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· Marine Engineer
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I've got the same problem, and a couple of different solutions. There are several aftermarket side shields that fit regular prescription glasses, and they provide decent protection (see link for example)

These took me a bit to get used to, because your perepherial vision is diminished a bit, but they don't fog my glasses up that much. Of course, the impact rating of your glasses and frames aren't up to true "safety glasses" standards unless they are an approved design, but they do offer a bunch of protection.

When I need more protection (in areas goggles would be recommended) I will generally use a face mask with chin guard. The chin guard keeps quite a bit more of the stray debris from bouncing under the face mask

At work, when goggles are Required (grinding jobs, chemical handling, etc) the only goggles that don't fog up quickly or become too annoying with glasses are from UVEX,

They're fairly low profile, and can be worn with most face shields as well, yet still give you plenty of room for your eyeglasses. The frames 'form' around the temple pieces of your glasses and seal pretty well.

Our company 'invests' a lot of money in safety gear every year, and everyone seems to have a particular favorite style, type, brand of safety glasses and goggles. They also encourage us to use our safety gear at home as well, which is nice on the pocket book.... In that time, I've tried a lot of different brands, and the uvex goggles are probably my favorite. I also use UVEX patriot OTG (over the glass) safety glasses (mainly a tinted pair as sunglasses when working outside) and they do a good job, but wearing 2 pairs of glasses all day can be a little rough on the ears.

The kimberly clark duckbill dust masks also work pretty well with most goggles and glasses without too much fogging. Some of the guys I work with who have to wear goggles/facemasks/dust masks all day long wear an all in one by North, and they seem to like it.

if you're just using it to filter out woodworking dust, you can replace the bulky cartridges with these little pillow filters, and it doesn't weigh much at all. It can be a little rough on you if your glasses aren't close to your head in the way of the seal. The face piece of this mask is safety rated, similar to a standard duty face shield. They're about $110, but if you break it down into $20+ for goggles, $30+ for a good face shield, $25+ for a respirator... it's not unreasonable.

See if there's an airgas supply store near you, and go try a few styles on if they'll let you.

I'd love to try out one of the trend Airshield rigs, they look like a decent solution to the fogging problem with goggles and dustmasks, but before I drop that kind of money on something I'd like to try it first in the shop during the middle of July.

Hope some of this helps,
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