We stock a variety of frame styles for men, women, teens and children. They are available in a number of styles from fashion-forward designer frames to more traditional styles. Materials include strong and lightweight plastic and metal alloys such as titanium.
- Transitions ® Lenses that are clear indoors, but darken automatically when you go outdoors
- Drivewear ® Lenses
- High Index Lenses that are thinner and lighter than ordinary lenses
- Progressive no-line bifocals
- Polarized lenses
- Children’s lenses
- Occupational or computer lenses
Trivex ®, the best lenses for kids – For kids and adults, the standard lens material for years has been polycarbonate. Years ago we had a newcomer to the lens material arena. In 2001, Trivex hit the optical marketplace. Trivex was originally developed for the military, as visual armor. PPG Industries took the technology and adapted it for the optical industry. Trivex is a urethane-based pre-polymer. PPG named the material Trivex because of its three main performance properties. The three main properties are superior optics, ultra-lightweight, and extreme strength. Trivex lenses also provide 100% UV blockage of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Trivex is able to pass the ANSI Z87.1 High Velocity Impact Test. This test is a requirement for safety lenses. The lens must have a center/edge thickness of 2.0mm. The test consists of a mounted lens being subjected to a 5/8 inch steel ball being dropped from a height of 50 inches onto a lens. Trivex not only passes the test at 2.0mm center thickness, it can even pass the test at a center thickness of 1.0mm. On top of all of that, trivex lenses are very chemical resistant. This material would be great for someone who works around different types of chemicals as other eyeglass materials would be ruined. Kids’ active lifestyles call for product safety and durability and that is exactly what trivex offers.
- Non-glare treatment by Crizal ®
- UV protection
More on UV protection – UV light is absorbed by molecules known as chromophores, which are present in the eye cells and tissues. Chromophores absorb light energy from the various wavelengths at different rates – a pattern known as absorption spectrum. If too much UV light is absorbed, eye structures such as the cornea, the lens and the retina can be damaged causing cataracts, macular degeneration and pinguecula among other things.
Protective eyewear is beneficial to those who are ever exposed to sunlight. Given that light may reach the eye from the sides, full coverage eye protection is usually warranted if there is an increased risk of exposure, as in high altitude mountaineering. Mountaineers are exposed to higher than ordinary levels of UV radiation, both because there is less atmospheric filtering and because of reflection from snow and ice.
Ordinary, untreated eyeglasses give some protection. Most plastic lenses give more protection than glass lenses, because glass is transparent to UVA and the common acrylic plastic used for lenses is less so. Some plastic lens materials, such as polycarbonate and high index, inherently block most UV. There are protective treatments available for eyeglass lenses which will give better protection.
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