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There is More Demand for Workplace and Safety Eyewear in the Age of COVID

Here’s how to sell the latest styles — including Rx wraps — and don’t forget the anti-fog!




ACCORDING TO THE National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, of the 2,000 or so eye injuries that occur daily, about 90 percent could be lessened or prevented with the right eyewear. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires that eye protection meet the 2010 ANSI Z87.1 standard. According to Walman Optical, wrap frame orders, especially full seal for protection against airborne pathogens and viruses, have seen a sharp increase of late.

ArmouRx safety frame model 7109


ArmouRx safety frame model 7109; all frames are designed for Rx use.

(877) 938-2100,

Edge Eyewear Khor G2 frame

Edge Eyewear

Lightweight designs for jobsite safety; shown here, the Khor G2 frame with an adjustable nose piece and extra grip temples for multiple face shapes and sizes.

(866) 953-7325,


Oakley Clear Collection eyewear with clear and photochromic lenses designed to shield eyes, shown on football player Juju Smith-Schuster.


Clear Collection eyewear with clear and photochromic lenses designed to shield eyes, shown on football player Juju Smith-Schuster.

(800) 403-7449,

Polaroid Eyewear StaySafe1 and StaySafe2 goggle and shield

Polaroid Eyewear

StaySafe1 and StaySafe2 goggle and shield come in adult and children’s sizes and are PPE certified.

(800) 631-1188,

Hilco OnGuard Safety Frames


Made in the USA OnGuard Safety Frames

(800) 955-6544,

Bolle Baxter RX wraparound frame and waterproof foam


The Baxter RX wraparound frame and waterproof foam offer protection from sprays of solids and liquids, as well as dust. CR39 and Polycarbonate lenses available.

(800) 222-6553,

Wiley X Boss frame

Wiley X

WX Boss frame shown here. All eyewear is ANSI Z87.1 rated for safety and clarity.

(800) 776-7842,


Walman Safety Eyewear

Walman Optical

Safety Eyewear that includes their proprietary Fogless coating applied to prescription lenses in wrap frames.

(800) 873-9256,

Smart Ways to Sell Safety/Workplace Eyewear

Mike ScheuermanSherman Optical, Edmonds, WA

Mike Scheuerman

I talk to patients about their hobbies (e.g., whether they ride a motorcycle), and their work. I then recommend eyewear. I used to be in the Marine Corps, so I can relate to safety eyewear needs. We’re near a Boeing plant and a hospital, and have a contract with a local fire department for their safety eyewear needs. Advancements in digital lenses for wrapped frames have made these popular. They cover the eye socket well and a shelf edging system can take off extra thickness on the digital lens to make the Rx work better. Our patients like Wiley X’s climate control series with foam cavity seal. These need a proper fit. We make our own eyewear, except for safety eyewear, which we send to the Wiley X lab for the safety stamp.

Stephanie ValekRichie Eye Clinic, Faribault And Northfield, MN

Stephanie Valek

The doctors in both of our practices thoroughly discuss with patients their hobbies, lifestyles and occupations to recommend the best products for specific situations. For example, if a patient is a shooter or hunter, they might suggest shooting glasses with a yellow tint, or if the patient is on the water, a high-quality polarized lens. A goggle with a fire protectant shield might be a good option for someone who does woodworking or welding. For those working on electronic devices we might offer a computer or workspace lens with a blue light blocking option. Smith’s safety glasses can prevent injury. Several accounts have asked us to make OSHA-approved safety eyewear for employees who work on a production line or in construction. We make OnGuard and ArmouRx safety glasses for them.


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