Bifocal Safety Glasses Provide Needed Protection and Magnification
Protecting our eyes when DIYing is a must, but sometimes we also need reading glasses for detail work. Bifocal safety glasses offer needed eye protection and magnification.
We know that we must protect our eyes when we DIY, but what happens if we also need to wear reading glasses for detail work? Wearing safety glasses over reading glasses can be uncomfortable and cumbersome. Wearing reading glasses alone would sacrifice safety, so that isn’t an option. And continuously swapping reading glasses for safety glasses is annoying. So what should we do? Did you know bifocal safety glasses are available? They are and they’re the perfect solution for both protection and magnification.
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I think our bodies must have an internal age clock because as soon as I hit one of those milestone birthdays (I’m not saying which one!) I began to see things differently. Literally! My phone screen began to look fuzzy. The print on restaurant menus began to look so tiny. Who designs a restaurant menu with such tiny print anyway?! And I started to have trouble seeing the marks on my tape measure.
A trip to the eye doc revealed the issue. The doctor said “you’re getting old!” and you need reading glasses. So I did what everyone else does. I went to the corner pharmacy and got myself a pair of reading glasses. Problem solved.
Except the problem wasn’t solved. I needed my reading glasses to measure and mark the parts for my furniture projects. Then I would take the reading glasses off, put safety glasses on to cut the parts. Then take the safety glasses off and put the reading glasses on to assemble the parts. This “on again off again glasses game” went on the entire time I was in my workshop!
I’ve been doing a lot of research for posts lately. First, I researched the wax for the why you should wax your table saw post. Next, I researched the cleaner for the why you should clean your saw blades post. Then, I found the digital angle gauge for the best way to set your table saw blade angle for precision cuts.
Most recently I found these bifocal safety glasses. Now hear me out on these. I know people hear the word bifocal and think “I’m not wearing bifocals!” Well, let me tell you these received lots of positive reviews. Seriously. The five-star reviews are approaching the 1k mark. Not only that, but they seemed like a good value. I added a pair to my shopping cart and decided to give them a try.
I ordered these bifocal safety glasses about a month ago and I can tell you I’m about to do a cartwheel in my workshop! I’m am sooo excited to be done with the “on again off again game” between my reading glasses and safety glasses. I think I might even order a second pair. Ya know, for when I lose the first pair in a pile of sawdust.
Bifocal Safety Glasses Provide Needed Protection and Magnification
The first thing you’ll notice about these bifocal safety glasses is they’re lightweight but have a solid, sturdy feel. The glasses wrap around your eyes to protect from debris without sitting too close to your face. They comfortably stay on your head when bending or reaching without feeling too tight. Adding to the comfort are the nose pads. They’re made of soft, pliable rubber. The combo of lightweight and not too tight means these are comfortable enough to wear for hours.
First and foremost these are safety glasses and the majority of the lens is plain, crystal clear plastic. The magnification area is small and sits lower than prescription bifocals. This placement of the magnification lens is well-placed and doesn’t get in the way for most tasks. This means you can wear the bifocal safety glasses while walking around the workshop, etc.
The bifocal safety glasses includes a protective sleeve. The sleeve doesn’t completely cover the glasses, but it does provide some protection for the lenses when the safety glasses are being stored.
The sleeve features a clip to attach the sleeve to our pants, jeans or apron.
I’ve worn safety glasses and I’ve worn reading glasses, but I’ve never worn bifocals. I will say these bifocal safety glasses did take a little adjustment period. After some head tilting and wearing them for about an hour I think I’ve figured them out. As I mentioned earlier the magnifying area sits low on the lens, and is out of the way, so these are well-suited for most workshop tasks.
Protecting our eyes when DIYing is a must, but sometimes we also need reading glasses for detail work. Bifocal safety glasses offer the best of both worlds. I’m sooo glad I bought these! I’m happy to be done with “on again off again glasses game!” If you DIY and you wear reading glasses then you need to give these bifocal safety glasses a try.
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That’s a great suggestion! I’ve been using bifocal safety glasses for over a decade now (I know, I should have told you!) but these new Dewalt glasses have some features my old standbys don’t have. If only they worked with my corrective lenses!
I wish I found these sooner. I’ve been driving myself crazy switching between reading glasses and safety glasses!
I’m a shooter,and wood worker. I have found several different pair of safety glasses that have the bifocal on the top edge. They are designed for shooters so you don’t have to tilt your head back to see the sights on hand guns. I bought 2 pair one pair for my wood shop when I’m working above my head. I’m not falling off the stool trying to tilt my head back to see what I’m doing.
Thank you for this tip, I had no idea these were out there.
You’re welcome Pamela! I had no idea either… I’m so glad I found them!
These are great! I was so frustrated by having to switch (like you) between my cheaters and safety glasses. A new Woodcraft opened a several years ago and so while we were out in that area we stopped in to look around. As we were leaving (over priced), I seen those glasses on a rack – and in my strength. Well… they have been a great help!!! Ha!
I work in outdoor construction where safety glasses are mandatory and I had so much trouble switching glasses to read design drawings that when I found these I have been their best salesman ever since!
The choices for me were:
1. Prescription safety glasses at about $800(!)
2. Glasses under big goofy uncomfortable safety glasses (no thanks)
3. These legendary bifocal safety glasses at $17!
So I use them at work and in my workshop doing metalwork. I did discover one little trap for new players to be aware of though – when doing close range grinding where I need to look through the lower bifocal part of the lens caused me to tilt my head up a little and as a result I had a nasty little piece of steel find its way up under the glasses and embed in my eye.
Great tool but good to be aware of this.
Thanks for the post.
Hi Mark – Thank you for stopping by. Yikes – that’s scary! Hope you’re OK now. Thank you for the heads up about this.