Safety Glasses vs Safety Goggles: How to Know the Difference

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Safety Glasses vs Safety Goggles: How to Know the Difference


Safety glasses vs. safety goggles is not a trick question, although they have many things in common. The eye is an essential but extremely fragile organ, so any damage can have serious consequences. Therefore, protective goggles and face shields are essential to protect your eyes when one is working with a risk of potential damage. They also improve your working conditions by providing you with appropriate visual comfort. But safety eyewear should be chosen according to your needs.

1. Start by assessing the threats that may exist in the workplace

When you work, when you do repairs and crafts, you should never neglect the protection of your eyes and face against potential risks. There are four main types of risks:

  • Mechanical: all types of liquid or solid projections, dust, and flying debris.
  • Chemical: splashes of toxic and chemical products such as solvents and detergents.
  • Biological: risks of contamination.
  • Radiation: UV, lasers, infrared.

2. The focus of protection for each type of safety glasses or goggles is different


The type of glasses or goggles needed to protect your sight is chosen according to the different hazards you are exposing yourself to. Here are different types of protection devices:

The focus of protection: Safety glasses / Spectacles 

Safety glasses that pass the International safety standard can provide general protection and meet most of the tasks. The advantages of safety glasses are impact resistance, lightweight and lower pressure on your ear, ease to carry and take off.

There are several types of glasses as follows based on your need such as the curved lenses can limit the gap and fit your face well. Functional temples can leave up and lower done the lens angle or the length with more compatible other face equipment. Or the OTG safety glasses can fit over the prescription glasses and provide additional protection.

However, most safety glasses that come with temples don’t have shield protection to provide 360° protection against all assaults. If you have concerns that the splash or projectiles may fly in from other sides, you may need to choose the glasses with the seal frame style glasses or safety goggles.

Learn More: What Is Safety Glasses?Protective Eyewear With Lens And Frame.

Safety Glasses vs Safety Goggles-Types of safety glasses

The focus of protection: Safety goggles

The big difference between safety glasses and goggles is the safety goggles’ frame is designed with a sealing feature that offers. The goggles can provide overall protection around your eyes such as blocking flying objects, unknown gas, chemical liquid, and splash from the unspecified direction.

Safety goggles have a wider frame than safety glasses. It can be worn over prescription glasses easily. The adjustable elastic band support to fix it on the head or helmet, and is attached to your face closely. The common style of goggles is non-vented goggles, direct vented goggles, and indirectly vented goggles.

Safety Glasses vs Safety Goggles-Types of safety goggles

The focus of protection: Fit Over the glasses

These allow for the wearing of prescription glasses. They exist in both goggles and glasses format. This type of protective eyewear offers the same level of protection and does not reduce the field of view. They are engineered with more room inside the glasses or goggle to allow for a pair of prescription glasses to fit inside.

You may choose a different type of protective eyewear depending on the type of hazard. Here is a table to summarize the different possible risks and suitable spectacles:

Safety Glasses vs Safety Goggles-Eye and face protector selection guide for reference

At Tonshung technologies we offer a wide range of protective eyewear, from OEM to ODM that you can choose from. We propose multiple products which match all the standards for different markets, and we will produce the protective eyewear you need to match your requirements.
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