Post: The Many Kinds of Safety Glasses and Their Unique Purposes

The Many Kinds of Safety Glasses and Their Unique Purposes

Many Kinds of Safety Glasses and Their Unique Purposes

Generally, when people hear the words “safety glasses” they might think about some clear, plastic specs used when sawing wood or sporty, tinted shades for long motorcycle riding excursions. But the reality of safety glasses is that they act as protective gear for a broad range of activities from sporting events to working in a medical lab and everything in between. If you are curious about the many uses of safety glasses, you have come to the right place! In these posts, we will introduce you to the different things safety glasses can be used for and what special features each kind of eyewear has to offer.

1.     Photochromic Safety Glasses: Don’t you just hate it when you are wearing your safety glasses and have to be interrupted by the process of switching out your lenses to adjust to the new lighting conditions? After all, if you have any experience with wearing safety glasses, you know that a clear lens is best for indoor situations, but if you need extra protection, you probably require a new shade. Instead of wasting time switching your lenses out, why not invest in a pair of photochromic safety glasses to make your life easier? With photochromic lenses, the color of the lenses will change automatically without you having to do a thing. You can find a high-quality pair of glasses with photochromic lenses that will change from clear to tinted in no more than eight seconds. And when you need the glasses to go from tinted to clear, they will adjust in 35 seconds. Photochromic lenses are designed to respond to UV light and change colors in accordance to the various light conditions. In addition to the special photochromic feature, these safety glasses are ANSI Z87.1-2010 certified, block out 99.9% of UV rays, and come with an anti-scratch coating.

2.     Warden Safety Glasses: Warden Safety Glasses are most likely the glasses that people picture when they hear the words “safety glasses”. This is because they are commonly used in multiple industries from construction to tree trimming to lawn work and more. The lenses are a bit larger and wider than conventional glasses and offer shield-like protection for the eyes. Although the lens size is bigger than normal, Warden Safety Glasses are substantially lighter in weight than other types of safety eyewear. In addition to an excellent peripheral view, the lenses offer durable protection because of the polycarbonate material that they are made out of. These glasses come in various lens colors including clear, smokey grey, and clear with enhanced silver AR. They meet and exceed the ANSI Z87.1 standards for safety and are constructed with a comfortable foam nose pad that offers a secure, non-slip grip. The practically weightless frame comes with rubberized earpieces for added comfort and security, making these glasses perfect for long hours of use. The earpieces and foam nose pad also ensure that there isn’t excessive pressure irritating the head and face.3.     Forensic Glasses: Anyone working in a forensics lab needs a quality pair of glasses designed specifically for forensic tasks. When an investigator uses both a UV lamp along forensic glasses, they are better able to see fluorescence traces from far away. Obviously, forensic glasses are a huge asset for investigators and in some cases, they are absolutely necessary. However, there are specific types of forensic glasses that are needed for varying scenarios. Some factors that could influence what type of forensic eyewear you need include the kind of material being inspected, what surface the material is on, the substance of the material (whether it is old, new, hot, cold, wet, dry, etc.), and what the lighting conditions of the environment are. When an investigator wants to get rid of any unnecessary reflected light that is getting in the way of what they are inspecting, they will need forensic glasses to filter that light. There are three standard lens options to choose from: red lenses (transmitting 2% at 583nm), orange lenses (transmitting 2% at 549nm), and yellow lenses (transmitting 2% at 480nm). If you aren’t sure what type of forensic glasses you need, you can also contact the customer service section of the manufacturing company to get the right fit, style, and lens specifications4.     Medical Safety Glasses: Medical professionals who work in labs, examination rooms, and other areas where they will be exposed to harsh and potentially damaging light will need adequate eye protection. Medical safety glasses effectively keep the bad light and harmful rays out while sharpening vision. The good news about medical safety glasses is that the majority of them can be purchased for quite a reasonable price (roughly $30 or less) and they will prove to be a great long-term investment. Look for medical safety glasses that come with specific protective features such as glare reduction, anti-fog coating, military-grade quality, and durable, polycarbonate frame, and lens material. Look for medical safety glasses that also prioritize comfort and security since you will probably be wearing them for hours at a time. It’s best to invest in a pair of safety eyewear that comes with a rubberized, non-slip nose piece and temple bar.Looking for more information on the unique types of safety glasses that are available for all purposes? Don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions that you might have! You can also visit out our official website or keep reading our other blog posts for more free resources. We are committed to helping our customers find the right eyewear for their specific protection needs.

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