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Best Lenses for Prescription Safety Glasses
There’s a reason that we wear safety glasses on so many jobs – vision is our most important sense. Because of this, most of us need excellent vision to be able to perform our job correctly. A material that provides excellent vision and excellent protection would, therefore, qualify as making the best lenses for prescription safety glasses. Which materials fall under this category?
- Polycarbonate lens material is the industry standard for prescription safety glasses for its unmatched impact resistance and better-than-average optics.
- Polycarbonate is the most impact resistant material, but it’s not very scratch-proof.
- Trivex is another awesome lens material because of its excellent impact resistance and optical clarity.
- Trivex is more scratch-proof than polycarbonate, though its impact resistance is slightly lower.
- Polycarbonate has a refractive index of about 1.58, which means that it will be slightly thinner than Trivex, which has a refractive index of 1.53.
- Polycarbonate has some common problems with aberration, so if you’re working at a job where you do a lot of writing or fine detail work, you may want Trivex for its slightly greater optical clarity.
- The bottom line is this: there are no best lenses for prescription safety glasses because “best” depends on your needs, but polycarbonate and Trivex are commonly accepted as the best in the industry.
If you want to know what the best lenses for prescription safety glasses are for you, give us a call to talk about what you need them for!
There are a few other things to consider when shopping for the best lenses for your prescription safety glasses. If you’re commonly in dusty or dirty environments, don’t get anti-reflective coating as it will make your lenses more scratch-prone. Always get anti-scratch coating. Don’t get colored lenses unless you always work outside in the sun. Transitions lenses will get clear indoors, but, if your eyes are sensitive to bright sunlight, you’ll need to wear a hat with them in full sun. Polarized lenses are great unless you have to look at electronics during your job or have to do anything in the dark or indoors.
Consider all of these things when shopping for prescription safety glasses, and remember: the best is what’s best for your occupation! Give us a call or leave a comment below to find out more. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!