Title:
Disposable Deflector Eyepiece
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
This invention is directed to a disposable deflector eyepiece to protect the face and particularly the eyes of its wearer from light flying particles, splashed liquids, dust, paint, aerosol emissions and the like. The disposable deflector eyepiece for the human head preferably comprises a transparent flexible sheet, an absorbent elongated part and a resilient band. The high flexibility of the transparent flexible sheet follows perfectly the curvature of the forehead thus leaving no gap between the sheet and the forehead when the disposable deflector eyepiece is worn on the head of a user.



Inventors:
Vincent, Rene (La Prairie, CA)
Vincent, Jocelyn (La Prairie, CA)
Application Number:
11/755022
Publication Date:
01/17/2008
Filing Date:
05/30/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A42B3/18
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Primary Examiner:
TOMPKINS, ALISSA JILL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BROUILLETTE LEGAL INC. (Montreal, QC, CA)
Claims:
1. A disposable deflector eyepiece comprising: a. a flexible transparent part having a top edge and a bottom edge; b. means to attach said eyepiece to the forehead of the user; wherein said flexible transparent part is supple enough to substantially fit the curvature of said forehead while covering the upper part of the face of said user.

2. The disposable deflector eyepiece of claim 1, further comprising an elongated part attached adjacent to said top edge.

3. The disposable deflector eyepiece of claim 2, wherein said elongated part is made of an absorbent material to absorb and retain sweat and oil of the skin.

4. The disposable deflector eyepiece of claim 2, wherein said elongated part is adapted to receive an advertisement, image or other message.

5. The disposable deflector eyepiece of claim 2, wherein said elongated part is made of porous material to assist in maintaining said disposable deflector eyepiece in place by friction with the skin of said user.

6. The disposable deflector eyepiece of claim 1, wherein said attachment means comprise a resilient band.

7. The disposable deflector eyepiece of claim 6, wherein said resilient band is attached adjacent to said top edge.

8. The disposable deflector eyepiece of claim 1, wherein said flexible transparent part has at least one tear-off part creating different lengths to adapt to different facial structures.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

There is no cross-reference to related applications.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention generally relates to devices designed to protect the face.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Relatively expansive heavy duty face shields are available in the market for such construction workers, painters or generally for workers who have to protect their eyes and face from particles in the air such as dust, paint, splashed liquid or the like. In U.S. Pat. No. 5,138,714 the optical device is in contact with forehead but only with the sides thereof thus it does not prevent sweat, dust and other particles to get into the eyes through the upper part of the optical device.

The present invention is related to optical devices serving as protective eye devices or covering and the like and, more particularly, is directed to a disposable low cost deflector eyepiece.

Various foreign solid, liquid, and gaseous materials may present a poisonous, caustic, or toxic danger to the human eye, and accordingly protective eye coverings or shields have been proposed to eliminate or reduce the risk of danger. Simple eye glasses designed primarily with corrective lenses may provide some protection against foreign materials but are vulnerable if exposure of foreign materials is introduced over the top or around the sides of the frame for the glasses. Furthermore, they may become stained or scratched by such material.

Various goggles may provide protection for the immediate area of the eye yet expose the forehead and facial area of a user and they can also be uncomfortable. The majority of these goggles are permanent and as a result more expensive. For heavy works implicating materials or that can irreversibly alter goggles, the cost become very high.

The disposable deflector eyepiece of the present invention is designed to eliminate or minimize such disadvantageous features of prior art protective eye wear.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece to prevent dust, paint or else to get into in the eyes.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece which is totally in contact with the forehead of the wearer.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece which is disposable.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece which is inexpensive.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece which can be worn with glasses, under a hat, a scarf or the like.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece which retains sweat from the forehead.

A still further object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece which adapted to display an advertisement, image or other message.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece which can be installed over a protective face shield or protective glasses.

Still, another object of the present invention is to provide a deflector eyepiece which will reduce mist caused by nasal expiration.

Other and further objects and advantages of the present invention will be obvious upon an understanding of the illustrative embodiments about to be described or will be indicated in the appended claims, and various advantages not referred to herein will occur to one skilled in the art upon employment of the invention in practice.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

This invention is directed to a disposable deflector eyepiece to protect the face and particularly the eyes of its wearer from light flying particles, splashed liquids, dust, paint, aerosol emissions and the like. According to the present invention, there is provided a disposable deflector eyepiece for the human head comprising a clear film, an absorbent elongated strip like part and a resilient band. It is particularly useful when painting or sanding a ceiling. The flexible transparent sheet (clear film) has a sufficient length to cover the region comprised between the forehead and the lower part of the nose and at least part of the sides of a human face. A resilient band is preferably attached to both sides of the transparent flexible sheet and the tension in the band is sufficient to flex the sheet to perfectly fit the forehead thus leaving no gap between the sheet and the forehead when the disposable deflector eyepiece is worn on the head of a user. However, other known attachment means may be used to hold the deflector in place. The high flexibility of the sheet accommodates different facial structures and follows the curvature of the head to protect the sides of the head from being soiled.

A main cause of condensation in this kind of device is due to the exhalation by nose and mouth. In the present invention, these both are generally outside the disposable deflector and thus reduce condensation.

The elongated strip like part is preferably made of an absorbent material to absorb retain sweat and oil of the skin of the forehead. It also helps to keep the disposable deflector eyepiece in place even if the skin is humid.

The elongated strip like part is preferably made of a printable material adapted to display an advertisement, image or other message.

The disposable deflector eyepiece may also comprise at least one tear-off part to create different lengths to adapt to different facial structures.

It is important to note that the disposable deflector eyepiece is not a protective shield and the main goal is to stop light particles and not to protect the wearer from physical impacts, corrosive products or the like.

The disposable deflector eyepiece can be worn alone or over a protective face shield, protective goggles or even normal glasses. It can be used in construction work to protect against materials like paint, sprayed liquids, varnish, etc. . . .

The features of the present invention which are believed to be novel are set forth with particularity in the appended claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A preferred embodiment of the present invention will be described in greater detail below with reference to the following drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the disposable deflector eyepiece in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 2 shows a profile view of the disposable deflector eyepiece.

FIG. 3 shows a profile view of the disposable deflector eyepiece wore under a helmet.

FIG. 4 shows a profile view of the disposable deflector eyepiece wore with a tied scarf.

FIG. 5 shows the disposable deflector eyepiece with tear-off parts.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

A preferred embodiment according to present invention is shown in FIG. 1. The disposable deflector eyepiece 10 has a clear film 20, an elongated strip like part 30 and a resilient band 40. The visor 20 is made from a flexible and transparent material to perfectly fit the curvature of the forehead even if it is not circular. The height of the clear film 20 is sufficient to cover at least the section comprises between eyebrows and the end of the nose. Preferably, the clear film 20 continues a little bit under the nose to reduce the inhalation of particles. The elongated strip like part 30 is located on the forehead and is made from a flexible and absorbent material. It is preferably as wide as the clear film 20. The resilient band 40 is attached to the disposable deflector eyepiece preferably where the elongated strip like part 30 is located to stretch it on the forehead and thus keep both in contact. The disposable deflector eyepiece can be made in many dimensions to adapt to different facial structures and different uses.

In FIG. 2, the disposable deflector eyepiece is shown on human head. It is possible to see that the absorbent band 30 and the clear film 20 are always in contact with the forehead. The resilient band 40 is positioned around the head to maintain the disposable deflector eyepiece 10 in place.

In FIGS. 3 and 4, the disposable deflector eyepiece is shown with a helmet and with a tied scarf respectively. The disposable deflector eyepiece 10 can be worn under or over the head protector.

Finally, FIG. 5 shows the disposable deflector eyepiece with tear-off parts 50. In this embodiment, three lengths are available with the same disposable deflector eye-piece.

Although preferred embodiments of the invention have been described in detail herein and illustrated in the accompanying figures, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to these precise embodiments and that various changes and modifications may be effected therein without departing from the scope or spirit of the present invention.