Athlone Optical has been servicing Irish Industry with the manufacture and supply of prescription safety eyewear for over 30 years. Our business is located in Athlone Co.Westmeath and our central location means we are best positioned to service the needs of companies and opticians nationwide. As the only Irish certified manufacturer of prescriptions safety eyewear, all safety eyewear is produced on state of the art equipment, from our facility in Blyry Business Park, Athlone. This means we are able to ensure employees are provided with their bespoke PPE requirements in unrivaled lead times meaning no loss of time to the employee or company due to insufficient levels of PPE.


  • Eye damage is one of the most common and potentially life changing types of industrial injury
  • In Ireland, just under 50% of the working population require vision correction
  • That's 2 in 4 employees potentially requiring vision protection, as part of their PPE, based on risk assessments
  • There are approx 2000 eye injuries daily globally
  • 90% of eye injuries are preventable by wearing correctly fitted safety glasses

The Law - Employers Obligations - Our promise

  • Safety at work - To reduce the chances of eye injuries at work always ensure that you follow health and safety guidelines 
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General application) Regulations 2007, Part 2 Chapter 3
  • What this means in short is that risk assessments should be carried out on tasks and PPE provided whereby all other care, unavoidable. If it could happen, the protection needs to be in place to prevent injury.
  • PPE supplied needs to be fit for the purpose intended and carry the CE mark
  • The CE mark is issued by EU registered notified bodies once all criteria around design and manufacture is tested and approved
  • Athlone Optical manufacture prescription safety eyewear in conformity with the provision of European Regulation 2016/425 and the harmonized standard EN166:2001 and is the subject of EC Certificate of Conformity (EC TYPE - EXAMINATION CERT:2315) issued by INSPEC International ltd, notified body no.0194
  • EuDoc - Eu Declaration of Conformity

The Process

We work closely with companies and opticians nationwide in the provision of safety eyewear. Companies can deal directly with Athlone Optical where we provide both product and eye test (through our network of excellent partner opticians). Many companies prefer to tender locally and support local businesses. We are very happy to offer the best in terms of frame and lens combinations to these customers and work as partners to the local Optician in the supply chain. Either way by choosing Athlone Optical is choosing to support local businesses and local economies.

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