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July is Eye Injury Awareness Month

As July if full of 4th of July fireworks and celebrations, it seems appropriate to mark July as eye injury awareness month.

Did you know that 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by protective eyewear?

According to a national survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only 35 percent of respondents said they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance. Even fewer do so while playing sports.

Prescription safety glasses can be purchased at any optical stores and sports safety glasses or rec specs are more stylish than they were years ago. Most safety glasses are made of polycarbonate lens material.

Pros and cons of polycarbonate lenses

Lensmart 2022-03-15 15:59:40

Eye safety is one of the priorities when choosing suitable eyeglasses, and polycarbonate lenses are at the top of an expert’s recommendations. It is lightweight, impact-resistant, and offers UV protection—a combination that makes this lens worth purchasing. The lens material does not affect the eyeglasses’ corrective ability, but it can impact the way you perform your daily activities. Here are some examples other than polycarbonate: A polycarbonate lens is made of a flexible plastic initially designed as a material for aerospace gear in the Apollo Space Shuttle expedition. Also known as poly, this lens is highly impact-resistant. It is famous for withstanding forces that typically chip or shatter other materials. Polycarbonate is a super-strong material despite its lightweight quality. It is a thermoplastic that starts as a small and solid pellet, which undergoes injection molding. Poly is heated until it melts and is quickly poured into the lens mold. Then, it is compacted under high pressure and cooled off into the final lens form. Safety glasses use polycarbonate as the standard material and in children’s eyewear and sports goggles. If you are buying a rimless frame, poly is the most recommended lens for it, too.

Safety glasses for carpentry and construction can be purchased at most home supply stores.

Please consider wearing your safety glasses. Prevention goes a long way to protecting your eye sight and preventing long term vision loss.

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