Prescription Sunglasses & Polarized Sunglasses

Providing Optimum Vision Outdoors

Your eyeglasses may give you excellent vision indoors and at night, but they can’t provide optimum vision outdoors on a sunny day. For that, you need prescription sunglasses. The old option used be wearing glasses with clip-on sunglasses, but nowadays full prescription sunglasses provide a sleek, lightweight feel that’s just like wearing your regular glasses. They won’t get in the way when you are enjoying the outdoors and will help protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. There are several tint options available for your desired protection.

If you want the best protection on sunny days, prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses are also available. These lenses have a special filter that blocks bright reflections of light from water, sand, pavement and automobile hoods and windshields.

Style & Comfort

Maui Jim Sunglasses

At SouthWest Vision we are always on the lookout for the best practices, procedures, tools, and products to help ourselves and our customers have the best eye treatment possible. Eye care is important, and one of the easiest ways that we’ve found that everyone can take better care of their eyes is by using sunglasses. However, sunglasses vary by brand in their efficacy, style, and even feel, so we scoured the market to find the best sunglasses out there for our clients. We wanted sunglasses that not only look good and feel comfortable to wear, but also have the properly treated and manufactured lenses to protect our client’s eyes. We chose Maui Jim Sunglasses because they have it all.

Maui Jim Sunglasses are named after their creator Jim Richards, a fisherman from the island of Maui, Hawaii. The company was first founded in 1987 on the island of Maui, and has since grown to be one of the largest and best brands of sunglasses in the world.

Maui Jim has grown to be one of the largest and best brands of sunglasses in the world

UV Elimination
UV elimination is possibly the most important reason to wear sunglasses. Not using properly treated sunglasses leaves your eyes exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays, which over time can cause cancer, cornea and conjunctival damage (where the tissues of the eye get sunburned/sun-damaged), macular degeneration, and increase the risk of cataracts. Maui Jim Sunglasses with their patented PolarizedPlus2® lenses block 100% of harmful UVB and UVA rays.
Skin Cancer Prevention
While our health focus is mainly on our client’s eyes, the area surrounding your eye socket does play an important role in your eyes’ health. Maui Jim PolarizedPlus2® Lenses help protect that area. While they have many designs and lens sizes, one factor that we liked about them is that a lot of their designs incorporate wraparound styles that allow the lens and frame to work together to protect the eye, and the surrounding area from all angles. This is also why the Skin Cancer Foundation gave Maui Jim Sunglasses their official Seal of Recommendation.
Eye Comfort & Strength
The sun’s glare in Utah, especially Southern Utah, Arizona, and Nevada is so harsh during the day that it can be difficult to see clearly without sunglasses. Maui Jim’s PolarizedPlus2® lens do more than just reduce glare, they eliminate 99.9% of it. This is good for your eyes because it allows them to relax. When your eyes are relaxed they have less strain, which causes less headaches, eye pain, and even helps reduce the deep-lined wrinkles around the eyes.
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Prescription and Reading Glasses

“Do I wear my glasses and be blinded by the sun, or wear my sunglasses and just be blind?” If you have ever asked yourself this question, or a variant of it then you probably fall into the category of people who don’t wear sunglasses regularly because they feel like more hassle than they are worth in the short term. Switching glasses every time you want to go outside, or drive, or read is a frustrating pain, and, thankfully, Maui Jim Sunglasses have the answer. Their sunglasses can be made to your personal prescription and still have all the same benefits as their regular sunglasses do, so you no longer have to choose between two shades of blind.

Additionally, you can customize your Maui Jim Sunglasses with additional bi-focal magnification so that they can dual as reading glasses. Available magnification options are 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5. While there is nothing wrong with using glasses to read, there are some who find it a little disheartening that their eyes are not as strong as they used to be. Maui Jim’s bi-focal element is nearly undetectable, so whether you just need a simple boost in confidence, or don’t want to deal with the hassle of carrying multiple pairs of glasses around, Maui Jim Sunglasses has you covered. Color, Style, Lens options, and so much more.

You can customize your Maui Jim Sunglasses with additional bi-focal magnification so that they can dual as reading glasses

See and Perceive More with Maui Jim Sunglasses

Maui Jim Sunglasses have many different built in features that literally allow your eyes to see more of what is in front of them. The “glaring” truth is that the reflection of the sun’s light on the surface of objects is so bright that it actually obstructs our eye’s ability to see detail. Maui Jim has various methods to counteract this including Hyper-precise Polarization, Anti Reflective Treatment, Bi-gradient Mirrors, and more. Maui Jim Sunglasses block the majority of horizontal glare, and allow us to be able to see the object beneath.

Maui Jim Sunglasses also include a special, unique feature of helping to enhance colors. This is done by blending three rare Earth elements into the lenses that help enhance the lightwaves that human eyes can see and remove some of the waves that we can’t. This added filter, allows us to view colors in a deeper, richer way.

This is much different than other sunglasses that just use tinted glass. Not only does tinted glass cause your vision to be darker, and more obscure, but if it isn’t treated for UV protection, it can also open you to greater risk of exposure to harmful UV rays. When your eyes are in shadow your pupils open wider to allow more light in, and more light means more rays. Maui Jim Sunglasses use patented PolarizedPlus2® lenses which block out harmful UV rays, stop glare, and enhance color. They are a much better and healthier choice for your eyes than low-grade sunglasses.

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Style and Comfort

Maui Jim Sunglasses have a large selection of prefabricated options, as well as nearly unbeatable options for customization. Starting with the lenses there are four different lens options, Neutral Grey, HCL Bronze, Maui Rose, and Maui HT, each with their own specs and positive attributes. Then you can pick lens materials from out five different blends that differ on weight, and resistances like scratch and shatter resistance. They have 100+ different styles of frames, each with multiple options for color. The lens’ colors can be changed using mirrored coatings with hues that were inspired by the brilliant colors of Hawaii. With Maui Jim Sunglasses you can truly pick or create the sunglasses that are perfect for you.

All in all we couldn’t hope to find a better option of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. We believe that by sharing our favorite sunglasses with our clients that we will not only be able to help them protect their eyes in our desert climate, but love doing it as well.