Dry Eye Glasses (Info Only) 7Eye AirShields

We no longer sell 7Eye AirShield glasses, but have attempted to consolidate here useful information we have collected about the glasses, for what it's worth! 

About 7Eye AirShield

General Information

Rebecca's Description

The AirShield series of glasses are high end sports wrap style with a deep foam-lined eyecup that fills the gap between the frame and the skin. This eyecup 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, extra dark photochromic and also with built in plus readers.

What are these glasses used for?

7Eye AirShield glasses are designed for bikers and skiers who need solid, high end windproof eyewear. Because of the excellent seal this type of glasses provides, they are popular among dry eye patients. 

The most common use is for outdoors (to protect against wind) and for driving (to protect against air conditioning and heating). However, the glasses can be fitted with clear or photochromic (light-adjusting) lenses, so many patients with severe symptoms use them indoors as well, especially if they are heavy computer users, because the moisture retaining effect both keeps their eyes more comfortable and reduces the need for frequent eyedrop application. For patients with especially severe symptoms and extreme sensitivity or pain issues, moisture chamber glasses like these may be the most reliable, most effective way to reduce discomfort to a manageable level while using a computer, driving or performing outdoor activities.

Cleaning and care 

7eye glasses come with a microfiber bag that doubles as a polishing cloth. Manufacturer's recommendation for eye cup care: "We suggest not using soap and water but either gentle makeup remover or a baby wipe. Using small circular motions, and the tip of your finger with a baby wipe, massage the dirt away."

Replacement parts

The foam eye cup is removable and should be replaced when it wears out. Don't forget to specify the frame style when you order, as the eye cups are different for every frame style.

Can I get them with prescription lenses?

Most frame styles can accommodate +4.0 to -4.0.  In addition, the following styles can accommodate a special Rx adaptor that will allow them to take prescriptions from -4.25 to -7.0:
  • Bora
  • Briza 
  • Buran
  • Cape
  • Diablo

What about readers?

If all you need is plus readers, the following framestyles are available with built-in plus lenses in strengths of +1.5, +2.0 and +2.5 in both clear and SharpView Grey lenses:
  • Bora
  • Briza
  • Cape
  • Churada
  • Derby
  • Panhead
  • Taku Plus

How do I find AirShields that will fit me? 

AirShield frame fit cannot be predicted reliably without actually trying on the frames, because getting a good seal is as dependent on your face shape as on just sizing. Consider seeking out a local dealer (try the dealer locator page at 7eye.com), or ordering online and returning pairs that don't fit. 

Can I find the frame styles I want locally?

You will need to speak with local dealers to find out what they stock. We recommend using the manufacturer's site to narrow things down to your top choices, then finding a local dealer and calling them to find out which framestyles they have that are on your ‘shortlist'.

Are they just for outside? 

Yes and no. Outside is what they're designed for, and, aesthetically, that's certainly what they're best suited for. When you take a framestyle of this kind and put a clear lens in it for indoor use, it's going to look much more like goggles than if the lenses are tinted like regular sunglasses. However, many people with severe dry eye symptoms use AirShields indoors, especially for computer work, because in some cases no other dry eye glasses will give them a close enough seal, and there are many situations in which function becomes more important than form. In general though, what we most often recommend for indoor use is the Ziena series eyewear with silicone shields because they have a better balance of performance and aesthetics and are more easily adapted to a professional environment.

Which ladies’ frame styles are the most popular?

Briza, hands down. Cyclone perhaps next. Churada, Viento and Chubasco also well liked.

Which mens & unisex frame styles are the most popular?

Bora, Cape, Diablo.

What about challenging fits?

Contact 7Eye about framestyles with bendable temples or other special features.

SIZING: Narrowest to widest AirShield frame styles (temple to temple)

NOTE: Temple width does not tell the whole story… it’s really all about the eyecup size & shape. There are frames listed here that look large that fit on small women, and frames that aren’t among the largest that fit on larger men. You’ll never know for sure what will fit till you try it on.
Briza 139
Viento 139
Ventus 140
Buran 141
Churada 142
Cyclone 142
Taku Plus 143
Chubasco 144
Derby 144
Diablo 144
Whirlwind 144
Panhead 145
Cape 146
Bora 147

Notes about specific framestyles

Style  Notes
Bora
Rx ready: -4.0 to +4.0, but can also take an Rx adaptor for -4.25 to -7.0. 

The BORA AirShield frame style is one of the most popular men's frames (worn by some women as well). It has the widest temple-to-temple measurement of any AirShield, but that does not actually mean it's the largest frame, as differences in the eyecup have a big impact on fit as well. 

For the roomier men's AirShield styles, I would be looking at Bora, Diablo, PanHead and Whirlwind. Several other styles however are also a fairly versatile fit, like Taku Plus, Buran and Cape. 

Briza

 

The BRIZA AirShield frame style is the most popular ladies' frame. The styling is large looking, but the frame itself with the eyecup is not overly large and in fact tends to fit ladies with small to medium faces very well. 

Briza tends to be the top choice for women among the ladies' frames. Additional framestyles with a similar or snugger fit to consider: Viento and Churada and also the fixed eyecup styles Chubasco and Cyclone. 

Cape

The CAPE AirShield frame style is a popular frame for both men and women in a simple, classic style. It tends to give a really close fit due to the adjustable temples which help keep them snug as a goggle. 

Some reasonably comparable fits would include Diablo and Churada (Diablo also has adjustable temples).

Chubasco

The CHUBASCO framestyle is a popular legacy style with a great seal and a smallish fit; tends to be friendlier to an Asian fit than many of the other frames.

Chubasco and Cyclone are the two legacy styles with a fixed eyecup - all others are removable. This makes them lower cost and a good option for those who will wear them part time only. Of the two, only Cyclone can take a high Rx adaptor. 

Cyclone

The CYCLONE framestyle is a popular legacy style with a great seal and a versatile fit that, on the right person, fits absolutely like a glove. One of my personal favorites. Incidentally, I think that the Onion Goggles are basically a cheap knockoff of the Cyclone frame; if you want a way to 'test the concept', try Onion Goggles (much cheaper) first. 

Cyclone and Chubasco are the two legacy styles with a fixed eyecup - all others are removable. This makes them lower cost and a good option for those who will wear them part time only. 

Derby

The DERBY AirShield frame style is great flexible-fit frame style with a larger lens area than any of the others. Good choice for driving and sports. 

For the roomier men's AirShield styles, I would be looking at Bora, Diablo, PanHead and Whirlwind. Several other styles however are also a fairly versatile fit, like Taku Plus, Buran and Cape.

Ventus

The VENTUS framestyle is one of 7Eye's newer frames, featuring a bendable temple technology to help keep the seal very close and provide fitting versatility. The temple tip can be bent to better wrap around the ear or add a bit more length. 

Viento

The VIENTO framestyle is a redesigned version of the original Panoptx Viento some of you will remember from years ago (a legacy frame with foam built-on to the frame). The redesign includes a removable foam eyecup which is a very welcome addition. It was always my go-to frame for smaller fits as it is 7Eye's smallest AirShield style. I've found it surprisingly versatile in fit for both men and women.