Specialty Eyewear: Glasses for Special Occasions and Tasks

July 22nd, 2011 by Yaron Cheng Leave a reply »

While “one size fits all” might be true with some other products, it’s rare that one pair of eyeglasses is suitable for all occasions. You may need to put on your reading glasses to read a novel and switch to some protective eyewear when you decide to go out with a punch of buddies to shoot hoods. And when you are working in front of a computer for long hours, those regular eyeglasses don’t really do anything in cutting off the eye strain. With eyeglasses, you need to put on the right pair for the right occasion and task. Specialty eyewear, eyeglasses designed specially for certain tasks can help you optimize your vision for almost any scenario.

Computer Glasses

Do you often spend long hours in front of a computer working on your soon overdue reports? If you do, you must be familiar with the agony. Computer vision syndrome has become a major job-related complaint as these machines have taken over the workplace all together in the last few decades. You may not be able to escape computers, but you can put on some specially designed eyewear for computer work to make you feel better. Designed specifically for intermediate and close-up distances, the zones most associated with computer use, computer-specific eyewear gives you the best correction for these distances and helps you avoid eye strain.

Driving Glasses

Driving-specific glasses basically fall into two categories: sunglasses designed specifically for driving and prescription eyeglasses. Sunglasses for driving feature polarized lenses that reduce glare and make it easier to see in bright sunlight. Many accidents occur because the drivers couldn’t see other cars or a pedestrian because of glare reflecting off the road or the sun burning in their eyes. Polarized sunglass can reduce glare and make it easier to see in bright conditions. Besides, polarized lenses tinted specifically for driving can increase contrast for sharper vision, giving the driver a clearer view to navigate. Prescription eyewear for driving on the other hand includes an appropriate distance prescription and lenses with an anti-reflective coating. This special coating reduces glare reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your lenses. They also allow more light to enter your eyes for better vision when driving at night.

Safety Eyewear

To protect their eyes from potential eye injuries, many people buy specialty eyewear that are designed for safety functions. This type of glasses is usually made of ultra-durable materials and provides more coverage than regular glasses. The frame usually features a wraparound design or includes top and side shields. Spring hinges are often included for adding durability. In terms of lenses, most of these glasses choose lightweight, impact-resistant polycarbonate or Trivex lenses to achieve comfort and extra eye protection.


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