For years some high Rx patients have had to endure disappointment when it comes to high-performance sunwear because their Rx cannot be produced on an 8-base curve. Hilco now has an option for these patients with its Leader Rx Sunglasses that combine high base curve wrap fashion and performance with standard lower base curve frames.
HOW IT WORKS Each Leader® 8-base frame comes with a removable Rx adapter that snaps into place. The concept is simple: For those patients who need a standard Rx base curve for their Rx, they can have it by using the standard Rx adapter. This gives the patient the look of an 8-base wrap frame while using standard Rx lenses. The wearer can also enjoy 8-base plano sunwear by simply removing the standard adapter and inserting pre-edged 8-base polarized sun lenses into the frame, an ideal solution for patients who wear both glasses and contact lenses.
Each adapter comes with a choice of plano sun lenses in gray or brown. Spare standard Rx adapters are available so lenses can be switched depending on the activity, climate, weather, or wearer’s mood.
WHAT ABOUT THE FRAMES? Leader frames are made of lightweight, shatter-resistant, and flexible
TR-90 or nylon (depending on the model) and there are eight cool and comfortable styles to choose from. Each model features over-molded temples that hug the face of the wearer. Because of their wrap styling, all Leader sunwear provides excellent side protection from dust, dirt, and flying debris or objects, making them suitable for activities like motorcycling, bicycling, fishing, hiking, skiing, and sailing.
WHAT ELSE? Each Leader Rx Sunglass comes with a deluxe carrying case and microfiber cleaning cloth. A six-piece countertop display is also available to help market the line. It shows people participating in in-motion activities while wearing Leader sunwear.
High base curve wrap sunwear remains a hot item in the optical world. The next time a potential patient with a strong prescription comes to you looking for the ultimate in high-wrap sun design, you’ll know what to offer.
Jackie O'Keefe is a licensed optician and a writer, lecturer, and course preparer in the Virginia Beach, VA, area.