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Never mind that they've chosen a name that no one can spell or pronounce correctly, that they cater almost entirely for bikers, and that their website is impossible to navigate.
Panoptx make superb wraparound eyewear for dry eye, period. They are costly, particularly, if you have a prescription, but they are worth it. There is nothing like that feeling of slipping on your Panoptx and getting some relief when on the computer, or knowing that you can go outside even in a high wind and not be in constant pain.
WHAT MAKES IT SO GOOD? Wraparound framestyle and snug form-fitting medical grade foam lining ("Orbital Seal") provide maximal protection, moisture retention and peripheral light occlusion.
LIMITATIONS, DOWNSIDES? (1) Very high cost - even without a prescription. (2) In many regions it's very difficult to find a place to try them on locally - even if you find a dealer, they may or may not have the appropraite frames. (3) Side vision is somewhat limited, so some people find them less than ideal for driving. (4) Some people get a "tunnel vision" sensation from the combination wrap and eyecup. (5) Prescriptions can be subject to a lot of distortion or "fishbowl" sensation. (Only low prescriptions can be accommodated, by the way.). You take a definite risk in getting these with a prescription - first, that it's filled correctly, second, that the result will work well for you optically. When it's good it's great, but if it doesn't work, well, there went $500 down the toilet.
FOAM PROTECTION: Click here for a good picture of the Orbital Seal (on the left side). This has a medical grade breatheable foam lining.
WHERE TO TRY THEM ON: Visit 7eye.com for a dealer locator. Usually they are stocked at Harley Davidsons. Many other sports optical chains carry them and some general opticians and ophthalmologists' offices. DEFINITELY call before you go to be sure they have the model(s) you want to try on.
IF YOU CAN'T GET THEM LOCALLY: Call The Dry Eye Shop (1-877-693-7939) - I may be able to help you.
DIFFICULT PRESCRIPTION? We've heard you can get difficult prescriptions made at a place called SunRay Optical. Call
1 888 548-0558 and ask for Mo Dupree.
Wiley X Climate Control
Wiley X - another California eyewear company but this one best known for its military eyewear - have made great strides with making their Climate Control series useful to the dry eye crowd. They have several framestyles, all of which have light-adjusting and polarized lenses as well as a cheaper lens option available. I remember when I first started stocking them. Our local Fedex guy, who had done tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, told me he had three or four pairs and how terrific they worked for him in dry dusty places.
ADVANTAGES: (1) BETTER PRICING. $80 for the lower end lenses, and ~$135 for polarized or light-adjusting (vs. $195 for Panoptx) make this a more approachable product for a lot of people. (2) Less side vision blockage - more of a true wraparound lens style (compared to the chunkier side frame of the Panoptx). No "tunnel vision" effect since the lining is much lower profile. (3) Great polarized lenses. They have some kind of patent on their polarization process. Their polarized copper lens is really special. (4) Easier to get a decent fit without having to try them on. Panoptx tend to be a little more 'face-specific' than Wiley. There are only 2 Wileys that I really like to wear but in a pinch I could certainly wear any of the others; that is not true for me of the Panoptx.
Incidentally I personally have always preferred Wiley-X for driving because they give better side vision. The old ones I had (JP-3P) had the lower foam gasket which was not very helpful and was uncomfortable on the skin, but all the current frames in the Climate Control series have a good quality fully form-fitting foam that if well fitting can fit right to the face.
FRAMESTYLES: Click here for a page with all of the "Climate Control" styles but please, please click on the individual ones for more detail as they aren't great pictures - they are all showing a strap which makes them look like goggles, and all in black. In general they are a sportier type of line than Panoptx - not quite as 'upscale' looking as some of the Panoptx. On the other hand they are also a lighter-weight, lower profile frame so some people find they look less "goggle"-like than Panoptx. The gasket is removeable in all frames.
LENSES: See individual frames for specific combinations. Each frame has one cheap lens ($80), one polarized and one light adjusting option. Colors vary by frame.
LINING: "Facial Cavity" seal. This is way better than the old SealTek ones I used to wear... it's actually not much different from the Panoptx lining and does a very good job with protection.
PRICING: Apprx. $80 to $140 (no prescription). We don't have current prescription pricing - call them for information. The most popular styles are around $135 MSRP.
WHERE TO BUY: Click here for a dealer locator. Please shop at The Dry Eye Shop if you can.