Prescription safety spectacles from uvex

uvex prescription safety spectacles are individually adapted to the wearer's vision while offering the best possible protection in the workplace.

The spectacles are certified and marked in accordance with EN 166, so they can be used in workplaces where safety spectacles are mandatory. As occupational safety spectacles, they not only protect the eyes (from UV radiation, flying particles, dust etc.), but are also a visual aid because the lenses have a dioptric effect.

uvex offers a wide range of high-quality lens materials, focus types and frames. This makes it easier to switch between personal spectacles and employer-provided safety spectacles, which increases wearer acceptance.

The comprehensive uvex quality system guarantees the best design from an optical and processing technology perspective. All materials used (lenses, frames, cases etc.) are free from harmful substances
and are regularly inspected.

Marking of the frame in accordance with EN 166

  • Frame and lenses are permanently marked.
  • If the marking on the lens and frame are different, the lower mechanical strength applies to the entire eye protection device.
  • According to the PPE regulation, uvex prescription safety spectacles must be marked with the factory symbol and production date: MM/YYYY

uvex prescription spectacles with full EN standards are available throughout Southern Africa via our certified partners and their comprehensive optometry network. Contact us for further information:

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The wide uvex collection means you can find the right frame for your needs

  • close-fitting plastic frames
  • specially shaped frames provide protection against particles frombelow
  • individually adjustable side arms with four different lengths and adjustable soft-form comfort earpieces

uvex RX bc 5502 prescription safety

  • Anatomically adjustable, soft nose pads and easily adjustable ear-pieces for an exceptional fit

uvex RX bc 5102 prescription safety

  • sporty, plastic “wraparound” design with curved lenses and anatomic sport glazing
  • side shield, integrated brow guard frame design
  • sporty arms with a combination of soft and hard components, comfort and non-slip fit

uvex RX sp 5510 prescription safety

  • close-fitting plastic frame
  • side shields and integrated brow guard frame design
  • soft, adjustable nose bridge
  • easily adjustable soft-form comfort earpieces

uvex RX cd 5515 prescription safety

  • air vents at the top and side
  • soft, adjustable nose bridge
  • sporty arms made from a combination of soft and hard components to ensure increased comfort and non-slip fit

uvex RX cd 5522 prescription safety

  • integrated side shields and brow guard for an exceptionally close fit
  • specially shaped frames provide protection against particles from below
  • good fit with anatomically shaped nose bridge

uvex RX cd 5505 prescription safety

Workplaces with high risk of mechanical hazards, such as metal-cutting shaping, turning, grinding, and milling.


uvex RX cf 9501 prescription safety

  • classic design metal frame
  • transparent side shields
  • anatomically adjustable nose bridge and easily adjustable earpieces delivers exceptional fit


uvex RX bc 5106 prescription safety

  • plastic frames with classic lens shape
  • transparent side shields with integrated brow guard
  • good fit with anatomically shaped nose bridge

uvex RX bc 5503 prescription safety

  • sporty frame design: attractive and durable
  • metal-free
  • soft arms (uvex duo component technology), non-slip fit without pressure points
  • great fit with anatomical nose bridge.

uvex RX cd 5518 prescription safety

  • translucent lens frame for an unobstructed field of view
  • uvex Comfort Sliders allow the side arm length and inclination to be adjusted for a customised fit
  • completely metal-free

uvex RX cd 5520 prescription safety

  • spectacles with all-round protection
  • fixed RX inserts for your individual prescription
  • meets the requirements for additional markings 3 (liquids, droplets) and 4 (coarse dust)

uvex RX cf 5500 prescription safety

  • small goggles with fixed RX insert to suit your individual prescription
  • meets the requirements for additional markings 3 (liquids, droplets) and 4 (coarse dust)
  • highly compatible with other PPE

uvex RX cf 5501 prescription safety

Available on request

Flip-up including non-prescription CBR lenses

uvex RX cd 5505 flip-up CBR65 prescription safety

Flip-up including non-prescription didymium lenses

uvex RX cd 5521 prescription safety

Flip-up including non-prescription mineral lenses that provide X-ray protection

uvex RX cd 5505 flip-up X-ray protection prescription safety

Flip-up including non-prescription lenses with polarising filter

uvex RX cd 5505 flip-up polarising filter prescription safety

Flip-up including non-prescription welding protection lenses

uvex RX cd 5505 flip-up welding protection

Why prescription safety spectacles
  • Perfect solution for wearer of glasses working on places with risk of eye injuries
  • No impairments and disturbing reflections 
  • High acceptance due to maximum wearing comfort and perfect vision
  • Consumer spectacles do not offer enough protection due to less coverage and low mechanical impact resistance 
What the law says about safety prescription within the workplace

Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993

The Minister of Labour has under section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), after consultation with the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety, made the regulations in the Schedule:

  • Right to appropriate eye protection (OSH Act)
  • Hazard elimination Priority - Number One
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Last resort 
  • Consumer Protection Act (CPA) - Accountability 
Kinds of eye hazards when not wearing the correct specs
  • Chemical (acids, bases, gases, vapours, mists/hazes, fumes)
  • Mechanical (foreign bodies e.g. dust, splinters)
  • Optical (UV- /IR-radiation, glare)
Focus types
  • Single vision
  • Bifocal
  • Varifocals
  • Office reading glasses

We recommend anti-reflective lenses for work at a VDU. An anti-reflective metal oxide coating is applied, which ensures a significant reduction in reflections on the inner and outer sides of the lens. It also offers a cosmetic advantage and increases light transparency of the lens and vision clarity is improved.

Multi anti-reflective coating:

  • Maximum reduction of reflections
  • Metal oxide is applied several times to each surface
  • Residual reflection < 2%
Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Organic material with very high impact resistance
  • Inherently soft allowing it to absorb impacts, ideal for safety eyewear
  • Only limited resistance to chemicals
  • Mechanical strength, class “F” (45 m/sec)
  • PC+ – polycarbonate lens that is thicker in the middle, especially for uvex RX goggles

HI (high index), organic lens materials with high refractive index

  • Organic-material lenses with a refractive index of 1.6 or 1.67 are optically more
    effective (than CR 39)
  • With less material and less curved surfaces, the lens has the required optical effect
  • The lens is thinner and looks more attractive
  • Recommended for prescriptions > +/-4.0 dpt.: HI 1.6
  • Recommended for prescriptions > +/-6.0 dpt.: HI 1.67
  • Mechanical strength, class “S” (ball drop test)
  • Also known as plastic
  • Not suitable for safety spectacles unless modified, as the tensile strength is otherwise too low.
    The middle of the lens must be thicker in order to meet the requirements for tensile strength.
  • Organic, lightweight material
  • Very good optical performance even for high prescriptions
  • Suitable for working with chemicals and paints/varnishes
  • Good scratch resistance due to hard coating (optional)
  • Mechanical strength, class "S" (ball drop test)

Hard glass

  • Also known as: crown glass, silicate, mineral glass, glass
  • Not suitable for safety spectacles unless modifies, as the tensile strength is otherwise too low
  • Tensile strength is increased by thermal or chemical curing
  • Mechanical strength, class "S" (ball drop test) extremely scratch-resistant surface,
    suitable for working with chemicals and paint
  • Heavy, not suitable for prescriptions higher than +/-4.0 dpt.
  • Protects against flying sparks during welding and grinding work
  • Protects against molten metal splashes and hot solid projections
  • Highest mechanical impact resistance
  • Low weight
  • Excellent optical quality - also for high refractive power
  • Extremely resistant against chemicals, cleaning solvents, oil, cosmetics
  • Good scratch resistance (hard coating included)

Tinted lenses provide effective protection against glare in areas with high light intensity.

Constant tinting
• Available in brown and grey
• Tinting levels: 82% (light), 38% (medium), 15% (dark)

Variable tinting – Variomatic™
• Lenses tint automatically, depending on the UV radiation and temperature
• Tinting of between approx. 8% and 80% in brown or grey
• Available with polycarbonate and CR39 lens material


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The Myths and misconceptions about prescription safety glasses

It is always important to separate the truth from fiction, especially when we are talking about vision. When you know how to take care of your eyes, you are taking a great step toward protecting your eyesight. When it comes to prescription safety eyewear, there are several myths that we want to dismiss.  

Myth 1: You Can Wear Your Prescription Glasses In Place Of Prescription Safety Glasses

It will not matter what type of side shield you will add to your prescription glasses, they cannot give you the protection you need when it comes to dealing with workplace safety hazards. In order for your prescription safety eyewear to be approved, your glasses will need to meet the standards that have been set aside by EN.

You need high-impact resistant protection, and your regular prescription glasses are not able to provide you with that sort of protection. If you try to wear your regular prescription glasses while working, you could be putting yourself in harm’s way of a serious eye injury.

Myth 2: I Can Hurt My Eyes By Wearing Prescription Safety Glasses

Prescription safety glasses will not damage your vision. Unfortunately, many people have a problem with safety glasses for many reasons. One of the reasons for the headaches or the squinting could be because of an incorrect or outdated prescription. Before giving up on prescription safety eyewear and thinking you would be better off without them, you should consult with your optometrist to talk about your prescription.

Myth 3: I Should Wear Lenses With Tint If I Want Protection From The Sun

The tint that we see on glasses was created to improve our visibility and increase comfort; it is not there to protect our eyes from the sun. Standard clear prescription safety spectacles from our certified partners have sufficient UV filters that will protect your eyes against the full spectrum of UV light. 

Thankfully, we can find prescription safety glasses that are made with polycarbonate or trivex lenses. These lenses do an outstanding job of blocking sunlight, giving us the UV protection we need. Permanent tints are available for those working outdoors as well as transition lenses for those working indoors and outdoors. 

Myth 4: I Just Need To Wear Prescription Safety Glasses At Work

Did you know that a large percentage of eye injuries do not just occur in the workplace? A large number of eye injuries occur at home. Many people feel they do not need to wear their prescription safety glasses when they are at home because they feel there will be no threats when they are just doing work around the house or in the yard. Just as many eye injuries can occur when you are in the comfort of your own place as they could when you are in the workplace. 

Hazards are all around, and it does not matter where you are or how many precautions you take. Anything can happen at any given time. This is why it is so important to wear your prescription safety eyewear whenever you know there is a chance of you getting an eye injury. Even if you are not the one doing the hard work, if you are going to be around someone who is doing something in the yard or in the home, you should also wear safety eyewear. 
This also applies to children who wear prescription eyewear. It is highly recommended that children who participate in certain sport activities like squash or field hockey wear prescription safety eyewear to avoid serious injury to their eyes.