When you’re working on projects around your home, in your garage or with power tools, it’s important to protect your eyes. There are three general classes of eye protection available, depending on which types of hazards you’re working with. Be sure to choose the right kind for your project.
Types of Eye Protection
1. Safety Glasses: Glasses are the most common and comfortable type of protective eyewear. With a similar style to reading glasses, they shield your eyes from flying debris and dust. The lenses are also made of impact-resistant, shatterproof plastic.
They come in a wide variety of styles from brands like Uvex, Dewalt and 3M. For people who tend to do a lot of work outdoors, you can also find safety sunglasses, which are tinted glasses that offer the same shatterproof protection as clear options.
2. Safety Goggles: These have the advantage of wrapping completely around your eyes, offering protection from all sides. They’re also good for people who already wear glasses, since they can be used over the top of existing eyewear. These are the best choice when working with liquid hazards since they can prevent splash injuries to the eye.
3. Face Shields: These can be used alone or as extra protection offering full face shielding. They’re the best choice for activities like grinding or spraying. Face shields are not designed to stop impact hazards, so in those situations, they should be used with either safety glasses or goggles.