A question we occasionally field here at Phillips Safety involves bifocal lenses in safety glasses. Individuals are often curious if they’ll see a substantial different between regular safety lenses and bifocal lenses. So where is the dividing line – if you’ll pardon the pun – between the use of standard safety glasses and the need for magnified lower lenses?
Do You Need Bifocal Safety Glasses?
To find the answer, ask yourself two questions: How poor is my in-close vision, and how often do I perform in-close tasks that require safety glasses? Consider and answer them honestly, and you’ll find out which kind of safety eyewear is ideal for you.
You might have only a mild case of presbyopia (the condition in which aging eyes fail to focus well on nearby objects). If you can read, write, and see well enough to perform tasks within a distance of 12-15 inches from your eyes, functioning with standard safety glasses might work for you. Especially if your duties require little in-close work to strain your eyes. On the other hand, if your presbyopia is moderate to severe, or you often need to read, fill out paperwork, or perform other in-close tasks, you’ll benefit greatly from safety bifocals.
Let’s assume you’re using safety glasses for a reason – this means your work or personal activities run a certain risk of potential eye damage, be it from sparks, flying debris, accidental eye contact, windy conditions, etc. The constant use of safety glasses under these circumstances is strongly advised; you shouldn’t be removing safety glasses to read print, jot notes, or for any other reason. Nor should you wear regular bifocals when safety glasses are needed or required. To see clearly and safely under such circumstances means the use of safety bifocals.
The bifocal safety glasses at Phillips Safety are ANSI Z87-approved and feature impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses for maximum safety. They’re available in multiple magnification levels and lens colors and can even be ordered with transition lenses for convenient indoor/outdoor use. Additionally, they come in good-looking, contemporary frame styles.
Check out these four models of safety glasses with available bifocal lenses:
- Wraparound lens offers a close fit and comfortable protection.
- Features a rubber nose bridge and soft rubber-tipped temples.
- Contemporary design with a modern flair.
- SB-5000 available in clear or smoke gray, SB-9000 available in clear, smoke gray, or yellow.
- Feature Transitions brand lenses that turn clear indoors and gray in the sun.
- Model 808B utilize a black lightweight unifit nylon frame.
- Model 808B also features rubber nose pads and soft rubberized temple bars.
Don’t risk either your eyes or comfortable vision by choosing between safety glasses or bifocals. With the options above you can combine the features of both, and enjoy clear, in-focus vision up close with all the safety protection your eyes deserve.