Maui Jim’s Tips for Buying Sunglasses
The change in seasons is the perfect time to purchase a new pair of sunglasses. There are thousands of stylish, colorful options on the market, but your first priority should be lens performance and eye protection. Maui Jim, the creators of the revolutionary PolarizedPlus® and PolarizedPlus2® lens technology, and the fastest growing polarizing eyewear maker in the market, have a few tips and tricks they would like to share as a guide for purchasing the right sunglasses to suit popular out-door activities.
Out-door activities are certainly more enjoyable and more fun when your eyes are protected from the sun. Maui Jim’s sunglasses provide the perfect shield from the harmful UV rays and severe glare of the sun, which can cause permanent damage over time. The technology incorporated into the creation of each pair of Maui Jim sunglasses are sharply focused on the personal needs of the customer. Being a pioneer in the field of polarized sunglasses, Maui Jim is the quintessential double agent, offering high-performance protection and optimal vision, as well as a flawless fashion accessory.
Over time, sun exposure can increase the chances of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma that can seriously impair vision and be irreversible. Without eye protection, by the time you turn 60 years old, your eyes will be exposed to as much UV light as is created by a nuclear blast. About 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of non melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure UV rays. All Maui Jim sunglasses have been recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin because they block 100 percent of UV rays on both sides of each lens.
Glare reflecting off of smooth, flat or shiny surfaces also poses risks. Not only will it cause eye fatigue, but it also can severely affect visual acuity. Many sunglasses only block glare that hits the front of the lenses. Maui Jim lenses block 99.9 percent of glare from above, below and behind each lens, perfect for fish man to see fish below the surface or for people who enjoy water sports such as yachting or paddle boarding. Maui Jim also use anti-reflective treatments that are specifically designed to eliminate eye fatigue. In the case of Maui Jim, their PolarizedPlus2® lens technology not only cuts glare, but also uses three rare earth elements and other compounds in the lenses to enhance the colors, depth of field and definition of what you see. This means you will see a significant improvement in your ability to detect undulations in the fairways and greens and will be better able to judge distances. For outdoor sports, such as tennis, Maui Jim’s technology significantly enhances definition and increases depth perception, improving your ability to more accurately see the ball, make judgments about speed and direction and enjoy the match.
Choosing the right lens material based on how you use your sunglasses is also important. Glass lenses offer the clearest edge-to-edge optics. However, glass lenses are not designed for active sports where they might get bumped or fall off your face and break. For golfing, polycarbonate or some of the new hybrid lenses are your best choice because of their light weight and scratch- and impact-resistant properties. Maui Jim’s new MauiPure™ lenses are the world’s clearest non-glass lens that is also feather light, scratch- and impact-resistant and available in several styles that are perfect for a long round of game.
Lens color should be based on the conditions in which you will wear your sunglasses. You may need two or three pairs of glasses for optimal vision in a variety of conditions. Neutral Grey lenses offer the highest level of light reduction for bright, sunny days. Maui Jim’s HCL® Bronze lenses have a versatile, all-activity, warm brown tint designed to improve vision in variable light conditions. Maui Rose™ lenses are blush-colored for maximum contrast and crisp vision; and are particularly good for fast-moving sports. For long days in the sun such as jogging, running or walking, choose a lens that fully cups your eye for maximum protection. Wider temples will block additional light from the sides and look for features like embedded rubber in the temples for a secure grip and adjustable rubber nose pads for stability. In Maui Jim collections great frames for running come in colorful and flexible nylons, hybrid metals, flexible metals, light-weight titanium and rimless styles.
When choosing a frame, start by analyzing your facial shape. If it’s oval, almost any style will be comfortable and look good, especially square-shaped frames with gently rounded edges. If your face is round, look for frames that make your face appear longer. Minimize the curves and choose styles with a double brow or higher temples to pull the eye upwards. Square faces do well in soft, curvy styles. Diamond and triangular faces look terrific in rimless styles that are oval or have a slight cat-eye.
If you wear prescription glasses, consider prescription sunglasses because they offer crisper vision than wearing contacts with sunglasses. Maui Jim makes distortion-free (Maui Passport™), prescription sunglasses fabricated with digital precision to produce wider, clearer, more vivid views, without glare or harmful UV. If you need up-close vision to read maps, record distances, make cell phone calls, or read pedometers, etc., Maui Jim’s new MauiReaders® have hidden bifocals encased in lightweight polycarbonate lenses with PolarizedPlus2 technology in add powers of +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50.
Sunglasses are long term purchases. Given that fact, check if the brand you are purchasing provides you warranty and good customer service. You can have a great product, but without service to back it up, it still falls short. Maui Jim’s Customer Repair Center – can get sunglasses fixed in 20 minutes at their Dubai office, or within 3 days if sent by courier (free shipping within UAE). After all, consumers does not want to wait 6-8 weeks for a repair and miss the summer season waiting for repairs or replacements.
To conclude, when shopping for sunglasses, remember that good sunglasses are about eye protection. First decide when and how you wear your sunglasses; then choose a lens material, lens color, frame material and frame style that offers the most comfortable features for your needs.