Aging Eyes

Aging eyes. Short arm syndrome. Presbyopia. The almost universal initiation into mid-life. This inability to focus up close confronts most people over 40 years old. Some estimates say over a billion people globally struggle with presbyopia. And many find it quite frustrating.

The National Eye Institute says presbyopia happens naturally as we age. Eyes become unable to focus light directly onto the retina because of a hardening of the natural lens. Aging also affects muscle fibers around the eye and make focusing on up-close objects more difficult.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to prevent or permanently correct presbyopia.

Presbyopia is especially frustrating for someone who has never worn eyeglasses or who wears contacts to avoid them. Yet, few can avoid the need for readers or “cheaters.”

Unsafe Reading

For people who must frequently read while working or who often complete detailed, up-close work of some sort, putting reading glasses on and taking them off throughout the day is a hassle. And, if safety glasses are also needed, doing so is a significant safety hazard.

Fortunately, there are some terrific options in safety eyewear to accommodate those who need bifocals. These options provide a much safer and comfortable alternative to the on and off approach or trying to wear reading glasses under safety eyewear.

Bifocal Safety Glasses

Bifocal Safety Eyewear

Bifocal Safety Glasses feature safety lenses with magnifiers (bifocals) molded directly into the lenses. They are perfect for those who need reading glasses but who also require the protection of safety glasses. For those requiring more comprehensive protection, Pyramex V2G Bifocal Safety Glasses/Goggles are also available.

Bifocal safety eyewear comes in multiple diopters (strengths) ranging from +1.00 to +3.00 depending on the brand and model. Various lens tints are available in bifocal safety glasses too. You can also get bifocals lenses that are polarized and anti-fog.

Also, most bifocal safety eyewear has shatterproof polycarbonate lenses, are ANSI Z87.1-2015 certified and provide 99.9% UVA-UVB protection.


Stick-On Bifocals

Stick-On Bifocals, soft semicircles pressed onto eyewear, allow you to make almost any pair of sunglasses, safety glasses or goggles into bifocals. You can easily apply them with water and can customize them by trimming the curved part too. When dry, they stay firmly bonded even in wet conditions. Yet, you can remove and reinstall them onto other eyewear if desired.

Stick-on bifocals offer a great solution to expensive prescription sunglasses. They also prevent having to buy new safety eyewear when eyes seem to suddenly change at midlife.

Fashionable Bifocal Vision

Bifocal Safety Glasses remove the need to compromise between safety and fashion. No need to constantly change eyewear or compromise on vision quality either. You can achieve even more style options by adding Stick-On Bifocals to your existing safety glasses. This opens up your fashion options even more.

No longer do midlifers or anyone requiring bifocals plus safety eyewear need to feel frustrated over limited options. Instead, embrace your wise eyes with safety eyewear that can help you do whatever you want to do — at work, at home or at play — better and safer than ever before.

By |2017-06-02T17:52:34+00:00December 7th, 2016|All Posts, Featured Post, Safety Tips|6 Comments

About the Author:

Michael Eldridge is a US Marine Veteran and the founder of He's passionate about protective eyewear and promoting vision safety. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, fishing, CrossFit, mountain biking, camping with his family and watching Detroit Tigers baseball.


  1. BobWhite December 17, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Agree about the need for bifocal lenses, however, what I would like to see is double bifocal lenses with different diopters for top and bottoms.

    When those who need doubles the distance we focus on when looking through the tops is usually about 3-4 feet (think looking at something under the hood of the car near the back of the engine) not the 2-3 feet used for reading. I have tried the stick-ons however, I have to trim them and when I do they don’t stick well

    • Michael Eldridge December 19, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Bob,

      Thank you for leaving a comment.

      I agree, having different diopter strengths for the top or bottom bifocals would be a nice feature. However, I don’t see manufacturers offering this feature anytime soon. The number of possible diopter combinations would be too high, making the “bean counters” unhappy.

      I think your idea of using the stick-on bifocals is the best solution. I recommend using a pair of bifocal safety glasses with a larger/taller lens to reduce the trimming of the stick-on bifocals.

      The 3M Lexa has the tallest lens that I’m aware of, plus it features ratcheting temples, so you can adjust the angle of the lens to your liking. They also feature a robust anti-fog coating so you can enjoy clear vision during humid weather or rapid temperature changes.

  2. Paul Cunningham December 20, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Just received my new shooting glasses today. FAST SHIPPING! Thanks very much and great service as usual

    • Michael Eldridge December 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for sharing the good news! And thank you for the kind words.

  3. Steve Bienz February 28, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Hello Michael, one of my coworkers uses safety glasses only occasionally, except when he spends 2-6 hours down at our electronics facility on the factory floor. He wears bifocal lenses, which generally work well for him, he’s a mechanical designer and spends much of his time on the computer and the rest looking at mechanical tolerances and assemblies in real time or in meetings. He occasionally does some things in our design lab also.
    When on the lab or factory floors he has to wear safety glasses which seem to wreck his close up vision. Outside of getting him to wear bifocal safety glasses(I have four styles that I use regularly 1,2,3 dioptor and a pair or 1.5 top/bottom), do you have any recommendations for particular brands or styles of safety glasses that would reduce the distortion he seems to be getting. His eye doctor seems surprised that he would have any issues.

    • Michael Eldridge February 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for submitting your question.

      In my opinion, bifocal safety glasses are the best approach. However, everyone’s vision is a bit different, and certain eyewear features can cause perceived distortion for some wearers. If the cheaper models of bifocal safety glasses are causing him discomfort, he should look into getting a pair made by his optometrist.

      Over-Prescription Safety Glasses could be an economical solution, but they are not as comfortable as a dedicated pair of bifocal safety glasses. Especially if he has to wear them for several hours at a time.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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