Do Safety Glasses Expire?

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Whether you’re planning to buy a new pair of safety glasses or you’ve been issued a standard pair, you probably still have a few lingering questions about safety glasses. For example, do safety glasses expire? Do they ever lose their protective features? And, when do you really need to purchase a new pair of safety glasses?

As it turns out, safety glasses can last anywhere from one year to several years depending on how they’re used. Factors such as how they’re stored, how often they’re used, and what condition they were in when you got them can all affect the dependability of your safety glasses. In this article, we will discuss what affects the lifespan of your safety glasses and how to know when it’s time to get a new pair.

Assessing whether it's time to replace your safety glasses can depend on several factors. How often you wear your safety glasses and what activities they’re used for has a lot to do with when they should be replaced.

For example, environmental factors may play a part in when you should get a new pair of safety glasses. Someone who needs safety glasses while working outdoors may need a replacement sooner than someone who only uses their glasses for occasional lab use. Additionally, if you require prescription eye protection, it may become necessary to replace your safety lenses and/or frames as your RX changes.

Additionally, those who are not careful when storing safety glasses may need to replace them more frequently. If safety eyewear is carelessly tossed onto hard surfaces or isn’t secured and stored when not in use – it may lose its structural integrity, protective coatings, or effectiveness over time.

When it comes to safety standards and requirements for eyewear, the ANSI standards for eye and face protection are revised as new technology becomes available. So, your old pair of safety glasses might need an update to meet current performance or safety standards as needed.

How to know when to get a new pair of safety glasses can depend on a lot of things. Although there isn’t necessarily a universally recommended replacement schedule for protective eyewear, it’s a good idea to replace them at least every 5 years or sooner, depending on the condition of your glasses or revisions to ANSI standards.

At Ocusafe™, we understand the importance of having access to professional-grade protective eyewear. To meet our customers' needs, we offer a wide selection of high-quality frames and shatter-proof lenses at affordable prices online – including great deals on construction safety glasses, sports glasses, safety sunglasses, prescription safety eyewear, and more!

Ocusafe™ is operated by professional eye doctors who have each spent over 25 years specializing in online, retail, and doctor-patient eye care settings. So when you purchase safety eyewear at Ocusafe™, you’re in great hands!

Each pair of safety glasses and prescription safety glasses are custom crafted in the USA and include full UV-protection, scratch-resistant coating, and our 100% worry-free guarantee. With our affordable prices, high-grade materials, and thorough quality assurance inspection process, you can feel confident when shopping online for prescription safety glasses from Ocusafe™.

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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.