Summer is of course all about the sun, and what comes with that… sunglasses! However, I do always want to stress sunglasses are not just for summer. During winter time it is just as crucial to wear sunglasses and protect your eyes. Anyway, I am not going to start talking about Winter when we are still in the full swing of summer because I want Summer to last as long as possible and do not want to wish it away.
Last week Maui Jim very kindly invited me along to their UK HQ to check out their sunglasses range. My knowledge of the brand is very basic and all I know is they make good sunglasses, huge in the optical industry but I don’t know why or what makes them so good in comparison to other brands so I went along to find out why!
I was certainly educated on the brand and have most definitely learned a thing or two. I never knew a pair of sunglasses could do so much for our vision. What I mean by that is Maui Jim have developed their own lenses and each lens colour is designed to enhance the wearer’s viewing experience. So the grass may become greener, the red flowers may look brighter without compromising your eye health. With the Maui Jim Polarized Two technology, you can be sure that you will be safe under the sun because the lenses have been designed to wipe out 99.9% of glare, manage 95% of HEV and block 100% of harmful UV while boosting colour. HEV means “high energy visible” which includes visible blue and violet light. Many researchers now believe HEV could cause vision problems later on in life. Your vision could become a blur as the retina loses the ability to see finer details and at the moment, there is no cure for this condition. The only way is to prevent it by wearing good quality sunglasses and getting into the habit of doing so.
So, what makes the Maui Jim lenses so special? This is the geeky bit. Are you ready? ALL Maui Jim sunglasses lenses are designed in house. All the technology used on the lenses is their own and are all patented. If you are buying a pair of Maui Jim, this is what you get… all the lenses have been treated with the following coatings- colour enhancement, polarizing film, waterproof & Oleophobic, Anti-Reflective and Clearshell Scratch- Resistant Treatment. May I add, no other sunglasses offer such a high level of protection, visual acuity, and colour enhancement. That is a big claim, but they are not wrong. While I was there, I tried out many different types of sunglasses lenses. Having tried and tested them myself, I was shocked to see the difference because not only did my eyes feel at ease under the strong glare of the sun, the colours around me were vibrant and the clarity crisp. You have got to try a pair for yourself to see what I mean. It is something you have got to try to believe it and understand what I mean. As soon as I took them off, my eyes were in for a shock, and I was very quick to put them back on again. The difference was simply amazing!
Before I went to Maui Jim, I was not aware how important Polarized lenses are. There are different levels of how good the Polarized film is on a pair of sunglasses too. How the film is added onto the lens is not a simple step and to do a good job of it to make sure no glare goes through is a lengthy process. Glare while driving, especially on wet roads, is very dangerous so think about wearing a pair of Polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes and prevent an accident before it happens. I can sit here and bore you all to death and go on and on about how good Maui Jim sunglasses are but I won’t. I do genuinely think they are one of the best sunglasses I have worn. If you are not convinced then go to your nearest stockist to try them out and see the result yourself.
Finally, I would like to add all Maui Jim Sunglasses have been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin. Let’s face it; no one wants to have wrinkles around their eyes because they can age you and sun damage is, of course, bad for our skin. Don’t forget, the skin around our eyes is thinner and more delicate so PROTECT them with cream and a good pair of sunglasses. Check out the Maui Jim website to find your nearest stockist. I know that a while ago the brand didn’t have a fantastic collection of stylish, fashionable sunglasses but they have improved massively! I am a fan of some of their frames, and I was impressed with how much they had improved their styles because 5 years ago when I started the blog. They were a bit lacking on that front, but now they are on point!
This weekend I will be attending the annual Maui Jim Wimbledon event so stay tuned for more. I have never attended the event myself because the timing was never right so I am looking forward to being able to go. Finally!