Berkeley, Calif. – EnChroma, announces the availability of EnChroma Cx.UV450, advanced protection sunglasses that boost color vision for those with sensitive eyes, low vision caused by serious eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma and those exposed to extreme sunlight. The UV450 are the first sunglasses that provide extreme protection without blocking colors. Current options generally block one or two colors such as blues and greens, distorting the color of everything you see to a dull brown, yellow and red color. EnChroma’s revolutionary sunglasses feature an advanced optical coating that increases the variety and vividness of colors, bringing everything to life while providing the highest form of UV protection possible.
“Unlike a conventional sunglass which simply reduces the transmission uniformly across the spectrum, the EnChroma lens is a “smart sunglass” that selectively filters the light to achieve an unprecedented super color enhancing effect,” says Don McPherson, PhD, vice-president, products, at EnChroma. “The incredibly precise narrow-band lens filter design takes out only those specific shades most responsible for color confusion. By knocking down this interference the lens creates a much richer, more vivid color experience.”
Last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the senior population reached a record 40.3 million people with the tip of the baby boomer generation hitting the 65 year old mark. EnChroma UV450 glasses are designed to provide the highest amount of protection to these seniors who are now experiencing eye problems and sunlight sensitivity due to medical conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, multiple sclerosis and eye cancer. Though these conditions are most prevalent amongst the senior population, other age groups can also suffer from similar issues and have a similar sensitivity to sunlight.
In addition, there are a number of jobs in which one is exposed to extreme sunlight for long periods of time creating a need for an advanced optical solution that provides the ultimate protection without distorting the colors that they need to see. The Cx.UV450 Extreme Solar Protection glasses are perfect for those that work in aviation, marine and alpine environments, or low vision sufferers for whom ordinary sunglasses are just too dark.
EnChroma Cx.UV450 features include:
- A color-enhancing lens with comprehensive protection from solar ultra-violet (UV) and short wavelength blue light
- Blocks 100% of solar radiation with wavelengths shorter than 450 nanometers
- Scratch resistant
- Available in two fashionable frame styles – Explorer and Gamma
Eye Health Statistics (Compiled by American Academy of Ophthalmology):
- Cataract affects nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older; by age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataract
- Glaucoma affects almost 2.3 million Americans age 40 and older
- More than 2 million Americans age 50 and older have advanced age-related macular degeneration, the stage that can lead to severe vision impairment
- Diabetic retinopathy affects more than 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older
- Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes
The EnChroma Cx.UV450 is available at EnChroma.com and at select optical retailers. For more information about EnChroma and their line of advanced optical eyewear visit www.EnChroma.com.
EnChroma is a Berkeley, California company which emerged out of an NIH SBIR grant designed to study the feasibility enhancing color vision in humans, particularly the color blind. Comprised of researchers, engineers and tech experts along with an advisory board of world renowned vision scientists, EnChroma hopes to impact the lives of the estimated 10 million Americans who have color vision deficiency and everyone desiring Better Color VisionTM. EnChroma is dedicated to developing a robust line of innovative eyewear products with cutting-edge optical technology for men, women and children. www.EnChroma.com.