View Full Version : Prescription safety glasses & cheaters
01-02-2008, 10:11 PM
I am a student and just bought a new hood and just had a pair of prescription safety glasses made.
Do you need safety glasses with a good Speedglas hood and would cheaters be useful if wearing them? The safety glasses are already like my regular ones including bifocals.
01-02-2008, 10:24 PM
Safety glasses are always a good idea no matter what type or brand of hood you use. I presently use a Speedglas, but have also used Miller, Hobart, and other 'not too well known' brands, and none completely shield from flying sparks/slag. 'Murphy's Law' can really be costly in this issue. I would rather use the saftey glasses than take a chance on loosing my sight.
This is just my $0.02 worth.
01-02-2008, 10:36 PM
If you have prescription safety glasses under there you're all set.Like stated above.I use a magnifier in a speedglass but I don't wear glasses all the time. I just got to the age I can't see well up close,short arm syndrome.When you get to the age where you hold the paper 2 feet away to to try to read it you can get a cheater lens.:) I do have a helmet I can wear my bifocals in but no cheater lens in it. Has to be one way or the other.
01-02-2008, 10:46 PM
I know the feeling. It wasn't that my eyes were getting bad.....it was that my arms were just not long enough.
I have trifocals; however, the mid-range that I needed for welding anything from reading distance (approx. 18") to just beyond my arms reach was just too small. I had Lens Crafters make me some bifocal safety glasses that consisted of my reading and mid-range lens only. I have found them to be less trouble and safer than cheaters.
Bob the Welder
01-02-2008, 11:04 PM
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS wear safety glasses when welding no matter what kind of welding hood you are using! You only have one set of eyeballs and it can only take one second to lose them!:eek:
I use a Jackson Nexgen lens and have a cheater lens in it for "normal" welding. Just got done with job at power plant welding tubes within 3" of my face between panels that were barely far enough apart to fit between. I use a cheater in my hood and safety glasses that are made to my closeup prescription for the whole lens instead of regular bifocals. This allows me to focus clearly on welds that are very close up. Just like in the old days:D
01-03-2008, 03:10 PM
I wear tri-goggles, too and a Speedglas. I have a cheater in my TIG hood, a Huntsman, a 1.50 diopter...works for me.
01-04-2008, 09:52 PM
Thanx very much for the input.
I just got my new Speedglass hood and got a cheater set with it.
But using my new prescription safety glasses seem to make things TOO strong so I think I will pass on them for now but Thanx for the comments as I might later on try it without the ‘scripts on occasion depending on what work I need to do.