Ziena Nereus Dry Eye Sunglasses



About Ziena Nereus dry eye sunglasses 

  • Men's/unisex style dry eye glasses, medium size
  • Removable, replaceable silicone shield
  • Choose a frame color from the menu above
  • Choose lens tint and type
  • 2 eyecup colors - Clear Frost is pictured; Black is pictured below. If you prefer Black, please add a comment to your order.
  • Rx ready. Prescription lens service available.
  • Adjustable nose pads
  • Included: folding case, microfiber sack
  • Returnable (unused). See policy details

Description (by Rebecca)

Ziena series glasses have two distinctive features that set them apart from other moisture retaining eyewear:
  1. They resemble glasses more than goggles, and
  2. They utilize a semi-opaque silicone shield rather than a dark foam seal

At this writing (summer, 2016) they are the only readily available moisture retaining glasses that are aesthetically appropriate for the workplace. (Just two other options exist that I'm aware of: custom moisture chamber glasses fashioned by an experienced optican, and "microenvironment glasses" - see seefitmegs.com for the latter.)

How do they work? 

The removable silicone eyecup of the Zienas keeps out infiltrants, blocks airflow and increases humidity around the eyes, reducing evaporative tear loss and improving eye comfort, making them ideal for people with moderate to severe dry eye symptoms. They are available with many different types of lenses, from clear to standard sunglass lenses, polarized, photochromic, and extra dark photochromic.

In a well fitting pair of Ziena glasses, the shield, which is a delicate silicone attached to the frame with micromagnets, will brush the skin on three sides but will be well vented on the fourth to prevent fogging. Not everyone will experience the same seal of course as this will depend on fit, facial bone structure etc. 

The important thing to know about Ziena eyewear is that it is not about completely sealing you in like a goggle, but rather about dramatically reducing evaporative tear loss by enclosing your eyes most of the way. This is most important when you are reading or using a computer because when you are fixating (staring at print) your blink rate is greatly reduced, which decreases tear secretion and distribution. Another vital function for the workplace is blocking much of the blowing air from vents, which is so damaging to already dry eyes.

One more thing I really like about Zienas is that the seal is a whitish semi-opaque silicone and while you can't see through it, light does pass through, meaning you don't get the same tunnel-vision feeling that happens sometimes with the deep black foam seals. (On the other hand, people suffering severe photophobia may well prefer the dark seals because of how they block peripheral light from painfully stimulating sensitive nerves.)

How do they look? 

Let's be honest: No moisture chamber glasses of any kind will ever look like normal glasses. It is not possible to make an effective seal that is also... invisible. But the silicone shields of the Ziena series are a lot more discreet than the dark foam gaskets of most of the alternative products, and that's a big step forward. Other than custom moisture chambers, to the best of my knowledge Ziena eyewear are the only real option out there for people in jobs dealing with the public and particularly in professions where eye contact is vital to performing effectively. From teachers and professors to counselors and psychotherapists, many of the dry eye patients I've worked with over the years have welcomed this option as helping them balance comfort with being able to do their job effectively.

Choosing your silicone shield

As of 2017, Ziena silicone shields are available in Clear Frost or Black. Those suffering from excessive light sensitivity will find the black shields helpful, particularly in conjunction with tinted lenses.

How do I select a framestyle?

There are four Zienas (Verona, Oasis, Nereus, Seacrest). NEREUS was the first men's (well, unisex really) model introduced in this series and it has been a resounding success since its launch early in 2015. The fit has proven to be versatile enough for most, though of course not all, men - for some it's too small, but it's rarely too large and all things considered I am really, really pleased with the high percentage of successful fits. I have several ladies using Nereus as well, sometimes for fit but more likely because the styling is more distinctive and attractive than the simpler Verona. I love the three color options.

Adjustable nose pads

The introduction in 2017 of adjustable nose pads to the Nereus style has been a huge plus for those who had a harder time getting a close seal otherwise. Some of those moved to the (slightly wider) Seacrest model in fact and substituted the deeper Nereus shield (they are interchangeable) but that is no longer necessary since nose pads are available for the Nereus now. Note that nose pads are available on the Black and Tortoise models only, not Titan or Veneer, as of July 2017.

On the other hand for those who do not prefer the nose pads, the Nereus is still available without. That is standard for Veneer, but if you want a Glossy Black or Tortoise Nereus without nose pads just put a note on your order and we'll be happy to take care of it.

How do I select a lens from the options above? 

See our 7Eye/Ziena Lens Options Product Guide with detailed advice and Q&A on all the different types of lenses available.

Description (from the manufacturer's literature)

Relieve dry eyes syndrome naturally with Ziena. Ziena's silicone shield locks in eye moisture while blocking out wind & airborne irritants like dust & pollen. It is specifically designed to alleviate symptoms of dry eyes, hay fever, and bell's palsy. It is proven as a noninvasive (no surgery, natural) solution to ailments. Ziena eyewear helps relieve the burning, itching and redness caused by dry eye, without side effects or reactions with other medications or treatments.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that sealed eyewear reduces tear evaporation and increases overall comfort. The Ziena silicone moisture chamber eyecup is soft and flexible as it rest gently on your face. Powerful micro-magnets hold the shield securely in place yet allow for easy removal and replacement.

Nereus is a modern unisex style that is designed to look great in both indoor and outdoor.

Usage and Care

What are these glasses used for?

Ziena series eyewear are designed to improve comfort for people with dry eye disease without the aesthetic compromises of goggles. Their delicate removable silicone shields are much less noticeable and do not obscure peripheral vision in in the same way as classic moisture chamber glasses with black foam shields, but they perform close to the same function - blocking drafts and wind, reducing evaporative tear loss, increasing humidity around the eyes, improving eye comfort, and reducing the frequent need for eyedrops.

The most common use of Ziena eyewear is for the workplace, especially computer users and office workers at the mercy of heat/a/c vents. They are popular among people for whom advanced protective eyewear is essential but for whom conventional moisture chambers are too unsightly or distracting for their workplace. Ziena eyewear offer an alternative that is much closer to ordinary glasses. Professionals such as therapists who need to have eye contact with their clients find them valuable as do people with jobs where the air tends to be dry and harsh (nurses, teachers are among our most frequent callers).

Ziena glasses are available with a wide assortment of clear, tinted and photochromic lenses, so they can be used primarily indoors, primarily outdoors, or both, depending on your lens selection. For outdoors uses, they will not offer the complete windproofing of an AirShield, but a well-fitting pair will block most wind as well as heating and a/c in cars.

Cleaning and care 

Ziena glasses come with a microfiber polishing cloth for the lenses and frame.

The removable silicone shields need replacing periodically (6 months is a fairly common interval, but it varies greatly with daily usage, soiling from makeup, etc.). 

The manufacturer recommends cleaning them with either makeup remover or baby wipes, rather than soap and water, because water weakens the adhesive and can cause the magnets to come out sooner, meaning more frequent replacement. 

Replacement parts

The silicone shield is removable and should be replaced when it wears out or gets to soiled to clean up well. Click here or see below for a link to the Replacement Eye Cup for Ziena eyewear. Don't forget to specify the frame style when you order, as the shields are different for every frame style.

Warranty information

Ziena eyewear are covered under a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Occasionally, Ziena frames have problems with the micromagnets coming out; this is covered under the manufacturer's warranty. Contact the manufacturer directly (see 7eye.com) about warranty claims, or call or email us.

About Ziena Nereus dry eye sunglasses 

  • Men's/unisex style dry eye glasses, medium size
  • Removable, replaceable silicone shield
  • Choose a frame color from the menu above
  • Choose lens tint and type
  • 2 eyecup colors - Clear Frost is pictured; Black is pictured below. If you prefer Black, please add a comment to your order.
  • Rx ready. Prescription lens service available.
  • Adjustable nose pads
  • Included: folding case, microfiber sack
  • Returnable (unused). See policy details

Description (by Rebecca)

Ziena series glasses have two distinctive features that set them apart from other moisture retaining eyewear:
  1. They resemble glasses more than goggles, and
  2. They utilize a semi-opaque silicone shield rather than a dark foam seal

At this writing (summer, 2016) they are the only readily available moisture retaining glasses that are aesthetically appropriate for the workplace. (Just two other options exist that I'm aware of: custom moisture chamber glasses fashioned by an experienced optican, and "microenvironment glasses" - see seefitmegs.com for the latter.)

How do they work? 

The removable silicone eyecup of the Zienas keeps out infiltrants, blocks airflow and increases humidity around the eyes, reducing evaporative tear loss and improving eye comfort, making them ideal for people with moderate to severe dry eye symptoms. They are available with many different types of lenses, from clear to standard sunglass lenses, polarized, photochromic, and extra dark photochromic.

In a well fitting pair of Ziena glasses, the shield, which is a delicate silicone attached to the frame with micromagnets, will brush the skin on three sides but will be well vented on the fourth to prevent fogging. Not everyone will experience the same seal of course as this will depend on fit, facial bone structure etc. 

The important thing to know about Ziena eyewear is that it is not about completely sealing you in like a goggle, but rather about dramatically reducing evaporative tear loss by enclosing your eyes most of the way. This is most important when you are reading or using a computer because when you are fixating (staring at print) your blink rate is greatly reduced, which decreases tear secretion and distribution. Another vital function for the workplace is blocking much of the blowing air from vents, which is so damaging to already dry eyes.

One more thing I really like about Zienas is that the seal is a whitish semi-opaque silicone and while you can't see through it, light does pass through, meaning you don't get the same tunnel-vision feeling that happens sometimes with the deep black foam seals. (On the other hand, people suffering severe photophobia may well prefer the dark seals because of how they block peripheral light from painfully stimulating sensitive nerves.)

How do they look? 

Let's be honest: No moisture chamber glasses of any kind will ever look like normal glasses. It is not possible to make an effective seal that is also... invisible. But the silicone shields of the Ziena series are a lot more discreet than the dark foam gaskets of most of the alternative products, and that's a big step forward. Other than custom moisture chambers, to the best of my knowledge Ziena eyewear are the only real option out there for people in jobs dealing with the public and particularly in professions where eye contact is vital to performing effectively. From teachers and professors to counselors and psychotherapists, many of the dry eye patients I've worked with over the years have welcomed this option as helping them balance comfort with being able to do their job effectively.

Choosing your silicone shield

As of 2017, Ziena silicone shields are available in Clear Frost or Black. Those suffering from excessive light sensitivity will find the black shields helpful, particularly in conjunction with tinted lenses.

How do I select a framestyle?

There are four Zienas (Verona, Oasis, Nereus, Seacrest). NEREUS was the first men's (well, unisex really) model introduced in this series and it has been a resounding success since its launch early in 2015. The fit has proven to be versatile enough for most, though of course not all, men - for some it's too small, but it's rarely too large and all things considered I am really, really pleased with the high percentage of successful fits. I have several ladies using Nereus as well, sometimes for fit but more likely because the styling is more distinctive and attractive than the simpler Verona. I love the three color options.

Adjustable nose pads

The introduction in 2017 of adjustable nose pads to the Nereus style has been a huge plus for those who had a harder time getting a close seal otherwise. Some of those moved to the (slightly wider) Seacrest model in fact and substituted the deeper Nereus shield (they are interchangeable) but that is no longer necessary since nose pads are available for the Nereus now. Note that nose pads are available on the Black and Tortoise models only, not Titan or Veneer, as of July 2017.

On the other hand for those who do not prefer the nose pads, the Nereus is still available without. That is standard for Veneer, but if you want a Glossy Black or Tortoise Nereus without nose pads just put a note on your order and we'll be happy to take care of it.

How do I select a lens from the options above? 

See our 7Eye/Ziena Lens Options Product Guide with detailed advice and Q&A on all the different types of lenses available.

Description (from the manufacturer's literature)

Relieve dry eyes syndrome naturally with Ziena. Ziena's silicone shield locks in eye moisture while blocking out wind & airborne irritants like dust & pollen. It is specifically designed to alleviate symptoms of dry eyes, hay fever, and bell's palsy. It is proven as a noninvasive (no surgery, natural) solution to ailments. Ziena eyewear helps relieve the burning, itching and redness caused by dry eye, without side effects or reactions with other medications or treatments.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that sealed eyewear reduces tear evaporation and increases overall comfort. The Ziena silicone moisture chamber eyecup is soft and flexible as it rest gently on your face. Powerful micro-magnets hold the shield securely in place yet allow for easy removal and replacement.

Nereus is a modern unisex style that is designed to look great in both indoor and outdoor.

Usage and Care

What are these glasses used for?

Ziena series eyewear are designed to improve comfort for people with dry eye disease without the aesthetic compromises of goggles. Their delicate removable silicone shields are much less noticeable and do not obscure peripheral vision in in the same way as classic moisture chamber glasses with black foam shields, but they perform close to the same function - blocking drafts and wind, reducing evaporative tear loss, increasing humidity around the eyes, improving eye comfort, and reducing the frequent need for eyedrops.

The most common use of Ziena eyewear is for the workplace, especially computer users and office workers at the mercy of heat/a/c vents. They are popular among people for whom advanced protective eyewear is essential but for whom conventional moisture chambers are too unsightly or distracting for their workplace. Ziena eyewear offer an alternative that is much closer to ordinary glasses. Professionals such as therapists who need to have eye contact with their clients find them valuable as do people with jobs where the air tends to be dry and harsh (nurses, teachers are among our most frequent callers).

Ziena glasses are available with a wide assortment of clear, tinted and photochromic lenses, so they can be used primarily indoors, primarily outdoors, or both, depending on your lens selection. For outdoors uses, they will not offer the complete windproofing of an AirShield, but a well-fitting pair will block most wind as well as heating and a/c in cars.

Cleaning and care 

Ziena glasses come with a microfiber polishing cloth for the lenses and frame.

The removable silicone shields need replacing periodically (6 months is a fairly common interval, but it varies greatly with daily usage, soiling from makeup, etc.). 

The manufacturer recommends cleaning them with either makeup remover or baby wipes, rather than soap and water, because water weakens the adhesive and can cause the magnets to come out sooner, meaning more frequent replacement. 

Replacement parts

The silicone shield is removable and should be replaced when it wears out or gets to soiled to clean up well. Click here or see below for a link to the Replacement Eye Cup for Ziena eyewear. Don't forget to specify the frame style when you order, as the shields are different for every frame style.

Warranty information

Ziena eyewear are covered under a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Occasionally, Ziena frames have problems with the micromagnets coming out; this is covered under the manufacturer's warranty. Contact the manufacturer directly (see 7eye.com) about warranty claims, or call or email us.