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    I wear corrective bifocal glasses. I can't find a good solution that allows me to see well when brazing. Any suggestions?
     

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    Two options come to mind. RX brazing glasses (I like the flip up UVEX "Horizon" with an RX clear lens and a standard brazing lens):



    Or or over-the top shields or goggles.

    Jackson goggles with headgear:


    Typical shield:

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    Thanks Eric for the ideas. Taking you suggestion I might try using these with clip on brazing lenses.

    Shop 3M Readers Safety Glasses at Lowes.com
     

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    I have had really good luck with these didymium lenses:

    Lampworking Glassblowing Glass The #1 Choice Among Professional Glassworkers

    Scoll down about 2/3rds of the way down the page and there are magnification lenses or clip-ons.

    I'm not suggesting you are a newbie brazer but, these lenses were one of the things that helped my newbie brazing skills (with aging eyes) the most. The didymium lenses really helped me see through the flare and get a good view of what was going on. They aren't cheap and they are real glass so, they are a bit heavier. If you drop them, they break. The clip-ons might be a good option to go over RX glasses.

    I just installed new LED lighting (from fluorescent tubes) and that seems to have made seeing the temp of a joint more difficult.
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    I've used these glasses for a while and really like them. Magshot IR Torch Welding Full Magnifying Safety Glasses - Safety Glasses

    They're good if all you need is a magnifier lens and not a prescription lens. It's a two piece design so the lens can pop out if you want to add in a different magnification lens. Some glasses I've tried have a very small magnifier lens and force you to look downward through the glasses. These have a full coverage lens that I like a lot. You might have other needs, but they work great for me.

    morays_store_ir3_15.jpg
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    Reminds me of riding glasses with the prescription insert. Nice solution.

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    I have been an eye surgeon for 38 years as well as a part time bicycle frame builder for rather less than that. I think all the suggestions above are good ones. One solution which has worked well for me is to take ordinary brazing glasses and fit stick on bifocal lenses (search "stick on bifocal" on eBay to see what I mean). This will not work if you need strong corrective lenses for distance as well as additional correction for near, as I think was meant in the original question. In that case I would go with any of Eric's suggestions used over prescription bifocals or varifocal lenses.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Jacobs View Post
    I have been an eye surgeon for 38 years as well as a part time bicycle frame builder for rather less than that. I think all the suggestions above are good ones. One solution which has worked well for me is to take ordinary brazing glasses and fit stick on bifocal lenses (search "stick on bifocal" on eBay to see what I mean). This will not work if you need strong corrective lenses for distance as well as additional correction for near, as I think was meant in the original question. In that case I would go with any of Eric's suggestions used over prescription bifocals or varifocal lenses.
    While not used for my brazing, the application of hydrostatically secured reader lenses to my Oakley M frames helps me see a cue sheet and up the road nearly equally well.

    For brazing I just got "Uptown Glassworking Safety Reading Glasses - Phillips 202, #GB-P2-RG Frame Color Tortoise Magnification Strength +2.50" These work well and are similar in effect to my older didymium glasses. Andy.
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    I have some in my shop for students to use that have not been described here that slip over regular glasses. In other words wearing 2 sets (one over the other) at the same time. They are designed to do that. They are handy when those with prescription glasses are watching a brazing demonstration. They are similar to what old folks used to use for driving after they got cataract surgery. They can be bought at welding supply stores or websites and come in different shades like a #3 or #5.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
    While not used for my brazing, the application of hydrostatically secured reader lenses to my Oakley M frames helps me see a cue sheet and up the road nearly equally well.

    For brazing I just got "Uptown Glassworking Safety Reading Glasses - Phillips 202, #GB-P2-RG Frame Color Tortoise Magnification Strength +2.50" These work well and are similar in effect to my older didymium glasses. Andy.
    I think these lenses are great for purposes as you describe. A trick I sometimes use is to fit just one hydrostatically secured reader lens. On my fishing glasses I wear one bifocal lens on my non-dominant (left) eye. This gives me enough near vision to tie on a fishing fly but completely uninterrupted distance vision with my right eye. When I look into the distance I am unaware of the near lens in the left eye.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rkanz View Post
    I wear corrective bifocal glasses. I can't find a good solution that allows me to see well when brazing. Any suggestions?
    I use reading glasses (cheap magnifiers) that fit under a pair of rose didymium glasses to which a clip on brazing filter is added on the outside. The readers could just as easily be your bifocals. It works well for me and the readers stay on for all my work in the shop.

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    Phillips safety Ace fit-overs. Just enough green filter and a little better spectrum filter than didymium. Sometimes I wear readers, but I usually just wear my regular glasses underneath
     

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