Need Laser Safety Glasses? Here's What To Focus On

Many items used from day-to-day, such as barcode scanners and laser pointers, make use of the power of laser technology. However, if you plan to do regular work with lasers, it is a good idea to acquire quality laser safety glasses. Lasers can cause retinal problems and in some cases even lead to blindness after prolonged exposure, so wearing safety glasses can protect your vision over time. You may not know what to look for when buying these glasses; focus on the following factors when selecting a suitable pair.  

Your Existing Glasses

You might suspect that you don't even need safety glasses if you already have a pair of regular glasses because of existing problems with your vision. However, it's important to be aware that standard eyeglass lenses don't protect the eyes from lasers as well as those specifically made for that purpose. Not only that, but standard eyeglasses typically don't have sealed protection all the way around the eyes.

If you already wear prescription eyeglasses, you have two choices: you can buy a regular, non-prescription pair of laser safety glasses and wear them over your eyeglasses or you can have a pair custom-made with your existing prescription. To decide, consider your personal comfort level. You may not find it comfortable to wear two sets of eyewear throughout your workday. However, it is typically more expensive to get a custom-made solution. Think about which option makes the most sense for you. 

Types of Lasers You'll Be Exposed To

One thing you'll need to know as you shop for laser safety glasses is that different kinds protect your eyes from different kinds of lasers. That's because not all lasers are the same strength and pose different possible hazards. There are different laser classes; when you are looking at different safety glasses, be mindful about the class of laser you need to shop for. For example, if you will be doing welding work, be aware that the lasers typically used for those projects are Class 4 lasers; select safety glasses approved for that category.

Now that you're more aware of what to pay attention to when you choose safety glasses for your work with lasers, use what you've learned in this article to find an appropriate pair. Consult your eye doctor and a few different suppliers and retailers to choose a pair that will feel comfortable while you're wearing them and protect your eyes.