In a world first, the Brisbane-based New Eye Company has released an Rx-able safety eyewear system that enables users to simply release the scripted lenses from their frames and re-insert them into new protective frames should the need arise.
The IC Safety eyewear system featured on ABC Television program New Inventors this year and is already being sold to companies that include BP Australia, Boral, Anglo Coal and Unity Water.
The system comprises two components - a wraparound frame with fixed lenses and an ‘Astralon optical foil’, which is a flexible plastic inner frame that can be fitted with a person’s prescription lenses. The Astralon foil slips into place beneath the outer frames, which take the brunt of any wear and tear or impact.
New Eye Company manufactures single vision, bifocal and multifocal lenses to any script for the foils from its Brisbane head office. The foils are warranted for their lifetime.
New Eye Company managing director Andi Mehringer, a certified optician and developer of the IC Safety System, says the 100% polycarbonate safety frames are rated for UV400 and feature anti-fog and anti-scratch properties. The glasses provide a 170 degree visible field with no distortions and are approved to Australian Standard 1337.1.
Typically, companies purchase a box of IC Safety frames and arrange for prescription lenses to be made to meet the vision needs of their individual employees. On receipt of their scripted Astralon foils, employees choose the colour frame they want and clip the lenses into place. Should the frames or outer lenses become damaged while on the job, the wearer simply unclips the Astralon foil and fits it into a new pair of IC Safety frames. According to Andi Mehringer this process takes just 20 seconds – far less time than it would take to even put a call in to order a new pair of prescription glasses.
He says the new safety eyewear system will save money for wearers and organizations that provide their employees with safety eyewear. “There is nothing like this in the world. One corrective foil can fit every pair in the IC Safety Collection glasses range … there are different coloured frames and tint strengths to suit the environment you are in, whether you’re working in an industrial environment, out in the sun, participating in sport or fishing.”