Choosing the Appropriate Eye Protection

Eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of our body. The eyes, as invaluable as they are, demand some special attention and care, especially when you are working on something that may harm your eyes and vision by causing burn or debris that may fly into your eyes and penetrate them. So, you should take it as an important duty upon yourself to save your sight before indulging in any activity that can possibly harm the eyes.

Read about all types of updated eye protection available out in the market nowadays. While some are good measures to shield your eyes from dust and debris, some are not to be compromised with to protect the invaluable assets of your eyes from burning rays and molten metals. To make things easier for you, here’s a list of information on the appropriate eye protection you need to choose from.

Safety Glasses

  • Regular eyeglasses and sunglasses are appropriate measures to save debris from flying into your eyes and protect them from the harsh glare of the sun.
  • Impact resistant eyeglasses are the best if you are going to wear eyeglasses.
  • Safety glasses come with heavier lenses which makes them more durable to shock than normal eyeglass lenses.
  • Safety-glasses that come with anti-fog are better if you stay in a region where winter is the pre-dominant season.
  • Also, take care that your glasses are fitted properly, are secured and feel comfortable and not like a clamp notched on your nose.

Goggles

  • Goggles can act as a protective gear for your eyes from a front and a side blow.
  • If you are working in an environment that requires you to deal with chemical vapors and liquids, you cannot do without unvented goggles.
  • Also, when striking metals or scraping them, wear goggles to protect the eyes from flying metal debris.
  • You can use face shields over safety glasses or goggles for foolproof protection.

Goggles inspired from ski-goggles aid in an increased air flow. This reduces the possibility of fogging and also ensures that you have a better protection against debris and chemical splash.

Face Shields

  • Face shields are the most effective protective gear to opt for to save the eyes and face from liquid splashes, dust, and airborne refuse.
  • Advanced face shields come with impact resistance nowadays. They offer complete protection against high impact.
  • There’s no harm in wearing goggles or safety glasses under the face shield.
  • If you are to use a chipper, grinder, sprayer or are going to be near any harsh chemical, never do without face shields.

Special Protection for Welders

  • For workers who are involved in welding, a welding helmet is a must. It can protect your eyes from the burning rays as well as the face and neck in case there is any splatter of molten metal.
  • The welding helmet should have a colored lens with at least a No. 10 shade. It is all the more important if the welding is being done with 200 amperes or less. Read the welder's safety instruction manual before you choose your helmet for the job.
  • It is also important to protect and take care of your eyes after you have lifted your helmet.

Choosing the Appropriate Eye Protection: Some Useful Tips

  1. Never compromise with an appropriate eye protection when you are doing things that are harmful for your eyes, e.g. sawing, spray painting, grinding, drilling, welding, using chemicals or even working in a dusty environment.
  2. Use safety glasses or goggles while using power tools.
  3. Also, even if you are not welding yourself, do not look at an arc with the naked eye.
  4. If you have prescription safety glasses, make sure that they have side shields.
  5. Use sunglasses always as you step into the sun. Prolonged exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun is as harmful as a fatal chemical splash.
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