicals or lasers. Prescription safety glasses can only truly be considered protective eye wear if they meet certain requirements established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). OSHA enforces occupational health and safety standards while ANSI establishes manufacturing standards.
All prescription safety glasses being prescribed and dispensed in Optika Optometrist meets the Australian / New Zealand and International requirements of AS/NZS 1337.6, ANSI Z87.1-2003, EN 166f and BS166f medium impact) and EN166-F (low energy medium impact). And we only use impact resistance optical lenses made of trivex or polycarbonate material. This means that by having your safety glasses prescribed and dispensed by Optika Optometrist, you will not only be guaranteed vision correction, but also be offered the highest impact protection, as permitted by the standards.
Visit Optika Optometrist in Damansara Uptown today to have a professional consultation on your prescription safety glasses need for your workplace.