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The Inkas, elegantly crafted and loaded with superb details, disrupts current sport prescription solutions by combining advanced materials and smart correction options such as full and half rim optical clips and flip-up lens to always ensure the best vision for all prescription wearers from the racing field to everyday life.
Did you know you can get different colours of lens tints to help with medical conditions?
In this article, we are going to be taking a look at medical lens tints. A custom made tinted lens fitted into a pair of glasses that may help improve your day to day life, whilst living with an ocular medical condition. I think most of us have experienced putting on a pair of glasses that have dramatically change the way we view an image?
I mean a polarised lens for example that allows you to see past a reflective surface or a pair of 3D glasses at the cinema when an image on the screen reaches into the audience. So how does all this magic happen, well sorry to disappoint, there is no magic.
It’s the way the brain receives the transmitted signals (image information) via the optic nerve. The image is sent to the visual cortex of the brain and is then converted into image impulses that make up the image we see. So people who suffer from conditions like migraines, for example, a condition that has been proved to benefit from the FL-41 tint. By removing the harshness of certain colours, the brain is more relaxed with the image it sees. The end result is less intense, less frequent, or even stopping the symptoms completely.
At Uk Eyewear we now offer a service of fitting FL-41 lenses to customers’ frames.
The idea came from one of our customers, who suggested it would be a good idea if we could fit FL-41 lenses into customer own frames. After all, people are very particular about the style of glasses they wear. We try to offer a range of off the shelf frames on our web site ranging for a designer, sport, work, and high-performance frames. The fact is we could never offer a big enough choice to suit all tastes. So thanks to Matthew, who you can meet below in the video we have now rolled out the service.
We can glaze the special FL-41 tint into all types of optical frames. We can make none prescription, or in your prescription with single vision, Vari-Focal, and Bi-Focal lenses. If you have any special requirement you can always contact us and we will be happy to try to help and advise. Matthew’s first-hand feedback and that of other migraine suffer’s has been invaluable. If you have an idea, we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to have FL-41 lenses fitted to your glasses, follow the link HERE
With it being Road Safety Week we thought we would feature the very latest technology in prescription driving lenses
Those driving for long periods, especially at night time, may feel visually insecure due to the reduction of their visual capacity. Night myopia is a phenomenon that affects one out of three drivers. It causes a loss of their ability to focus on distant objects at night.
Now there is a new technology called Vista Mesh that can help drivers with night time focus and the glare coming from oncoming super bright headlights. It gets better because the very same lens is also perfect for computer use, so they have a dual function.
AFAR-SV Prescription driving lenses… can be further combined with Vista-Mesh lens material for outstanding night driving performance. AFAR-SV has a specific night vision zone in the upper part of the lens that helps compensate for the refractive error difference that occurs between day and night by up to 0.25D. This provides the wearer with superior visual acuity, reducing stress and visual fatigue so common when driving at night. Not to be underestimated, AFAR-SV design incorporates Norton-SV Digital HD design, providing extremely good visual quality at every point on the lens from the center to edge, regardless of the prescription or frame selected.
Where can I find these glasses? HERE
Recomended driving lenses and misnomers Q & A
Girls and boys prescription football glasses/goggles The ProX high impact glasses/goggles come with both a pair of arms and a goggle strap. We all offer the ProX with a prescription lens option, simply click add prescription. The ProX has a soft Hypo-allergenic silicone nose bridge to absorb impacts. The frame is vented to prevent misting. The ProX can be worn like a pair of glasses with temple arms. With the press of a button inside the arms, they can be removed and exchanged for a fully adjustable goggle strap. The frame is designed to comply with CE approval for ball impact tests ASTM, BS 7930-1:1998 and USRA and ASTM F803 standards for racket and impact sports, ideal for football.
Ski goggles options for glasses wearers
So you are going skiing and you wear prescription glasses, what are you going to do. The first misconception is that you can buy ski goggles with a prescription lens in the frame, you can’t. The two main reasons are, most ski goggles are a single lens. You have two eyes and require two optical centers. If a prescription lens could be made, it would be very thick and very heavy. Of course, there are always exceptions and if you are willing to compromise. You can get a low profile goggle that can be directly glazed to your prescription. As you would expect, UK Eyewear offer one and you can find it, HERE
So what are the realistic affordable options? Vision problems will stop you from enjoying your winter sport. For anyone who can’t wear corrective contact lenses, prescription ski sunglasses are a very good alternative for when the weather is good. But if the weather takes a serious turn for the worse then you can’t beat a pair of ski goggles to cope with wind, cold and snow. They’ll offer you unparalleled comfort and vision if you get the right lens. We offering an even wide choice of glasses and goggles this year. Eyewear for the whole family with a range of sizes colour and to suit every budget. We offer prescription solutions whether you are short-sighted, long-sighted or astigmatic and we offer reading corrections with prescription lenses that incorporates a reading spot.
OPTICAL INSERT… By far the most common is to buy a ski goggle with an optical insert. The insert is mounted inside the goggles and the goggles can be take off whilst the insert stays in place. You can buy the optical insert in both adult and junior sizes. The prescription lenses can be correcting just your distance vision or if you require to read a piste map. Then you can have a dual vision lens made with a reading spot correcting both your distance and near vision. You can also buy just the optical insert with prescription lenses and fit it to an existing pair of goggles.
OTG GOGGLES… If you have decided that you prefer a ski goggle, then you have two options. The first option is an OTG goggle (goggles that fit over glasses) and they can be bought from as little as £20.00 OTG Ski Goggles Top Tip… If you are considering going for the OTG goggles route. Make sure the glasses you will be using have an anti-fog coating or take an anti-fog spray or gel, we sell both.
Recommended by us:
The best adults prescription ski goggles, we give this to the Adidas backland Vario. 2 reasons a single lens that ranges from Cat 0 to Cat 3. Adidas to our knowledge is the only ski goggle company that has designed a prescription insert for their goggles. For all other manufacturers, you have to use an aftermarket insert, optically not as good. If the Adidas Vairo is over your budget, then the Adidas Blackland LST a great intermediate goggles Cat 2.
The best kids prescription ski goggles, that would go to Bloc and their model Moon a high-quality goggle with a Cat 2 intermediate lens. Unlike adults, kids tend to wear their goggles all the time. With the weather being so unpredictable you need a goggle that will work in dull and bright conditions. If the budget will stretch to it, you can get a Cat1 to Cat 3 photochromic goggle for your child HERE
- Prescription ski goggles complete with optical insert £75.00
- Best value for money goggles
- Recommended by us, general-purpose goggle
- Best all-weather ski goggle
- Kids prescription ski goggles
- Universal optical adaptor
Prescription sports glasses for
Ladies casual sports eyewear
• Widely adjustable Neoprene headband.
• Angle for an ergonomic fit.
• Washable Velcro fastener for easy adjustment.
• Specially designed snap-fit Communication Clip
• Rotate to adjust fitting angle (OPT 1101 – 1109, 1111 – 1114)
Vista Mesh a unique pair of glasses for computer screens.
At Uk Eyewear we use the Vista Mesh unique lens formulation to help reduce visual stress. Vista Mesh has 6 separate components and offers a range of benefits. Vista Mesh aligns scattered light reflections, it will dampen flicker, it sharpens contrast, reduces eye strain and deflects EMI radiations. But whilst Vista Mesh is most commonly used whilst working at a computer, it has a whole range of other benefits. Use Vista Mesh for night driving they are completely safe and meet requirements for night driving. The lenses are ideal for reducing general eyestrain whilst working in modern office environments that have bright lighting. Clinical afflictions can be helped such as migraine headaches, blepharospasm, and visual floaters. Less tiredness from digital devices such as Ipad’s, LapTops and mobile phones. General reading and writing tiredness can be reduced. And due to the unique way, Vista Mesh arranges the way your brain receives the information it can also help with motion sickness.
Unique 6 part formulation:
- Reflection-free HMAR
- UV385 cut-off filter
- Unique V-M optical mesh filter
- 90% LTF brown contrast filter
- Mid index thinner 1.56 material
- Super Easyclean top coat
We offer Vista Mesh in prescription and none prescription form. The lenses are available as clip-on’s, magnetics, fit -overs in designer frames and as a tester. We also offer free expert advice and frame fitting on a complete range of therapeutic eyewear. If you live in or around the Manchester area, why not call and see us.
Specialists in therapeutic eyewear & prescription therapeutic eyewear
TEL : 0161 427 8977 (9am – 5pm Monday – Friday)
UK Eyewear. Chadkirk Business Park, Unit 31, Romiley UK SK6 3NE
Do you suffer from computer eye strain? maximum viewing comfort, the lenses of your computer glasses should include anti-reflective coating. Sometimes called anti-glare treatment, anti-reflective (AR) coating eliminates reflections of light from the front and back surfaces of your lenses that can cause eye strain.
Do your glasses offer adequate protection from the dangers of harmful UV raise?
Fashion aside, sunglasses serve an important purpose: protecting eyes from the harmful rays produced by the sun. You’re probably well aware of the need to protect your skin from the sun, but your eyes are more important.
The dangers of Ultraviolet Radiation: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation consists of invisible rays from the sun. The three bands of UV light are UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C.
Most of us are exposed to large amounts of UVA throughout our lifetime. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent. They are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year and can penetrate clouds and glass.
But lenses don’t have to be tinted to offer UV protection. Take for example our range of prescription performance clear lenses that we use in our contact sports and safety glasses and goggles. All of our clear lenses offer 100% UV protection.
UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), but until recently scientists believed it did not cause significant damage in areas of the epidermis (outermost skin layer) where most skin cancers occur. Studies over the past two decades, however, show that UVA damages skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. (Basal and squamous cells are types of keratinocytes.) UVA contributes to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers.
UVA is the dominant tanning ray, and we now know that tanning, whether outdoors or in a salon, causes cumulative damage over time. A tan results from injury to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. These imperfections, or mutations, can lead to skin cancer.
Tanning booths primarily emit UVA. The high-pressure sunlamps used in tanning salons emit doses of UVA as much as 12 times that of the sun. Not surprisingly, people who use tanning salons are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. According to recent research, the first exposure to tanning beds in youth increases melanoma risk by 75 percent.
UV-B (320 to 2907nm wavelength) is the most dangerous of all: UVB, the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photoaging. Its intensity varies by season, location, and time of day. The most significant amount of UVB hits the U.S. between 10 AM and 4 PM from April to October. However, UVB rays can burn and damage your skin year-round, especially at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice, which bounce back up to 80 percent of the rays so that they hit the skin twice. UVB rays do not significantly penetrate glass.
UV-C (253.7nm wavelength) causes skin redness and eye irritation, but not considered to be dangerous.
Lens a category applies to all tint colours, grey is the most popular. Grey doesn’t distort colour and black is the biggest selling frame colour and let’s face it, it looks really cool. But there is a science to lens tints and it’s important to have an understanding of what it all means. When you buy a pair of sunglasses they come with the percentage of light transmission already selected. When you are having custom made prescription lenses you have the choice. You can select from Cat 0 to Cat 4, you may think Cat 4 is the best when actually it is completely unadvisable to use for driving for example.
So in the real world let’s take a look at each lens category and how it might be used in the world of sport. The 5 categories’ 0 to 4 refers to a band of light transmit ion, the percentage of light that passes through the lens.
Shades of grey:
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) – This is the measure of how much light your sunglass lens lets through to your eye and can be expressed as a percentage, therefore a VLT of 1% means very dark glasses indeed, and a VLT of 100% means all the light is getting through and the lens is, therefore, a 'clear lens'.
Rather than quote a percentage for each lens they are categorised as follows:
- Category 0; 80-100% VLT
- Category 1; 46-79% VLT
- Category 2; 18-45% VLT
- Category 3; 8-17% VLT
- Category 4; 3-8% VLT
The condition of Photophobia is a sensitivity to light. People who believe they are Photophobic tend to suffer from a range of conditions including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and migraines. I’m not a great fan of self-diagnosis, so before you spend any money speak to a professional first.
What commonly happens is sufferers look for extra dark sunglasses trying to create the same effect as a darkened room. That will help to treat the symptom, BUT is it the cause? I want to examine both the glasses (how to find true extra dark sunglasses) and secondly the cause, could it be you suffer from a condition called PPD (perceptual processing disorder)
The glasses… The phrase extra dark sunglasses is purely subjective. What one person considers to be extra dark, to someone else, they might just be normal sunglasses that look dark. So what is “extra dark” and just how dark are we talking. That’s where the science comes in. The amount of light that passes through a lens is broken down into 5 categories. The categories range from Cat 0 to Cat 4 a “0” lens is all but clear and allows the maximum amount of light to pass through. If you want to know more about lens categories you can read another article I have written on the subject HERE. We are interested in the categories that stop lots of light and we will start with Cat 3 that’s the category of a normal pair of sunglasses allowing stopping 80% of light to pass through the lens, 20% LVT. So when I refer to a lens that is extra dark, I am talking about a category 4 lens a lens that stops 95% of light (5% LVT) If the seller is genuinely selling “extra dark lenses” they will be quoting Cat 4 and around 5 to 8% LVT. If they are not, chances are you are buying normal sunglasses and that’s not going to help very much. I have provided a link to a frame that I have specially designed that meets Cat4 and 5% LVT, you can use it to compare other frames against.
The cause… Many people think they are sensitive to light when actually, colour can be the culprit. By removing certain colours from the colour spectrum some people have found that to be more effective than the dark lens. Much research has been done on the subject back in the 90s by Birmingham University. They came up with a filter that was given the code name FL-41. The filter mainly works on blues and greens and under test they where getting figures as high as 85% of people who saw a benefit.