Prescription Safety Glasses with Astigmatism

Not sure which safety glasses can accommodate your astigmatism?

Prescription Safety Glasses with Astigmatism

Prescription Wraparound Safety GlassesPrescription 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,

Shop Prescription Wraparound Safety Glasses!

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!

Written by Kieran Hunt

Kieran Hunt is the staff writer and product research engineer at RxSafety. Kieran writes a majority of the company's written content while also working with the company's owners to develop new prescription safety glasses.Website:

7 Responses to Prescription Safety Glasses with Astigmatism
  1. chris hatch
    December 1, 2014 | 8:44 pm

    I want to purchase wrap around safety glasses. My eye exam says:

    Right – sphere -0.25, cylender -3.75, axis -119.0
    Left – sphere- -0.75, cylender – -3.75, axis – 50.0

    Is it possible for wrap around to work for me.

  2. Jessica
    December 8, 2014 | 11:13 am

    That prescription would not work well in a wrap around. I would consider looking on our website under Prescription Safety Glasses and then under Specialty Safety for High Prescription Safety. There we have frames that will accommodate your RX.

  3. Ron Fannin
    August 30, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    I want to purchase rap around safety glasses
    Left= sphere +0.50 cylinder -2.50 axis 75
    Right=balance blind in right eye
    Will they work with my prescription ?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 9, 2015 | 4:26 pm

      Depending on the frame style it should work. The -2.50 cylinder is a little high but if you keep it to a smaller wrap you should be fine. If you contact our customer service sales they will guide you in the right direction. 888-440-9797

  4. Deanna
    September 30, 2016 | 7:43 pm

    Can this prescription work in a wrap around safety lens?
    OD -1.50-0.50×102
    OS -1.50-2.25×035
    +1.50 ADD

    • Ryan Phillips
      October 11, 2016 | 10:32 am

      Hi Deanna,

      Your prescription should be ok with a wraparound frame. Since everybody’s eyes are different I can’t say with 100% certainty that there will or won’t be any issues.

  5. Joe T
    January 5, 2017 | 5:11 pm

    I would love to find a wrap-around but I only need to see clearly at arm-length. Astigmatism makes finding them difficult.
    My RX:
    Right +.75 Sphere
    -2.00 Cylinder
    90 Axis
    +2.00 Reading Addition

    Left +.50 Sphere
    -2.00 Cylinder
    80 Axis
    +2.00 Reading Addition

    I don’t necessarily have to go with wrap-around but a frame that covers the sides that ISN’T a clip-on type device will work also.

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