Many safety glasses that aren’t wraparounds come with side shields, and most of these side shields are considered permanent.
Prescription safety glasses with permanent side shields are a lot less common nowadays with the technology to do wraparound safety glasses in prescription. If you are interested in getting prescription safety glasses and either don’t like wraparounds or don’t have a prescription that’s appropriate for a wraparound, it’s time to consider side shields.
Side shields are aversive to some people simply because they’ve heard that wraparounds are better. This is not necessarily the case. Optically speaking, a flat lens is better than a curved lens for prescription glasses, most of the time. The optics are somewhat distorted in a wraparound’s curved lens compared to a flat frame’s lenses, and not everybody can get used to wraparound lenses.
Most importantly, most prescription safety glasses with side shields have permanent side shields. They are permanently affixed either with a rivet or a hex nut.
Prescription safety glasses are generally worn at work or while working on a project at home, when it’s not that important to focus on style. If you are most concerned with optics, prescription safety glasses with side shields are the best choice.
If you are most concerned with protection, especially side protection, it is a good idea to consider wraparound frames rather than flat frames with side shields. Wraparound frames generally offer better side protection and top protection than flat frames with side shields.
If you have any questions about prescription safety glasses with side shields or whether flat frames or wraparounds are best for you, leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!
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