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  • You can never be too safe

    Hey guys

    FYI, you can never be too safe, I obtained a foreign object assumed to be a piece of sawdust in my right eye last Thursday and this is the first day I have been able to function somewhat normal since. After visiting two specialists it was determined to be a Cornea ulcer that caused a serious infection. I suffered such extreme light sensitivity; I had to lie in the basement in the dark for three days, no TV, no reading, extremely boring. The first step prior to returning to my shop was to replace my safety glasses with some full wrap around goggle type. It is simply amazing how a little spec can knock a full-grown man out of commission.

    Be Safe and have a Happy New Year

  • #2
    Sorry to hear about that. Glad to hear that you'll be okay.



    • #3
      I'm basically a safety cautious nut. However, you have just made me re-think eye protection!
      I wish it had not come at the cost of a fellow woodworkers expense though.
      I wish you a speed recovery, and no long term effects from your mishap.
      Without eyes, we would all be lost in a world of darkness.
      John E. Adams<br /><a href=\"\" target=\"_blank\"></a>


      • #4
        "Woodslayer Slain by Spec of Sawdust"

        Anyone else see the irony in that? just kidding =D

        I wear regular (read cheapie) glasses and have had dust in my eyes quite a few times. I wear contacts too so I just wash them off and get back to work.

        Anyone have any comments on the wrap around glasses.
        o More work to clean them?
        o Are they comfortable?
        o Do they fog up at all?


        • #5
          Wrap-arounds can eliminate the need for side shields and are certainly better than no side shields at all. Always look for the "Z-87" stamp on the frames for true safety glasses. While fogging can occur at any time, I've generally only had a problem coming in the house from cold outside temps. or when wearing a dust mask.

          Never forget my similar experience. I built a redwood deck on my house and was fanatical about wearing safety glasses through the whole project. After I finished the deck, took off my glasses and was hanging a plant on an old bracket, above my head---got some rust in my eye and couldn't get it out---had to drive myself, one-eyed, to the doctor's office---so much fun. Not saying you need safety glasses to hang plants ---but don't overlook obvious problems.

          I've seen shops that have iron-clad rules requiring safety glasses, but then the workers would take them off and use an airhose to clean off their clothes--- Talk about dust in the air.


          • #6
            Good one J Reed, I’m pleased to report the eye is healed and my vision is back to normal. I have found the goggle style glasses to be much more uncomfortable than regular safety glasses and if I am unable to get accustomed to them soon I may have to revert back to the basic glasses and hope that I will not be the victim of any more freak accidents.