The Ins & Outs of Eye Protection

Learn about the important features of safety glasses and how they can help protect you or your workers while on the job.

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The Features of Safety Glasses and Eye Protection

Focus on Lenses

When it comes to protecting your eyes, it’s all about the lenses. That’s why we offer:

  • Only high impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses
  • 99% UV protection or more on all lenses
  • A variety of lens colors for every light condition
  • Hard coated lenses for improved scratch resistance
  • Anti-fog coated lenses for workers performing in extremely hot, cold, or humid conditions
  • Specialized lenses for those that require reading glasses or prescription eyewear


Choosing Safety Glasses

  • Frameless Safety Glasses – Frameless Safety Glasses are extremely lightweight, yet they still provide heavy-duty protection during applications such as construction, manufacturing, food processing, and more.
  • Semi-Frame Wraparound Spatula Style Safety Glasses – These glasses feature wraparound lenses to provide added protection to the side of your face. The spatula temples can be adjusted for a custom and secure fit.
  • Semi-Frame Wraparound Bayonet Style Safety Glasses – These glasses provide heavy-duty protection during applications such as construction, light manufacturing, food processing, and utilities. Fashionable bayonet-style temples provide a secure and comfortable fit. Polycarbonate lenses provide wraparound protection.
  • Full Frame Safety Glasses – Full Frame Eyewear offers a classic look and all-around frontal and side protection.
  • Metal Frame Safety Glasses – Sporty, metal frames are typically available on our website at affordable prices.
  • Safety Glasses with Sideshields – Safety Glasses with Sideshields provide superior impact protection to the front and sides of the face, without blocking vision.
  • Over the Glass Eyewear – “Over the Glasses” styling offers an alternative to expensive prescription eyewear programs.
  • Polarized Safety Glasses – By reflecting light that causes glare, Polarized Safety Glasses help eliminate eye strain, eye fatigue, and poor visual acuity. Glasses are ideal for any work around water, construction, road, work, or utilities applications.
  • Readers Safety Glasses – Readers are an excellent choice for workers needing increased magnification for close-up inspection, fine detail work, and reading smaller print.


Related: For a complete guide on how to select the best safety glasses, check out our article.


When Safety Glasses Aren’t Enough

Foam Safety Glasses

Foam Seal Safety Glasses are ideal for providing protection against flying debris, wind, and impact. The facial seal is made of hypoallergenic foam. ANSI Z87.1-2003 high-impact standard.


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Safety Goggles

Goggles are designed to protect your eyes from environments where fumes, liquids, dust, and potential impacts are present (depending on the vent option selected).

  • Indirect Vent Goggles protect against chemical liquids and dusts. These are the only goggles that can be used for protection from chemical substances.
  • Direct Vent Goggles offer maximum airflow, but are only approved for particulate protection during jobs such as grinding, cutting, dusty applications, etc.

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Faceshields are designed primarily for splash and arc protection. Faceshields must always be used in conjunction with safety glasses or goggles to protect against secondary hazards.


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Choosing a Lens Color

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Clear Lens – Use indoors or outdoors in below normal light conditions.
Gray/Brown Lens – Use outdoors or where there is above average available light.
Amber Lens – Use in below normal light conditions or where enhanced contrast is desirable.
Indoor/Outdoor Lens – Use when working both indoors and outdoors throughout the day.
Mirror Lens – Use outdoors or where there is above average available light.
Light Blue Lens – Use during work applications with a high level of sodium vapor lighting and glare.
Vermillion Lens – Use to reduce glare, enhance contrast, and provide true color perception during indoor applications.
Welding Lenses – Shade 2.0 lens is used for welding-related operations such as torch soldering.
Welding Lenses – Shade 3.0 can be used for certain brazing or cutting applications.
Welding Lenses – Shade 5.0 is used in certain torch soldering, torch blazing, or cutting applications.


Deep dive: Read our article on how to select the right pair of colored safety glasses.


Prescription Eyewear

You work hard to provide a safe, productive work environment. And making sure everyone is wearing the appropriate safety eyewear on the job is critical to that effort. But things can get complicated when it comes to employees who need prescription lenses. The HOYA See Clearly Work Safely Prescription Eyewear program simplifies the safety eyewear ordering and delivery process, benefiting both you and your employees. Through this program, you’ll be able to choose from three different packages to fit your safety budget, environment, and workforce.


Learn more about this affordable Prescription Eyewear program today!


For more technical guidelines about eye protection, check out our Eye Protection Ready Reference!


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