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Oakley Safety Glasses

Updated on October 28, 2012

Oakley Safety Glasses Prevent Eye Injuries

Eye injuries at work or at play occur all too frequently. They are often preventable if you take precautions to protect your eyes. A good pair of Oakley safety glasses offer excellent protection and are both comfortable and stylish too.

The government-operated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each day more than 2,000 U.S. workers receive some form of medical treatment because of eye injuries sustained at work. The equates to more than 800,000 work-related eye injuries occurring each year. That doesn't even include the injuries that go unreported, or the injuries that occur outside of the workplace.

For many people, using eye protection is an after-thought, and something that they seek out after having experienced an eye-related injury in the past. This is unfortunate, because injuries to the eye are often preventable if safety glasses had been used.

You can see in the image that this person has a foreign body in his eye that is requiring medical assistance. Don't be this guy... Wear eye protection when working or playing in an environment that is prone to eye injuries.

The Oakley M Frame 2.0 safety glasses are a definite improvement over the older style Oakley M Frames. They have flatter and wider ear stems for a more comfortable fit. If you need a pair of safety glasses that you will wear for long periods of time on the job site, then the new M Frame 2.0 safety glasses are for you.

The plutonite lens material will block 100% of all UVA, UVB, and UVC rays, and harmful blue light. In addition, they are fully compliant with all of the ANSI Z87.1 protection requirements.

These glasses pass the high-mass impact test, where a 5 inch metal spike weighing more than a pound is dropped on the lens from a height of more than four feet. In order to pass this test, absolutely no lens fragments or frame parts that could come into contact with the eye can be ejected during impact.

They also pass the high-velocity impact test, where a 1/4 inch steel ball is shot from a pneumatic cannon striking the lens at 102 miles per hour. This test is performed from various angles. To pass this test, no contact between the lens and the eye can occur. Absolutely no lens fragments or parts of the frame can be ejected during impact, which could come into contact with the eye.

These are very rigorous tests, so you can be sure that the Industrial M Frame glasses will provide you the ultimate in eye protection. These glasses also meet the Canadian protection criteria for the CSA Z94.3-02 standards.

High impact safety glasses are always recommended to provide the best protection.

Eye Injury Poll

Eye injuries are all to common, but can be prevented if the proper precautions are taken.

Please answer the poll below about whether or not you have experienced an eye injury.

If yes, please use the comment section to share how your injury occurred.


Have you ever incurred an eye injury while not wearing eye protection?

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Other Safety Glasses on Amazon

While Oakley makes some of the best glasses around, you might think that the cost puts them out of your price range.

If that is the case, then check out the selection of other safety glasses below.

Please note that not all of these safety glasses may meet the strict ANSI Z87.1 safety requirements, but they are better than wearing no eye protection at all.

photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious
photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious

Be Aware of the Causes of Eye Injuries!

Awareness Helps in Prevention!

I've said it before, but I will say it again. "Most eye injuries are preventable if the proper precautions are taken."

Being aware of certain activities or tasks that can result in an eye injury is an important step toward realizing that you should be wearing your safety glasses. Think about some of these common activities that can cause an eye injury.

Using Chemicals

Dangerous chemicals that could burn or splash into your eyes is one of the most common household eye injuries. Most people don't wear eye protection when using cleaning supplies, but you should think twice about it before your next cleaning day. A pair of safety glasses just may keep that ammonia or bleach from coming into contact with your eye from an accidental splash or spill. If you do get a chemical in your eyes, flush them with water as quickly as possible, and seek medical attention.

Yard Work

Flying debris from a lawn mower or weed whacker can commonly result in an eye injury. I have personally experienced an injury related to flying debris while using a lawn edger, and I was wearing no eye protection at the time. It only takes a split second to happen, and I learned my lesson from it. I now always wear eye protection while working in the yard.

Construction and Carpentry

Running power tools, hammering, sanding, grinding, or doing masonry work are all construction activities that could result in eye injuries. Flying debris from these tools, or dust and other particles can enter the eye if unprotected and cause serious damage. Eye protection should always be worn when doing this type of work.

Biking or Riding Motorcycles

You should always wear eye protection when riding a bike or a motorcycle. Flying debris or a bug hitting your eye at a high rate of speed can not only cause eye damage, but can result in an accident. Sunglasses may be fine for daytime riding, but at night use a pair of safety glasses with clear lenses.

Sports Activities

Indoor racket sports, paintball, basketball, baseball, hockey and many other sports can result in eye injuries. Consider eye protection if engaging in any of these activities.

Last but not least... The Sun

Many people don't think about this one, but prolonged exposure to the sun can cause eye damage due to the harmful UV rays. Sunglasses or clear lenses that provide UV protection are recommended. One rule of thumb is that if you are putting on sunscreen, then you should also be wearing glasses that provide UV protection.

So, what did you think of my lens on Oakley Safety Glasses and eye injuries?

Did you take the Eye Injury Quiz? How did you do?

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    • thegrayrabbit profile image

      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      Didn't know Oakley manufactured safety glasses too. I only thought they made stylish sunglasses. I learned something new today.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Safety glasses are often overlooked and an absolute necessity for anyone who enjoys shooting, hunting, etc.