When it comes to purchasing a new pair of sunglasses, what do you take into consideration? Does the style, price and brand affect your decision or do you opt for a pair with fancy lenses? To be honest, I look at the brand, style and how they make me feel. I was recently on the hunt for a new pair of shades and found a style I liked but was a little hesitant because the brand wasn’t necessarily my first choice, and when I heard the lenses were polarised, I couldn’t help thinking they were a little ‘daggy’ (my dad owns polarised glasses!). I managed to get over this minor detail as this type of lens has made a comeback over the years especially with high end designer labels.
Let’s rewind, I tried on a pair of sunglasses, loved how they looked on me, and I had to have them! The pair I chose were Maui Jim sunglasses in the Flat Island frame with bronze lenses that provide a nice warm tint. The frame is a sleek rectangular shape which compliments longer faces such as oval, oblong or triangle, and features a saddle style bridge embedded with rubber for additional comfort of the nose. The frame is constructed of lightweight and durable nylon making these sunglasses super comfortable for longer wear.
If you’ve heard of the brand but don’t know much about it, here’s what you need to know. Established in 1980, Maui Jim got its start by selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. Anyone who’s visited this picturesque Island will know it’s all about sand, sea and surf, and Maui Jim saw a need in the market for sunglasses that featured technology that could combat glare and harmful UV rays, without jeopardising the vibrant colours this stunning island has to offer. As an owner of at least 25 pairs of sunglasses, colour and UV rays are two factors I’ve never considered until now.
Did you know polarised lenses can help prevent wrinkles? This probably isn’t a factor that we think about when we purchase sunnies; however, sunglasses are an essential tool in preventing wrinkles around the eye. Polarised lenses such as the technology included in my Maui Jim’s eliminate 99.9% of glare, which means I don’t have to squint, preventing unnecessary facial expressions. Apart from just squinting, polarised lenses block UV exposure which is the leading cause of wrinkles, sunburn, cataracts and even skin cancer. The Flat Island Pair I chose block out 100% of harmful UV rays so I can breathe a sigh of relief my eyes are protected.
My pair of Maui Jim sunglasses feature the brand’s patented PolarizedPlus 2 lenses which are super thin – 20% thinner and lighter than standard glass – making them super light. The Polarised technology also provides the following benefits:
- Colour Enhancement – while many sunglasses darken your view and fade colour, the PolarizedPLus 2 technology enhances colour to the level your eyes would naturally see. This means everything looks vibrant and clear – it’s like not wearing sunglasses at all.
- Eye Health – Apart from preventing strain and blocking out 100% of the sun’s UV rays, these lenses also include blue-light protection known as HEV, which research suggests penetrates deeper into the eye and causes damage.
- Resilient – Sunglasses are made to be worn, and these lenses provide a high level of scratch resistance making them super durable. I’m notorious for dropping my sunglasses and have done so in the time I’ve owned this pair, and they’re good as new. Disclaimer: don’t try this at home deliberately!
Since owning these glasses, I have to admit I’m a little obsessed. I enjoy wearing them when I’m driving or whenever I’m out running errands. They are super comfortable and a great pair to throw on when you don’t know what the day entails.