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 protective frames and re-insert them into new frames should the need arise.
The IC Safety eyewear system will feature on ABC’s program The New Inventors this month (May) and is already being sold to companies including BP Australia, Boral, Anglo Coal and Unity Water.
The system comprises two components; a wrap around frame with fixed lenses and an ‘Astralon optical foil’ – 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 warrantied for their lifetime.
The IC Safety eyewear system will feature on ABC’s program The New Inventors this month (May) and is already being sold to companies including BP Australia, Boral, Anglo Coal and Unity Water
Mr. Andi Mehringer, Managing Director of the New Eye Company, a certified optical dispenser and developer of the IC Safety System, says the 100 per cent polycarbonate safety frames are rated for UV400 and feature anti-fog and anti-scratch properties. The glasses provide a 170o visible field with no distortions and are approved to Australian Standard 1337.6.
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 Mr. Mehringa 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.
Mr. Mehringer says the new safety eyewear system will save money for wearers and organisations 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.”
The IC Safety System is patented and trademarked.