With spring underway and summer just around the corner, it’s time to think about wearing protective lenses for outdoor yard work. Equipment such as leaf blowers, mowers, hedge trimmers, etc., can cause debris to blow into your eye and result in injury or irritation.
Safety glasses will help protect your eyes while you work in the yard and will provide some relief for allergy sufferers. Examples of safety glasses include:
Glass and Plastic:
Glass lenses are high density and heavy, but will lose impact resistance if they become scratched. Glass lenses also do not meet criteria by the CSA. An alternative to glass lenses, plastic lenses are about half the weight. They are resistant to solvents and pitting. Plastic lenses also offer more choices for coatings and tinting.
Polycarbonate and Trivex:
Polycarbonate lenses are lightweight, but made of strong material suited for impact resistance and scratches. Trivex lenses aren’t as resistant, but they are stronger than plastic lenses. They also have built-in UV radiation protection which is useful to anyone who spends extended time outdoors. In fact, polycarbonate lenses provide 99 percent protection from UV-A and UV-B rays.
Prevent Blindness America offers these tips on how to protect your eyes while doing work in the yard:
- When mowing your lawn, wear safety glasses (or goggles) with side protection. Always check your yard and remove debris before mowing.
- Wear safety glasses under a face shield when using a weed whacker.
- Wear glasses when working with power saws or trimmers.
- Wear glasses to protect your eyes from pelletized or powdered fertilizers, pesticides and other yard chemicals.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after any yard task before touching your eyes or face.
If you feel a foreign object in your eye, gently rinse your eye with water. Do not rub your eye or touch your eyeball. If the irritation continues, call your doctor to schedule an appointment.