Today, shades have many more uses than just to protect those precious set of eyes. It has literally morphed into a fashion accessory with a life of its own.

Early trendsetters saw the wave coming and slowly but surely began their own range of designer eyewear that has today become a must-have item of the fashion conscious.

Polarized sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses have been popular for years with boaters and fishermen who need to reduce reflected glare from the water surrounding them.

But now that many others who spend time outdoors have discovered the benefits of polarized lenses, interest in these types of sunglasses has soared.

Besides boaters, outdoor enthusiasts who benefit the most from polarized sunglasses include skiers, bikers, golfers and joggers, all who may enjoy a clearer view along with elimination of glare.

These sunglasses can be used for driving and, in fact, can reduce glare from a long, flat surface such as the hood of the car or the road's surface.

Polarized sunglasses also can be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright light through windows.

Lens Quality

Don't be mislead. Not all lenses labeled "UV Protection" have safe and optimal levels of protection and many inexpensive sunglass lenses have imperfections that cause distortion and are made of materials that scratch easily. Our eyewear professionals only recommend sunglasses with the highest quality lenses, providing maximum visual clarity, protection and durability.

Lens Enhancements

Polarized Lenses - eliminates glare created by light bouncing off of highly reflective surfaces such as metal, glass, water, sand or snow. They are ideal for driving and very popular with outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Photo chromatic Lenses - are light sensitive lenses that adjust from light to dark depending on the intensity of sunlight.

Mirrored Coatings - a thin metallic coating over a tinted lens, on either glass or plastic, reduces the overall brilliance of light. Perfect for water, snow and high altitude sports.

Anti-Reflective (AR) Coatings - usually applied on the back surface for sunglass use, reduces light reflections and ghost images. It is widely used to enhance sports performance.

Scratch-Resistant Coating - a tough coating that increases a lens' durability, is applied to front and back of plastic, poly carbonate, and some mirror-coated lenses.