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Different Types of Safety Glasses

There are as many different types of safety glasses as there are eyes. Some offer anti-fogging capabilities and some are tinted to allow for sun protection. But every pair should do one job, and one job well: protect your eyes from damage.

Because safety glasses are so different from one another, it’s important to understand what application you’ll be using them for. Once you’ve determined what type of protection you need, you can make the best, most informed decision on which type to buy.

Different types of safety glasses

Type of Material

Depending on the application, your job will require more or less protection. The three main types of materials to choose from are:

  1. Glass: Scratch-resistant, but can fog easily and be heavy and uncomfortable.
  2. Plastic: Lightweight, fog-resistant but scratches easily.
  3. Polycarbonate: Stronger than both glass and plastic, lightweight, impact, scratch and fog-resistant.

Clear versus Tinted

Clear safety glasses are standard for indoor use, but if you’re working outside, it’s nice to have a tinted pair of glasses in case it’s a bright day. These will also protect your eyes from UV-rays. Keep in mind that tinted glasses can be troublesome if it’s an overcast day, so make sure you also carry a pair of clear glasses, too.

Amount of Coverage/Size

Depending on your industry, you may need glasses which wrap around and completely seal in your eye (industries where debris and other hazards can unexpectedly fly at you), or you might need glasses that allow for room for prescription glasses underneath. Whatever the need, make sure you do your research on what you need, then search for the appropriate amount of protection.

Your top choice in PPE

At Colony Distribution, all of our safety glasses come standard with UVA/B/C protection and are also abrasion-resistant. Take a look at our selection of safety glasses, or, call us today for more information!