|LEAN AND GREEN Younger NuPolar|
High-index polarized lens materials are a smart choice for sunwear.
Lenses are the most important aspect of sunwear and in recent years, ECPs have increasingly turned to polarized lenses as their lens of choice. This is mainly due to the many advantages of polarized lenses for outdoor viewing and wearer comfort. As their popularity has increased, so has their availability. More lens manufacturers and suppliers are offering polarized lenses in a variety of materials and designs.
THIN AND LIGHT
This increased choice includes the high-index category which is great news for those who wear stronger prescriptions and who want the thinnest, lightest, most comfortable sunglasses yet. For the purpose of this article, we defined “high-index” as 1.60 and higher. While not all lens manufacturers have a polarized lens in this category, many do.
Polarized lenses eliminate reflected glare. In so doing, they improve contrast, which boosts color saturation, and the wearer’s visual experience since viewing objects becomes bolder and more distinct. If you add a backside AR treatment then you have a wonderful sun lens. Why should polarized lenses be just for those with weak-powered prescriptions? High-index polarized lens options make this lens category available to just about any prescription eyeglass wearer.
Ed De Gennaro is Director, Professional Content of First Vision Media Group. Robert Lerose is a freelance writer based in New York.
|WHERE TO FIND IT:|
|Essilor of America, Inc.
800-542-5668 • essilorusa.com
|HOYA Vision Care, North America
877-528-1939 • hoyavision.com
|Nikon Optical USA, Inc.
877-767-8033 • nikonlenswear.us
|Seiko Optical Products of America, Inc.
800-235-5367 • seikoeyewear.com
|Shamir Insight, Inc.
877-514-8330 • shamirlens.com
|Signet Armorlite, Inc.
800-950-5367 • signetarmorlite.com
800-366-5367 • youngeroptics.com