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Whether you are a carpenter, professional woodworker, or enjoy woodworking as a hobby, there is something to be said about turning your vision into a reality. Woodworking is challenging, yet the rewards of a finished project are second to none. Living in our digital-first world, working with real, tangible elements from our Earth is simply a joy.
When you are working with wood, however, you’ll always want to ensure that you are safe and well-protected. Not only are you working with saws and other sharp tools, but flying wood can be disruptive at best and dangerous at worst. If you’re really unlucky, pieces of wood may land in your eyes, causing eye irritation or even worse.
It is for these reasons that we recommend that you invest in a high-quality pair of prescription safety glasses for woodworking. These prescription safety glasses can help you see clearly when woodworking and protect your eyes from flying debris. They can keep you safe and focused while doing the work that you love.
In this post, we want to highlight some of the best prescription safety glasses for woodworking. Whether you are interested in one or all of these pairs of safety glasses, we are confident that they can get the job done when you are working with wood.
Before reviewing specific prescription safety glasses, however, we want to discuss why prescription safety glasses are so powerful in woodworking. Whether you are an amateur or professional woodworker, you understand that woodworking is a detail-oriented craft. While some of your friends and family members can do their jobs by paying less attention to detail, detail is the name of the game in woodworking.
Because attention to detail is so important, you need to be dexterous—both in cutting the wood and in the way that you focus on the wood.
Prescription safety glasses can help you pay attention to these details. No matter your prescription strength, your safety glasses can help you obtain clear vision. You’ll spend less time squinting and trying to focus your eyes and more time on the woodworking itself.
But along with this increased focus, prescription safety glasses can protect your eyes from all types of debris. When you are cutting wood, there is the risk of dust and tiny wood fragments flying up and entering your eyes. If this occurs, you’ll not only have a more difficult time completing your work, but you may suffer short-term or long-term eye damage.
Prescription safety glasses can protect your eyes from flying debris. Whether dust or wood fragments are coming from the front or the side, your prescription safety glasses are designed to shield your eyes. Ultimately, they can go a long way in preserving your eye health, allowing you to spend more time doing what you truly love.
With this background in mind, we want to share several terrific prescription safety glasses for woodworking. All of these prescription safety glasses have their differences and nuances, yet they are of the highest quality. No matter which pair you choose, you can be confident that your eyes will be well-protected.
To start, let’s talk about the RX-691 model of prescription safety glasses. This is a free-form style of wraparound prescription safety glasses. It is semi-rimless and contains rubber nose pads and rubberized arms for enhanced comfort. Importantly, this model of prescription safety glasses is ANSI Z87.1-2003 safety approved.
ANSI (the American National Standards Institute) is a well-respected organization that sets safety standards for things like safety glasses. Being ANSI approved, you can be confident that these prescription safety glasses will protect your eyes when woodworking. This model also contains advanced in-house lens edging equipment.
In terms of style, you can find this model in colors like silver and black. It is for both men and women and starts at $69.99, making it a cost-effective option.
From the RX-691model of prescription safety glasses, there is the RX-15011 model of prescription safety glasses. Like the RX-691 model, this model is ANSI approved, ensuring that your eyes will be protected from dust, wood, and other flying debris. This model of prescription safety glasses is also special in that it contains permanent side shields. These side shields can protect your eyes from dust and flying debris that is approaching your face from the side. This is an important feature that can provide even more protection when you’re woodworking.
Along with these stellar safety attributes, the RX-15011 model is stylish. It has a rectangular hipster style safety frame that is made out of TR-90 Nylon. In a sleek black color, you’ll be able to impress your friends, family, and colleagues. Finally, an adjustable nose piece makes these glasses extremely comfortable to wear. You won’t be adjusting these glasses on a regular basis. Rather, they will fit comfortably on your face so that you can focus on what is occurring in front of you.
Next, let’s talk about the RX-17013 model of prescription safety glasses. Coming in at $34.99, this is one of the most cost-effective prescription safety glasses out there today. But even though it is cost-effective, this model can provide an immense amount of protection. The RX-17013 is ANSI Z87+ safety approved and contains side shields for added protection. While you will typically want the side shields when you’re woodworking, you can remove them if you’d like.
Like the RX-15011 model, the RX-17013 contains a TR-90 nylon frame and offers a secure and comfortable fit. This model has a so-called “geek” style and only comes in black. Having said that, this is an extremely stylish pair of glasses for both men and women.
The RX-Q200 model is another great option if you’re looking for prescription safety glasses for woodworking. Like the RX-691, this model has a wraparound style and a lightweight design. You’ll be satisfied with the massive amount of eye protection that this model offers, as it is ANSI Z87 approved and contains removable side shields.
With this model, you can also take advantage of things like rubber-coated temple bars, a frame made of TR-90 nylon, and black and matte blue/pink colors. For $55, this can be an outstanding pair for you.
Finally, there is the Wiley X Enzo. This model is made by Wiley X, which is an eyewear company known for creating highly durable glasses. The Enzo contains things like Shatterproof Selenite Polycarbonate Lenses, complete UVA/UVB protection, T-Shell lens coating to prevent scratching, and a removable facial cavity that can protect your eyes from flying debris. Like the models above, the Wiley X Enzo is safety approved. Specifically, it is ANSI Z87.1-2010 approved and meets OSHA 1910.133(b)(1)(1) standards. This model comes in matte black and gives off an extremely sleek look.
Woodworking is a fascinating and invigorating craft. There is always so much to learn and so many projects to take on. That being said, when taking on these projects, we encourage you to invest in a pair of high-quality prescription safety glasses. Whether or not you select any of the models listed above, prescription safety glasses can help you focus and protect your eyes when doing the work you love. In the end, it is an investment well worth making.
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