Protecting your eyes and vision from injury should be of utmost concern if you work in a hazardous job or participate in a sport or hobby that could result in an eye injury. The following tips can help you avoid injury without compromising your productivity at work or your enjoyment of your hobby.

Tip #1: Know What's Dangerous

Although not all-inclusive, the following list contains just a few types of activities that necessitate eye protection:

  • Working with wood, metal, stone, or any other material that can produce flying splinters, dust, grit, or shards.

  • Working on machinery that can send out flying debris. For example, even hobby sewing can result in flying needles if they break in heavy fabric.

  • Working with chemicals that can cause eye irritation.

  • Participating in contact sports or sports with flying balls, especially if you already wear glasses.

  • Participating in activities where flying objects and debris can pose a hazard, such as rock climbing or even cycling.

Tip #2: Choose Some Form of Protection

The type of protection you choose depends on several variables. First and foremost, if you already wear glasses you are limited to two choices. You can either purchase safety glasses that fit on over your prescription lenses, or you can purchase a pair of prescription safety glasses so you only have to wear one pair.

For those without glasses, the type of safety glasses chosen depends upon the risk. Those that deal with hazardous chemicals should wear full coverage glasses that won't allow any thing to reach the eyes from the front. Those concerned with hard flying objects should opt for shatter-proof glasses. If your main concern is dust, basic clear or tinted glasses may be sufficient.

Tip #3: Keep Them Secure

Safety glasses only protect if you wear them and keep them on properly. This means choosing glasses that won't slip. The best safety glass have wrap around arms that hug your head snugly. If your glasses don't have this feature, you will need to get a snug glasses band to hold them in place.

Tip #4: Get Any Extras You Need

Much like eye glasses, safety glasses can come with several different features. Tinted glasses are useful if you have to work outside or in bright light. Polarized lenses are necessary if glares are an issue, such as for those working in the snow or participating in water sports. You may also want to get glasses with an anti-fog coating if you have issues with fogging up because of temperature changes at work or home. Shop for safety glasses online to find the best solution for your needs.