Jean Yu, OD
Optometrist located in San Diego, CA
Eye injuries can be common in some lines of work, but they’re usually preventable as long as you wear safety glasses. Neovision Optometry in San Diego offers a full selection of safety glasses designed to protect your eyes from hazards including flying objects and chemicals. Experienced optometrist Jean Yu, OD, can recommend a pair that’s right for you. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Safety Glasses Q & A
What are safety glasses?
As the term implies, safety glasses are protective glasses designed to prevent eye injuries. Eye injuries are a leading cause of blindness, and the majority of them are preventable with appropriate eyewear. Safety glasses can protect you against hazards on the job, at home, and while playing sports.
Safety glasses should fit the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Compared with regular glasses, safety glasses:
- Have stronger frames and lenses
- Are more resistant to heat
- Are more impact-resistant
You can get prescription or non-prescription safety glasses at Neovision Optometry.
When do I need to wear safety glasses?
Safety glasses are necessary if you work in an occupation that puts you at risk of eye injuries. Occupations that require protective eyewear include, but are not limited to:
- Auto repair
- Electrical work
Your job may include hazards like flying objects, dust, chemicals, radiation, and disease-causing agents. You can find safety glasses at Neovision Optometry that provide the level of protection you need to perform your job while keeping your eyes safe.
Depending on the line of work you’re in, Dr. Yu may recommend safety glasses with side protection, or glasses specifically designed to protect against harmful radiation. Even if your job requires you to wear a face shield, it’s important to wear safety glasses underneath so your eyes are protected when you lift the shield.
If you perform yard work or use power tools at home, it’s also necessary to protect your eyes while you perform those tasks. Dr. Yu can recommend appropriate safety glasses for at-home use.
How can I prevent eye injuries?
The most important thing you can do to prevent eye injuries is to wear safety glasses when you’re at work or performing any activity that puts your eyes at risk. Be sure to regularly inspect your safety glasses and make sure they’re in good condition. Replace your safety glasses whenever they’re damaged.
Other tips to protect your eyes from injuries include:
- Being aware of the eye injury hazards at your job
- Eliminating hazards whenever possible
- Using caution when working with chemicals
To learn more about safety glasses, schedule an appointment at Neovision Optometry online or over the phone.