Dry Eye Glasses (Info Only) Ziena Eyewear
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 Ziena Eyewear
- They resemble glasses more than goggles, and
- They utilize a semi-opaque silicone shield rather than a dark foam seal.
This combination of features means that, while offering quite a lot of dry eye protection, they are also aesthetically much more appropriate for the workplace. Just two other options exist that I'm aware of (as of summer 2018): custom moisture chamber glasses fashioned by an experienced optician, and "microenvironment glasses".
How do Zienas 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.
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.
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.
What are these glasses used for?
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).
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.
Adjustable nose pads
All four styles are, I believe, now made with adjustable nose pads, but if you feel you will need these, it may be helpful to confirm with the seller first.
OASIS was the very first Ziena frame introduced by 7Eye. It has distinctive styling and lovey color options - besides glossy black, the tortoise frame is quite elegant.
I wish they were as functional, however. I have consistently run into fit issues with the Oasis; returns are always fit related. I would say that fewer than half of the people who try them find the fit to be appropriate for them. If you are an average to larger fit however, these might be a good option for you. Even those who need a smaller fit sometimes get them to work by having an optician adjust them, and there are some nose pads included that you'll definitely want to install. On the Oasis, the shield tends to go right to the skin on the sides and bottom but has a larger gap at the top (that's the vent to prevent fogging). I found this counterintuitive when I first tried them, but found that they performed better than I expected in practice. However, I do not think they would be ideal in, for example, an office where you have a vent right above your desk. In such a case I'd prefer the Verona or Nereus.
Verona and Oasis are distinctly ladies' styles, while Nereus and Seacrest are unisex/mens. I find the Verona a little underwhelming in terms of styling - not to be unfair, it is not unattractive, it's just not particularly distinctive. But in terms of the all-important fit, it's quite successful- fitting average to smaller sizes quite well in most, though not all cases. Verona is not always suitable for very small or narrow faces and this remains the group I find most difficult to fit with moisture chamber glasses, unfortunately, but the addition of adjustable nose pads in late 2016 has helped a lot and 7Eye are working on another smaller style.
Quite a few ladies prefer the Ziena Nereus. But I think that for the majority, Verona is and will continue to be the first choice in terms of fit. - Oasis, on the other hand, runs large and is a somewhat awkward fit... lovely styling but more questionable on getting a comfortable fit.
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 for men. Many women wear Nereus as well, though.
SeaCrest is the most recently released style and is a modification of Nereus. It's a men's/unisex style, but redesigned specifically for a better Asian fit - that is, built to accommodate facial structures that have a shallow nose bridge and higher cheek bones. The silicone shield is re-designed for this fit as well. NOTE: SeaCrest's shield is substantially shallower than Nereus'.