Your lens material can have a major impact on your other lens options, and vice versa.
When ordering a pair of prescription safety glasses, your lens material has a large impact on both your other lens option choices and some of the traits of your lenses. If you are shopping for prescription glasses online, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the different lens materials offered, their strengths and weaknesses, and their availability in different colors and prescriptions. Doing so will make shopping easier and more productive.
Plastic, polycarbonate, high index plastic, and trivex lens materials can all be considered types of plastic. The other materials typically available are glass and, to a much lesser extent, high index glass. Knowing which materials are best for what types of glasses will make it easier to narrow down your choices based on the kind of prescription glasses you’re hoping to get. Even if you are still faced with deciding between two or three lens materials, it will be easier than deciding between six of them.
When shopping for prescription safety glasses online, it is most important to consider the types of hazards you need to protect yourself from. If you need impact resistance, nothing will protect you as well as polycarbonate. That being said, if scratch resistance is very important to you, you may want to choose plastic instead. Most of our customers choose polycarbonate and, when cared for correctly, find that poly lasts until they need a new pair of glasses.
If you are curious about what lens materials are best for your application, the best thing you can do is call. Our customer service representatives have knowledge of the best choices for most applications, along with helpful tips for how to extend the life of your glasses.
One of the most important things you can do is to clean your glasses well. You can overcome the relatively low scratch resistance of polycarbonate simply by using tap water to rinse the debris off of the glasses before cleaning them. You should also never use cleaning solutions with ammonia in them on polycarbonate as it can ruin the lenses. Lens coatings have their own set of rules as well.
For more information about lens materials, drop us a comment below or give us a call. We’d love to know what lenses you chose and why!
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