Eye Injury and Protection
About 95 per cent of eye injuries treated in Australian hospitals are a result of carelessness and lack of attention to basic eye safety precautions. The vast majority of eye injuries can be avoided by taking a common sense approach to hazardous activities. You should wear eye protection during all potential hazardous tasks around the home and in the work place, even if you are just lending a hand.
There’s a lot more to eye protection than just putting on a pair of safety glasses. There are numerous products available in the market which claim eye safety, but the trick is using the most appropriate safety eyewear for the particular task. By having a good understanding of the different kinds of eye protection, you can make an informed choice and find the solution that is best for you.
Common Causes of Eye Injury:
- Impact –such as plastic pieces or metal flakes can hit your eye and result in puncture, scratch or bruise
- Dust – sanding or woodwork can cause dust and grit to fly into your eye, resulting in irritation and scratches
- Chemical - harmful chemical vapours, mists and fumes, or liquid chemicals splashing into your eyes, can burn the surface of your eye
- Heat – exposure to high temperatures, molten metal, or hot sparks poses a potential burn hazard
- Visible Radiation – unprotected exposure to an intense light source such as laser can result in retinal burns and permanent loss of vision
- Ultraviolet (invisible) radiation – sources of UV radiation such as welding arc can cause burns to the cornea and conjunctiva, cataracts and retinal damage
Different situations require different types of protective eyewear. The main types of protective eyewear are safety glasses, positive seal and safety goggles.
| Regular Safety Glasses for |
General purpose use
| Positive Seal Safety Glasses |
for dusty environments
| Goggles for high |
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Prescription Safety Eyewear
When considering prescription safety glasses, it is important to know that one of the most significant parts of safety glasses are the lenses. PHOENIX prescription Safety lenses offered by HOYA through your local Independent Optometrist are the most suitable eye safety lens solution for safety eyewear needs.
Benefits of Phoenix prescription lenses material:
- Increased protection from impact due to PHOENIX lenses being 10 times stronger than standard CR39 lenses
- Increased comfort due to ultra-lightweight PHOENIX lenses, even for prolonged periods of wear as phoenix is 10% lighter than polycarbonate
- PHOENIX lenses are clearer to look through than polycarbonate
- PHOENIX Safety Lenses are completely resistant to common chemicals when compared to polycarbonate
- Standard with UV Ban, 100% protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays
| Standard CR39 Lenses |
| Phoenix Lenses |
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