Is it Safe to Wear Safety Glasses All Day?
Yes. Wearing non-prescription safety eyewear all day will not damage your sight. However, wearing safety glasses or goggles for long periods while focusing intently can induce eye strain, something which is likely to affect your productivity. Eye strain and the accompanying headaches and blurred vision (especially risky in hazardous environments) are simply muscle fatigue.
Like any product, you get what you pay for; cheaper, lower quality protective eyewear is more likely to induce eye strain than products designed with comfort in mind. This is because:
- It may not fit correctly
- It is more likely to scratch, forcing the wearer’s eyes to focus around the scratch
- It could give a cloudy or slightly distorted view, again forcing the wearer’s eyes to work harder
- It may be the wrong tint for the type of work being undertaken - another way in which the wearer’s eyes may be strained
If you are engaged in a task which requires your close attention, it’s recommended to take regular breaks and give your eyes time to rest.
Can Safety Glasses Be Worn Over Prescription Glasses?
Yes, they can. Prescription safety glasses are available, although these can be costly. Wearing non-prescription safety glasses directly over prescription glasses is a less expensive option and this arrangement will also protect your prescription lenses from damage.
If you plan to wear safety eyewear over prescription glasses, it is important to ensure you wear a pair that will fit comfortably. Some safety glass models are specifically designed to accommodate prescription eyewear so it’s important to do your research before making a purchase.