Lots of good advice and anecdotal evidence. I would just add that if
you wear prescription glasses, you can get prescription safety glasses with
side shields. In true safety glasses, the frames have certain ANSI
standards that enable them to keep the lenses in place if they are ever
impacted. You would not want the lens to pop out if something hits them.
The lenses themselves also have ANSI specs and must have a minimum
thickness. The lens lab will make them at least that thick no matter what
the prescription. The side shields can be solid or a fine mesh screen,
whatever applies to your particular situation. Goggles are not really
designed for serious impact. They are meant for liquid splashes. Yes, they
can handle minor impact but I would not rely on them where the major hazard
is moderate to severe impact.
I want to point out that most face shields are NOT designed for serious
impact. They are intended to be worn over safety glasses. They can handle
light to moderate impact but, as one poster reported, the whole shield flew
off his head when impacted. If the trajectory of the wood was different,
there might have been a more serious result.
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