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Dick H09/08/2019 14:43:31
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Following on from the article on "Lathework for Beginners" and the safety aspects thereof, in the latest edition (Model Engineers' Workshop 284) I was recently pleased to note that you can now get bifocal safety glasses in the normal strengths for not too much money.

not done it yet09/08/2019 15:09:28
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Question might be: How many, who require bifocals, have ‘normal’ strength prescriptions. One simple lens per eye is easy. Combining 2 different prescriptions for each eye is rather hopeful for them being anything like simple.

Please enlighten us on what you consider as ‘not too much money’ (compared to a simple prescription).

I used to have toughened lenses for laboratory work, but prefer over-glasses (cheap to replace when scratched) for where hot metal and abrasive grinding grit might be airborne.

A long time ago, I had plastic safety prescription glasses supplied by my employer. They would soon fall off due to the heat! Hope they are better these days.

Dick H09/08/2019 15:31:07
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Around the 12-15 Euro mark. As to a "simple prescription" try Germany, (100 Euro +) for anything. I tend to use simple over-glasses and a variety of off the peg reading glasses in the workshop but the availabilty of safety glasses with bifocal sections caught my attention. I take the point with regard to those whose eyes differ markedly. sorry, just trying to be helpful.

Nick Clarke 309/08/2019 15:34:01
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As a varifocal wearer I find it easier and also cheaper to wear a full face shield when necessary. While safety glasses will protect your eyes, in my experience their lenses (or a face shield) can still be marked by a flying object - but the face shield is far cheaper to replace.

I look like Dan Dare from the Eagle in my face shield - so that may be either a disadvantage or selling point, depending upon your age.

jimmy b09/08/2019 16:17:04
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I use varifocal safety glasses every day. I have no idea of the cost, as work pay.......

Jim

not done it yet09/08/2019 17:20:18
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,Posted by Dick H on 09/08/2019 15:31:07:

... sorry, just trying to be helpful.

Dick,

No need to be sorry. I was just interested in the cost and then rambled on with what I do.

At 12 - 15 Euro mark, they are likely very good value IF the prescription fits. I’m a tight wad when it comes to paying out money. I don’t skimp on ppe but costs can vary widely. I like to reimburse a relative or friend, for a pack of safety specs, or a visor, etc, to take advantage of industrial rates.

Tim Chambers09/08/2019 17:21:51
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I have a pair of Uvex varifocal safety specs from Vision Express "That'll be £450 please."disgust Still I wouldn't be without them, the main concern was looking up from the work to look across the workshop to find tools,etc.

Brian G09/08/2019 17:35:39
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My varifocal safety glasses cost £186 two years ago from safetyspecs.co.uk . This was broken down into £60 for the frames (Cat offered the largest lenses, which I think important for varifocals), £80 for varifocal lenses, £10 for the hard coating, £5 for delivery and £31 for the taxman.

I thought that (other than the tax) this was pretty good.

Brian

fishy-steve09/08/2019 18:05:28
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I use these. **LINK**

Cheap as chips !

Steve.

Alan Waddington 209/08/2019 20:37:41
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I’m with you Nick, hot chips always seem to get me in the neck, so a full face shield makes more sense.

Posted by Nick Clarke 3 on 09/08/2019 15:34:01:

As a varifocal wearer I find it easier and also cheaper to wear a full face shield when necessary. While safety glasses will protect your eyes, in my experience their lenses (or a face shield) can still be marked by a flying object - but the face shield is far cheaper to replace.

I look like Dan Dare from the Eagle in my face shield - so that may be either a disadvantage or selling point, depending upon your age.

Mike Lightfoot09/08/2019 20:44:30
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I also use varifocal safety specs from spec savers £250 ish but wouldnt be without them

Vic09/08/2019 21:50:02
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I use bifocal safety glasses bought from one of the high street opticians, can’t remember which one. They were over £200 as I remember.

Thor10/08/2019 11:23:44
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I use my normal varifocal glasses and a face shield, as Nick says, much cheaper and it protects the hole of my face.

Thor

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