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Forum topic by LucasWoods posted 12-26-2016 03:46 AM 958 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LucasWoods

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12-26-2016 03:46 AM

I wear glasses 95% of the time and when in the shop I am obviously much more comfortable with safety glasses on but don’t like sacrificing vision that much lol (I am not blind or anything).

Does anyone here purchase safety glasses that are presciption? If so where do you shop for them?

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF


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bruc101

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#1 posted 12-26-2016 03:52 AM

I wear glasses also. Several years ago I had a pair of prescription safety glasses that I had made at Walmart. The cost on them was about $450.00 and they had, by law, the little emblem on them, the best I can remember was the OSHA emblem.

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LucasWoods

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#2 posted 12-26-2016 03:57 AM

Was it worth it to you? I am sure costs have come down I have done some googling and it looks like around $100-150 is the price range I am seeing…

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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#3 posted 12-26-2016 03:59 AM

There are also “Side Shields” available, for when you are in the shop, and then remove the shields for when you are not.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 12-26-2016 04:05 AM


Was it worth it to you? I am sure costs have come down I have done some googling and it looks like around $100-150 is the price range I am seeing…
- LucasWoods

I think at the time the price was worth it. I’ve never seen prescription glasses at that low a price. My regular glasses are $375.00 with frames.

When I got my last set of regular glasses I had a scratch resistant finish put on them. They’re been whacked, dropped, cleaned with paper towels and still no scratches.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#5 posted 12-26-2016 04:13 AM

I have worn prescription safety glasses for 20+ years. I only use polycarbonate lenses and safety frames (they have a reenforced rim to limit the lenses from being pushed though). The frames will be marked with a “z-87” somewhere, this is the reference to the OSHA regulations. The lenses will have initials in one corner, mine are “DL”.

Without enhansements the glasses are under $200 though my regular optometrist. With all the enhancements; scratch resistance, transistions coating, progressive lenses, etc, mine were in the $500 range.

I have two pair; one with progressive lenses and one with workstation lenses (single vision, just short of arms length to about 8 feet away).

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BulldogLouisiana

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#6 posted 12-26-2016 04:22 AM

Oakley makes Prescription lenses. My eyes are too bad to get any, but I’m considering getting a pair of reading glasses.

-- There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

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LucasWoods

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#7 posted 12-26-2016 04:22 AM

Wow this seems more expensive than I thought it would be.

I still have a very small shop and spending over $150 for prescription safety glasses is a lot since that is one less tool purchase haha

-- Colorado Springs, CO - USAF

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ajshobby

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#8 posted 12-26-2016 04:49 AM

I buy mine at Pearl vision. 3M brand frames with poly carbonate lenses. My invoice has been $130 ish a pair for the last 3 years. Work reimburses me for them but I get no discount nor do I use insurance. Best frames I have found. I’ll try and remember to take a photo when I get home tomorrow.

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hotbyte

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#9 posted 12-26-2016 04:50 AM

I’ve had a couple of pair over the years. I liked having them. My last pair was maybe 5 years or so ago and my script has changed too much, especially for close-up work. I also have a decent pair of over frame safety glasses that are pretty comfortable to wear over my regular glasses.

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OSB

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#10 posted 12-26-2016 04:56 AM

I think any polycarbonate lens should be good but the safety glass frame sounds like a good idea.

I think a company like Uvex or Bolle would sell a cheap set of safety glasses that you could put prescription lenses in. I bought some Bolle safety glasses that are pretty nice for about $20 not long ago (but I don’t need vision correction).

An anti scratch coating would be nice but you can probably skip transitions and AR coating if you are going to be working inside. The prescription for close vision is a good idea but it shouldn’t cost more.

I treat my safety glasses pretty roughly because most of them are bargain brand that cost only a few dollars so most of the scratches are caused when I’m not wearing them. If you are in the habit of taking care of your glasses, they should last for quite a while unless they actually save your eye from a big impact.

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bandit571

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#11 posted 12-26-2016 05:04 AM

There are also Safety Glasses that fit over your normal pair of glasses. Had to wear a pair where I worked.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Andre

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#12 posted 12-26-2016 05:30 AM

Took my old bi-focal safety glasses from work(4 years ago) and had single vision safety lens with scratch resistance put in the old frames for $80.00.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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HorizontalMike

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#13 posted 12-26-2016 11:52 AM

I chose to wear the UVEX BionicĀ® Shield, a full face dust shield that allows me to wear my various prescription bifocal glasses as I work. AND, at less than $50 it is the biggest bang for the buck. And yes my prescription glasses cost several hundred$$$. And replacement lens go for the UVEX is just $24…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Woodbum

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#14 posted 12-26-2016 11:54 AM

Inexpensive metal frames with your ‘script and side shields are not very expensive. Your eyes are worth it.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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Fred Hargis

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#15 posted 12-26-2016 12:02 PM

I have several pair, a couple of them from when i had a day job (safety glasses were required on the factory floor, so my employer paid for the prescription). But since I’ve retired I’ve bought 2 pair, and found them to be just as expensive as regular glasses. Even so, was it worth it? Absolutely “yes”.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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