Not sure which safety glasses can accommodate your astigmatism?
Prescription Safety Glasses with Astigmatism
Prescription safety glasses come in all shapes and sizes, but not all frames can accommodate all prescriptions. Many people with astigmatism know this all too well and call us wondering which frames will work for them.
The simple answer is that any frame that’s got flat lenses (which includes glasses with side shields as well as many of our glasses in our “Plastic Frames” section which use the arms as side shields) will work with astigmatism. The complicated answer is that some wraparound frames work for some people… some of the time…
But prescription eyeglasses are an exact science, right? Where does the “some” fit into that? Well, there are occasionally people who can’t use a wraparound even though their prescription works in a curved frame. They’re called “wraparound non-adapts,” and they’re uncommon… and unlucky.
If you’re wondering whether you can use a wraparound frame or what safety glasses with astigmatism will work for you, here’s what you should know:
- All flat frame safety glasses (side shields, plastic non-wraparounds, etc) will work with astigmatism.
- If your astigmatism (cylinder power) is less than +/-3.00 with very little or no sphere power, you can get into most wraparound frames.
- If your astigmatism is less that +/-2.00 and your combined sphere and cylinder power adds up to less than -5.00 then your prescription should work in most wraparound frames.
- If you have had a wraparound before and it worked for you, and your prescription hasn’t changed, chances are that you will have no problem in a wraparound frame.
- If you’ve never had wraparound safety glasses with astigmatism before, there is a very small chance that your prescription will work within the guidelines above, but you won’t be able to get used to the different “feel” of curved lenses. Most people DO NOT have a problem with this, but it’s a small risk that you should be aware of.
Prescription safety glasses with astigmatism are useful for those of us who need to wear safety glasses on the job and either can’t wear contacts or don’t like the fitover glasses which can be clunky and can impede your vision,
If you have worn wraparounds before, we encourage you to get wraparound prescription safety glasses for your astigmatism. They are generally more comfortable and easier to wear. If you have any questions about prescription safety glasses with astigmatism, what will work for you, or if you just want to go over the ordering process, don’t hesitate to call our customer service department or leave a comment below. Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!