How to Get a Prescription for Your Safety Glasses

Prescription safety glasses are one of the best ways to protect your eyes from injuries, both in their physical protective qualities and by keeping your vision clear. Getting a prescription for your safety glasses is as easy as getting it for your normal everyday eyeglasses. To help you through the process, here are the steps to getting a prescription for your safety glasses—

Make Sure Your Prescription is Up to Date

Before shopping for prescription safety glasses, it is important to ensure your current prescription is current. In the USA, no governing body regulates how long a vision prescription is valid. However, it’s become increasingly common practice for eye care professionals to include a suggested expiration date when providing Rx forms to their patients. If your form doesn’t have an expiration date, there should be a prescription date that notes when your exam was completed. The general recommendation is to have a vision screening every 1 to 2 years. So if your Rx form is past the expiration date or the prescription date is over two years old, it’s time to schedule an eye exam with your optometrist! Having the most current prescription for your safety glasses is imperative to maintain optimal safety since clear vision can help you avoid hazards and injury.

Get A Copy of Your Prescription

After your eye exam, ask your doctor, their optician, or the person at the front desk for a copy of your prescription. If you’ve had a recent eye exam and cannot find your Rx, contact your eye doctor’s office to ask for one. It’s worth noting your eye doctor’s office may cite privacy laws regarding medical records as a reason for being unable to email your Rx to you. So be aware it may not be as simple as making a phone call or sending an email to your eye doctor’s office. Likely they’ll only be able to fax your Rx, or they may ask you to register with an online medical records portal to ensure security. Alternatively, visit your eye doctor’s office and be sure to bring a photo id. This copy of your prescription is what you are going to use to get your safety glasses installed with prescription lenses.

Add Your Prescription to Your Account or Order

Now that you have your prescription in hand, it’s time to add it to your account. On our website,, we have a section in the account registry where you can upload your prescription. By doing this, any order you place will automatically include your prescription as uploaded. Having your prescription uploaded before you make an order is the best way to guarantee that your order has your proper requirements, saving you time and money from potential reorders. If you do not have a prescription uploaded, your order will be delayed until we can contact you to procure this information. If you are using other sites, it is possible that you will have to upload your prescription into the order directly every time you purchase.

Find the Right Pair For You

With your prescription uploaded into your account, you’re ready to start shopping for your perfect pair of prescription safety glasses. While shopping, it is important to keep in mind that the strength of your prescription may affect how it fits into a frame. If you have a high prescription, it may be best to choose a more traditional frame rather than a high-wrap frame. Some wrap frames can have stronger curves than others which makes them more difficult to craft prescription lenses without causing significant distortion. While these wrap frames may seem more protective since they fit more snuggly, the potential distortion in the prescription lenses can make them uncomfortable to wear. Luckily, as a division of HOYA Optical Labs, we offer digital lens designs especially suited to account for high-wrap frame curves. But, like anything, there are always limits to even the best solutions. That’s why we ensure your Rx and your lens, coating, and frame selections are reviewed by our optical experts before processing your order. We’ll contact you if your online selections require some adjusting.

Keep Your Vision Clear and Your Eyes Protected

Getting your prescription in your safety eyewear is one of the best ways to ensure that your eyes are protected. Having clear vision helps you to avoid situations that may potentially be eye damaging, and by having your prescription built into your safety glasses, you reduce any bulk that may be caused by doubling up.

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