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

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

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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uvex safety glasses with all-round protection and individual prescription

The tight-fitting models are particularly recommended when handling chemicals and / or in dusty environments. The individual optical correction is made as direct glazing (for model uvex RX goggle 9501) or by use of a fixed correction insert.

RX cf 9501

RX cf 5501

RX cf 5500

uvex RX – plastic frames

The uvex RX basic collection includes plastic and metal frames in various colours and shapes.

RX 5502

RX bc 5503

RX bc 5504

RX bc 5503

RX bc 5504

uvex RX – metal frames

The uvex RX basic collection includes plastic and metal frames in various colours and shapes.

RX bc 5103

RX 5101

RX bc 5106

RX 5109

RX bc 5108

RX 5110

RX bc 5104

uvex RX cb – special shape facial shapes

Many frames can be anatomically adapted to different head shapes to ensure a perfect fit, e.g. forhigh cheek bones, flat nose bridge and wide temples. Our uvex RX cb and uvex RX cd collections meet the standard requirements for the field of view and coverage for both the European test head and the Asian test head.

uvex RX cb frames fulfil the requirements regarding field of vision (7.1.1) and side protection (7.2.8) of EN 166:2002 based on the Asian headform 2M, as defined in DIS ISO 18526-4:2018.

uvex RX cd - comfort & design

Close-fitting plastic frames. All protective functions are fully integrated into the frame design.

  • Individually adjustable ear-pieces
  • Individually adjustable nose pads

RX cd 5522

RX cd 5521

RX cd 5514

RX cd 5518 red

RX cd 5514 red

RX cd 5505 flip up

uvex RX cd 5524 planet

RX cd 5520 blue

RX cd 5505

RX cd 5518 green

RX cd 5518 blue

RX cd 5515

uvex RX cd 5521 planet

uvex RX sp – a stylish workplace look

The uvex RX sp collection makes a statement with its sporty design and appealing frame colour combinations. All protective functions are fully integrated into the frame design, removing the need for separate side protection, which is usually required for conventional safety spectacles.

The wraparound design offers the perfect fit and maximum protection thanks to its wide side arms and curved lenses. As with all uvex frames, only the highest quality plastics are used.

RX sp 5512

RX sp 5510

RX sp 5513

RX sp 5510

RX sp 5512

uvex RX cd flip-up-for workplace with special requirements

Plastic frames with flip-up attachement. All protective functions are fully integrated into the frame design. The flip-up attachement includes special non-prescription lenses for workplaces with special requirements. 

uvex RX cd 5505 prescription safety spectacles

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.