Enjoy the sun. Protect your eyes.

If you need a new pair of sunglasses, Mainely Eyes is your one-stop location for both prescriptions and non-prescription sunglasses for adults and children. Mainely Eyes carries sunwear from brands such as Costa Del Mar, Adidas, RayBan, Wiley X, Bolle, Oakley, Serengetti and others. With a wide variety of brands as well as polarized and mirror lenses, we have everything you need to find sun wear that matches your lifestyle. For babies and toddlers, we cary Baby Banz and Kids Banz for non-perscription sun protection.

When you come to Mainely Eyes, our goal isn’t to sell you a pair of sunglasses as quickly as possible. We want to design the perfect pair of sunglasses for your vision, lifestyle, and hobbies. Our knowledgeable staff will take the time to answer your questions and learn more about what you want out of your eyewear. Then, we’ll make recommendations that match your needs as well as your budget.

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Performance & Sport Sunglasses

The boom in outdoor sports activities like mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, skiing, golfing and in-line skating has also created a demand for sports- and performance-oriented sunglasses.

These special-purpose sunglasses are designed to be exceptionally light and comfortable, able to withstand extreme conditions and stay comfortably in place during any activity.

Lenses

Perhaps the most important aspect of effective sports sunwear is the optical quality and visual enhancement properties of the lenses. In particular, sports and performance lenses are available in a wide variety of tints to modify light in certain ways to enhance contrast. This allows you to see certain objects (a tennis ball, for example) with greater clarity to enhance your reaction time.

Polycarbonate lenses are the lens of choice for most sport sunglasses because they are lightweight, super strong and more impact-resistant than lenses made of other materials.

Polarized lenses are also in demand, because they reduce glare from light reflecting off flat surfaces such as water or a field of snow. There is, however, some debate about the advisability of polarized lenses for sports like downhill and mogul skiing, since seeing sunlight reflecting from icy patches on the slopes is often beneficial.

Read more: http://www.allaboutvision.com/sunglasses/performance.htm

Sunglasses for Kids

Children may not be as interested as adults are in wearing sunglasses as a fashion accessory. But because kids spend so much time outdoors in direct sunlight, they need sun protection even more than adults.

In fact, some experts say we get up to 80% of our lifetime exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation by the time we’re 18 years old.

Many styles available

You should have no trouble finding sunglasses your child will enjoy wearing. Children’s sunglasses are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes. And virtually any children’s frame can be transformed into sunglasses by adding prescription or non-prescription sun lenses.

Metal frames are very popular for children’s sunglasses because of their durability. Wraparound styles like those worn by adults are also popular in scaled-down versions for kids. Because they fit closer to the face than traditional frame styles, wraparound sunglasses provide superior UV protection not only for your child’s eyes but for the delicate skin around their eyes as well.

Choose lenses with 100% UV protection

The most important thing when choosing children’s sunglasses is to make sure the lenses block 100% of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The harmful effects of UV radiation are cumulative over our lifetime. By limiting your youngster’s exposure to UV rays during childhood, you may be decreasing their risk of cataracts and other eye problems when they become adults.

Polycarbonate lenses are great for kids’ sunglasses because they have 100% UV protection built-in, and they are lighter and much more impact-resistant than lenses made of other materials. And they can be tinted to nearly any shade.

Photochromic polycarbonate lenses are a good choice for kids who need prescription eyewear. These lenses darken automatically when exposed to the sun’s UV rays and then quickly return to a clear state indoors – so one pair of eyeglasses does the job of two! They also provide 100% UV protection.

Read full article: http://www.allaboutvision.com/sunglasses/kids.htm

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