What is a fitover?
A fitover is designed to be worn over your prescription glasses. Designed for the spectacle wearer, the fitover allows full protection from UV without the need to purchase prescription sunglasses. That said, many consumers that purchase Rx sunglasses also buy a pair of fitovers as a spare pair. Fitovers are particularly useful for driving and sporting activities.
Cocoons are available in multiple sizes and are designed to accommodate 99% of all ophthalmic frames.
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Side-shields are such an important element to the performance and level of protection given by fitover sunglasses. Without side-shields, or full wrap lenses you are sacrificing side protection. In fact you could be exposing the eyes to UV and glare. Cocoons feature patented frame designs to feature large side-shields designed to provide maximum protection & exceptional peripheral vision.
Another factor to consider is comfort, without a good fit, fitovers will become uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Cocoons feature adjustable temples called Flex2Fit. Once positioned the temple remains in a fixed position. It will only move if it is intentionally adjusted. This helps the fitovers to remain comfortable & secure making it a perfect fit for you!
The undercarriage is key
A fitover is designed to be worn over prescription glasses. A professional grade fitover will seal off incoming light from above, the peripheral and below the prescription glasses.
Up to 70% of light that reaches the eyes can be reflected off surfaces below the eye-line. If light is allowed to penetrate from below the prescription glasses, it severely diminishes the performance of the fitovers.
Many fitover frame designs don’t feature underside protection.
The performance and quality of the lens is centrepiece to any sunglass that is designed to be worn over prescription eye wear. Utilisation of an inferior lens material can adversely affect the performance of the patient’s prescription lenses.
Cocoons feature Polaré polarized lenses. The Polaré lens is the highest quality polarized lens available in any OveRx sunglass, including every known competitive product. Live Eyewear is aware that certain competitors may make unsubstantiated claims as to the quality, material and optical performance of their lenses. These claims infer that competitive lenses are the same quality as the Polaré lens. Live Eyewear invests heavily in research and development to insure that we continue to provide our customers with the best lenses available in the world. ICS Laboratories was commissioned by Live Eyewear to test and provide an independent evaluation of Cellulose Acetate (CAB) lenses and the Polaré lens (TAC). All Fitovers Eyewear polarized sunglasses utilize CAB lenses. Test results show the Polaré lens is vastly superior to the competitive lens in strength, scratch resistance, and most importantly, optical performance. It is imperative to Live Eyewear that a lens intended to be worn over prescription eyewear does not adversely affect the performance of the prescription eyewear. Thus, the sunglass lens must be free of distortion, stable and strong enough not to deteriorate during regular usage. A full copy of the ICS report is available upon request.
A simple test you can perform by yourself is to apply a small amount of pressure to the centre of any competitors lens with your thumb. The reaction of the CAB lens is identical to lenses found in mass market, drug store and non-optical retail environments. Live Eyewear does not consider such a lens to have sufficient quality for dispensing by the eyecare professional.
Things to be aware of when choosing fitovers
Sadly, it is thought that about 80% of fitovers are purchased in retail locations such as supermarkets. This unfortunately means that they can be ill-fitting and uncomfortable for the user. Resulting in the user not being able to wear them so off in the drawer they go never to be used again. It is important that you choose the right fit for your glasses.
If you type fitovers into a google search, you’ll see a lot of discounted brands. However, just because a fitover is cheap, it doesn’t mean it is necessarily right for you.
Why choose Cocoons fitovers?
Cocoons are available only from professional retailers. This means that when you go to purchase a pair of cocoons, your eye professional will spend time with you going through your requirements and will explain the benefits of Cocoons and how to best use them. They will also be able to tell you the correct size needed to fit perfectly with your prescription glasses meaning you will get the best fit.
Not only will you benefit from this personalised service but Cocoons come with a 1 year scratch resistance warranty and the durable frames are guaranteed for life!
Cocoon Fitovers eliminate up to 70% more light by blocking reflected surface glare and UV. Helping to protect your eyes from direct and indirect sunlight.
Associated optical has distributors in optical practices all across the country. Please contact us for details of your nearest retailer.
26/5/2022 06:07:16 am
Thank you for explaining that a fitover is created to be worn over prescription glasses. My friend wants designer eyewear for her eyes. I should advise her to look for a store that sells a wide selection of eyewear.
21/9/2022 02:31:33 pm
I want to get sunglasses, but it's difficult when I also wear normal glasses. It makes sense that getting fitovers would be a good idea! It's nice that you can get sunglasses that can be worn over glasses.
22/11/2022 06:56:39 pm
This was a lovely blog poost
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