The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation is granted to sun protection products that have been reviewed by and meet the specific criteria of an independent Photobiology Committee (experts in the study of the interaction of ultraviolet light and the skin). In order for sunglasses to earn the Seal of Recommendation, they must filter out at least 99 percent of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation.
"The Seal of Recommendation is a symbol of safe and effective sun protection that is recognized by consumers worldwide," said Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. "One of the first programs offered by the Foundation, it quickly gained acceptance from consumers for setting the standard for effective sun protection. Maui Jim received our Seal because all of their sunglasses exceed our requirements and protect against 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays."
All Maui Jim sunglasses are able to meet the stringent requirements of The Skin Cancer Foundation because the company's PolarizedPlus2® lens technology uses up to nine layers of protection on both sides of each lens to eliminate 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays and 99.9 percent of glare from above, below and behind each lens.
Maui Jim lenses block 100% of all harmful UV rays, protecting your eyes from damage and long-term health risks. Sunglasses that do not provide UV protection can actually cause more damage because they shade the eye, allowing for more UV rays to hit the pupil.
Another reason these lenses are top of the line? Blue-Light protection. High-energy Visible Radiation (HEV), also known as blue light, has lower energy rays than UV, however recent research suggests they can penetrate the eye and cause damage. Maui Jim patented lens technology, provides HEV reduction without removing the blues.
Maui Jim sunglasses won't change the world, but they'll change the way you see it; vivid colors, improved clarity, and crisp details—all while blocking glare and harmful UV.
Andrew Biondo, OD, FSLS is the Primary Medical Director at Kirkwood Eye Associates in Kirkwood, MO. Serving the greater St. Louis area, Dr. Biondo has 12 years of experience as an eye care provider, health educator & consultant to the specialty contact lens industry. His special interests include contact lenses, dry eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, laser eye surgery & preventive vision care.