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Best Safety Glasses

We all need to take extra care to ensure proper eye safety while working because it only takes a single speck of dust scratched across the cornea for a free trip to the emergency room. Unfortunately, many people seem to believe wearing regular glasses/sunglasses will be enough to protect them while in the shop but this is far from the truth.

The first factor to consider when buying safety glasses is the strength of the lenses. All of the best safety glasses we’ve included below utilize ANSI rated lenses so you can wear them confidently knowing they’ll offer real protection when needed. Next, we considered area of coverage with the safety glasses presented here wrapping around your eyes to protect them from stray particles and not just those coming straight at your face. Lastly, we’ve listed pairs which are durable and will stand up to repeated use and wear. If lenses on a pair of safety glasses are easy to scratch then you aren't going to be able to see your work clearly, which is very unsafe. Similarly, it doesn't matter if the lens can take a beating if the frames fall apart, so buying quality safety glasses like these from the start makes a big difference.

US Safety Hornet DX Safety Glasses

If you're like me, sometimes you’ll find yourself suspended upside down at the top of a truss frame and you need your glasses to stay put. Excellent stability on the face makes this a great pair of safety glasses perfect for jobs requiring lots of movement or work at awkward angles. The fit is super comfortable and the foam inserts can be replaced if they ever wears out. The ability to replace that foam means you don't have to ditch the pair when this eventually occurs. Shop around a bit and you can find these for a very reasonable price. An available RX insert means you don't have to choose between your prescription and safety.

3M Tekk Fuel X2 Safety Glasses

3M safety glasses feature a sleek and comfortable design great for long term wear but it’s the adjustable nose piece which really sold me on this brand. The bridge of my nose is where pain hits first if you’re wearing a poorly fitted pair of safety glasses and this feature helps alleviate this issue. I also appreciate the inclusion of a micro-fiber storage bag and a lanyard to keep these glasses in good condition and also within reach. I've lost several sets of safety glasses over the years and if I weren't too stubborn to buy a lanyard I could have saved a few of them. These glasses solve that problem nicely.

Bolle Safety 253-TR-40085 Tracker Safety Eyewear

Similar to the US Safety Hornet, these comfortable glasses are stable on the face and offer protection really only outmatched by full goggles and face masks. The price is a little higher than average but it's more than reasonable given their quality. These safety glasses can be easily adapted for RX users with the addition of a prescription insert. The anti-fog feature works decent well but it's not perfect because of a rubber seal which if worked loose, diminishes the effectiveness of this capability.

Global Vision Escort Safety Glasses

Escort by Global Vision offers excellent versatility given the level of protection offered. They’re a bit expensive but worth the money thanks to how well-designed they are. These safety glasses fit the face nicely while allowing you to wear smaller sets of prescription glasses; a great option if you've ever had to decide between safety and being able to see your work.

Your peripheral vision won’t be too hindered because of side lenses made from the same polycarbonate as the main lenses. I would prefer a wraparound lens for optimal clarity but the use of flat lenses on the side means they don’t sacrifice strength and there’s no peripheral vision distortion either.

MSA Safety OvrG Over-the-Glasses Protectors

MSA Safety OvrG Over-the-Glasses Protectors

Designed for use with small RX glasses, these cheap and comfortable safety glasses are made entirely from durable plastic and conform to the face nicely. The price is very reasonable and allowing anyone to have a few pairs around the shop to make sure your eyes are always protected. There are more comfortable glasses on this list but I'll choose protection and affordability over total comfort any day.

Paul Joseph Morin
I grew up breathing sawdust and dirt. Now I'm back in the shop after an overly long break. This time I remembered my respirator. I have my father to thank for setting me on the path of the DIY guru and he didn't waste a day that could be spent with a trowel or hammer in hand. Now I use these skills to grow my own vegetables and fruit, craft wooden toys and tools, and keep my home running smoothly.
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