There are many jobs that require workers to wear protective eye wear. Besides wearing protective eye wear while on the job, it’s important to know when you should use eye protection when off the clock too.
Eyeglasses Are Not Enough
Some people believe that regular eyeglasses may be enough protection for their eyes while performing any number of tasks where there is a risk to their vision. However, this is not the case.
Proper safety eye glasses are guided by the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, a private non-profit that creates quality and safety standards for protective eye wear. Safety eye wear accredited by ANSI follows guidelines that protect our eyes more than a regular pair of eyeglasses, conforming to higher standards of impact resistance.
When to Wear Safety Glasses
Protective eye wear should be worn when you are performing any task at home where there is a risk to your eyes. Mowing the grass, using power tools, and using power trimmers are a few activities where it’s recommended you wear eye protection.
Carpenters, plumbers, and machinists are often required to wear protective eye wear while on the job. If you are performing any of these tasks at home, it’s a good idea to follow suit. Hunting, sport shooting, and playing recreational ball sports are also activities where you should consider wearing eye protection.
Safety glasses can be made to include a prescription for individuals who require corrective eye wear.
Contact your family eye care provider for help finding the right eye protection for you.