Even the most cutting-edge safety glasses in the world won’t last forever and that means that there will eventually come a time when your protective eyewear needs to be replaced. If you continue to use safety glasses that are outdated or compromised in quality, it can negatively affect the quality of your work and put you and your eyes at greater risk when you are in a hazardous environment. But how exactly can you be sure that it’s time to replace the old with the new? By knowing the signs to look for that will tell you it’s time to invest in new safety glasses. In this post, we will take a look at the top four signs that tell it’s time to replace your prescription safety glasses.
- Things Are Starting to Get a Little Blurry: The keyword we are looking for here is prescription. If you have protective eyewear that doesn’t just serve the purpose of keeping your eyes safe, but also enhancing your vision while wearing them because you need corrective lenses, it is vitally important to pay attention to your prescription. People who typically wear prescription lenses throughout the day will also need those prescription lenses when they are wearing their safety glasses. If you wear glasses on a daily basis and your prescription changes in a year, not only do you need the lenses in your normal glasses updated, you will also need the lenses in your safety glasses updated. As a general rule of thumb, plan to visit your eye doctor for an eye examination at least once a year. If your eye doctor tells you that you need a prescription update, you’ll also know you need to get your safety glasses updated.
- Your Vision is Obstructed When You’re Wearing The Glasses: A prescription update isn’t the only thing that could be causing compromised vision; there are actually many reasons why the lenses of your current safety glasses could be obstructing your clarity and range of view. One of the biggest culprits behind the obstructed vision is a pair of safety glasses with scratched lenses. Lenses that have been worn for years are substantially more likely to be scratched, especially when the lenses never had a protective scratch-resistant coating in the first place. Another common problem is lenses that are permanently foggy or streaky in some spots because the lenses were cleaned with the wrong kind of cleaning solution (specifically window cleaners with harsh chemicals instead of cleaning solutions designed specifically for eyewear). If when wearing your safety glasses you notice your lenses seem permanently dirty, scratched, or foggy, it’s time to replace them with something new. Ideally, when you start shopping for your new pair of safety glasses, you should look for ones with lenses that have an anti-fog coating, scratch-coating, and shatterproof resistance.
- Safety Glasses With The Wrong Frames: Sometimes the lenses of the safety glasses aren’t the problem at all and instead it’s the frames. There is a wide range of problems that could be caused by the frames such as an uncomfortable fit, poor quality material, frames that fit too loosely around the face and continuously slip off, or frames that are not equipped with the right features to guarantee maximum protection, comfort, and functionality. In other cases, frames of safety glasses that are old and outdated are more likely to be prone to breakage or other kinds of damage. If the frames of your safety glasses are damaged or the fit of them isn’t right for you, it is a good indication that you need to replace your protective eyewear. When you are searching for new safety glasses, strive to find a pair with frames made out of highly durable, yet comfortable material (like polycarbonate plastic). Also, you might want to look for a frame that comes with side shields for extra protection (depending on the work you are doing), a wraparound style for more security and comfort, and soft, rubberized padding around the nose and temples. Some people prefer a pair of protective eyewear that is constructed with an adjustable head strap so they can enjoy even more security and have their glasses on them at all times around their neck even when they are not using them.
- Safety Glasses That You’ve Had for Five Years or Longer: Generally, any pair of safety glasses that you’ve had for five or more years could be considered replaceable. Safety glasses, like anything else, become outdated over time and may not be able to protect your eyes, as well as more current eyewear, can. Additionally, if you have changed professions or hobbies (such as moving from construction to tactical tree work), you may require a different type of safety eyewear for your eyes. If you are someone who wears prescription glasses on a daily basis, you should look into changing your safety glasses every few years (if needed), instead of waiting five.
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