Prescription Safety Glasses

As stated in the Department's Chemical Hygiene Plan and Safety Manual, it is MIT policy to provide prescription safety glasses free of charge to all those personnel working in laboratories who must wear glasses to correct their vision. To obtain prescription safety glasses at MIT’s expense, please see Emrick Elias in Chemistry Headquarters (18-393). 

  • Obtain a prescription or you can use a prescription that is no more than two years old. (You must pay for this.)
  • Take your prescription and the completed order form to the MIT Optical Shop in W20-024. They suggest arriving before 5 PM (Mon-Thursday) so they have enough time to complete the fitting before 6 PM Monday - Thursday. Note that the shop closes at 5pm on Fridays.
  • The optician will assist you in choosing your frame from the samples, take necessary measurements, and place your order.
  • MIT Optical Shop will notify you when your glasses are ready for pickup up in about 7-10 working days. Return to the MIT Optical Shop in W20-024. The optician will verify that the glasses were made correctly or will make any necessary adjustments.  
  • You will need to sign when you receive your glasses.  The Optical Shop will provide this proof of receipt to the DLC contact for billing indicated on the order form. The DLC should retain this proof of receipt.
  • The MIT Medical Department will journal voucher the cost at the end of the month. A receipt is generated in SAP.
  • If your glasses break, are scratched or your prescription changes, then order a new pair by following this procedure. The DLC will pay for the new glasses. The patient will pay for the new prescription if it has changed or if it is more than 2 years old.
  • Bifocal and Base progressive lenses will be furnished when necessary.
  • If you have questions, please contact the MIT Optical Shop Manager at 617-258-5367.