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Not good for glasses. They stink, really!
on April 15, 2010
I work in a chemistry lab and wear goggles anywhere from four to twelve hours a day, five to six days a week. Common splash goggles become uncomfortable after a few hours, so I decided to try a few better quality goggles. I wear glasses.
On the plus side, these AO Safety goggles are comfortable. The single-piece lens is flexible and exhibits very little distortion. The goggles readily conform to the face, make a good seal, and are plush. The strap appears durable.
On the minus side, the lens is tinted, the goggles are heavy, the lens pushes against my glasses, and they emit a horrific odor.
Although the lens is obviously high quality, it is tinted. The tinting is subtle, but became more obvious as time went by. The goggles are obviously intended for working in a chemical hazard environment. Most such environments are indoors, so there's really no logic to the tint. It's not dark enough for full sun protection, and diminishes the apparent indoor light.
Compared to other goggles, they are heavy. The strap keeps them well positioned, as does the seal they make to the face. But, after a few hours of wear, they become wearisome from the weight pulling on the face.
The goggles' ability to conform to the face makes them unsuitable for glasses wearers. The edges of the goggles take a sharp turn around the temples. The arms of my glasses contact the lens, forcing the glasses into the bridge of my nose; I don't have big glasses. There are cut outs for the arms of glasses which are readily removed with an hobby knife.
These glasses stink. After removing the goggles I could smell the chemicals that leached from their manufacture. This odor remained with me for two to three hours. Whatever is causing the odor cannot be good for the health. Also, as a chemist, odors are one clue that something bad is in the air. Since the odor from the goggles was so overpowering, the inability to smell lab chemicals is a safety hazard.
I cannot say whether or not they are fog proof or fog resistant. The lab is kept air-conditioned. I can see why some occasional goggle users would like these, especially if the use is for periods less than one hour. For full-time lab workers, they are not suitable.