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Blog entry by richgreer posted 02-06-2010 03:32 PM 1483 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maybe everyone else knows this. I didn’t and I think it is valuable information for woodworkers.

I just got a new pair of glasses. I wear progressive lenses. The top portion is for distance viewing and the bottom portion is for reading (12” – 18” inches). What I did not know is that there is a middle portion that is intended for computer use (20” – 30” inches).

Then I inquired about safety glasses and discovered that they can be very cheap. I also discovered that I could order safety glasses with the entire glass designed for computer use (20” – 30” inches). When I am in the workshop virtually everything I do is 20” – 30” from my eyes. I think these will be ideal for working in the shop. The lens cost $20 and the frame cost $23 for a total of $43 so if I break them it is not a big deal. My regular glasses cost more than $300.

This may be useful information for those who did not know this (like me).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 05:12 PM

One word of caution. I did this several years ago since I was working on the computer so often. I would get up and leave and forget to switch back to my regular progressives when I left for a meeting or worse when I left in my vehicle and then found out after a couple of blocks that I couldn’t see in the distance.

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 06:03 PM

Depending on your correction you may find that switching glasses is more trouble than its worth. You may also find how much you look outside that 20-30 inch area.

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 07:04 PM

I am glad you brought this up. I’ve been limping along with Dollar Store readers for several years now (I just turned 50). I get by in the shop with 2.50 power lenses, but I keep 2.75s on hand also. For regular reading and computer, I get by with 2.00. But I need to get real glasses soon….tired of eye-strain headaches…....

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 07:17 PM

In response to mmax and rtb – - I’m fortunate that my uncorrected vision is still pretty good for distance viewing. I am not required to wear glasses when driving (but I prefer to). If I accidentally drive with my safety glasses on or I am in the shop and need to see at a distance (e.g. to see the clock on the wall) I’ll be able to do so with uncorrected vision fairly well. On the other hand, I really want/need correction when I am working on the lathe in particular. Correction is also helpful with most other tools.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 07:26 PM

Thanks for the info.

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 12:45 AM

That reminds me of the time I helped a friend install a supended ceiling. by the end of the day I had a very sore neck because of tipping my head so far back so that I could see through the bottom trifocal. I then thought of a guy I knew that was an electrician who had a pair of glasses made with the close-up lense on the top so he would not have to tip his head back so much.

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 01:03 AM

HallTree – - I had to do some wiring a while ago and I really had a problem with overhead work for the same reason.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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