Why Should I Wear Safety Glasses?

by Gary on July 21, 2008

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Why should you have to wear safety glasses while working? If you are working with hazardous chemicals or anything that might break and send small particles into the air, you need safety glasses or safety goggles to avoid getting something in your eyes. You might not realize that hazardous particles floating around can damage your vision; however, irritation, scratching, or even blindness can also occur when the eye is left unprotected.

Even if something doesn’t go directly into the eye, you may still have damage if you accidentally wipe your eye and the substance gets swept into it. If you are working with glass or mechanical parts that could break, you can prevent most eye injuries by wearing your safety glasses or face shields. It’s also important that you don’t rely solely on sunglasses or prescription glasses to protect your eyes because they are not designed for impact or splashes.

There are some very stylish safety glasses out there for those who want to look good on the job. In addition, there are glasses with magnification bifocals for those with vision problems. If you need more than reading glasses, you can also buy a pair of safety glasses with an insert for prescription lenses. There are even safety glasses you can put over your regular prescription glasses!

So there is really no excuse for neglecting your eyes when such a wide variety of safety glasses exist. A few dollars can help to prevent blindness or other damage to your eyes. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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