As Someone with awful vision, I always have the problem of needing to have my glasses on to see what I'm working on, but then I either have to fuss with wearing safety goggles over my glasses or the lying to myself that my glasses work as safety goggles, which isn't true and even if they protect my eyes then my glasses end up scratched. I've worn safety glasses over them but I still always end up with dust and shavings getting through the open sides and defeating the purpose anyways. So I decided to make a pair of goggles that allowed me to still see what I'm working on while protecting my eyes much better, than other options I'd tried.

Last time I broke a pair of glasses, I finally bought some online and was amazed at how much cheaper it was.So logically I link jumped to prescription goggles thinking they would also be cheaper--no luck. Then I thought to myself, "Self- Don't you already have a cheap pair of goggles from the costume shop and some broken glasses?" So this is my slapped together prescription goggles, to which I added a small spotlight and a magnifying lens. This is also a great way to get some more mileage out of broken glasses you had to pay good money for.

Step 1: Materials and Tools


Goggles from a Costume Shop
Broken Glasses with Lenses Still Intact
Reflective concave cup part from broken flashlight
LED flashlight from broken cheapo multiscrewdriver that I stupidly tried to pry something open with. 
Some small electric wire scavenged from various things
Stiff Bendable Craft wire
Old AM antenna. Actually I just used the old AM antenna for the plug at the end and the small electric wire- you can use anything that has those elements, I just have several because i find them a lot dumpster diving.

Needle and Thread
Drill with small bit, roughly the diameter of the bendable wire
Hot Glue Gun
Hacksaw blade
Exacto Knife

Go to your eye doctor, have him examine your eye sight. He can cut and fit your prescribed glasses into the goggles in no time. I,ll do that to my gas welding goggles. Thanks for the inspiration.
I am a trade qualified optical mechanic- I would be concerned that by changing the PD ( pupilliary distance) depending on your prescription, you may have induced a fair amount of prism, that would affect your vision. <br> <br>Something else to consider might be what sort of impact these goggles might be subject to. I believe purchasing polycarbonate lenses (no less than 2.5mm thick) would be a wise move if you're thinking of using these for high impact work (grinding etc). <br> <br>Other than those few concerns this is nice work if you need any advice regarding lenses or prescriptions send me a message.
I like it but I think you could get some goggles from a surplus army store that would put up with more stress. Costume goggles probably wont. Shouldn't cost too much more either. It is a great idea and one I need work on.
Yea the better the goggles you start out with definitely the more durable they would be, but the costume ones are pretty durable for 8 bucks and that was before my employee discount so the cost was definitely a factor- the main issue I found when looking through other goggles is finding a cheap/free pair that could be easily opened up to add the eyeglass lenses to.
making due with what you have on hand (or get a discount on) is always a good thing. My probably is I dont have a broken pair of glasses. Im too careful with them I guess.
Kevin - Great work. I myself have recently required glasses and working on projects that require safety goggles is problematic at best. The eye safety problem you address is spot on keep up the good work.
Kevin, Thank you for doing this so well.

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