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Safety glasses are disposable; your eyes are not. Since your vision is at stake, the safe and easy choice is to wear them. In fact, you would have to own several different pairs to meet the different conditions. Here is a selection of basic safety glasses.
And, by the way, safety glasses make great gifts. Slip a pair of them into the Christmas stocking of someone you love. You can never go wrong giving them safety glasses.
To wear over your glasses
If you wear prescription glasses, you either need to get safety glasses with side shields (they are expensive) or go for a quick fix such as the square style roomy enough to fit your glasses. They are a hybrid between glasses and masks.
For bifocal styles
An inexpensive option, if they work for you, is to purchase reader safety glasses. These +1.50 are a good example of this class of product. In some cases, you can get bifocal styles.
For the Superman in you
If you want a good, sturdy pair, it’s hard to beat the tried and true thick-rimmed design of these safety glasses, known in the eyewear industry as Clark Kents.
To keep the dust out of your eyes
A Google Hybrid with a face seal provides more coverage and comfort, not only against flying debris, but when conditions are particularly dusty and you need to protect your eyes from lingering or blowing irritants in the air.
For when you wear a hat
Safety glasses with adjustable rim are useful not only when you need to buy safety glasses for a group and want to ensure a good fit, but the length-adjustable temples allow for a better fit when wearing a hat.
When you buy for the whole crew
If you are leading a large team of volunteers, do yourself and them a favor and buy your safety glasses in bulk. They’re extremely cheap that way and if someone loses them, breaks them, or doesn’t return them, you’re not wasting a lot of money. Always verify that your crew’s (or yourself) goggles meet the rigid ANSI Z87 standard for impact protection. This is a standard set by the American National Standards Institute, and it saves the eyes.
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