Fascinating Facts about Your Eyes

Did you know that eyes actually developed around 550 million years ago? The earliest forms of eyes were just small regions of photoreceptor proteins. Many ancient medics, artists and philosophers had their own mystical and poetic theories on how eyes worked with the idea of photoreception. Plato wrote in the fourth century, BCE, that light emanated from the eye, grabbing objects with its rays.  More metaphorically, philosopher Theophrastus, wrote that the eye had “the fire within.”

Fascinating Facts about Your Eyes

Here are some fun facts about eyes you may not know:

  • Your eyes start to develop approximately two weeks after you’re conceived.
  • You shed eyelashes all the time. In the average lifetime, you would have shed up to 99 feet of eyelashes.
  • Eyebrows actually serve a purpose. They are genetically present to protect sweat from your eyes, and eyelashes prevent dirt and dust from entering your eyes.
  • Your eyes will never grow in size.
  • Only 1/6 of your eyeball is actually showing. A good analogy for this is to think of an iceberg tip with the larger base in underwater.
  • Eyes are responsible for approximately 80% of our memories in contrast with ears, touch, and other senses.
  • Besides humans, dogs are the only animals that can seek visual cues from another individual’s eyes, and dogs only do this when interacting with humans.
  • Some women have a genetic eye mutation which allows them to see up to a million more distinct colors than other humans.
  • We spend 10% of our day with our eyes closed, blinking.
  • An ostrich’s eye is actually bigger than its brain.
  • A goldfish has eyes but no eyelids. Their eyes are always open.
  • The game Tetris can actually help cure people with lazy or inconsistent eye muscles.
  • Bees have five eyes.
  • The space between your eyes and eyebrows is actually referred to as the nasion.
  • It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • Night vision devices typically contain green light because humans can detect more shades of green than any other color.
  • The world’s most common eye color is brown.
  • Diabetes is the number 1 cause of blindness in the Western World.
  • Your eyes have 107 million light-sensitive cells.
  • Pirates believed that wearing gold earrings improved their eye sight.
  • The term ‘it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye’ actually derives from Ancient Rome. It was literally the main rule for their wrestling matches: ‘no eye gouging.’
  • The cornea is the clear-looking covering on top of the iris and pupil.
  • Astigmatism refers to a curvature of the cornea or lens, and toric lenses are prescribed to aid the individual’s vision.
  • Your eye color can actually change – though this is rare.
  • 20/20 vision seems like perfect vision, but it’s actually a way of describing average, healthy vision.
  • Seven million “cones” helps you see color and detail while the 100 million “rods” help you distinguish black and white. So, less than a tenth of your visual receptors actually detect color.
  • The eyes blink on an average of 17 times per minute, 14,280 times per day and 5.2 million times a year.
  • Right behind the pupil is the lens, which focuses on objects you look at. Take a moment to look around a room and think about the various distances you’re focusing at. Each time, you do this, your eye’s lens instantly changes focus without you even being aware of it. Compare that with a camera’s lens, which takes a few seconds to focus between one distance and the next.
  • Diabetes is often first detected during an eye exam. Those who suffer from type 2 diabetes are often symptom-free, meaning they don’t even know that they’ve got it. This type of diabetes is normally picked up during eye exams as it could be seen as small hemorrhages from leaking blood vessels at the back of the eye.

Find Out More Facts With a Professional

Everyone’s eyes are unique and it’s good to ask medical professionals such as the eye specialists at Advanced Eye Medical about interesting facts in regards to your specific prescription and medical eye history. Doing more research to get to know your eyes and vision needs is valuable and the results can turn out to be very interesting. So contact us today.

13 Crazy Facts About the Human Eye

The human body can do amazing things. Nothing can quite compare with the eyes though. Each eyeball is made up of over 2 million working parts. That’s right… 2 million. That means that the eyes are always busy doing something awesome. If you think you know your eyes just because you’ve had them your entire life, think again. Prepare to be amazed by what your eyes are capable of.

13 Crazy Facts About Your Eyes

  1. There is a blind spot in your vision. This is because of a hole in the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice it because your eyes work together to mend the blind spot. Each eye makes up for the missing information in the other eye.
  1. Blue eyes are actually a genetic mutation. Everyone had brown eyes until about 6,000 years ago. So, if you have blue eyes, then you are technically genetically related to every other blue-eyed person on earth. Also, it is possible to be born with blue eyes, even if you don’t have blue-eyed relatives on either side for several generations.
  1. What about eyelashes and eyebrows? Well, they actually have a purpose other than a canvas for makeup. The eyebrows are there to keep sweat from dripping in the eye and the eyelashes are designed to keep dirt and dust from getting into the eyes. Each eyelash has a life span of about 5 months.
  1. Newborn babies have some interesting eyes. Their new eyes, which started to develop only 2 weeks after conception, are colorblind. They can only see clearly up to 15 inches away, which is the distance from a nursing mother’s face to her baby’s face. Newborn eyes aren’t capable of producing tears until about 4 weeks of age.


  1. Speaking of brand new eyes, your eyes are the same size for your entire life. They won’t grow, unlike your ears and nose. The average eye is about 1 inch across and weighs just under one ounce.
  1. Tears are made of different materials for different reasons. Tears made for crying, yawning, or to get an eye irritant out all have a different make-up. And, tears aren’t just water. They’re made up of a fatty outer layer and a mucous inner layer, with a small layer of water in between.
  1. Your eyes don’t actually see – your brain does. The images reported to your brain by your eyes are backwards and upside down. Each half of the brain receives one half of the image. Your brain has to compose the image into what you normally see. Also, some vision impairments are the result of a flaw in the vision cortex of the brain, not in the eye itself.
  1. Your eyes only have three color receptors. Your retinas can detect red, yellow and blue. However, the red receptor really only picks up on yellow-green, and the green receptor sees blue-green. Your brain has to combine these signals to create the color red in an image.
  1. Blinking is a strange phenomenon. Each blink lasts about one-tenth of a second. It’s possible to blink 5 times in one second. The average person blinks about 17 times per minute. That equates to blinking 14,280 times per day, and more than 5 million times per year. And finally, you actually blink more when you are talking to someone than when you are reading.
  1. Think 20/20 means that your vision is absolutely perfect? Think again. All it means is that you can see 20 feet in front of you as well as the average person. The higher the bottom number, the better. For example, 20/15 means that the person can see things from 20 feet what an average person can see from 15. 20/200 can only see things like letters on a stop sign, and is considered to be legally blind.
  1. The muscles around the eye are the most active muscles in the entire body. Your eye constantly makes little jerking movements called microsaccades. These small movements keep objects in your vision from fading, because according to Troxler’s Effect, static objects in your line of sight will fade from your vision if you stare at them for a longer period of time.
  1. Eyes have interesting physical qualities. The iris, or the colored part of the eye, has 256 unique characteristics. A fingerprint has only 40, which is why many security programs now use retinal scanning. The cornea is the only tissue in the entire body that doesn’t have blood. The choroid, which is located behind the retina and is rich in blood vessels, is the reason why the eyes appear red in some photographs. The light reflects off of the blood vessels, giving the “red eye.”
  1. Vision problems are quite common. 39 million people are blind, and nearly 6 times that number have vision problems of some kind. Vision problems can be the problem of a misshapen eyeball – nearsighted people have longer eyeballs, whereas farsighted people have shorter eyeballs. Most importantly, 80% of vision problems are preventable or even curable. Talk to the specialists at Advanced Eye Medical for more information.

10 Vision Myths that Everyone Falls For

“Don’t cross your eyes or they’ll stay that way!”

“Don’t sit too close to the TV because you’re hurting your eyes!”

“Turn a light on to read, or you’re going to make yourself go blind!”

Everyone has believed these things at one time or another. And though people get older and wiser, it seems that they haven’t wised up to the truth behind all of these pieces of eye advice. Vision can be a touchy subject for people, because blindness is one of the top healthcare-related fears. It comes in third, right after cancer and heart disease. People fear losing their vision more than any other sense, which is why they keep falling for silly vision myths. Here’s a list of the…

Top 10 vision myths that everyone falls for, and why they simply aren’t true

Myth #1: Crossing your eyes will make them stay that way

Truth: Crossing your eyes is totally harmless! Your eyes have muscles, and those muscles can move. They can move your eyes look out, up, down, or in this case, inward. Your eyes move inward to focus on an object as it gets closer to your face. So, crossing your eyes is normal, natural, and pretty hilarious, and unless you have a well-timed muscle spasm, they won’t stay that way.

Myth #2: Sitting close to the TV or computer will hurt your vision

Truth: At worst, the TV or computer will give you a bit of temporary eye strain. And it’s not even the screen’s fault, it’s your own. Most people don’t blink when they look at a screen, so your eyes get dry and your vision suffers for a bit until your eyes get moist again. As for distance from the screen, you can’t be too close. Children often sit close because they think it’s fun, and their eyes are equipped to handle it.

Myth #3: Reading in a dim environment will ruin your eyes

Truth: One ophthalmologist had a great comeback for this one: “It’s like saying if you take a picture in poor light, then the camera is going to be damaged.” Reading in dim light is certainly harder, but it won’t ruin your eyes. It’s simple science: your pupils have to enlarge in order to get more light to the retina so that your eyes can focus on an image. Having less light won’t hurt anything, but it might make it harder to read. Reading of any kind can cause temporary eye strain, but nothing more.

Myth #4: Carrots can help improve your eyesight

Truth: Ah, if only it were that simple! You could eat nothing but carrots all day, and the most exciting thing to happen to your body would be orange-tinted skin. Carrots won’t change your vision. It is true that they are an excellent source of Vitamin A and beta carotene, which are nutrients that eyes need to be healthy. Keep eating them as part of a healthy diet, but don’t expect the numbers on the chart to get clearer because of them.

Myth #5: Squinting is bad for your eyes

Truth: This one is in the same vein as the cross-eyed myth. Squinting is our body’s natural response to a bright environment. The eyelids come together to help filter out some of the light before it hits the pupil, which helps the eyes focus better. That’s why people who can’t see squint- it helps them focus. It isn’t bad for your eyes and it won’t worsen vision. You might get a headache from working all those face muscles, though.

Myth #6: If you don’t wear your glasses, your vision will just get worse

Truth: Let’s be clear here: your vision will get worse over time. Period. Dot. This happens with or without corrective lenses. If you need glasses but don’t wear them, you will just live in a blurry world and you will probably have a headache from squinting too much. Your eyes don’t know that you are supposed to be wearing your glasses, and they won’t punish you by deteriorating further. Not wearing glasses won’t make you see worse.

Myth #7: If your parents have poor vision, then so will you

Truth: When Shakespeare wrote that “the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children,” I don’t think he was referring to glasses. Just because your parents can’t see doesn’t mean you’ll be cursed with the same fate. Some eye conditions are inheritable, but there’s no guarantee. Many eye conditions are a result of environment rather than genetics. Many, like cataracts, are simply the result of aging eyes.

Myth #8: Wearing glasses will make your vision worse and cause dependence on glasses

Truth: It’s funny how people want to personify their eyes. Eyes really don’t have a personality. They don’t think that glasses are a horrible thing that cause addiction and decay. This myth just isn’t true. Wearing glasses isn’t going to change the physiology of your eyes. The lens of the eye continues to grow throughout someone’s life, and the growth can cause continued problems with vision. That’s why someone may need a stronger pair of glasses in the future, not because of wearing glasses.

Myth #9: Staring at the sun is okay if you’ve got sunglasses on

Truth: Don’t look at the sun. Just don’t do it. UV rays will fry your eyes. Sunglasses make the frying harder, but not impossible. If you stare at a solar eclipse, you could even go blind. DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN.

Myth #10: You only need to see an eye doctor if something is wrong

Truth: This might be the worst myth of all. Remember that prevention is the best medicine!

A regular eye exam can not only keep your eyes healthy and ensure proper vision, but it can screen for other health issues and avoid future eye disease. Catching problems early minimizes the consequences. Don’t wait until something is wrong to see an eye doctor, even if you have perfect vision.

Be a Myth-Buster: Take Care of Your Eyes the Right Way!

Don’t fall for silly vision myths. Use common sense with your eye care, and remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you are wondering about these or any other vision myths, why not ask an ophthalmologist? The doctors at Advanced Eye Medical would be happy to answer any questions and get you on the right path to great eye health.

Celebs Want to See, Too!

Beautiful and fully-functioning eyes are important to celebs. Long hours spent in contacts can cause red and irritated eyes, which are forbidden in the spotlight. Glasses can distract audiences from a celeb’s beauty as well as their emotional performances. Being sans glasses and contacts can help them to land bigger and better roles. As such, many celebs have chosen to undergo LASIK surgery. This simple, quick and painless procedure helps to improve vision by reshaping the cornea using a laser. Quite a few famous celebs have had LASIK surgery and are loving the results.

Kim Kardashian

Queen of the reality TV celebrity world, Kim Kardashian underwent LASIK surgery in 2009. Kim had struggled with her vision since her high school years, but she didn’t like wearing glasses and contacts because they irritated her eyes and made them red. Kim filmed her surgery in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kim had improved vision the next day, and she states, “I can see better than I ever have before.”

Jessica Simpson

Another celeb who filmed her LASIK adventure is Jessica Simpson. Designer, singer and actress Jessica decided to get LASIK in 2004. You might recall the hilarious episode of her reality TV show Newlyweds, in which she gets LASIK and recovers from the surgery with lots of giggles. Legally blind and completely dependent on contacts and glasses before the surgery, Jessica now says she can see perfectly, and says it’s almost like being healed by God.

Elton John

Although he’s famous for his many quirky glasses, this international pop star underwent LASIK in 2003. Elton owns over 4,000 pairs of glasses, but he was tired of being dependent on them. He told a UK TV show that he was “fed up” with his glasses. Now Elton doesn’t have to worry about expensive prescription lenses for his many glasses. Not only can he see better and only wear glasses when he’s on stage, but he’s saving a vast amount of money.

Brad Pitt

Two-time People’s Sexiest Man Alive Winner Brad Pitt underwent LASIK several years ago, reportedly around 2010. Brad doesn’t have to worry about how glasses interfere with his amazingly good looks now that he doesn’t need them. His job as a writer and producer require him to read and write often, a task now made easy by his perfect eyesight. Now a few years since his surgery, Brad is still completely pleased with his results.

Reese Witherspoon

About a decade ago, Reese Witherspoon decided to give up a life-long relationship with glasses and pursue LASIK surgery. Reese wanted to really pursue her career, and she was afraid that glasses and contacts would get in her way. Since her LASIK surgery, Reese has become one of the most renowned actresses on screen today. Her great vision has allowed her to do the roles and stunts she couldn’t do before.

Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid is a well-known actor who’s been popular for decades. He needed glasses to help with everyday tasks, like reading a restaurant menu. He was tired of being tied to his reading glasses, so he underwent LASIK just a few years ago. Dennis now can read and see everything with zero problems. He says that LASIK is “painless, really ease, quick, and it will change your life for the better.”

Nicole Kidman

Australian beauty Nicole Kidman has earned the love and respect of millions of fans. She struggled with her vision her entire life, however, and she was legally blind. Many days were spent blurry, and she says that she used to essentially walk around blind on the red carpet in order to avoid wearing glasses or contacts. Since her surgery in 2007, she has perfect 20/20 vision. She used to have a hard time even seeing fans wave at her, but now, she says she can “smile right back if someone waves.”

See Like the Celebrities

You don’t have to be a celebrity to know that long days wearing contacts and fumbling for glasses each morning is a pain. You also don’t have to be a celebrity to get great vision from LASIK surgery. This quick and painless surgery can have you looking, seeing and feeling your best in no time. Do like the celebs do, and call Advanced Eye Medical today to schedule your iLASIK consultation.

Olympians and Lasik

Exceptional athletes, like Olympic competitors, need to have strong vision. Good vision equals good performance. Contacts and glasses can impede an athlete’s ability and prevent them from performing at their best. Just imagine being a speed skater, for example, and having to wear contacts while the icy wind blows in your eyes at 30+ mph. Or imagine being a BMX competitor and getting dirt and grime under your contact lenses during a competition. Even the best equipment can’t stop all dirt, water and glare from affecting an athlete’s sight.

Many Olympic athletes have opted to get LASIK surgery in order to give them a better chance when going for the gold. These Olympians have credited their success to the amazing vision that LASIK has given them. There are many gold medalists in both summer and winter Olympic sports that have gotten LASIK and loved the results.

Summer Olympians

Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken has won six gold medals in her career. She is one of the top gold medal winning female U.S. swimmers. She underwent LASIK surgery in 2011.

Brendan Hansen, a three-time gold medalist in swimming, got LASIK in 2009. He won one of his gold medals and a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics with his improved vision from the laser surgery.

BMX biker Jill Kintner is a bronze medalist in Women’s BMX. Before wowing fans at the 2008 Summer Olympics, she had LASIK that same year. Obviously, it did not slow her down one bit!

Norm Lyduch plays a sport called wheelchair rugby, also known as “Murderball.” He was awarded a free LASIK treatment in New York after sharing his longing for an Olympic gold medal in his sport. He got his LASIK surgery in 2008 and went on to win his gold medal later that year.

Winter Olympians

Lindsay Vonn, considered the most successful female skier in the U.S., got LASIK in 2010. She won a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics in the Women’s Downhill and Super G, respectively.

Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers had her LASIK surgery in 2010. She won an Olympic bronze medal in Bobsleigh later that year. Her improved vision helped her to win another medal in Bobsleigh, this time a silver medal, at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Eleven Olympic speedskaters have undergone LASIK surgery to help improve their sight. The following 9 Olympians had their surgeries in 2013 before competing in the 2014 Olympics:

  • Brittany Bowe
  • Rebekah Bradford
  • Lauren Cholewinski
  • Chris Creveling (Silver medalist, 2014)
  • Kimberly Derrick (Bronze medalist, 2014)
  • Bridie Farrell
  • Joey Mantia
  • Trevor Marsicano (Silver medalist, 2010)
  • Sugar Todd

Two more speedskaters got LASIK prior to 2013:

  • Chad Hedrick got LASIK in 2009 (Gold medalist, 2006; silver medalist 2006; silver medalist 2010; bronze medalist, 2006; bronze medalist, 2010)
  • Katherine Reutter got LASIK in 2010 (Silver medalist, 2010; bronze medalist, 2010)

See Like an Olympian

Don’t be like Bode Miller, who regretted not getting LASIK before competing in Sochi in 2014. Whether you are an Olympic athlete or a sports hobbyist, LASIK surgery can help you see better. You can have unimpeded vision without worrying about glasses and contacts. You will be confident in your eyesight and your performance capabilities. Schedule your iLASIK consultation at Advanced Eye Medical and get Olympic-worthy vision.


10 Surprising Facts About Your Eyes

For most of us, we don’t spare much thought during our normal routines to stop and think about our eyes. The problem with this is that we tend to take them for granted, and sometimes neglect following safe and natural habits to keep them healthy. It is our goal today to inspire you with these interesting facts and help you appreciate just how amazing your eyes really are.

10 Amazing Facts About Your Eyes

 10. Your Eyes Determine What You Remember

Quick, think about how you would describe your favorite place to vacation. Chances are, your mind immediately went to a visual description. Maybe you would describe the colors of mountains, the way the light bounces of the ocean, or even the sight of the famous landmarks. Whatever your favorite site, your memories of it, are about 80 percent visual. Your eyes create the vast majority of your memories, meaning that most of what you remember is imagery captured by the amazing natural lens of your eye.

9. Your Eyes Can Detect about 2.7 Million Colors

There are some people who can distinguish a few more, some detect a few less, but we humans can identify a broad range of colors. It’s more than distinguishing 50 shades of grey, the human eye can actually distinguish about 500 different shades of the grayscale alone.

8. Eyes Are more Unique Than Fingerprints

Your fingerprint has about 40 or so unique, measurable characteristics. Whereas, the iris has around 256 unique characteristics, and the blood vessels in your retina are completely different from any other person’s, even if you have an identical twin.

7. Your Eyes are the Second Most Complex Part of Your Body

After your brain, your eyes are actually the most complicated organ in your body. The human eye has around 2 million moving parts.

6. Your Eyes are Too Complicated to Transplant

Your eyes connect to your brain via the optic nerve, and because of this connection and its complexity, a whole human eye transplant has thus far eluded even the most skilled transplant surgeons. All the more reason to keep your eyes healthy and protected!

5. There Are Around 39 Million People Who Have Lost Their Vision

Nearly 40 million people worldwide are considered to be completely blind, with another 240 million having some kind of vision problem.

4. Most Causes of Blindness and Vision Impairment are Preventable

The number one cause of blindness and vision impairment in adults is actually Type 2 Diabetes, which can almost always be prevented by following a proper diet and exercising regularly. After that, head injuries that cause damage to the eye are the most common cause of blindness. Additionally, studies show that most of these accidents occur when the casualty involved should have been wearing eye protection.

3. Your Eyes Heal Extraordinarily Fast

Your eyes actually recover from damage, such as a minor scratch to the cornea, in about 24 hours. This helps keep our eyes in great condition as much as possible, which is extremely important considering how vital they are to our everyday life.

2. Your Eyes Protect Themselves

That’s not to say you shouldn’t wear safety glasses when in a dangerous environment, or sunglasses when outside, but your eyes actually go a long way to protect themselves. For example, assuming you read at the average of 200 words per minute, you have blinked about 36 times since you started reading this article, each one lubricating and moistening your eyes and it’s likely you weren’t conscious of a single one.

1. With Proper Care, Eyes Can Maintain Their Health

The good news is, you can actively work to keep your eyes healthy. Proper eye care, including diet and exercise, as well as regular eye exams, go a long way towards preventing loss of vision, and with something as important as your eyes on the line, isn’t that worth it?

Our eye care professionals are here to help you go the distance. If you need more information about what your eyes actually do for your body or how to protect them, then do be sure to call us at 1-866-997-2020.

Why Some Animals See at Night, But You Can’t


It doesn’t seem fair. Aside from rough outlines in the distance, humans really can’t make much out in the darkness. Your canine companions and feline friends, however, can. But why is that? Why can some animals see in the dark and we can’t. The question isn’t as simple as visiting an ophthalmologist and getting your vision adjusted for the dark.


Here is just a glimpse at the unique and very interesting difference in our eyes, versus, say, those of your family dog.


Different Eye Types


There’s a big difference in animals’ eyes and ours. Did you know that in the animal kingdom there are over 10 different eye types? Each eye type is catered to the particular species, with regards to its environment and needs. A raccoon, for instance, is nocturnal. So it has large, reflective eyes with large pupils designed to gather as much light as possible, making it ideal to forage in the darkness.  Similarly, dogs evolved as nighttime hunters, so their eyes serve a common purpose.


Humans have camera type eyes that are designed for an array of uses, but lacking the specialty of night vision, like a raccoon or a dog. But more on the differences between our eyes and your dog’s eyes below.


Rods and Cones


Rods and cones are the key players in our ability to perceive color and light. Humans have three types of cone cells, and a multitude of them—about 95 million, actually—giving us the ability to perceive and differentiate colors. When it comes to seeing in the dark, however, not so much.


Dogs and cats have more rod cells in their eyes and only two types of cone cells. These rod cells are great at perceiving things in low light situations. However, rod cells aren’t designed to perceive all colors on the spectrum. Interestingly enough, a dog’s eyes have been compared to those of color blind people, who also lack the third type of cone necessary to perceive all colors.


The Tapetum


Dogs and cats are equipped with an additional piece of night vision software called the tapetum. This reflective layer positioned under the retina amplifies vision in low light situations. This mirror-like component is also why the eyes of certain animals shine in the dark when light is reflected off of them; their eyes are merely reacting to light as they were designed to.


For More Interesting Facts


Sight is a valuable tool for animals and humans alike. Ensuring your sight is up-to-par is important. If you are interested in learning more about options for your own eyesight, contact Dr. Ghosheh at Advanced Eye Medical today and set up an appointment.

What to Look for in Protective Eyewear?

The two eyes with which you were born are the only set you will ever have. That makes their safety and protection critically important. Your eyesight is precious, and its protection sometimes calls for wearing specialized eyewear. Prevent Blindness America states that nearly one million people in America injure their eyes each year (with many more cases going unreported). The sad truth is that many such injuries could be avoided with the use of proper protective eyewear.

In the spirit of avoiding eye injuries and preserving your vision throughout your lifetime, let’s go over what you should look for in protective eyewear.

ANSI Standards for Protective Eyewear

The first consideration when choosing protective eyewear (also called “safety eyewear”) in the United States involves standards put forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which implements ANSI standards for protective eyewear.

Types of Protective Eyewear:

  • Lenses and frames
  • Full-face respirators
  • Welding helmets
  • Face shields
  • Impact guards

Other types of protective gear may fall under ANSI guidelines, but various industries are covered, and ANSI compliance is either a “pass” or “fail” for a particular type of eyewear. It is important to note that, regardless of whether or not an article of eyewear meets with OSHA standards, it does not endorse any particular device. Devices fall into either “non-impact” or “impact” (and corresponding “high-impact”) standards, depending upon the intended usage.

Assessing Safety Ratings

Not all eyewear marketed as “safety-rated” actually protects your vision.

What To Look for Before Purchasing Eyewear Protection:

  • “Plus” Mark – A “+” on a device’s packaging denotes approval of the velocity test and withstands high impact situations.
  • “V and S” Marks – Some lenses are darkened to protect the eyes from immense brightness. A “V” label denotes that a particular lens is photchoromic (lenses which darken, automatically, when exposed to the sun’s rays), while an “S” indicates that a special tint is provided for a specific application.
  • The ANSI “Z87” mark should be present for all non-prescription safety eyewear with non-replaceable lenses.

Of course, standards vary across industries, and the best way to ensure you purchase the correct safety/protective lenses for your line of work is to consult with the legal standards of that industry. Standards will vary across various trades, including carpenters, machinists, and plumbers, as well as specialized and skilled professions.

What Is It Important to Use the Right Eye Protection?

Choosing incorrect or unsatisfactory protective eyewear can lead to eye injury, which can, in turn, lead you to the emergency room. Some problems stemming from eye injury can lead to visits to the ophthalmologist – and surgical procedures, as a result.
When it comes to your eyes, like any part of the human body, as the old adage states, an ounce of prevention goes a long way. Wearing the right protective lenses is the best way to stave off permanent, irreversible damage to the eyes. Knowing what to look for in protective eyewear is essential for tradespeople in a variety of professions, and it’s something you can’t afford to overlook.

Make the Right Choice with Advanced Eye Medical Group

Eye safety and protection should never be neglected. Whether you are in need of non-prescription safety eyewear or prescription safety gear, a one-time investment will pay off in the long-term and reduce your risk of causing injury to your vision. To learn more about the importance of selecting the right choice of protective eyewear, please contact our experienced and certified eye doctors.