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At SOS Eyewear® we know how important it is for your Sunglasses to look and fit great, that's why we constantly update our styles and colors. More importantly though, we know that it is critical that they are designed to maximize eye protection! We strive to offer you the best of both worlds: Attractive fashion styling, ergonomically designed for all day comfort, combined with the latest in functional Frame and Lens technology, to provide maximum protection from the Sun's harmful rays. And, we do it all for far less than our "designer name" competition. By spreading our name by word of mouth, instead of inflating our prices to cover bloated advertising budgets we've made the choice to put our money where your eyes are!

Survival Optics Sunglasses® ... Where High Tech Doesn't Mean High Prices

In today's overpriced performance eyewear and sunglass market, Survival Optics® takes pride in our sensible pricing.

Fashion Tech Eyewear® offers SOS Eyewear®, a comprehensive collection of attractive Sunglasses and High Performance Eyewear, created by combining the finest materials with the latest in Frame and Lens technologies. We are confident that we can offer all of the significant features of our competition to a broader base of consumers who have a need for effective, functional eye protection at a more affordable price.

SOS Eyewear is a no-frills company that invests capitol into our products, as opposed to costly advertising that would inflate product costs. We choose to let satisfied SOS Sunglass customers, worldwide, spread our good name. Over the past 10 years we’ve grown at a strong and steady pace, keeping an eye on the constantly changing needs of our customers and meeting those needs with the best in High Performance Eyewear.

We offer the Fashion Tech Eyewear Lifetime Replacement Guarantee on all SOS Sunglasses we sell, to show you our commitment to quality.

Whether it is our decentered quality lenses that provide distortion free vision or US Ranger and Military styles that employ the use of thicker, stronger shatter proof Polycarbonate lenses, specifically engineered to meet or exceed government specifications, we believe in offering you the best eye coverage available.

Many of our styles use frames crafted from durable lightweight Grilamid TR-90 polymers that maintain their shape and provide unparalleled comfort and flexibility. Some styles incorporate foam pieces, typically found only in Ski Goggles, that help prevent fogging, block peripheral sunlight and keep your eyes safe from airborne debris... perfect for high endurance sport activities.

Each SOS Sunglass has unique features you’ll want to explore.

All SOS Eyewear provides 100% Full Spectrum Ultraviolet protection. Present on even overcast and hazy days, invisible UV radiation is responsible for Sunburns, skin cancers and for the gradual breakdown of the delicate tissues of the eye.

We offer a complete range of lens colors, from our CrystalVision™ Clear Polycarbonate Shields to the darkest of TCO Smoke™ Polarized Lenses, and, as a dermatologist recommends everyone wear Sunscreen every day, we suggest you wear some sort of eye protection whenever you are outdoors.

In addition to UV Protection the SOS styles that are fitted with Polycarbonate lenses also bock out invisible Infrared radiation. This is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that brings the Sun’s heat. Infrared radiation is the leading cause of dry, scratchy eyes and SOS Polycarbonate lenses are designed to keep the eyes cool and moist. They are the perfect choice for those who wear Contact lenses or who may have just undergone eye surgery.

But protection from the Invisible portion of the Sun’s Electromagnetic Spectrum, is only part of the job of a great pair of Sunglasses. The color of the lens or darkness of their tint does not have a significant effect on harmful UV Radiation, but does effect how well you can see in varying light conditions.

Visible Light, also called white light, is also a major comfort concern, and it is what we experience as brightness and glare on a Sunny day. Survival Optics Sunglasses provide varying levels of protection from Visible light. Whether you choose TCO Smoke™ lenses for their True Color reproduction, Enhance Brown™ lenses for heightened contrast and depth perception, Yellow lenses that brighten hazy days or CrystalVision Clear lenses for protection from flying debris while Motorcycling or Biking, you can be assured you are receiving Optical quality eyewear to protect your eyes. A well equipped Sports enthusiast always has a range of Sunglasses in their gear.

You can find cheaper Sunglasses but when you compare the features and benefits we are confident you’ll choose SOS Eyewear for your Sunglass needs.

CSF (Composite Shock Frames)... Exclusively from Hi-Def Optics and SOS
SOS Composite Shock Frames are used to create a low mass, low inertia frame, which will not bounce or shift during even the most Extreme athletic activity. SOS Eyewear is built to meet the toughest challenges of competition and active life-styles. Lightweight and comfortable CSF Frames, crafted from Grilamid TR-90, are extremely durable and flexible so as to withstand the rigorous demands and absorb the punishment of active sports.

SOS XLT (Xtreme Lens Technology)
XLT Lenses block glare without altering color perception. ChromaCoat Multi-Color Prismatic flash coatings reflect the Sun's brightness providing enhanced anti-glare vision. SOS XLT lenses have a colorful iridescent mirrored look from the outside that are not perceptible to the wearer.

SOS Polarized MLF (Multi-Layer Filtration)
SOS High Definition PolarMax Polarized MLF lenses are created using hand poured one piece, distortion free, high tech Polycarbonate. There are no laminates to separate and nothing to degrade the Polarization as with typical laminated polarizing films. SOS MLF is distributed evenly throughout the lens and not laminated to the lens as found on inferior polarized lenses. Laminated Polarized lenses can delaminate due to faulty bonding, aging and exposure to heat. SOS Polarized Multi-Layer Filtration lenses block vertically-reflected light by horizontally aligning the crystalline structure of the lens. This makes them ideally suited for use around water, snow, and for driving. Avoid cheap polarized glasses, because poorly made lenses may result in eye strain or damage.

SOS XCLS (X Changeable Lens System)
Survival Optics introduces XCLS: Our exclusive X-Changeable Lens System. Multi Lens Systems, standard with XCLS styles, provide options for all lighting conditions. Eight, nine and ten base lens' curvatures, matched with sport wrap designs offer maximum coverage and protection from both direct and peripheral brightness. Some styles include a clear lens for Biking, Yellow Lenses for heightened perception on Hazy days and Flash Mirror Coated options for extra bright days. An excellent all purpose choice when changing light conditions are prevalent or anticipated.

DuraLite Polycarbonate Lenses
SOS's shatterproof DuraLite Polycarbonate lenses are optically correct and distortion free to provide outstanding optical performance and enhanced vision in any lighting condition.

Polycarbonate is the same material used for bullet resistant glass in autos and was initially used for Safety Glasses in the workplace. It is such a hard material that a special diamond blade and grinding wheel must be used to cut and polish the lenses. To form the glasses the material is melted and then force injected into stainless steel molds. The Polycarbonate material is naturally UV absorbing, so even SOS CrystalVision clear lenses afford Full Spectrum UV protection.

Polycarbonate Lenses are lightweight, durable, impact-resistant and with our patented DuraCoat process, the most scratch-resistant of the plastics. Polycarbonate Eyewear is the only approved eye protection for most major Police & Fire Departments. All Survival Optics Sunglasses are warranted by the manufacturer to exceed Shatter-Resistant Safety Standards.

All DuraLite Polycarbonate Lenses offer Full Spectrum UV Protection along with the added benefit of reducing the eye drying heat of the Sun's Infrared Radiation. Great for those who wear contact lenses or have sensitive, dry scratchy eyes.

Venting Systems
SOS Venting Systems incorporate exhaust vents into some of their lens and frame designs to enhance air-flow and virtually eliminate fog and condensation. This design feature allows maximum ventilation while blocking extraneous peripheral light from entering your eyes.

SOS Easy Touch Nose Grips
SOS's Easy Touch rubberized nose bridges provide a non-slip grip that keeps SOS Sunglasses securely in place during even extreme athletic activity. This self-adjusting material ensures a soft feel and a custom fit regardless of head shape or size.

Temples (Earstems)
The temples on SOS Sunglasses are curved to shadow the contours of your head without putting pressure on your cheeks, temples or behind your ears. Many are then clad in a non-slip material, or have Easy Touch inserts to ensure they stay securely and comfortably on your head. This advanced anatomical design ensures a secure fit with exceptional all-day comfort.

Lens Tints and Coatings
Smoke or Grey Tints
The most common and popular of all of the lens colors. Distortion free TCO Smoke lenses are designed to block Full Spectrum UV Radiation while effectively blocking the sun's brightness and reducing glare. All this plus improved visual acuity without changing color perception... that's True Color Optics.

Brown and Amber/Brown Lens Tints
Especially good at blocking the scattered blue light commonly found in diffused light such as one might experience on a cloudy day. SOS Enhance Brown lenses are designed to improve contrast and heighten depth perception. A good lens for Golfing and Driving and an excellent all-around choice if you live in an area with changeable weather patterns (like the Earth).

Yellow and Yellow/Amber Tints
These lenses, long favored by Hunters, Target Shooters and "night riders", greatly enhance contrast and give a sensation of heightened visual acuity. So-called "Driving" lenses are usually amber or yellow-brown.

Sunglass Protection Hints
If you're profession has you in and out of the Sun constantly, like a delivery driver or real estate agent, a Sunglass cord is a must. Not only will your Sunglasses always be within reach, but you will significantly reduce the chance that you may lose them or sit on them accidentally.

Don't leave sunglasses with plastic frames inside vehicles on warm days. You don't want your sunglasses to "melt" and lose their form. While they don't lose their shape, Metal Sunglasses will absorb the heat when left on your car's dashboard and could burn you unexpectedly. Keep your Sunglasses with you or in the glove box!

It's always best to place your Sunglasses in a case when you aren't wearing them. Not only will it help in preventing them from becoming scratched, but it will also protect them from accidentally breaking.

Avoid placing your glasses without a case in your purse or pocket. Keys, coins or combs can easily scratch them and significantly reduce their effectiveness as protective eyewear.

Clean dust, lint, makeup and body oils from your lenses daily with a soft cloth. An excellent suggestion is the Micro Fiber cloth, which we stock in all of our stores and include with many of the SOS Sunglasses available on this site.

Using a Micro Fiber Cloth will also ensure that the lenses do not become scratched. Most lens scratching is a result of using tissue and other wood based products to clean the lenses. Scratched lenses are significantly less effective at proper Sun protection and it is a good idea to protect your investment and your eyes by following simple care and maintenance guidelines.