Post: Safety Starts with Clear Vision: Knowing When Bifocal Safety Glasses Are Necessary

Safety Starts with Clear Vision: Knowing When Bifocal Safety Glasses Are Necessary

Here at Phillips Safety, we often receive questions about using bifocal lenses in safety glasses. Many customers are curious about the noticeable differences between regular safety lenses and bifocal lenses. As such, it’s important to clarify when it is appropriate to use standard safety glasses versus when it is necessary to consider incorporating magnified lower lenses.


Determining the necessity of bifocal safety glasses entails considering two fundamental questions. Firstly, it is crucial to assess the extent of visual impairment experienced in close proximity. Secondly, one must evaluate the frequency of engaging in close-range tasks that necessitate the use of safety glasses. By honestly addressing these inquiries, individuals can ascertain the most suitable type of safety eyewear for their specific needs.

In certain instances, individuals may exhibit only a mild manifestation of presbyopia, a condition characterized by diminished ability of aging eyes to focus on nearby objects. If one’s visual acuity allows for reading, writing, and performing tasks comfortably within a range of 12-15 inches, and if their occupational responsibilities involve minimal close-range work that strains the eyes, standard safety glasses may suffice. However, those with moderate to severe presbyopia or who frequently engage in activities such as reading, paperwork completion, or other close-range tasks will derive significant benefits from utilizing bifocal safety glasses.

In the context of employing safety glasses, it is presumed that one engages in work or personal activities that entail a certain level of risk for potential eye damage, such as exposure to sparks, flying debris, accidental eye contact, or windy conditions. In such situations, it is strongly recommended to consistently wear safety glasses without removing them for tasks such as reading print or taking notes. The utilization of regular bifocals in conjunction with safety glasses is not advisable or appropriate when safety glasses are necessary or mandated. To ensure clear and safe vision under these circumstances, the use of safety bifocals becomes essential.

Phillips Safety offers a collection of high-quality bifocal safety glasses that meet ANSI Z87 safety standards. These glasses are equipped with impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses, ensuring optimal safety measures. They are also available in a variety of lens colors and magnification levels ranging from +1.00 to +3.00. For added convenience, customers have the option to purchase transition bifocal safety glasses, whose lenses adapt to changing lighting conditions and make them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

In conclusion, by evaluating the extent of visual impairment at close range and the frequency of engaging in tasks that require safety glasses individuals can determine the most suitable eyewear for their specific needs. While standard safety glasses may suffice for those with mild presbyopia and minimal close-range work, individuals with moderate to severe presbyopia or regular involvement in close-range tasks will greatly benefit from the use of bifocal safety glasses.

Eliminate the need to compromise between eye safety and comfortable vision by opting for a solution that incorporates both features. With Phillips Safety’s collection, you can seamlessly combine the benefits of safety glasses and bifocals. By doing so, you can ensure clear, focused vision up close while providing your eyes with the necessary protection they deserve.

If you still aren’t sure which bifocal safety glasses are right for you, it’s a good idea to give us a call at 1-866-575-1307 or talk to us through our chat or e-mail us at

Our experts will be able to tell you what you need for your application.


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