Why Are Safety Lenses & Glasses So Important?

Safety glasses and the appropriate safety lenses are a critically important aspect of maintaining a safe day-to-day work environment. According to the Department Of Labor, there are approximately 1,000 work-related eye injuries every day in the United States alone. With the vast majority of those injuries (about 90% of them) being completely avoidable with the use of proper eye protection.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is the agency of the DOL responsible for setting and enforcing protective workplace safety and health standards. OSHA mandates the use of ANSI Z87.1 certified safety eyewear and requires employers to provide appropriate eye protection for the particular hazards involved with any task. Employers who fail to do so are subject to fines ranging from $12,500 to $125,000 for each instance.

The repercussions of OSHA violations are a strong indicator of just how important it is to always wear proper eye protection while on the job. The eye injuries typically sustained from work-related injury are often irreversible physical damage. One of the most common reasons for not utilizing proper eye protection is the inability to obtain prescription lenses which meet the high safety standards enforced by OSHA. However, if your occupation requires the use of safety glasses, Gordon Optical can keep you protected!

We can provide our customers with ANSI 787.1 compliant prescription options which will not only keep you safe in the field, but also provide the corrective vision lenses you need. Our helpful staff can help you determine what the best option is for your particular use by guiding you through our available options which range from high impact resistant frames and lenses to scratch-resistant options.


Gordon Optical has been proudly serving the communities of Lexington and Concord since 1935. Our teams of licensed opticians pride themselves on their dedication to the field and to their patients and customers. If you’re in need of Optometry services prior to selecting new frames, visit our affiliated Optometrist conveniently located next door to our Lexington location Gordon Eye Associates

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Gordon Optical
Two Convenient Locations:
Lexington & Concord