Oakley High Definition Optics® (HDO®) lenses optimize safety and performance to meet the uncompromising demands of professional athletes who settle for nothing less than the clearest, sharpest, most accurate vision. It offers truer, more accurate vision versus conventional lenses that magnify images and make objects appear shifted from their true position. With HDO, Oakley lenses meet or exceed the testing standards of the American National Standards Institute (the yardstick of performance for the eyewear industry).
The Clarity Test measures the sharpness of images viewed through the lens. The Refractive Power Test measures how inferior lenses distort vision by magnifying images, and the Prism Test measures how the lenses bend light and make objects appear shifted from their true position. These tests show how conventional lenses can compromise your vision.
Our HDPolarized lenses are in a class by themselves. We use a precise infusion molding process to produce one comprehensive, single-layered lens. No glue, no sandwiching, no mustard or mayo. Just the clearest Polarized lens you can find.
This just in: it’s hard to see through glue. Any glue bonded material layer in a sunglass diminishes clarity and exaggerates distortion. This performance degradation makes it hard to tell whether you’re looking at the road or a really big piece of turkey jerky.
Both lenses in a single pair of Oakley sunglasses are manufactured at the same time to perfectly align and center the axis of polarization. Doing so prevents unwanted and distractive glare from sneaking through any part of the lens.
Competitor lenses are manufactured at different times without precise alignment of the axis of polarization. These mismatched pairs result in compromised glare protection and clarity, putting you at greater risk of eye strain, headaches, and the rear bumper of an F250.
Oakley lenses are tested under extreme circumstances to guarantee uncompromising protection against high-mass and high-velocity impact that no other lens offers. We go beyond in precision, dedication and creativity to serve world-class athletes and progressive lifestyle consumers. Our products and technologies don’t just provide unmatched performance and quality, they completely redefine the category.
Part of the secret is Plutonite ®, our durable and optically pure lens material. Within our spirit of performance and innovation, we continue to deliver the best performance products on the planet. Impact protection beyond what's necessary. We consider it mandatory.
An invisible form of radiation, UV rays pelt your retinas at 186,000 miles per second. Eye damage linked to UV includes cataract, photokeratitis and pterygium. UV damage builds up over time. You generally don’t feel UV rays, so there is no natural warning that damage is being done. And although clouds reduce the level of UV reaching your eyes, clouds don’t block UV completely — which means your eyes can be exposed to UV rays even on overcast days.
Oakley Plutonite® lens material stops every wavelength of ultraviolet radiation from the sun‘s thermonuclear furnace, not just the lower energy form called “UVA.” Even our clear lenses filter out 100% of all UV. The image at the left shows how harmful rays are blocked while the visible spectrum passes through.