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#1

Karen Goeller’s comments about the necessity of wearing shaded
goggles when soldering with oxy-acetylene made me sit up and take
notice. Never thought of it, since most of my worries centered
around the quality of the air in the studio. Now here’s the
catch–while soldering, I wear an opti-visor over my bi-focals so I
can be sure of what I’m looking at. Now how do I fit shaded goggles
over all that? I have a Dr. Seuss-like vision of the apparatus that
could added on and added on. Are there tinted lenses for
opti-visors?

Linda Sorensen


#2

Linda,

I’ve not seen tinted Opti-Visors (although wouldn’t bee surprised if
there were some out there), but there ARE places to get prescription
safety glasses which are appropriately tinted and filtered. That way
you can avoid the Dr. Suess look :slight_smile:

Uvex in the U.K. offers prescription safety glasses for a wide
variety of uses including welding
(http://www.uvex.co.uk/products/prescription_eye/PRESCRIP.HTM) …
their glasses are re-sold by a number of distributors.

Jim Binnion also mentioned Aura Lens
(http://www.auralens.com/glassworkers.html) which can be fitted with
prescription lenses (single and bifocal). Their Rose Dydidium or
AUR-92 lenses are likely to be sufficient, unless you’re working with
platinum.

You might also check at your local eyeglass supplier (even a
Lenscrafters) to see if they can order the prescription welding
goggles for you. I know, for example, that my local optometrist
orders prescription goggles for everything from skiing to scuba, and
she has mentioned getting welding goggles for people in the past.
So… it may be worth looking into.

Good luck!

Karen Goeller
@Karen_Goeller


#3

Hi Gang,

 You might also check at your local eyeglass supplier (even a
Lenscrafters) to see if they can order the prescription welding
goggles for you.  I know, for example, that my local optometrist
orders prescription goggles for everything from skiing to scuba,
and she has mentioned getting welding goggles for people in the
past. 

One other way of doing this is to get the appropriate shade of
welding glasses. Then if all you need are magnifiers (reading glasses
for old, tired eyes), try the drug store or other stores that sell
off the shelf reading glasses. They usually have pkgs of stick on
lenses of various magnifications that can be applied to the eye side
of the welding glasses.

I’ve seen these used for welding, scuba & several other applications
where masks or goggles/glasses were required. The cost is usually
under $10 a pair.

Dave


#4

You can also ask your optician to get you a pair of clip-ons shaded
for welding. Many frames are now setup to have sunglass clipons
since they are both cheaper and more easily carried than prescription
sunglasses. I have a set for welding in a shade 5. In theory they
should also be able to make such things for IR and the sodium flare
found in soldering, but my group isn’t sure how to do that yet.


#5

Clip on’s are available in welding shades, as well as sodium flare
and IR filters. Have your optician contact me or send the clips to me
for installation of the appropriate filter.

Mike Aurelius
President
Aura Lens Products, Inc.
www.auralens.com
mailto:@Mike_Aurelius