Austin, Texas-based Flying Eyes Eyeglasses has achieved certification for two of its eyeglass models, designed specifically to fit under a headset or helmet. The certification was achieved under ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015, the same certification required for safety goggles, spectacles, face shields and welding helmets.
The certification is established by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Safety glasses certified under these standards are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in many workplaces to reduce jobsite hazards. The certification tests the glasses for optical quality, luminous transmission, haze, refractive power and UV protection.
Flying Eyes’ application for certification was prompted by an accident in which a Lancair Evolution suffered a windshield failure. The pilot claims the eyeglasses saved his life as they stayed on his face, despite the headsets flying out the open windshield, and helped him see during the harrowing event. You can read the full story in an article in the upcoming December issue of Flying.
Flying Eyes’ Golden Eagle and Hawk frames passed all of the requirements under ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015 while the other glasses the company offers passed everything aside from the requirement for side coverage. “All of our glasses give the same amount of frontal protection thanks to the highest quality polycarbonate lenses,” said Flying Eyes Eyewear’s founder Dean Siracusa.