While buying any prescription or reading glasses, it is important to check whether it is up to the required standards. Manufacturers of such eyewear need to follow a set of guidelines which measure the ability of the lens material to withstand sudden pressures.
These guidelines are usually mapped out by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). They can also be found in certain rules set out by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which state that manufacturers must make sure to sell products which come up to the American National Standards Institute for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection.
People who work hands on in the fields like construction need safety glasses or contact lenses with safety glasses on them. These protect their eyes from any possible injuries caused by occupational hazards. These people work in far more dangerous professions than other professionals like lawyers and teachers, who need simple reading glasses. Buying safety reading glasses at various prescriptive levels will ensure that the eyesight of these people are well protected, lessening the chances of occupational injury.
Purchasing safety reading glasses is really not a difficult matter since there are many companies selling these. You’ll also find many online companies dealing in this eyewear. People in charge of purchase can easily browse through the various large and small institutions which sell this product, and with research, find the perfect supplier to suit his/her needs.
There are certain factors that you need keep in mind, which can lead to reduction or increase of costs. These are shipping costs, delivery times, after sales service and available discounts on bulk. What really marks out one company from the other are the specialized services they provide, like imprinting the name of your organization on the glasses. But from wherever you buy the products, you have to make sure that they’re ANSI certified. Buying inferior quality items to cut costs is never worth it in the long run. Doing so could endanger people.
Some tips which could help in choosing your safety glasses:
* Safety glasses are available in a wide range of shades, clear as well as tinted and are usually made from polycarbonates.
* Clear lenses are used indoors, while tinted lenses or clear lenses which have a mirror coating are used outdoors.
* Tints are available in gray, brown, gold, blue, silver and dark green (reduces glare). Some shades are designed to produce maximum color contrast.
* People working with molten metals can purchase special tints to facilitate soldering and cutting.
* People working in a high humidity environment can go for anti-fog glasses.
* There are also specialized lenses available which are anti-scratch and anti-static or those which contain a high level of UVA and UVB protection.
* Ideally, these glasses should have side shields to protect from various kinds of particles.
* Lightweight frames are much easier to wear and much less painful around the nose.
So, choose your eyeglasses with care to ensure your safety. Take care!