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Tinted Contact Lenses

Nike Maxsight Contact Lenses

You wouldn't dream of spending the day in the sun without lathering up on sunscreen, but protecting your eyes against damaging UV rays is also an absolute must. Sunglasses that offer UV protection certainly do the job but when your face gets all sweaty, fogged-up lenses mean you have to stop what you're doing to wipe them off. A sweaty face also makes the frames more likely to slip off and break or wind can whip them off into a watery grave when you're water skiing — ba-bye $200 pair of sunglasses.

Nike Maxsight, fully tinted soft contact lens, were created to solve this issue and I tested out a pair in 2007. They just look like really dark contact lenses, like ones you'd get for Halloween. I put a Nike Maxsight contact lens next to my regular contact lens so you can see the difference. With normal lighting, my eyes didn't turn into alien eyes — they just looked really dark. These are the grey-green color, although they look kind of brown in my eyes.

I have to say I loved them. It did take a few minutes for my eyes to adjust, but it felt like I was wearing polarized sunglasses. They blocked out the sun and I had crystal clear vision.

Unfortunately, Nike has since discontinued Maxsight tinted lenses. But if you're intrigued and want to try out a pair, keep reading to learn about another company who started making them.

Marietta offers sport tint contacts for all your sunny exercise needs. These tinted lenses come in six colors — Amber, Sun Tac (dark brown), Bolle Blue, Yellow, Grey Green, and Green. They offer the same UV protection as sunglasses without the frames. You can choose whether you want the full iris covered or just the pupil. Order them with or without a prescription, and at $99 per lens, they're comparable in price to higher end or prescription sunglasses. This glare-free option is perfect for Summer sports like soccer, golf, and surfing, but also work great in the Winter when hitting the slopes.

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Jen64374 Jen64374 2 years

Why bother getting extremely overpriced crazy colored lenses that will freak other people out when looking at you when you can get clear contact lenses that have the same uv protection at a much cheaper price An example is acuvue.

kb9cuj kb9cuj 5 years
Where can these maxsight contact lenses be purchased?
RedHotRedHead RedHotRedHead 9 years
THESE LOOK AMAZING! I want some just to wear to the beach to prevent Racoon Eyes!
kcreson kcreson 9 years
flowerpotpot flowerpotpot 9 years
i looooove these!!
zc zc 9 years
they look a little creepy, but its a great idea, would eb up to try it
the-clam the-clam 9 years
Looks cool - scary! One good thing about sunglasses, though - better protection for eyelids and the skin around the eyes.
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 9 years
OMG, these are amazing! Can't wait to try them!
girlwonder76 girlwonder76 9 years
Great idea, but sooo freaky looking! They remind me of the Halloween "demon eyes" too! :)
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 9 years
i have needed glass since fifth grade and as i have gotten older i love having them- it's a way be different from everyone else. but my only gripe about them (as well as sunglassses) is that after a couple of months the sides become very stretched out so when i sweat, they keep sliding down and that's how my calvin klein tortoise shell glasses broke- they slid all the way off and onto the concrete! the nose broke so i had to get a new pair so i just bought some cheap tortoise ones. i am definitely going to loook into this! do you wear them daily or what? are they just for outdoor?
littletrackbabe littletrackbabe 9 years
i just got contacts three days ago and i love them!!!!!!
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
You have looong eyelashes!
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
wow thats crazy >O-O< hehe
rubialala rubialala 9 years
whoa, that's weird. I'm totally into trying that, though.
Mercedes406 Mercedes406 9 years
You might want to check the package again. You have the amber ones. I have the green/grey ones and you can definitely tell that they are green, even when I wear them.
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 9 years
interesting product, reminds me of those halloween "demon eyes" contacts.
popularsugar popularsugar 9 years
when i wear sunglasses when working out or walking on a rather humid day, sweat develops so much faster around my eyes, it's like a sauna. What if I have perfect eyesight, can I still wear these contacts?
nimue nimue 9 years
this is great! I have been wearing glasses since gr 4 and contacts since gr 8....although the past year i haven't been wearing contacts as much because of dry eye issues, it would be great if i could try these. does make ur eyes look sort of scary =)
SoupeDuJour SoupeDuJour 9 years
that's incredible. I'd totally wear them if i didn't have a fear of sticking things in my eyes.
jhuck jhuck 9 years
I have never been able to successfully wear contacts, but these would be pretty sweet if I could!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Rachelbojangles - I totally agree. I started wearing glasses when I was in 4th grade and when my Dad took me to get contacts in 7th grade, it was one of the best days of my life!
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 9 years
I need these when I go running. I wear glasses/sunglasses when I go out. The sweat makes them slide off my face. I have to push them up and they hurt my ears cause I'm wearing them with my ipod headphones. Wearing glasses sucks. :(
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