Any recommendations for this? I'd like to wear my glasses within it
if possible and have full eye protection. Yesterday when I was
messing with the ceiling light fixture over the shower I was wearing
my glasses and still got something in my eye. Luckily I washed it out
but I'm a little sensitive about my surgical enhanced eye sight so I
want to wear work goggles from now on. It's amazing how much I took
for granted when I was younger and now with age, look at things
differently. Thanks all.
The thing many people forget is that there's more stuff on your face that needs
than just your eyes -- imagine catching a saw kickback in the teeth, for
instance. I had a
violent kickback from a chop saw about a year ago, cutting a small piece that I
should have clamped down. I'm not sure quite how it happened, but the piece was
wrenched out of my hand and thrown into the faceshield hard enough to knock it
off of my
head, and partway across the room. I never saw it. Just felt, and heard, the
impact on the
shield. Then heard the shield clattering on the floor. Never found the piece of
You are definitely correct! A few years back I was using my bench
grinder and a piece of metal caught and flew out hitting me in the
mouth. The cut lip didn't amount to much (just a very few stitches) but
it knocked one tooth out, broke another one off, and loosened two
others. The dentist though he could save the two loose ones but that
didn't happen. Then end result was a $10,800 bill for several fake
non-removable teeth. As they are not removable I am not sure if it is
called a "bridge" or not.
I double agree. I've used a face shield like that for years. Mine has a
nice ratchet on the back so I can easily clamp it to my head. It's
especially comforting when I'm standing at the wire wheel hearing the
tink-tinking of steel wires flying off and bouncing off the shield, as
opposed to sticking in my eyes.
Years ago I was cutting steel with a sawzall and no eye protection.
Without even realizing it, small particles of hot metal were hitting me
in the eye. Three of them burned and embeded into my cornea, which of
course had to be dug out. Not particularly pleasant
You may have just written the winning entry in the "why wear a faceshield?"
contest. I found out today they want to burn a "weep hole" in my iris with
a laser to allow the excess fluid in my eye to drain. It made my stomach
churn to think about so I can't IMAGINE having three metal flecks extracted
from my cornea. I once had a rusty wire wheel on a bench grinder
disintegrate on me, but my glasses took the brunt of it. I know that if I
hadn't worn glasses all my life, I'd be blind in at least one eye.
Anyone who reads this thread and *doesn't* opt for a faceshield's gotta to
be braver than they are smart.
I think I'll start driving with one. (-:
It's clearly something about the eyeball that really makes people
cringe. In my case, these little burs were rubbing against my eyelid
which of course became sore, they didn't bother my eyeball at all. My
wife could see them, so we tried to get them out with rolled up tissue
paper, which was when we discovered that they were burned in. The
removal process was actually completely painless. They anesthetize the
eye, clamp your head in a vise and essentially dig the stuff out with a
Yer right, of course. Seems age makes both eyes and teeth a freaky
proposition. Constant care is the byword. Both my father and
grandfather suffered macular degeneration. I seem to be the off
generation, having only suffered "old eyes", as in needing reading
glasses at age 64.
nb --I got no bitch.... thankfully!
Yeah, I call that the "more balls than brains" syndrome.
Just in case we haven't beaten this subject completely to death yet, I'd like to
add four more
reasons in favor of a faceshield instead of goggles, that haven't been mentioned
1. Faceshields fit over prescription eyeglasses (or sunglasses) better than
2. Faceshields are more comfortable.
3. You can see better with a faceshield than you can with goggles.
4. A faceshield is easier, quicker, and more convenient to put on and take off,
so much so that
there really is no excuse at all for not wearing it.
They are called "a very expensive lesson about wearing a faceshield next
time." My friend's kid hit a telephone bowl (oops, pole! - senior moment)
in his dad's huge old car and drove three front teeth up into his gums.
They spent an hour looking for the missing teeth before realizing they had
been rammed upward and were still in his mouth. Fixing that up came close
With all these tales of serious maiming, I may even pick up another face
shield so I can always have one upstairs with the compressor and downstairs
with the radial arm saw and/or a spare for "guest workers."
I'd look at laboratory supply places like this:
I worked in a lab and we had goggles that fit over glasses in our stock
room. Don't know who made them.
I still have several pairs of prescription safety glasses that I use
when doing yard work or shooting. You could get them with side shields
but they were uncomfortable to wear all the time.
You might also look at some of the internet glasses sites, maybe get a
cheap pair of prescription goggles.
Keeping crap out of your eyes is important-- Keeping it out of your
hair, ears, nose, mouth, beard, shirt pocket and shoulders is handy.
I go for the full hard-hat and face shield from HF
$20- I bought it for sandblasting. I use it whenever I'm doing
above-the-head dirty work.
Looks interesting but doesn't it get sweaty and fog up inside? My face
shield with the Arab Spaceman towel attachment (TM - patent pending) doesn't
offer a lot of head protection, but it's usually my eyes that I am most
concerned about. The face shield appears to offer double or even triple the
viewing area of the sandblasting hood.
Still, for 20 bucks I'll probably pick one up the next time I go to HF. I
spent $400 there in one visit, but they cut my catalogs off three months
later. That's probably not a good model to follow, marketing-wise. I think
I can request them at their site, but almost every other vendor I know likes
to keep marketing to people that spend a lot of money in one visit. From
what I saw, the average sale was between $20 and $100.
Sweaty, yes-- but I prefer sweat to blood and mud. Foggy, no. I
use a bottle of anti-fog that we bought for my son when he was a
hockey goalie. Rubbing alcohol will work, but it gets me high.
Someplace I saw a guy run a compressor hose into his for positive
pressure and cool air. I really don't have enough air for
sandblasting [shoot 30 seconds- wait 20. . repeat] so I've never
tried it. For inside work, I can stand the sweat for longer than I
can keep my arms up and head back.
Good point-- But I'm usually concentrating on a pretty small area
when I'm wearing it.
I don't think I've ever seen a 'catalog'. I get their [20 page?]
fliers weekly. I might have hit $400 once-- but $1-200 is a 'big'
day for me.
I stopped in for a $6 item last week- spent $40- and was thinking on
the way out that I got off cheap. Damn candy stores.
I've never had much luck with anti-fog stuff. What do you use?
Sounds like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. (-: Good idea, though. I know
I've seen something like that with a fan mounted in the hood and a battery
pack to power it. That might be easier than being tethered to a compressor
Makes sense. Still, after DerbyDad described how he nearly gored himself,
I'm all for as much peripheral vision as I can get.
I should have said flyer - I think they're 20 or so pages, tabloid style.
Mine's far enough away that I never just go for one item with Home Depot 3
blocks away. I saw a similar propane torch for $60 in HD that I got at HF
for $20. So on stuff like that, I make the trek and obliterate the savings
by overspending on things I really don't need. $400 was a big ticket for me
because I bought an flexible inspection camera (for about half of what HD
was selling a cosmetically "purtier" one that looked like the same basic
guts inside). And a digital caliper, and a torch, and quick disconnects for
the hoses, and some screwdrivers, and a tweezer set, and a $3 meter and
loads and loads of other $5 to $10 stuff I can't recall.
For a real cheapo quick alternative, visit a welding supply store.
They have all kindsa eye protection. I once picked up a half dozen
pairs of brazing glasses on the close-out table fer $10. Took off the
side sheilds and used 'em fer sunglasses (5 diff levels of darkness
tint). I can't think of a more eye-ball dangerous overhead work job
than muffler repair man. In fact, as a quickie when I had crawl under
my truck, I put clear lenses in my old acetylene welding goggles. You
know, those bug-eyed alien looking goggles. Not prescription, but
kept the rust flakes outta my eyes while knocking around under there.
Optometrist who carry a line of safety glasses frames (most do),
should have some models with side sheilds. Get the kind with hook
temples and a fine mesh screen on the side to allow plenty of air
circulation so they don't fog.
Most folks don't realize safety glasses are a good alternative to
those absurdly expensive "designer" frames one sees in the main show
room. Ya' usually hafta ask to see a catalog. I discovered this and
started buying safety glasses frames for normal eye wear, years ago.
I rarely ever pay more than $50-100 for excellent frames in many
current fashions. One pair were all stainless steel frames and only
cost about $60. I still have a pair of aviator style frames I bought
over 20 yrs ago fer $40!
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