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Safeguarding Your Vision: How to Make Sure Your Laser Glasses Are Effective

If you work with lasers, wearing the appropriate safety gear is critical to protecting your eyes from permanent and debilitating damage. While it may be tempting to assume that any safety glasses will suffice, choosing the wrong pair can lead to disastrous consequences.

As a laser user, it’s important to understand that not all safety glasses are created equal. Different types of lasers emit light at various wavelengths and intensities, which require specific levels of protection. To ensure your laser safety glasses provide the necessary protection, it’s essential to know how to evaluate them based on key factors such as wavelength range, optical density, and material composition. 

In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to ensure that your laser glasses are effective in keeping your eyes safe.

How to Verify Your Laser Glasses Provide Adequate Eye Protection

To ensure your laser glasses provide adequate protection, you should follow these guidelines:

  • Check the Wavelength Range: Laser glasses are designed to protect against specific wavelengths. Check the range printed on the glasses to ensure they match the wavelength(s) of your laser.
  • Verify the Optical Density (OD): Laser glasses are marked with an OD rating for each wavelength range. A higher OD rating indicates greater protection. Generally, an OD of 5 or higher is recommended for powerful lasers. However, laser alignment tasks may require a lower rating, typically between 2 and 3.
  • Consult with Your Laser Safety Officer (LSO): If you’re unsure which laser glasses to use, it’s always a good idea to consult with your LSO. They can help ensure that the glasses you select provide the level of protection needed to keep your eyes safe.

You should also be aware that depending on the type of laser and the intended use, different glasses may be required. For example, glasses designed to protect against ultraviolet (UV) lasers may not be effective against infrared (IR) lasers.

How to Choose the Right Pair for Your Needs

In addition to the points explained above, when shopping for laser glasses you should consider factors such as frame style, lens color, and comfort. Some glasses are designed to fit over prescription eyewear, while others have adjustable nose pads and temples for a customized fit.

Additionally, laser safety glasses are typically made of polycarbonate or glass, with polycarbonate being the more common material due to its lightweight and shatter-resistant properties. However, glass glasses may be preferred for their superior optical clarity and scratch resistance.

At Phillips Safety, we offer a wide range of laser safety glasses to suit various laser types and applications. Our glasses are designed to provide optimal protection without sacrificing comfort or style. We also offer a selection of accessories such as cases and cleaning supplies to help you care for your glasses and prolong their lifespan.

As a final point, choosing the right laser safety glasses is vital to maintaining eye safety. Don’t take chances with your vision. Always ensure that your laser glasses provide the appropriate protection needed for the job at hand. If you’re unsure which glasses to use, consult with your LSO or contact us for expert advice.

If you still aren’t sure which laser glasses are right for you, it’s a good idea to give us a call at 1-866-575-1307 or talk to us through our chat or e-mail us at

Our laser experts will be able to tell you what you need for your application.


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