In the world of people who still wear prescription lenses, an industrial work place and/or active life can cause you to be constantly switching glasses. Many of us end up with three to five pairs, each with their own application, because having the right prescription and eye protection for each task is incredibly important. The more extreme your prescription, the more varied correction you need for different distances. Your reading glasses are no more useful in the workshop than your motorcycle glasses are at the computer. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing there was a single, unified solution: there is. Wiley-X, premier vendor of versatile, industrial quality safety glasses has topped themselves with the most adaptable pair of glasses you’ve ever owned.
A single frame can now support almost every way in which you might want to wear your glasses. The SG-1 model starts with what you’ve come to expect from Wiley-X products, a sleek black pair of frames that wrap around for peripheral vision and hold comfortably tight to your head with rounded temple bars. The removable lens system comes into play with a pair of removable gaskets that can hold any lenses you want and click neatly into the frame without significantly changing the design you already know and love. This simple but revolutionary solution means that if you need a pair for driving, another for welding, and a clear pair for paperwork in between, you can simply pop out the smokey lenses and in with the tinted, mirrored, or clear ones. Never before has changing your glasses been less of a hassle.
No more juggling with multiple cases and frames, or having to stow ‘backup’ glasses in your usual locations. You can be prepared for anything with a single case of spare lenses and the one frame you basically never take off. You may be wondering at this point exactly how versatile the ultimate Wiley-X system can be. The options are truly extensive, almost everything you can do to a lens is offered in both plain and corrective form. All you have to do is enter your prescription into the order form, and the control is incredibly tight. For each eye, you can set the sphere, cylinder, and axis meaning that these glasses can be fine-tuned even to rare eye conditions that standard corrective inserts can’t account for.
Have you ever found yourself torn between the practicality of earpieces and the firm hold of goggles? The lenses aren’t the only part of the Wiley-X SG-1 that are interchangeable. Both earpieces can be detached at the temple and quickly replaced with the goggle strap which clicks neatly into their place. This means you never have to be caught off guard and wondering if your glasses could fall off. For truly adventurous circumstances like driving a motorcycle, riding roller coasters, water sports, and rock climbing, nothing beats the security of goggles and with the SG-1, you’ll always be ready for surprises with a quick transfer from earpieces to strap. Amusingly this can work the other way as well, should you be out on an adventure and find yourself invited to dinner with a friend, you can easily transfer to the more civilian mode.
Usually, those of us who end up with too many glasses have a strong desire to be prepared for any eventuality. In a single frame, you have the opportunity to design for yourself the ultimate compact glasses kit, with a pair of interchangeable lenses for every possible situation. Consider the utter coolness of a sleek case with rows of soft pockets, each with a different lens type. Whenever a situation changes, so too can your lenses without the usual multi-case fumble. Walking into the sun you can quickly clip in your shades and easily replace them with your impact-resistant safety lenses when it’s time to work in the shop. Surprised by a request to read something up close? No need to scramble for reading glasses, just clip in your clear bifocals. Whether you get them all at once or collect them over several years, the potential lens collection is one of the best things about this interchangeable design.
So what exactly can you get? Your personal lens collection can be custom designed to be exactly what you want, not some preset package deal. From green mirrored shades to fog treated Trivex, you can have it all in almost any combination. Here’s the gist of it:
You can have your favorite prescription arrangements matched with all most other lens options. Whether you have a simple single vision prescription or one of the bifocal options, they can be mirrored, smoked, and coated however you like. Your options are:
What the lens is made of makes a significant difference in how it wears and responds to stress. Polycarbonate and Trivex are the most commonly used for safety glasses, while higher index plastics are much thinner and create a sleek appearance.
For lenses that serve a double purpose, you can go for transition shading. These photo-reactive treatments will respond to the amount of light around you and darken when the area has gotten bright. This is incredibly convenient as long as you’re only changing light zones in longer than 5-minute intervals The transition varieties include:
Polarization seriously reduces glare without requiring an intense amount of tint. Before progressives, they have served as the go-to solution for drivers facing direct sunlight and reflections off other cars. Many drivers still prefer them to the shifting progressive design. Polarized tinting comes in:
If you ever wanted custom colored sunglasses, or a collection of custom sunglasses, now is your chance. There is an impressive selection of color options available for your custom lenses, and once you have them, you can mix-and match for bizarre effect.
If mirrored shades are what cool means to you, nearly every pair of your lenses can have a different mirrored color with this great selection. The silver mirroring is a light urban sheen that works as a mild tint but gives you an elusive air even with mostly clear lenses while the darker mirror colors bring back that classic action hero look. For these, you can choose between blue, gold, red, and green.
AR coating is a great universal coating but it has specific advantages. AR on the backside of the lens reduces the amount of reflection you get from stuff behind you while AR on the front-side makes it easier for people to see your face in bright environments. On both sides, it maximizes the amount of light that passes through the lens rather than bouncing off.
With more specific coatings, your lens collection can be protected from almost anything. Between the impact resistance of polycarbonate and Trivex and the additional properties of coatings, there’s a good chance that with the right lenses you could drop your glasses down a ravine and they’d be still good to wear at the bottom. You can ask for them all or pick your favorites from the list:
The best thing about the Wiley-X SG-1 is that they could be the last pair of glasses you ever need. Between the interchangeable goggle strap and the endlessly collectible lenses, This pair of frames and the personal system you develop for wearing them can be the final optical solution until they come out with really reliable cyber-eyes. For more information about the Wiley-X line of prescription glasses, contact us today.
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