Choosing glasses and goggles for protecting dry or watery eyes

People come to us for a wide range of reasons looking for glasses and goggles that will offer their eyes protection against the wind and dust, to help relieve the symptoms of watery eyes, or dry eyes.

The problem of eyes watering excessively in cold, windy weather is a very common occurrence throughout the winter. See article on watery eyes when cycling in cold weather.

Eyewear Accessories Ltd is the only company in the UK to offer a comprehensive range of moisture chamber glasses for Dry Eye conditions and have a wealth of knowledge about how they can help people suffering from Dry Eye, whether it is age-related, caused by underlying medical conditions such as Sjögren’s syndrome, Bells Palsy, Glaucoma, LASIK surgery, surgery involving stem cell treatment, or by contact lens wear, or excessive use of computers.

We are happy to help support each customer individually to enable them to find the most effective moisture chamber glasses for their needs. As a dry eye sufferer himself, the founder of Eyewear Accessories has personal experience of how beneficial wearing moisture chamber glasses can be for managing his dry eye condition.

Our unique range of glasses and sunglasses are designed to be used in many different ways, from keeping out the wind in exposed locations, such as on the golf course or when cycling, riding, sailing or skiing, to use in the office and home to reduce the drying effect of air-conditioning, computer use, or central heating.

How moisture chamber glasses work

Moisture chamber glasses are designed to protect your eyes from irritation due to exposure to wind, dust, airborne allergens, or drying atmospheres.

Part of the concept lies in the wraparound frame design that shields your ocular area from the full effect of the wind. The key design feature that separates this eyewear from normal wraparound sunglasses is a soft gasket that clips to the back of the frame.

When the glasses are worn, the gasket compresses gently against your face, providing an insulating cushion around each eye socket that protects your eyes from the drying effect of the atmosphere. This simple technology has proved effective for protecting eyes that either become watery or too dry, because the windproof gasket seals your eye sockets from external atmospheric conditions that are causing irritation.

The term “moisture chamber glasses” refers to the ability of this eyewear to conserve tear moisture by reducing evaporation of tears, thus reducing the rate of your eyes drying out and therefore becoming irritated.

7eye glasses and sunglasses

Designed to look as much like normal sunglasses as possible, 7eye Airshield glasses by Panoptx are designed for everyday use outdoors. They also step up to the mark for sports such as golf, skiing, and cycling with tough wraparound lenses and light but strong frames.

The AirShield gasket on 7eye glasses is made from medical grade Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) and has been manufactured to be hypoallergenic in most normal cases. This TPR material, being impermeable, is designed to not absorb moisture, sweat, makeup, or sunscreen, so it prevents a build up of grime and bacteria and is easy to clean.

Ziena Eyewear

If you are looking for dry eye glasses that you can wear confidently in the office or in social situations without feeling self conscious about your appearance, it is worth considering the glasses from Ziena Eyewear.

These glasses have a patented silicone eye shield made of a soft translucent material that shows up much less than the Airshield gasket when worn with Clear lenses. We recommend Ziena Eyewear for anyone using a computer for long periods of time, particularly if working in an air-conditioned office, as this environment is a common cause of dry eyes.

Another key advantage of choosing Ziena glasses is that they are like normal optical frames, which makes them the most suited to being fitted with prescription lenses.


If you require wind protection when cycling, motorcycling, skiing, or sailing, the 7eye AirShield range are more suitable. For relief of severe dry eyes, Ziena Eyewear are normally the most effective choice, though this depends of course on how well the frames in the Ziena range fit your head.

How do I choose the most suitable model of glasses for my needs?

Our website at gives a detailed description of each of the models in the 7eye AirShield and Ziena ranges. Factors to consider when choosing between glasses include:

  • Frame size: while all 7eye and Ziena glasses are close fitting, the width of the frame varies – check the size chart on our websites
  • Lens size: this measurement is a useful indication of how large the glasses will appear on your face and also how much of your facial area will be protected
  • Peripheral vision: if you are planning to use the glasses for sport or driving, look for one of the models with the most wraparound style of lenses
  • Tinted or Clear lenses: We offer a range of lens tints or clear lenses, suitable for use in different light conditions (see advice on choosing tint below)
  • Prescription lenses: if you need to wear the glasses with prescription lenses, check the advised Sphere and Cylinder limits on each model before buying

Choosing lens tint

A good all year round lens is Copper – this helps provide some protection in sunny weather but is not too dark in cloudy conditions. If your eyes are very sensitive to glare, you may prefer a darker lens, such as Grey, and if possible go for Polarized. If you are looking for dry eye glasses that you can wear indoors and outside, you may wish to consider either Clear lenses, or Photochromic lenses (light-reactive). These lenses darken automatically depending on the brightness of the light conditions, changing from clear indoors or at night to either grey or brown in daylight.

For more information

To find out more about how our range of protective glasses, visit

If you have any queries, Eyewear Accessories will be pleased to assist. Either email us at or call us on 01392 411 363 (helpline open on Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm).

Copyright notice and disclaimer:
The text and pictures in this post are copyright © Eyewear Accessories 2009 - 2015 and must not be reproduced in any form on other websites or printed material without our permission. This article represents our views only and it must be for the purchaser to determine suitability of their choice of eyewear for their purpose. Eyewear Accessories does not claim to offer advice on your optical health, for which you should consult your optician or specialist eye doctor, but we have had feedback from a growing number of customers who have found that our glasses and goggles have given them a cost-effective way to protect their eyes from the wind and dust and get back to a more active lifestyle in greater comfort and we are supportive to other people who wish to do likewise.