If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, hay fever, or if your eyes are very sensitive to the wind, you may benefit from wearing dry eye glasses. These are like normal sunglasses or spectacles with the addition of a padded gasket that helps seal the eye sockets, creating separate moisture chambers that conserve your corneal moisture, reducing symptoms such as itchy eyes.
Wearing dry eye (or moisture chamber) glasses is a form of relief that avoids regular use of eye drops. However, in the past, moisture chamber glasses have looked unattractive and cumbersome, making the wearer feel out of place in an everyday environment.
Eyewear Accessories, the UK based specialists in dry eye glasses, have spent several years researching the best types of dry eye glasses, looking not only at their performance, but also identifying frames that are styled suitably for wearing in every day situations.
We have selected a range of brands which have their own strengths for different applications and that appeal to men and women.
7eye moisture chamber glasses by Panoptx
7eye Airshield has led the field of protective eyewear for several years. Not only do these glasses have a really comfortable well padded eye cup that insulates your eyes from drying atmospheres, but also they are styled with the “designer” look.
There is a range of styles and sizes in the Airshield range and a choice of gloss black or tortoiseshell frames on many frames.
Eyewear Accessories stocks the glasses with a wide choice of tinted and clear lenses, including polarized and light-reactive ones. All 7eye lenses provide 100% UV protection. The frames can also be fitted cost-effectively with prescription lenses if required.
7eye also make the Ziena Eyewear brand of moisture chamber glasses with translucent silicone shields. The protective eye cup on this brand is less visible than on the Airshield, making Ziena Eyewear a good choice if you intend to wear the glasses with clear lenses.
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.
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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.
The 7eye AirDam range offers an alternative to Ziena Eyewear for people looking for dry eye glasses that they can wear with clear or prescription lenses without giving a goggle-like appearance.
AirDam glasses have wraparound frames that fit very closely around the eye sockets. They also have a slim moisture chamber gasket around the rims of the lenses. These features enable AirDam glasses to achieve much better levels of wind protection than to normal wraparound sunglasses.
The AirDam range is recommended for outdoor use in activities such as walking, bird watching, golf, tennis, horse riding, and gardening, and indoor use for relieving mild dry eye symptoms, for example when using a computer or travelling by plane.
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 www.eyewear-accessories.co.uk 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.
If you have any queries, Eyewear Accessories will be pleased to assist. Either email us at email@example.com or call us on 01392 411 363 (helpline open on Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm).
Eyewear Accessories have redesigned their web store to make it easier for mobile and tablet users to select the clip on sunglasses they need and to buy them in fewer steps. The new store has a streamlined, user-friendly checkout, enabling you to complete your purchase in fewer steps, paying securely by card or PayPal.
If you suffer from dry eyes and have asked your chemist, doctor, or optician what they can offer you in the way of treating the symptoms, it is most likely they will simply have pointed you to eye drops.
There is a baffling range of eye drop products on the market, with stiff competition between companies that are marketing them. But all this attention on eye drops, which can be a costly and sometimes problematic form of self help remedy for users, is overlooking a tried and tested way of relieving dry eyes. A natural alternative to dry eye treatment with eye drops. One that does not rely on artificial tears but instead works on the basic laws of science. One that works out so much cheaper in the long term than multiple purchases of costly eye drops.
Yes, I am talking about moisture chamber glasses or “dry eye glasses”, a specialised type of eyewear which works by creating a comfortable barrier around your eye sockets that helps to reduce evaporation of your tear fluid while at the same time keeping out those drying elements that exacerbate dry eyes, such as central heating, air conditioning, and strong winds.
Wearing moisture chamber glasses is a proven way to relieve dry eye symptoms. Not only does it keep your eyes moisturised naturally with less reliance on eye drops (or without using them entirely) but it also protects your eyes and the sensitive area around your eye sockets from dust and other irritants that could lead to serious eye inflammation.
Eyewear Accessories is the only company in the UK to specialise in moisture chamber glasses (see our website www.eyewear-accessories.co.uk). Our approach is based on my own experience of being a dry eye sufferer and finding out what works and what doesn’t. We have been selling dry eye glasses for 5 years and are constantly rewarded by positive feedback from our customers. Here is just a sample of the favourable comments that we have received from people whose daily lives have been significantly improved by our moisture chamber glasses.
“My wife and I purchased two pairs of glasses – a 7eye Briza for my wife because she suffers from dry eyes, and a 7eye Cape for me as I wanted to cut out as much light coming in from the top and sides as possible. We are both registered blind with a small amount of vision as we both have Retinitis Pigmentosa and have found we have both gained a dual benefit from wearing these glasses.
For my wife they not only helped her dry eye condition but she found that with the gaskets cutting out more light she could focus better. From my perspective not only did they cut out the glare from the top and sides that bothered me so much but I realised I must have been suffering with dry eyes, as my eyes are more relaxed and felt more moist in the corners after wearing the Cape glasses.
I’ve even found that now that the colder weather is here and the heating is on my eyes would feel very sleepy and slightly crusty in the mornings so I tried wearing the Cape’s while indoors for an hour or so and it has virtually stopped my eyes feeling like this in the mornings. We found John at Eyewear Accessories to be extremely helpful. He goes “that extra mile” to make sure you get the glasses that will work the best for you. We’re very pleased we found his website.
“Following diagnosis of Dry Eye Syndrome, I spoke to numerous Opticians trying to find some glasses that would help my condition. Luckily on the internet I found Eyewear Accessories. John and his team offered me an excellent, professional and caring service. He supplied me with two pairs of glasses that have greatly improved my eyes.”
“These protective glasses were invaluable on my recent holiday to Fuerteventura. I had recently had a corneal operation and had been worried about the sand and dust from the dry winds getting into my eyes and making them inflamed. Wearing the Panhead proved a lifeline – I cannot recommend them highly enough.”
“My new Briza glasses are fantastic. The East coast wind has been its usual brisk self and normally I would have blurred vision and sore eyes after the first hour. Day three and all is well.”
“Following an operation for Glaucoma, I was experiencing considerable pain in my eye when out walking on windy days or in air conditioned rooms however the 7 Eye glasses that I purchased from Eyewear Accessories have totally resolved the problem.”
“Thank you for the rapid dispatch of my order. For years my daily walk has been a bit of an endurance test because of watering eyes. Some years ago I had an operation to cure the problem but it didn’t work – your glasses did! All the way round today without a single drop and it is a cold and windy day. I am so pleased with the glasses that I am going to order another pair with clear lenses. Thanks again for your good service and excellent product.”
“My daughter is very pleased with the eye glasses. They are a wonderful help for dry eye and make outdoor activities possible.”
“I returned two days ago after trekking in and out of the Grand Canyon. Extreme conditions, dry and windy, the 7eye glasses performed brilliantly. I also used them while fishing and again they worked well. Anyway, all in all a great concept. I am happy to recommend them to my ‘dry eyed friends.”
“I am delighted with the comfort and relief gained through wearing your dry eye syndrome glasses. Brilliant, magical, thank you!”
Wearing the 7eye glasses, my eyes were totally protected and not once did I have any tears or irritation from the wind. My vision was perfect and my enjoyment of golf was renewed by the comfort of the glasses. I certainly am very happy and thank you again for all the help and first class service you gave me.”
“Many thanks for your help and advice in selecting my glasses. The whole transaction was so speedy and Ciliary Blue glazed them and sent back by return. I love the glasses which protect my eyes from wind even without the padded insert.”
“Having suffered with Dry Eye syndrome for 4 years and tried all the usual drops, gels, etc without any prolonged relief I am delighted to endorse the 7 eye Churada. The relief was instantaneous and at last I can experience the outdoors again without the usual watery misery. A fantastic product and an excellent personal service.”
“Brilliant service and product. Following a viral infection, one of my eyes became sore and inflamed by the wind, which was seriously impacting on my enjoyment of the outdoors. Wearing these glasses with the gasket keeps my eye moist and protected and has brought long walks back on the agenda.”
“I have bought a second pair with prescription adapter for driving, computer work, and reading and would recommend them to anyone suffering with dry eyes.”
“I am very grateful for your advice and congratulate you on your excellent service.”
“I bought these glasses for my wife and she is extremely pleased with their function against wind, pollen, etc, which had made visits to the outdoors most unpleasant until now. Many thanks to you for a fine product along with great service!”
“Thanks for your excellent advice. The dry eye glasses are a perfect fit and have put the pleasure back into cycling. Tested yesterday in a strong headwind – super.”
“Look like normal specs and are very appropriate for my dry eye syndrome. The clear lenses are good for darker weather and night time.”
“At last I can go for long country walks and, even better, play tennis outdoors in winter without constantly wiping tears from my eyes. Your helpful and efficient service was much appreciated.”
“I have been out walking in the sun and wind and the sunglasses are very good. Thank you for your help and speedy and efficient service.”
Our latest wraparound AirShield sunglasses from 7eye combine the latest product innovations in terms of comfort, safety, and excellent build quality.
The styling is seriously cool! Illustrated here is the 7eye Panhead in Gloss Black, which is one of the most comfortable frames in the range, offering good levels of protection from wind, dust, and pollen, while maintaining excellent peripheral visibility. Wear them with the AirShield gasket when you need protection from the elements, or simply unclip the gasket when you want to wear them as normal sunglasses.
Quality frame and optical quality lenses that offer excellent protection from the sun (100% UV protection).
For full information on all the range of 7eye wraparound sunglasses with AirShield protection, visit: eyewear-accessories.co.uk
Eyewear Accessories has launched its Spring range of wraparound sports glasses, which offers a great combination of design quality and style at affordable prices. The specification of the lenses and frames in the range is much higher than budget sport sunglasses you would find on the high street. All the glasses have distortion free lenses, providing 100% UV protection.
We are offering a combination of sports wraps with quality Tr-90 Grilamid nylon frames, as well as an aviator-style frame that has metal rims.
The sports glasses are all styled to be unisex and range in size from small to medium / large.
With sunny skies at last across much of the UK and Europe, now is the time to take advantage of these great Spring offers, as only limited stock is available.
7eye, the world leaders in designing windproof sports glasses, have introduced two new frames offering best ever peripheral vision from the wide, wraparound lenses. This feature, in combination with the clever wraparound frame design which feels light and secure on your head, should make them among the best choices for this type of “all seasons” golfing eyewear.
The 7eye Panhead is available now with a range of lens tint options exclusively through Eyewear Accessories’ windproof sports glasses store.
Like all the best 7eye sports glasses, this new model has the cleverly designed AirShield gasket which does a good job at keeping out the wind, dust, and pollen. It is also removable so you can use them as normal wraparound sports eyewear when you don’t need the added protection.
The Panhead features wire core temple ends (ear rests) which you can bend to achieve the most comfortable fit. It is suitable for men and women with average size heads and can also accommodate larger heads. Eyewear Accessories has a range of glasses with AirShield protection from small to large fitting.
For further in depth advice on glasses or to help relieve a dry eye problem or to protect your eyes from wind, dust, or pollen, visit our new Dry Eye Glasses blog.
In the blog, we answer some of the queries that customers ask us most frequently when they are trying out moisture chamber frames, review the latest eyewear innovations for moisturising your eyes, and give you useful tips on day to day use of dry eye glasses.
I have just returned from a successful autumnal break near Polperro on the South Cornish coast. Wonderful part of the world, but the winds do surely blow!
Fortunately, I was well prepared – yet again my 7eye glasses proved how versatile they were in different situations.
My 7eye glasses insulated my eyes from the strong winds
Each day we went on coast path walks in dramatic weather, with strong southerly winds gusting around 30 knots. Despite the wind, I found that wearing my 7eye Churada, my eyes were protected so I was able to enjoy the walk without my eyes drying out.
On this occasion, I wore the glasses without the removable soft windproof gasket, yet still found considerable benefit because the glasses are close-fitting and the frames wrap around the sides of my head.
Even driving with the heater and aircon going my eyes were kept moist
The glasses proved invaluable in a different context on the drive back from the holiday during which we experienced heavy rain, blown about on strong winds, and spray from other vehicles travelling on the A30. As a result we had the car’s air conditioning and heating on all the way to keep the windscreen de-misted.
This time I wore my Churada with the gasket fitted, which completely insulated my eyes from the drying effect of the aircon and blown air heating, and my eyes were still feeling moist when I arrived home. Quite a result!
Well done 7eye for developing such an effective product that really “does what it says on the tin” !
If you like walking throughout the year in locations that are frequently windy, and find that your eyes either dry out or water excessively, then you could also benefit from wearing 7eye glasses. For more details see www.eyewear-accessories.co.uk
The hay fever season has now started in earnest with Very High pollen levels being experienced across parts of the UK. If you are starting to suffer with itchy eyes through hay fever, now is the time to shop around to find the optimum protection for eyes that are sensitive to pollen.
Based on feedback from hay fever sufferers on which eyewear is most effective, comfortable, and versatile, we have categorised the most popular frames as follows:
Another product that is popular among hay fever sufferers is the Body Specs flexible lightweight goggle. It has a flexible frame with separate padded eye chambers, and comes with interchangeable tinted and clear lenses. It is very portable and can be folded and carried in a pocket. This makes it a convenient form of protection to carry around with you in case hay fever catches you out!
Like many Devon residents we live in a hilly district and while our garden offers glorious views, it is exposed to the full force of the prevailing winds. Since my dry eye condition worsened, being out in the garden in anything other than calm weather has been uncomfortable.
I was particularly conscious today of the blustery drying wind and that combined with the dust and grass cuttings blowing about led me to donning a pair of 7eye Churada sunglasses. I was delighted by the transformation.
The sunglasses blocked a lot of the wind, even when it was blowing from the sides
The protective gasket on my 7eye Churada sunglasses blocked a lot of the wind, even when it was blowing from the sides and the wraparound frame prevented all glare from entering the corners of my eyes. I really would recommend these glasses to anyone who needs to carry out garden maintenance in exposed conditions, especially if they are prone to hay fever.
This year’s strong winds have proved testing for all golfers in the UK and they have provided appropriate conditions in which to test the effectiveness of our 7eye windproof sunglasses.
7eye has demonstrated why it leads the field in the design of windproof golf glasses
The verdict this year from our customers is that the 7eye brand has demonstrated why it leads the field in the design of windproof glasses, because the close, wraparound fitting and generously padded protective gaskets have stood up to rigorous conditions.
In particular, our 7eye sunglasses with Polar copper lenses are proving popular with golfers, as they not only provide excellent protection from glare but also help to improve contrast and definition when visibility is hazy.
For women with small to average female head sizes, the Viento and Briza are the most popular choices, while for men the Ventus, Cape, and Panhead are the most popular because they provide the best peripheral visibility.
Eyewear Accessories recommend checking the frame size chart on our website before you decide which frame is best for you.