Sunglasses especially for pilots now available with bifocals

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Flying Eyes Sunglasses now include the option of bifocal lenses that are designed specifically for the cockpit.

Flying Eyes sunglasses are now available in three standard magnification strengths, with two different bifocal height choices.

The sunglasses have the option of a higher bifocal segment height, which may make it much easier to view the entire instrument panel, as well as charts or iPad on your lap without needing to drastically move your head up and down, company officials said. Normal height bifocals are also available.

Flying Eyes Sunglasses with bifocal lenses are $20 more than the non-bifocal version. And they’re still non-polarized, which is important when using them in the cockpit with LCD screens, officials add.

The Flying Eyes’ strap system is designed to be worn comfortably with a headset. The strap is soft, flat, and unnoticeable between your head and the headset so there is no pressure or pain, even after a long day of flying, according to company officials.

Additional features include:

  • Flying Eyes sunglasses are convertible to “normal” sunglasses with the included standard temples for outside-the-cockpit wear.
  • Optically correct, non-polarized lenses provide clear viewing of LCD multifunction displays on the instrument panel and through acrylic aircraft windows.
  • Neutral gray, medium-tinted lenses allow accurate perception of color charts and instruments. They are dark enough to remove glare from the brightest and haziest days, but not too dark to see easily in the cockpit.
  • Shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses with a scratch-resistant coating will last for years of professional use.

Flying Eyes sunglasses offer UV400 sun protection, because pilots flying at higher altitudes have increased exposure to harmful UV radiation from the sun.

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  1. Guido says

    Unless they are clear on the bottom they really are NOT good for the cockpit. Everyone wants to say they have pilots sunglasses but as many know it is very hard to read anything inside a bright cockpit with sunglasses……

  2. says

    The need for clear glasses is so we can retain the visability INSIDE the cockpit and our instruments using the lower portion of the glasses AND continue to scan for traffic OUTSIDE with the upper portion of the glasses.

    • miguel a. villamil says

      Specially enhanced sun glasses herein offered, with corrections allowed are used for sun exposure. At night, there is no need for sun glasses and each pilot can use his/her regular clear glasses instead. Why invent the wheel..?

    • Don Henson says

      When I order Rx glasses, or sunglasses, I always have them set the bifocal lens 1/4 – 1/2″ higher than normal so that I don’t have to lean my head back to focus on the panel. Glad to see that Flying Eyes is offering that option.

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