Can You Use Prescription Glasses as Safety Glasses?

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Can You Wear Personal Glasses Instead of Safety Glasses?

Prescription glasses can help you see clearly, but they’re not strong enough to block dangerous debris. Learn more about how safety glasses protect your eyes and discover an alternative to wearing risky standard glasses.

Differences Between Prescription Glasses and Safety Glasses

Prescription glasses and safety glasses are two very different products. Everyday prescription glasses aren’t built to protect your eyes, so they may not have vital features like shatter-proof lenses and side shields. In fact, wearing standard glasses instead of safety glasses can increase the risk of eye injuries. Regular glasses are more likely to break on impact, sending debris straight toward your eyes. On the other hand, experts specially make safety glasses to protect you. Here are the key differences between prescription glasses and safety glasses.

Personal Glasses Aren’t Safety Rated

Personal glasses are designed for everyday use. That means the focus is on style, not eye protection. Safety glasses follow strict design rules to guard your vision. At Ocusafe, our designs are safety rated with ANSI standards so you get industry-leading protection.

Safety Lenses Are Purpose-Built to Protect Your Eyes

Regular glasses may feature thin lenses that easily break on impact. Safety glasses are more durable, with shatter-proof lenses that can withstand high-velocity debris. Ocusafe adds powerful scratch-resistant coatings to boost durability.

Personal Glasses Don’t Have Side Protection

Some projects have a lot of debris and fast-moving parts. Personal glasses can’t handle messy environments. For total protection, safety glasses can feature side shields that block hazardous debris from all angles.

Safety Glasses Have Stronger Frames

Prescription glasses are made for everyday wear and tear. But that’s not good enough when you need eye protection. Safety glasses feature expert-made frames that can withstand intense impact. That means they protect your eyes and last longer than standard prescription glasses.

Normal prescription glasses aren’t ready to protect your eyes. But you don’t have to compromise clear vision to stay safe. Ocusafe makes prescription safety glasses for the best of both worlds. Here’s how it works.

First, choose your frames. At Ocusafe, we’re dedicated to making reliable eye protection for any project. That’s why we partner with leading designers to bring you a complete range of styles. To stay safe while working with chemicals, choose fully sealed frames that block dangerous vapors. To stop sawdust and other debris, order impact-resistant frames with side shields. We’ve got designs for everyone.

Next, pick your lenses. Ocusafe offers custom protection with a wide variety of lens options, including sunglasses and Transitions® for outdoor work. Plus, get even more protection by shopping add-ons like anti-glare coatings or blue light filters.

Finally, add your prescription info. Our experts can make everything from single-vision lenses to bifocals and progressives— whatever the doctor orders. We’ll make your custom safety glasses and ship them straight to your door. It’s that easy.

Eye protection is essential, and Ocusafe makes it easy with online ordering and fast shipment. Ocusafe glasses are available with or without prescription lenses, and every pair follows strict ANSI safety standards. Shop affordable styles from industry-leading brands today!

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    Marc Weinstein

    Dr. Weinstein's interest in eyecare was sparked at a young age when he struggled in school due to an undiagnosed eye condition. Once he received a diagnosis and underwent vision therapy prescribed by an optometrist, his life changed. This experience ignited his passion for optometry and improving people's lives through better vision.

    With a career dedicated to optometry, Dr. Weinstein has made significant contributions to the field. In October 2000, he launched the website to address the affordability of prescription eyeglasses. 39DollarGlasses offers lightweight and shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses as well as hundreds of stylish frames at affordable prices, making quality eyewear accessible to more people.

    His understanding of the crucial role that protective eyewear plays in preventing eye injuries and his unwavering commitment to eye safety led Dr. Weinstein to launch Ocusafe™ offers a collection of high-quality safety glasses that meet the highest industry standards for durability and effectiveness. Through Ocusafe™, Dr. Weinstein aims to fulfill the needs of individuals and companies seeking top-quality safety eyewear and prioritize eye safety in various industries and activities.

    Dr. Weinstein is dedicated to educating patients about the benefits of different lens enhancements, which can improve vision and provide relief for various conditions. These enhancements have a positive impact on migraines, sleep, and photophobia. His passion for this cause has resulted in the introduction of Neurolux™ headache lenses on and Ocusleep™ lenses, available at He also launched to meet the growing demand for safe contact lenses.

    Dr. Weinstein earned his doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry and completed his residency in Low Vision and Geriatrics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. In addition to his professional pursuits, he enjoys traveling, sports, and spending quality time with his wife and three children.