Looking for Modern Bifocal Sunglasses….

I'm surprised that no one seems to make bifocal sunglasses for use in reading a phone or tablet screen. I'd think that this would be a popular product among the technically-savvy over-40 crowd.

I've been trying this pair of bifocal sunglasses for a few weeks, and while they may be great to read a book with, they're literally worse than nothing when it comes to reading my iPhone screen because the reading-glasses part is also shaded. The darkness of the screen makes it less readable than the poorness of my eyesight.

My ideal sunglasses would be clear and unpolarized for the reading-glasses part, and strongly shaded (and unpolarized) for the main part. (I don't care for polarized sunglasses when cycling because the road close up looks different for each eye, and it makes me a bit queasy; for scooter or driving, polarized is nice.)

In searching both US and Japanese websites, I found one pair like this for pilots, but the shape/style wouldn't be appropriate for cycling. Otherwise absolutely nothing.

Anyone know of such a product?


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

I have variofocal glasses and my optician offers identical variofocal sunglasses for 85 euros. That’s with a free frame. But the lower half would still be tinted.

— comment by Daniel Cutter on May 20th, 2015 at 11:15pm JST (2 years ago) comment permalink
— comment by Paul M on May 22nd, 2015 at 11:00pm JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

I struggle too and have come down in favour of shading and magnifying LCD screens – clumsy as well as naff.

Bi-focal/varifocal photochromic lenses are no help obviously, nor are clear bi-focal/varifocal because the glare/reflection remains too strong to work effectively in bright sunlight. So, even if you could experiment with partial clip-on/flip-up shades to cover distance viewing only viewing an LCD screen remains a problem.

While I’ve yet to find the appropriate I’m convinced the answer lies in applying a low-reflection/high transmission film to the screen.

— comment by Frank Elston on May 22nd, 2015 at 11:22pm JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

Check out Hydrotac – stick-on bifocal lenses. You can fit them to any existing eyewear, and it is “good enough” for the occasional reading you need to do while riding. And it costs $30 for two pairs…

— comment by EZ on July 1st, 2015 at 4:54am JST (1 year, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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