In the workplace we know the importance of keeping eyes protected from potential impact hazards. What we often forget to protect our eyes from is an everyday hazard, the sun. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. As well as causing strain to the eye, these rays are considered to cause cataracts and eyelid cancer and may possibly play a part in muscular degeneration, a major cause of vision loss.
Protecting your eyes from UVA and UVB rays is paramount for overall eye health. The Cancer Council Australia recommends considering the following when choosing outdoor eyewear:
Pick a close fitting, wraparound style to minimise the amount of light reaching the eye
Check to ensure that the eyewear meets the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 1067 – category 2, 3 or 4) or safety glasses that meet AS/NZS 1337
Pick a polarised lens to reduce glare
Ensure that you wear your eye protection throughout the day, as UVA and UVB radiation exposure to your eye peeks in the early morning and late afternoon. This is due to the angle of the sun in relation to your eyes.
Polarised lenses eliminate glare by organising the chaotic light entering you eye, increasing your quality of vision. This is extremely important when operating vehicles or working outdoors. Polarised glasses can also increase clarity and contrast.
Bollé polarised lenses block virtually 99.99% of UVA and UVB, surpassing government and commercial standards, making them an ideal choice. All Bollé safety glasses are injection moulded, with the polarised film embedded meaning it won’t scratch or wear of over time.
Visit your local ATOM warehouse to see the polarised lens range.
Remember, if you have an outdoor occupation proper sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are tax deductable.