Recently, I’ve started wearing my progressive lenses nearly full time. In addition, my blue eyes have always been sun sensitive. So when I learned I was going to Yukon Territory, Canada, during the snowy season, I was concerned.
Either my eyes would be protected from the sun with sunglasses, but the world would be blurry, or I’d be able to see clearly, but would be blinded by the snow. Then I was introduced to Cocoons Over Glasses Sunglasses.
Cocoons are sunglasses designed to be worn over prescription glasses. They come in six sizes and are designed to fit over nearly any style of sunglasses from small frames (5”w x 1 ½”h to 5 ½”w x 2”h). If you buy them from a brick and mortar retailer, obviously, you can simply try on the different models. If you opt for an online retailer, they’ll send you an easy-to-use template you can use to measure the style that best fits your prescription glasses. I used the online template and order a pair of XL Aviators (retail $49).
When the Cocoons arrived, I was surprised at how large they appeared, but they fit perfectly over my wire-rimmed prescription glasses and felt comfortable. They came with a zippered neoprene case and a cleaning cloth.
I tucked the Cocoons into my pack and didn’t really think about them until I got to the Yukon. We were heading across the frozen Takini River on front to catch up with some of the racers in the Yukon Quest 1,000 sled dog race, but there was no way I was going to be able to see anything without sunglasses. The sun was blazing and reflecting brilliantly off the snow. I scrambled into my pack and retrieved the Cocoons and slipped them over my glasses. The difference was instant and dramatic. Suddenly, the glare from the sun and snow was instantly cut and my eyes felt comfortable. The view was amazingly clear. Despite the noontime sun shining directly down, my eyes were completely protected. Sunlight didn’t even leak from the sides since the Cocoons feature little mini-lenses on the sides. And unlike many sunglasses, the polarize gray Polaré™ lenses didn’t alter the natural color of the landscape (the lenses also come in amber for increased depth perception, yellow for low light, copper to improve contrast and improve visual clarity, and clear).
I later learned that Cocoons Polaré lenses are so incredibly clear because they are polarized and optically correct. The mini-side shields block peripheral light without compromising side vision. They’re also scratch-resistant, a good feature for me since I’m hard on glasses. The frames feel comfortable because they’re made to fit your prescription frames and the Flex2fit adjustable temples allow you to bend the temples that wrap around the ears until the glasses fit perfectly. They’re also amazingly light. The frames are virtually unbreakable and they even offer a lifetime warranty.
Protected with my Cocoons, I headed across the river to wait for the mushers to come by. All around me families were playing in the snow waiting to applaud their heroes. Some had even brought deck chairs and drinks.
I met one couple enjoying the sun and realized the husband was wearing regular sunglasses over his prescription glasses. Because his sunglasses weren’t made for this, they were ill-fitting. I offered to let him try on my Cocoons.
When he put the Cocoons on, he said, “Oh my God, what are these? I can’t believe how great these are. The clarity is amazing. Where can I buy a pair of these?”
Real bottom line: I’m going to enjoy Cocoons Over Prescription Sunglasses for a long time to come. As a photographer, I appreciate the comfort and true-colors of the grey polarized lenses. These sunglasses offer many of the features and qualities of more expensive brands at a reasonable price. If you’re in need of over-prescription sunglasses, you can buy Cocoons at a number of retailers like Cabela’s outdoor store or from online merchants. For more information, check them out at www.liveeyewear.com 1-800-834-2563.