I’m of an age that I need reading glasses for close up work. Unfortunately I also need safety glasses in many of the same situations. I know that you can buy magnifying safety glasses, but they are never as inexpensive as the $1.00 reading glasses from the local Dollar Tree.
I am a cautious person (milquetoast) so I thought it would be wise to do a simple test of the shatter resistance of the dollar store reading glasses. On with the science! The dollar store glasses. Poor sap. My RWS Diana Model 45 air rifle. I chose it because I thought I had it sighted in at 10 yards, which I didn’t. With 7.9 grain Crosman pellets at 715 fps, it should hit the glasses with about 9 ft/lbs of energy. 10 yards down the length of my deck. After shooting low a couple of times I finally hit the glasses. First lens. The other lens. Both lenses shattered and I couldn’t even find some of the pieces. As a control I gave my dummy some safety glasses. First shot dented the lens. Second shot knocked the lens out of the frame. I wonder if that’s by design? I remounted the lens and took a third shot. Which eyewear would you rather be sporting when a projectile is coming towards your eye?Imagine that small shard penetrating your eyeball. As you can see the safety glasses deform rather than shattering.
So I guess I’ll spring for a pair of safety reading glasses, or wear the safety glasses over reading glasses. I won’t be using the readers as safety glasses.