January 21st, 2012
When looking at a flat surface like a road, the surface of still water, or the bonnet of a car, there is a lot of light reflected from the surface. This can be very dazzling and cause a lot of glare. Most of the light from a surface like this is reflected in the horizontal direction instead of being scattered in several directions.
Polarised lenses cut out all the glare in the horizontal direction, allowing you to see past those reflections. This enhances the colours visible beneath the reflection, the contrast of the object , and increases the overall visual comfort for the wearer. They are excellent for general use, and also for activities such as water sports and driving
Because the technology in this type of lens cuts out so much glare, the lens itself doesn’t need to be as strongly tinted as regular sunglasses. This means that they can be used more often, as they’re not excessively dark to look through. Also, when you’re driving you won’t have to take them on and off as much as normal sunglasses if the weather gets duller (as it tends to do a lot in Ireland!).
However, they should be used with caution while skiing, as they may cut out so much glare that the wearer might find it difficult to differentiate between snow and ice.
August 6th, 2011
So you have prescription sunglasses for all your outdoor activities, but reading outdoors is something you only do when on holidays.
Tip: Upgrade your free second pair of prescription spectacles to a pair of sunglasses with a multifocal lenses and read in comfort by the pool.
July 2nd, 2011
The balance between protecting your eyes and giving 110% on the sports field is made easier if you invest wisely.
If you are swimming you will need protection from microbes that live in the water. A good set of prescription goggles makes an amazing difference to your under-water experience.
Sports related eye injuries can range from a scratch on the cornea, bruising of the eyelid, to internal eye injuries and in severe cases, eye loss. Many of these injuries can lead to vision loss and permanent blindness, therefore the use of protective eye-wear is very important.
High speed ball games from football, to squash or cricket, water team-sports, projectile sports, such as hunting and shooting are all high risk eye-injury activities.
We have the full range of sports related protective eye-wear to fit your needs.
Call us and let us help you to choose the best solution.
January 15th, 2011
I have always had dry eyes, and find most lenses dry and uncomfortable after a few hours. This year, I wore Acuvue Trueye daily disposable contact lenses to the Christmas party, and had comfortable eyes all night! No more dry scratchy eyes!
Traditionally, contact lenses were made from a hydrogel material. This material contained a lot of water. Oxygen travelled through the water part of the lens to allow the eye to breathe. However the amount of oxygen getting through to the eye was limited, and the water in the lens tended to evaporate during the day. This meant that eyes often felt dry and irritated after a few hours.
Manufacturers found that when silicone was added to the lens, the amount of oxygen getting through to the eye increased dramatically. This is much healthier for the eye.
Another benefit of silicone is that doesn’t dehydrate during the day so the eyes will be whiter and more comfortable.
Now, this silicone hydrogel material is available in daily disposable contact lenses, giving the ultimate in
health and hygiene. Great news for dry eyes!
‘TRUEYE’ Lenses… Fantastic for Dry Eyes!
Mary Browne FAOI Optometrist Rathmines.
October 23rd, 2010
Tip no 4
For Cycling we recommend:
• A large wrap style frame and sports band eg: Adidas sports range
• Polarised lenses to reduce surface glare and absorb UV
• Essilor Inuit polarising yellow 30% LTF for road cycling or
Touareg Brown 12% LTF for mountain biking
• Airwear Transitions VI lenses with Scotchgard Forte coating –
hydrophobic and smudge repellent
October 18th, 2010
Shooting accurately requires a great deal of concentration, physical control and superb eyesight, particularly with the right lenses.
Our Shooting lenses tip No 3
For Shooting we recommend:
• Skeet tint reddish brown in colour, this tint is ideal for woodland shooting – this filter makes objects stand out against the sky
• Essilor Apache orange 37% LTF
• Polycarbonate for safety
• Large frame for maximum protection
September 20th, 2010
We all know that spotting your ball as it hooks or slices its way to oblivion is one of the most frustrating parts of your golf game. Even worse is depending on your colleagues to tell you where your ball has landed.
Why not give your self every advantage so you can have the confidence to follow that ball on its journey. To improve the contrast ratios and thus enhance your visual recognition you need the right tints and lenses.
For Golf we recommend:
• Transitions VI and Scotchgard Forte coating – hydrophobic and smudge repellent
• Essilor Master Brown 24% LTF
• Large frame for a wide field of view
September 15th, 2010
Top Tips for Sports eye-wear over the next few weeks !
How you perform at sports often depends on your tools and gear. Hand-eye co-ordination is a critical success factor in most sports. So over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of our secrets for enhanced visual recognition which hopefully will be relevant to your favourite sport. I hope you enjoy the tips and put them into practice!
Firstly a little background:
Excessive Ultraviolet Light can cause you a lot of harm. Short-wave UV is present in sunlight and particularly at high altitudes, especially where the sun is reflected from the sand, snow or sea.
Tinted lenses are designed to operate at contrast filters to give you the edge when playing competitive sports. They absorb specific wavelengths of light and increase contrast, therefore providing enhanced visual recognition. You can see it faster than you opponent.
Tip No 1.
For Snow Skiing we recommend:
• Large slightly wrap spectacle frame for maximum protection
• Mirror tint to reflect UV
• Essilor Touareg Brown 12% LTF suitable for snow skiing, rock climbing,mountain biking and hiking
• Essilor Sherpa Brown 5% LTF suitable for glacier skiing and mountain climbing. Note as this level of tint is a class 4 and therefore it is not suitable for daytime driving.
July 21st, 2010
It was truly astonishing to see the number of Maui Jim sunglasses being supported at the Biennial Cork week sailing event. While many sunglasses look the same, the Maui Jim sunglasses case sets them apart.
They are big – so you wont forget them. They are incredible strong so no matter what abuse you give them, you favourite sunglasses are fully protected, when you are not wearing them.
We all forget out sunglasses after sailing – a few drinks to rehydrate and engage in social banter as we re-live the races. The Maui Jim sunglasses do not get lost, you just cant forget them!
Well worth the extra bit.