Tactical Rx Prescription Safety Eyewear Program

Just for effect and to clearly illustrate the stamp, we went a little overboard with this one. ANSI z87 Safety Stamp.

Just for effect and to clearly illustrate the stamp, we went a little overboard with this one. ANSI z87 Safety Stamp.


Many of our customers have colleagues that share similar eyewear needs. Whether it’s an LEO looking for set of glasses that will help him or her see a clean sight picture while still being able to check ID”s and use their phones, or a field engineer whose company requires they wear ANSI z87 rated safety-eyewear at work, these customers are not alone in their needs.

Which is why we want to remind everyone that Tactical Rx offers Prescription Safety Eyewear Programs for various groups. We work with diverse groups to provide easy, discounted prescription safety eyewear specially designed to meet an organization’s specific optical needs. Some benefits:
– The curvature and optics of our curved-format sport lenses help employees see better, which makes for a safer environment.
– Google “Rx Safety Eyewear” and check out the options that come up. Tactical Rx runs the coolest safety eyewear program around.
– If this is a point of occupational safety and protection, your workplace should help cover the cost of your gear, including eyewear.
– You no longer need to damage your everyday eyewear by jamming them under Over-the-Glasses safety glasses.
– Discounted pricing.
– As a friendly incentive, we automatically extend a discount to the immediate families of all program members.

We’re flexible in the arrangement of a program, working within an organization’s budget and employee roster to customize a program that will treat them well.

If you feel like you and your colleagues could benefit from this arrangement, don’t hesitate to put your HR or Safety Program manager in touch with us to explore the options.

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TFB TV – Tactical Rx Video Review

Check. This. Out. From James over at TFB TV.

It’s an awesome video review, both fun and funny and accurate and necessary to all shooters who care about their eyes. More to come, because the phone is ringing off the hook, but we just wanted to put this up!

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ANSI z87: What, Why, etc.

The majority of the frames we sell are ANSI z87+ rated frames. What does this mean?

It means they’ve been tested by the American National Standards Institute and have passed the various tests and points of inspection the ANSI folks require to give it the z87+ certification. For our lenses, these tests include a drop ball test in which a 500 gram projectile is dropped onto a lens to illustrate its lens retention properties, as well as a high-velocity impact test in which a 1/4″ steel ball is shot at 102 mph into a lens. This is an image of the high-velocity testing from Smith Elite laboratory:

Smith Optics Elite Prescription Tactical Eyewear.

Smith Optics Elite High-Velocity ANSI Testing.

Sometimes people ask us if other frames are unsafe: No, not really. Unsafe isn’t the term, and of course, any eyewear will protect you better than no eyewear. ANSI z87-rated frames are held to a safety standard, so the distinction is more that they have not been put through the same testing as frames that have passed ANSI z87 standards. It costs money for companies to test frames, and they have to do it to every color and SKU# they sell, so in many cases the materials, construction and design is the exact same, but they’ve simply opted to test the black and the camouflage models, and none of the others. If you’re required to get the ANSI model you have no choice, and if you want a little extra peace of mind, you should go for it. There’s usually no price difference.

We make our lenses out of high-index polycarbonate, which keeps them thin, lightweight, and most importantly, safe. It’s important to understand that a lens doesn’t stand on its own, and so for the lens to be safety-rated, it must be loaded into a frame that has been tested and marked as an ANSI z87+ rated frame. This is primarily because one of the major issues here is the lens retention, which is largely based on frame design.

We offer a Safety Stamp on any of the lenses we make, at no charge. This safety stamp is useful if you’re in a situation, whether it’s at work or on the shooting range, in which someone will inspect your eyewear to confirm that it is indeed ANSI z87+ rated. A lot of occupational situations requiring safety eyewear demand this marking on the frame and lenses, and while most ranges do not, we’ve heard of some that do.

To safety stamp the lenses we literally impress the lens with a tool we have. You can feel the stamp with your finger, but we stamp it out of your field of view so you never notice it as you’re wearing them. Here are some photos (it says “SO+”):

A clear, unstamped lens.

A clear, unstamped lens.

A lens with a small safety stamp in the upper, outside corner.

A lens with a small safety stamp in the upper, outside corner.

Just for effect and to clearly illustrate the stamp, we went a little overboard with this one.

Just for effect and to clearly illustrate the stamp, we went a little overboard with this one.

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Glamour Shot

Sports Optical Mt. Falcon. Prescription Shooting Glasses.

Sports Optical Mt. Falcon Frame. Polarized Rose-Copper Lenses with Red Mirror.

When did ANSI z87-rated safety eyewear ever look this good?

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