Best Safety Glasses Buying Guide
To ensure you are getting the best safety glasses, it’s important to consider the following:
Safety glasses need to be comfortable but with a high level of durability. Look for a lightweight but tough plastic or nylon frame, as well as polycarbonate lenses. Added design components can include rubberises grips or foam edges for a secure, comfortable fit.
Eye protection level
Safety eyewear should come with the right safety certification to ensure you are getting sufficient eye protection. Look for the European Standard, EN166 which covers the glasses as well as EN170 which means the lenses have the right ultraviolet (UV) filters.
There’s a wide choice of lenses and it’s important to pick the right type for you as well as the environment/s you will be typically using them in. Clear lenses are good for indoor use, while tinted or polarized lenses are the ideal option if you are working outside. It is also possible to get prescription lenses if you need to wear prescription glasses, although these will be more expensive.
Other lenses available for safety eyewear include anti-glare, anti-fog as well as blue-light blocking.
Ultra Violet (UV) Protection
This is important if you are regularly working outside as the lenses will help to protect your eyes from the potentially damaging UV in the sun’s rays.
By the nature of DIY or construction work, you will be putting your safety goggles through their paces. And this means you need tough lenses that won’t scratch easily. Look for scratch resistant safety glasses - polycrystalline diamond or diamond-like carbon (DLC) treatments are a good choice as your safety glasses will last longer.
It may be essential that your safety glasses also give peripheral protection, that is the side of your face as well as the front of your eyes. Peripheral coverage often means you are buying an enclosed pair of glasses, which are more goggle-like so also look for anti-fogging properties to keep your vision clear as you work.
As you may well be wearing your safety glasses for long periods of time, maybe in a warm workshop, it’s essential that you get the level of comfort you need. Look for adjustable and ergonomic frames, padding, soft nose bridges and rubber temples as well as ensuring the frames are the right size for your face.
For everyday use, in the home workshop or at work, NoCry Safety Glasses are quality safety goggles that give effective protection for your eyes. Made from clear polycarbonate, they are scratch and glare resistant as well as anti-fog and are comfortable enough to wear all day. And their cool looks put these safety glasses at the top of our eye protection list.
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