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Sun-Sational Eyewear to See Light Better…

Optical lens technology has rapidly evolved in recent years, particularly for sunglasses. For many wearers in need of vision correction, one pair of prescription sunglasses can now meet all their needs for outdoor living. However, there will always be others who will benefit from sunglasses dedicated to specific activities, such as driving, fishing, cycling, or skiing/boarding. The difference may be the choice of frame or the lens itself – in terms of colour, tint, coating, polarisation, or photochromic technology.

To meet demands, you have myriad options – from fashion sun lenses to those that fit-over prescription glasses, or purpose designed frames fitted with prescription tinted, polarised or highly technical photochromic lenses.

You can choose to go with a supplier of proprietary frame and lens packages or mix and match by sending your patient’s chosen frame to your favoured lens lab.

PHOTOCHROMICS

Photochromic lenses are hugely popular, accounting for more than 11% of global sales in a segment that is growing twice as fast as the overall global market for spectacle lenses.

Next generation photochromic lenses offer faster, better fades than ever before, enabling wearers to go from indoors to outdoors with barely a compromise to their vision. Not only that, but Rx-able photochromic technology is now being coupled with blue light filtering, enhanced UV protection, polarisation, tints and mirror coatings, which expand the options for your patients in terms of form and function.

Photochromic lenses traditionally work with exposure to UV light, which causes trillions of photochromic molecules in the lens to change structure, in turn causing the lens to darken.

Zeiss has just introduced its new generation PhotoFusion X lens, which is based on an entirely new photochromic system that significantly improves transition speeds for both lightening indoors and darkening outdoors. It also has comprehensive blue light protection within the base material.

As Elmarie Pretorius, a Zeiss Products & Training Manager explains, “Many spectacle wearers appreciate the convenience of self-tinting spectacle lenses, but fear that the clearing process is too slow and that they are literally ‘in the dark’ indoors for a long time. With the new generation of photochromic lenses, we have succeeded in accelerating the clearing of the lenses up to 80% faster than the previous generation.”2

Transitions has also introduced new technologies in recent months. This brand is synonymous with photochromic lenses, and many lens suppliers and manufacturers offer its base materials and technology.

All of Transitions Optical technologies block 100% UVA and UVB and filter blue light. Wearers can, however, choose the level of performance and style that suits their lifestyle. This includes Transitions Signature GEN 8, which boasts their clearest and fastest option.

Transitions XTRActive are extra dark and activate in the car, as this particular photochromic technology activates with exposure to clear or white light as well as UV. Stylish mirror finishes with specific Drivewear polarised options are also available. Transitions XTRActive Polarized has some clever tricks and technology up its sleeve. It’s the only dynamic polarised photochromic lens on the market; when indoors, the lens is clear and unpolarised, with a hint of protective tint to reduce glare from digital devices and harsh artificial lighting. It darkens in the car up to category 2 lens darkness,3 and impressively, is not polarised in the car due to modern windscreens that block UV light. When outdoors, this lens is extra dark, achieving a category 3 lens darkness.4 It also achieves up to 90% polarisation efficiency5 while providing high-level blue light filtering from digital devices and screens, indoors.Filtering increases outdoors in the sun.

POLARISED LENSES

Polarised lenses cut disturbing glare caused by reflections off flat surfaces like water, glass, snow and asphalt. They were invented in 1936 by Edwin H. Land, also the inventor of the Land camera and self-developing film by Polaroid.

Simplistically, polarised lenses consist of long chain molecules, applied as a coating or embedded in the lens material in such a way that they create a microscopic polarising filter. Polarised light or polarised filters can be at any axis, but glare is typically the result of a large concentration of reflected light waves aligned parallel to the reflective surface. To block such horizontally planepolarised light, a filter with a vertically aligned polarisation axis is used.

Transitions Drivewear is the only polarised sun lens that adapts to light behind the wheel and outdoors, helping remove glare off the road and car bonnet while the lens darkening adapts to changing light conditions. This lens changes to three different colours to suit conditions. In overcast conditions it is a high-contrast olive green, while for daylight conditions a copper colour provides best vision behind the windscreen, and it is dark brown for comfortable vision in bright, sunny outdoor conditions. Clever stuff.

Oakley’s Prizms lens technology and laser etched Authentic Prescription range also include a number of innovative options. As Jimmy Hendriks, National Sales Manager, Oakley Optical, explained, “Prizm is a proven technology launched in 2014, with environment-specific lenses. Firstly, in the snow, the harshest visual environment on earth, and then moving into lenses specifically tuned for the road, trails, field, deep water, and shallow water. By strategically manipulating the transmitted light, Prizm lenses fine tune individual light rays, based on what the eye needs for each environment, leading to greater contrast, clarity, and detail.”

Maui Jim is renowned for its patented PolarizedPlus2 lenses. The company has two state-of-the-art labs (one in the United States, the other in Germany) where all of its lenses are digitally processed, fully compensated (taking into consideration the frame wrap), and precisely calibrated for the brand’s own frame shapes. According to Richard Hoare, Maui Jim’s Vice President Asia Pacific, this process means lenses are 10 times more accurate than those produced in conventional labs.

MauiPassport 2.0 sun progressive lenses were specifically designed to provide a larger usable area in the distance portion, while decreasing unwanted peripheral blur for a better overall viewing experience. Coupled with MauiPassport technology, Mr Hoare says, “MauiBrilliant lens material is an industry best. It is the lightest, highest-clarity prescription-ready lens available anywhere. With an ABBE value of 56, it offers optics nearly as clear as glass, and almost double the clarity of traditional polycarbonate lenses, yet it is one third the weight of glass.”

The Maui Jim logo on the right lens guarantees the lenses fitted into the patient’s frame are fully optioned, with all the benefits of PolarizedPlus2 technology.

Maui Jim’s PolarizedPlus2 prescription sunglass lenses are available in all Maui Jim optical frames. Mr Hoare says the ability to offer higher prescription parameters in Maui Jim’s optical frames, when compared to existing sunglasses parameters, has been welcomed by the trade. “This opens the brand up to new consumers who in the past have been unable to access Maui Jim’s unrivalled technology,” he said.

Experienced Sydney optometrist, Barbara Light, has been a fan of Maui Jim for a long time and shared her thoughts. “About 25 years ago I ‘discovered’ Maui Jim when a friend of mine came back from the USA with a pair and said, ‘check these out’. I’ve been a convert ever since. I love them. First, I wore plano sunglasses, then progressed to the mini-bifocal ‘ready-readers’ and now wear their Rx multifocals, which are nice and thin, in a great progressive design. Over the years I have prescribed hundreds of pairs, if not thousands, in both prescription and plano versions. I cannot recall anyone every regretting their decision to get a pair of Maui’s and many come back for repeats, updates, or multiple pairs. Great lenses, in beautiful lightweight and robust frames with superb, polarised lenses and more.”

There are many other options available in regular tinted sunglass lenses. Tint density/absorption can be customised to suit individual needs. Some super sensitive wearers might request an 85% tint for use on the beach, while less sensitive people might be happy with a 60% tint. Gradient tints might be chosen by fashion conscious people or those who like to maintain eye contact.

OVER SPECS

Rather than buying a pair of prescription sunglasses, some patients prefer a simple clip-on to sit over their prescription glasses. Lightweight and resilient, there are plenty of choices, including a variety of colours, tints, and polarised options. Attachment is by clip or magnet, and some even flip-up for added user flexibility.

CONTACT LENS OPTIONS

We must never forget our contact lens wearers. They are sometimes more light sensitive, especially while adapting to lens wear. Only some contact lenses offer UV protection and Acuvue are the only company to offer Class 1 UV protection. We must, however, remember that such UV protection is only available to the area of the eye that the lens covers. Sunglasses are still an essential part of a contact lens wearer’s kit. They should have sunglasses to wear over their contact lenses to protect the eye and lids, as well as backup prescription options when they are at the pool or beach, in harsh conditions and for emergencies.

In some cases, people choose contact lens wear so they can have any fashion sunglasses they like, especially those with high prescriptions.

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is the only photochromic soft contact lens, and many wearers report improved eye comfort and reduced glare. However, sunglasses for use over such contact lenses remain an important consideration.

TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY

Sunglass sales are on the rise with wearers realising the benefits of improved visual comfort, reduced glare and squinting, and in many cases, a better view – whether they’re enjoying the scenery, out for a drive, or participating in sport. This makes it worth developing your sunglass offerings.

The main thing is to inform and educate your patients. If you don’t discuss and offer such options you are wasting great opportunities to increase patient satisfaction, safety, comfort, and eye health, while also adding significantly to the bottom line.

Check out some of the options in the product sections below, talk to your suppliers, and arrange staff training sessions to enhance and augment your sunglass business.

References 

  1. Strategy with vision: Consultants to eyewear and eyecare. World lens and frame demand study 2020. Germany: SWV, September 2020. 
  2. Analyses by Technology and Innovation, Carl Zeiss Vision GmbH, DE 2021 in accordance with ISO 8980-3. Based on the average speed (%T/min) of activation from clear state to 30%T at 23°C in grey 1.60 index and polycarbonate in HC only form. 
  3. Clear to extra dark photochromic category. Tests across polycarbonate and 1.5 grey lenses using Transitions Optical’s standard testing method. Outdoors at 35°C achieves <18%T. Behind the windscreen at 23°C achieves between 18%T and 43%T. 
  4. Based on tests on polycarbonate grey lenses; up to 10% darker than Transitions Vantage @ 23°C and up to 5% darker @ 35°C. 
  5. Based on tests across materials on grey lenses @ 23°C, using ISO 12312-1 standard. 
  6. Filters up to 34% of blue light (380nm-460nm) indoors at 23°C. Tests carried out on polycarbonate and 1.5 grey lenses in the clear to extra dark photochromic category.

Sunglass Standards

Since 1 July 2019, sunglass and fashion spectacle suppliers have been obligated to comply with mandatory requirements set out in the Consumer Goods (Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles) Safety Standard 2017.

The mandatory standard is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1067.1:2016 Eye and face protection – sunglasses and fashion spectacles. AS/NZS 1067.1:2016 is available from SAI Global.

It requires that sunglasses must protect users from ultraviolet radiation (UV) within the range of 280 and 400 nanometres.

Sunglasses and fashion spectacles are classified into five categories by their performance suitability for use in certain conditions as follows:

  • Lens category 0: Fashion spectacles – These are not sunglasses, as they have a very low ability to reduce sun glare. They provide limited or no UV protection.
  • Lens category 1: Fashion spectacles – Like category 0 lenses, these are not sunglasses; however, they do provide limited sun glare reduction and some UV protection. Fashion spectacles with category 1 lenses are not suitable for driving at night.
  • Lens category 2: Sunglasses – These sunglasses provide a medium level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection.
  • Lens category 3: Sunglasses – These sunglasses provide a high level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection.
  • Lens category 4: Sunglasses – These are special purpose sunglasses that provide a very high level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection. Lens category 4 sunglasses must not be used when driving at any time.
Marking and Labelling

All sunglasses must be supplied with a clear and legible, unobscured mark or label with:

  • the identity of the manufacturer or supplier,
  • the lens category number,
  • lens, category description, and usage information, and
  • if applicable, the warning ‘NOT SUITABLE FOR DRIVING AND ROAD USE’.

Category symbols are optional, if provided, they must be in accordance with Table 5. AS/NZS 1067.1:2016.

Summer Ready

Rx-ables, Photochromics and Over-Specs

Rx-able Sunglasses

JuzVision

When it comes to Rx sunglass lenses, your clients want amazing polarised options at highly competitive prices. JuzVision prides itself on the quality of work provided to customers, with all polarised lenses meeting Australian standards and available in a complete range of tint colours and mirror coatings. When ordering as part of JuzVision’s Alpha series, wearers get clearer, more accurate vision with some eye strain alleviated.

Contact: [email protected] 

Marchon Eyewear

Plug into Marchon Eyewear’s integrated supply chain and take advantage of its long running Sun Rx program. Choose from a special catalogue of on-trend frames from well-known brands, including Calvin Klein, Nike, Anne Klein, Bebe, Nautica, Nine West, and Coast, curated to suit a wide script range. Match any Sun Rx frame to a select range of quality tinted or polarised single vision, Unity Via Plus or Orion Platinum progressive lenses from VSP Optics, to complete the package.

With Marchon’s Sun Rx program, you get access to attractive package pricing and, in turn, better practice margins. Keep frames in stock and on display at all times, while enjoying a faster turnaround with one-step frame and lens ordering.

Contact: Marchon Eyewear (AUS) 1800 251 025 

Rodenstock

A good pair of sunglasses can do much more than just protect against the sun, whether for different sports, long drives, comfortable everyday life or even for therapeutic purposes.

Rodenstock has been manufacturing complete sunglasses for many decades with lenses and frames that are purpose-designed to work together in symbiosis.

More than a price/budget option, Rodenstock’s Complete Sunglass Package in individual prescriptions, and a large range of colours, is tailored to your patients’ needs. Sun protection lenses increase the contrast and protect against disturbing glare and dangerous UV radiation.

For practices, Rodenstock’s complete spectacle program delivers cost savings that can be passed on and contribute to better margins. Additionally, the program makes it quicker and easier for warranty issues to be resolved.

Contact: Rodenstock Account Manager

Henri Wills

Frames Etcetera launched the Henri Wills sun collection to complement the popular Henri Wills optical collection. The range is lifestyle fashion, in line with the current European style trends.

Order these frames with polarised sunglass lenses, or as a chassis only – either can be supplied to your practice or to a laboratory for immediate fitting.

Contact: Frames Etcetera (AUS) 1800 708 771 

Polaroid Eyewear

Polaroid Eyewear is a worldwide leader in eyecare and optics, and a pioneering international eyewear brand that owes its name to the invention that changed the world of technology and optics: polarised lenses.

Since being established by Edwin Land in 1937, Polaroid has strengthened its reputation as a leading brand in polarised lenses. Today, Polaroid produces and distributes its polarised sunglasses, optical frames, clip-ons and suncovers worldwide through its owner subsidiaries and its network of exclusive distributors.

Contact: Safilo (AUS) 1800 252 016 

adidas Sport

adidas Sport competition rimless sunglasses are characterised by a 28-gram shield that improves the wearer’s view and performance. New adjustable nose pads ensure a perfect fit and optimum comfort. Non-slip contact points on the temples and longer rubber tips provide better grip. The style is available with new HDC lenses designed to emphasise colours and contrast while reducing glare to enhance performance and safety over multiple lighting conditions. Photochromic lenses are also included in the offer in the colour 02J and an optical clip-in in the internal side of the mask can be mounted to offer the best performance for patients who need any vision correction. Eye 138 – Base 7 – Temple 135, pictured is model SP0062_02J with photochromic lenses.

Contact: Marcolin Australia (AUS) 02 8456 0946 

Maui Jim

Maui Jim offers an authentic Rx program from its two state-of-the-art prescription labs. Each lens is digitally processed and fully compensated, using the latest in digital lens design and software, precisely calibrated for Maui Jim lenses and frame shapes. Additionally, Maui Jim’s compensation model takes into consideration the wrap of each frame to provide the best wearer experience. Coupled with MauiPassport technology, Maui Jim claims that its patented MauiBrilliant lens material is an industry best; the lightest, highest-clarity prescription-ready lens available anywhere. With an ABBE value of 56, it offers optics nearly as clear as glass, and almost double the clarity of traditional polycarbonate lenses, yet it is one third the weight of glass. Maui Jim’s PolarizedPlus2 prescription sunglass lenses are now also available in all Maui Jim optical frames.

Contact: Maui Jim (AUS) 1800 010 244 

Oakley Prizm

Oakley Prizm prescription lenses are built on decades of colour science research. Prizm fine tunes specific wavelengths of light that make the eye perceive colour more vividly, then adjusts the colour filtering to enhance contrast and clarity.

Prizm specific environment sport lenses include Golf, Trail, Field and both Deep Water and Shallow Water. Prizm Everyday encompasses all much-loved Oakley lens colours, including black, grey, sapphire and ruby.

By merging Prizm technology with protective coatings, digital surfacing, shield inserts and progressive lenses optimised for specific sports, Oakley has created lenses that are ideal for the great outdoors.

Contact: Oakley Account Manager

Ugly Fish Eyewear

Ugly Fish Eyewear is excited to announce its new supply and fi t program with OSA Bridge to support your practice. OSA Bridge allows you to take advantage of a strong partnership that lets you order Ugly Fish Eyewear frame and lens combinations directly from OSA.

Contact: Ugly Fish Eyewear (AUS) 02 4284 7888 

Xperio

Xperio polarised lenses, part of the Essilor Sun Solutions lens range, are ideal for driving. They improve visual acuity and reaction time in driving conditions and give better colour perception with contrast sensitivity improved by 75%.

Essilor Sun Solutions help enhance and protect your patients while under the sun. The Essilor Sun Range goes beyond glare and UV protection to allow patients to see with more depth and better colour distinction.

Whether your patients want prescription sunglasses for sport, driving or fashion, Xperio polarised lenses eliminate harsh and bothersome glare and provide visual comfort and performance for bright light environments.

Contact: Essilor Account Manager 

NeoSun

NeoSun lenses give wearers broader flexibility with prescription sunglasses and are designed to fi t a variety of frames, including sports, fashion and rimless. Whether your patient is looking for a specific sport lens or just wants a lens that can enhance their lifestyle, NeoSun is available in a variety of tints or polarised options, plus the option to add a mirror finish.

NeoSun is available in single vision and progressive lenses. NeoSun combines style and function in a highly customisable and adaptable prescription sun lens that matches the wearer’s look, protects their eyes, and ensures clarity of vision.

Contact: OSA Account Manager 

NuPolar

NuPolar polarised lenses are manufactured by Younger Optics – the world’s largest privately-held ophthalmic lens manufacturer – and are likely to be recommended by eight in 10 eye care professionals.

Made in more progressive styles than any other sun lens product, the NuPolar polarised range includes:

NuPolar Solid – even and solid colour over the entire lens, available in brown, dark grey, light grey, green and copper.

NuPolar Gradient – dark at the top, fading to light at the bottom of the lens and available in dark brown/light brown, dark grey/light grey and dark brown/light grey.

NuPolar Infinite – a polarised photochromic lens that automatically reacts to light conditions, changing from light grey to dark grey.

NuPolar Mirror – polarised lenses with a reflective mirror finish, available in blue, gold and silver.

Visit: www.youngeroptics.com.au/polarized 

Reference 

  1. Younger Optics ANZ Eyecare Professional Research, May 2020, N=68 
Mako

Australian owned and operated, Mako has been producing high quality polarised sunglasses for over 25 years.

Available to your customers as a complete frame and lens package, all Mako sunglasses are polarised, scriptable, and made for harsh outdoor conditions. They can also be delivered with photochromic and high index lens options.

Mako uses world leading Italian and Japanese polarised glass lenses with market leading hydrophobic coatings, anti-reflective coatings and Mako’s advanced polarisation technology. Its Freeform Active lens is the latest in digital freeform lens design, specifically developed for wrap frames.

Contact: Mondottica (AUS) 02 8436 6666 

Photochromic Lenses

Shamir

Shamir’s complete range of lenses is available in sun wear and safety variations, with a wide range of photochromatic, mirrored, and reflective coatings.

With plenty of colours and styles available, these lenses are more than just functional – they let your patients customise their look and make a statement to suit the day and their outfit, without sacrificing on visual performance or safety.

Visit: www.shamir.com/au 

Opticare

Constant exposure to harmful UV rays and heavy use of devices with digital screens that emit blue light can cause eye problems and negatively impact vision.

Opticare offers Sunmatic Blue Guardian, a unique lens for outdoor use that blocks high-energy blue light from further entering the eyes. Its photochromic technology automatically adapts to outdoor lighting while giving the same UV protection.

Contact: Opticare (AUS) 1800 251 852 

Hoya

Hoya’s sun solutions include Sportive, Sensity, Polarised, Mirror, Light Mirror and the new Hi Vision Sun Pro Coating.

Hoya Sportive lenses are specifically designed for larger and high-curved fashion and sport sunglass frames. Sensity photochromatic lenses include Sensity Dark and Sensity Shine, which both deliver extra darkness outdoors and behind car windows. Sensity Shine has a subtle mirror coating when unreacted, which transforms to a mirror lens in the sun.

Hoya’s Mirror collection comprises three full mirror coatings (in gold, silver and blue), and four light mirror coatings (blue, silver, copper, and violet).

Hoya’s Polarised range includes Sync III enhanced single vision lenses and LifeStyle 3 progressive lenses.

Hi-Vision Sun Pro is one of the best looking and performing anti-reflective coatings for tinted or polarised sunnies, with enhanced durability and UV protection.

  • Achromatic front surface coating, so there’s no unwanted bloom and better contrast.
  • Highest, double sided UV protection with UV blocked from the front and reflected UV neutralised from the back surface.
  • Double-sided, high scratch resistance, similar to Diamond Finish.
  • Water, grease, and dirt repellent on both sides, for easy cleaning.

Contact: Hoya Account Manager 

Transitions Signature GEN 8

After five years of research and development, Transitions Signature GEN 8 is a new frontier in photochromic performance and is a step change when compared against Transitions Signature VII.

Transitions Signature GEN 8 will meet your patients’ needs for comfort, protection and most importantly, style.

Transitions Signature GEN 8 is 30% faster to activate, three minutes faster to fade back to clear, and even darker than Transitions Signature VII. Fully clear indoors, it blocks 100% of UVA and UVB rays, while filtering 20% of blue light indoors and up to 87% blue outdoors.

Contact: Essilor Account Manager

Transitions

Transitions Optical – a pioneer in light protection since the early 1990s – is the number one globally recognised lens brand.1

Transitions lenses set new standards of advanced performance to provide ever increasing visual comfort, an empowered vision experience and more style options. They also set the standard in light protection and blue light filtering, while always blocking 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

The Transitions lenses portfolio includes Transitions Signature GEN 8, Transitions Drivewear and the Transitions XTRActive range. Transitions Signature GEN 8 – the clearest and fastest Transitions lens, is available in sapphire, amber, amethyst, emerald, brown, graphite green and grey. Blue light from digital devices and screens is filtered, with filtering increasing outdoors in the sun.

Transitions Drivewear – the only polarised sun lens that adapts to light behind the wheel and outdoors, helping remove glare off the road and car bonnet for a picture-perfect drive. Changes to three different colours to suit conditions: high-contrast olive green for daylight/overcast conditions, copper for best vision behind the windscreen, and dark brown for comfortable vision in bright sunny outdoor conditions.

The Transitions XTRActive range comprises:

Transitions XTRActive Polarized – the only dynamic polarised photochromic lens in the world. Available in grey, the lens is clear and unpolarised indoors with a hint of protective tint. to reduce glare from digital devices and harsh artificial lighting. It darkens in the car up to Category 2 lens darkness, but is not polarised in the car due to windscreen blocking UV light. Extra dark outdoors, it provides up to Category 3 lens darkness, with up to 90% polarisation efficiency. It offers the best blue light filter indoors to protect from devices and screens, with filtering increased outdoors in the sun. Transitions XTRActive New Generation – available in brown, graphite green and grey, this lens is clear indoors with a hint of protective tint. to reduce glare from digital devices and harsh artificial lighting. It is 35% faster to fade back to clear than previous generation lenses, is the only photochromic lens to achieve Category 2 darkness in the car, and is extra dark outdoors, being the only photochromic lens to achieve Category 3 lens darkness at 35.C. Offering the best blue light filter indoors, it filters blue light from digital devices and screens, with filtering increasing outdoors in the sun.

Transitions XTRActive Style Mirrors – available in silver, blue, violet, green, bronze, gold and pink mirror finishes.

Visit: transitions.com/en-au 

SunSync Light-Reactive & SunSync Drive XT

VSP Optics’ photochromic solutions include SunSync Light-Reactive and SunSync Drive XT. Original SunSync is a conventional lightreactive lens that’s anything but basic: dark outdoor colour, excellent indoor clarity, fast reaction times, superior temperature stability, 100% UV protection, and outstanding durability in one stylish package.

SunSync Drive XT combines the benefits of in-car activation with all the advantages of SunSync Light-Reactive lenses.

Both SunSync Light-Reactive and SunSync Drive XT are backed by a one-year, 100% satisfaction guarantee, allowing you and your patients to try them free for 12 months.

Contact: VSP Optics (AUS) 1800 251 025

PhotoFusion X

Zeiss’ new generation PhotoFusion X lens is based on an entirely new photochromic system. This lens darkens up to 60% faster than the previous generation of Zeiss PhotoFusion1 and clears up to 80% faster.2 It is coupled with Zeiss’ BluePro base lens material, which selectively absorbs blue light by up to 94% outdoors when activated and 50% indoors in the clear state, in the 400 to 455 nanometre range.3 Although blue light from digital devices and indoor lighting such as LEDs does not appear to directly threaten eye health, it may affect visual comfort and well-being. A study from 2021 confirms that nine out of 10 surveyed wearers of BluePro lenses say they experience less digital eyestrain.4

Available in four colours, and a flash mirror coating for an added personal touch.

Contact: Zeiss Account Manager 

Over Specs

Convertibles

Each model within the Convertibles eyewear range combines a stylish frame with a superior polarised magnetic clip-on for impressive functionality. Each clip-on is uniquely shaped and colour harmonised to the optical frame for a sleek fit, providing the ultimate choice for every situation.

Now available with the metal models constructed exclusively in titanium, making these Convertibles lighter, stronger and more durable.

Contact: Optique Line (AUS) 1800 649 527 

Centro Style

Centro Style polarised clip-on sunglasses are available in over 100 different options, allowing your customers to find a suitable match for their frame. With a low-profile bridge, in either fixed or flip-up style, the visual impact of the clip-on on the frame is kept to a minimum.

Contact: Aviva Mann Optical Group (AUS) 1300 850 882 

Hilco Vision

Jonathan Paul Fitovers by Hilco are a perfect choice for summer sun-wear. Polarised, polycarbonate lenses provide 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays, while Hilco’s lightweight and stylish frames provide wearers with the very best in OverRx fashion. With more than 25 styles to choose from, there’s a frame for everyone.

Contact: Hilco Vision Australia (AUS) 1800 217 651 or (NZ) 0800 522 151 

McCann Optical Parts

McCann Optical Parts has a range of options to keep your patients’ eyes safe in the sun. These include polarised overspecs and flip-ups which offer 100% UV-A and B protection for spectacle wearers. Available in shapes and sizes to suit a multitude of frames and faces.

Contact: McCann Optical Parts (AUS) 1800 787 448 

Cocoons

The entire Cocoons collection of polarised fitovers will soon be available to eye care professionals in Australia and New Zealand, directly from the manufacturer. This 22-year-old brand encompasses over 400 frame and lens options, most of which will be new to the Australasian marketplace.

Contact: Live Eyewear [email protected] 

Optica Flip-Ups

Optica flip-ups clip easily onto the frame at the bridge bar and flip up out of the wearer’s way when not required. Flip-ups are lightweight and easy to fit and there is a variety of shapes and colours to choose from. Long-lasting polarised, anti-glare flip-ups attach to prescription frames to block 100% UVA and UVB light to 400 nanometres.

Contact: Optica Life (AUS) 1800 199 860 or (NZ) 0508 963 333