Despite a lot of cheaper products available in the marketplace for protection and performance these are the quality option.
They were developed in the early 1980’s, for eye protection against harmful UV and the bright direct sunlight from the cruel sun as it is known in Maui Hawaii.
They are even available for progressive lens wearers and bifocal wearers in this famous brand producing their own frames and lenses.
Investing in a pair of maui jims allows you to enjoy the famous lens technology and lenses – consumer loyalty is over 90%, which is unrivaled in the industry and you even can have a risk free prescription sunglasses trial in single vision or multifocals.
Revolutionary lens material that features patented technology that eliminates glare,as well as its 100% effective UV filter for harmful UV rays enhances colours for the human eye literally making colours pop.
Patented polarizedplus2 lens technology to enhance colour and block glare
UV/HEV Protection by blocking 95 to 97% hazardous HEV light
Lens Clarity Block 100% of UVA, UVB & UVC rays
Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand (as nzs)
Protects from water and fingerprint oils making it easier to keep the lenses clean.
The density of the mirror coating influences transmission
Clearshell treatment preserves the patented colour enhancing layers of three rare earth elements neodymium, erbium, praseodymium that boost primary colours
The back surface anti reflection coating causing less reflection as glare to the eye and more pass-through of the incident light from the object viewed for better contrast.
The front surface mirror coating reflect light away from the eye (beyond the standard absorption of a tinted lens) which is ideal for people who are light-sensitive.
Why coatings ? How are coatings different ?
The refractive index of various lens materials will affect how much light is lost to surface reflection as found using the Fresnel reflection factor formula. AR layers need to satisfy the Path condition and the Amplitude condition.
The amplitude condition for AR layers requires there to be a relationship between refractive index of the lens material and the antireflective coating. Always made ¼ the wavelength thickness for the path condition.
Single layer AR only uses magnesium fluoride whereas multicoat MAR adds zirconium fluoride and cerium trifluoride to the AR layers of the coating stack. The stack also has hydrophobic, some have oleophobic coatings as well as an adhesion layer and hardcoat.
The vertical polarisation of the lenses means the disabling horizontal reflections are not visible with Polarised lenses.
Polarised products block out Horizontal reflections!
The polarizing film which is sandwiched in the centre of the lens material itself so avoids any risk of the layer peeling or wearing off.
Advantage of wearing polarised lenses outweighs difficulty of seeing some polarised LCD display panels depending on their angle of polarisation from its screen or windsceen reflection. Unlike some earlier displays cars with the latest heads up displays work well with Polarised lenses. ( as have polarisation along the 45 degree line so that they won’t be impacted by the wearing of polarised lenses)
And the amazing 3 rare earth elements :
These are infused into the lens and work by eliminating orange, violet and other colour’s wavelength, so that colours ‘pop’ – where the blues, greens and reds are truer & brighter. An analogy – noise-cancelling headphones which removes distortion, and other non-essential sounds. So in the case of Maui lenses – certain wavelengths are cancelled.
These colour enhancers are sharp absorbers eliminating specific wavelengths in the intermediate range of the spectrum. This reduces interference allowing a better saturation of red,green and blue.
Back side Anti-Reflective Treatment is so effective especially on non wrap styles as it reduces the reflecting glare from the back surfaces of the lens which would reduce the quality of your vision.
An anti-reflective coating will reduce these reflections to about 1% making your lenses clearer to see through, helping to reduce eye strain and eye fatigue. Clear lenses with back MC gives you the best possible NON REAR REFLECTION.
Oil and water angle testing for Multicoats shows the higher the angle the more slippery the coating. A specific AR coating will have the same properties whether on a clear lens or dark tinted or polarized lens. The residual reflections might be more prominent on a darker lens due to the higher contrast, but the AR coating efficiency doesn’t change.
Nine layers in total : (seven layers for Superthin glass)
1 Waterproof & oleophobic coating
2 Bi-Gradient or other surface mirror or gradient treatments
3 Clearshell scratch resistant treatment
4 Colour enhancing layer
5 Polarisation layer
6 Colour enhancing layer
7 Clearshell scratch resistant treatment
8 Anti-Reflective coating
9 Waterproof & oleophobic coating
27% of adults rarely or never use sunglasses let alone children.
46% of adults only wear outside if sunny and are unaware of cumulative UV exposure risk .
Some companies claim UV full protection on lenses that only protect from light up to 380nm.
To achieve full UV protection, lenses need to withstand up to 400nm despite polarisation which elimiminates glare and can be more comfortable for the eyes but does not offer any additional UV protection in itself. The lenses block 100% UV to 400nm and 95% to 97% of HEV to 460nm.
Solar ultraviolet A (UVA), UVB, and HEV (high energy visible, aka harmful blue) rays have been linked to eyelid cancers (basal and squamous cell,and melanomas), cataracts,macular degeneration,pigmented spots and dozens of other ophthalmic conditions.
Premature aging effects skin crow’s feet, seborrheic keratoses (raised benign lesions), freckles,conjunctival (eye surface) benign growths, cancers,photokeratitis, or sunburned cornea (eg snow blindness).
2 Out Of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70-80% of newly diagnosed cancer is skin cancer.
The original Sid the Seagull Cancer Council message imploring us to not only to slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat,now includes to seek some shade and last but not least to slide on the sunnies.
Indeed the standard recommendation is five forms of sun protection; sunscreen, clothing, hats, shade and sunglasses.
And Sid should say every day you’re at risk of sunburn.
The sun is lower on the horizon in autumn, winter and spring so we get more damaging UV directly entering the eye from the back surfaces if glasses are worn.The UV exposure risk for cataract and skin cancer especially in Australia is the same all year round, so you still need to wear them on a cloudy day. UV damage to the eyes can’t be reversed and is cumulative. Children are more vulnerable to UV exposure than adults.
We recommend the best prescription polarised solution which embrace world leading patented Polarized Plus technology to reduce glare from every angle that reflects from any flat, smooth or shiny surface. Construction of these lenses begins with the polarizing filter, which is tinted to the lens colour.
This film is placed between two special lenses, which are coated with a scratch-resistant treatment.
An anti-reflective coating is applied to the back of the lens.
These lenses offer amazing clarity and levels of uv protection meeting Australian New Zealand standards as special purpose or general purpose sunglasses.
The difference over ordinary polarised types is that the extraordinary polarising film PolarisedPlus2 is sandwiched among nine layers. Incorporating surface treatments such as the famous Bi-Gradient mirror, waterproof coating, and an anti-reflective treatment reducing glare from above, behind and below, while providing unmatched comfort,clarity and protection.
The concept of polarizing light by man-made film was developed by Edwin Land, the inventor of polaroid instant photography.
The polarized lens (“ventian blind like”) is orientated so that light rays in the vertical meridian (reflections coming from horizontal surfaces) are blocked. The sunglass wearer’s primary concern is with horizontal reflected glare. Horizontal glare comes from sunlight reflecting off surfaces including water, roads, snow and car hoods.
Compare them to your Ray Ban or favourite pair of designer sunnies such as quay and co and the key difference is the amazing maui material that features optics of colour enhancement clarity and detail.
Direct sunlight only partly contributes to ambient UV. Under average conditions, more than 50% of ocular exposure comes from scattering and reflection from clouds and the ground.
A polarizing layer can “peel” from a lens material. These have the highest quality polarizing film which is sandwiched in the centre of the lens material itself. This avoids any risk of the layer peeling or wearing off.
Great for low-light occasions and golf
Glare washes out colour and obscures detail but the genuine lens boosts colours, clarity and details and improves depth perception
The lens is optically correct, distortion-free and resists water and oils through its coatings.
4 specific front side treatments of specially designed thin layers which alters the way light is both transmitted and reflected for various wavelengths. (also 3 dual mirrors)
The lower the specific gravity the lighter the material.
In the presence of prism, “white light” is broken up into the familiar rainbow. In general, the higher the index of the material, the more these colours are observed because of the materials Abbe value.There are only four lenses in the entire lens industry with ABBE values over 50.
• Brilliant and Pure lens materials are the lightest lenses ever produced.
Options include special purpose polarized rimless styles with optics nearly as clear as the best optical glass lenses but without the weight or those with the best impact resistance.
The ABBE value = Clarity of the lens material. The higher the ABBE value, the clearer the lens. Weight is listed by specific gravity.
(STG) Super Thin Glass – Provides the absolute crispest optics available 32% thinner and lighter than standard glass, it offers the best scratch and solvent resistance amongst spectacle lens materials
Lens material nearly as clear as glass but lighter by 33%
Pure optics almost per STG glass and safer with impact and most popular plano lens
Impact resistant and light weight
|Material and Code||Abbe Value|| Weight |
|Available in Rx|
|Superthin Glass STG||58||2.54||**||***||No|
The type of front surface treatment,the colour of the tint and the material, determines the parts of the light spectrum that are absorbed by the lenses and which are transmitted to the eye for enhanced colour recognition.
Maui Jim PolarizedPlus2 comes in four different polarized colour options. Transmission levels differ with each frontside lens treatment.
As light passes through a spectacle lens, a percentage of it is reflected back from the surface of the lens, rather than being passed through the lens. With standard spectacle lenses this represent about 8% of light that is reflected back. Light can also be reflected off the back surface of lenses, especially in situations under overhead fluorescent lighting, or when driving at night with other car’s headlights. These reflections cause glare, which is uncomfortable, and also reduce the contrast of what you are looking at, making objects less easy to see. Multicoat lenses are made up of layers of mineral coating.To reduce reflections over the whole of the visual spectrum, a sequence of layers for different wavelengths is used.
To improve the quality of vision, by reducing reflection and increasing transmission, an antireflection coat is always recommended
Classification: Sunnies and Fashion Spectacles are categorized based on the amount of light allowed to pass through the lens. This is called the luminous transmittance. eg A lens with a 22% transmittance allows 22% of the light to pass through to the eye. The labeling requirements are based on this transmittance value.
Lens category Fashion Spectacles^ or Sunglasses*
Antireflection coatings which cover the visible range (400-700 nm) would have approx 1.0% reflectivity, (0.5% from each surface) being achieved by destructive interference (allowing more lights to pass through the lens without being reflected) as 8% of light otherwise would have reflected back from front surface 4% and the back surface 4%
Depending on the refractive index, transmittance reduces from 92 % with 1.5 index to 88 % with 1.67 index.
The back surface anti reflection coating is engineered ( one quarter wavelength thick needs to be deposited on the surface of the lens ) such that reflected light from the coating and lens surfaces interferes destructively, causing less reflection as glare to the eye and more pass-through of the incident light from the object viewed for better contrast.
Otherwise as light is reflected from both the front and back surface this causes a reduction in contrast as the transmitted light is reduced, and there are annoying reflections from both surfaces of the lens.
As the wavelength of visible light varies from 380nm to over 700nm, it is not possible for one layer to cancel out reflections for the entire visible spectrum. Indeed, the first coatings were single layer aimed at reducing reflections around the centre of the spectrum at around 550nm. This coat stopped yellow/green reflections but allowed considerable reflections of red and blue. This gave the residual colour of amethyst but still allowed reflectance of around 4 per cent.
These combinations tend to produce coatings that have a residual minimal reflectance around the green area of the spectrum, which gives them a green hue.
More recently, antireflection coatings have been developed to reflect specific parts of the visible light spectrum and to reduce reflection of non-visible wavelengths such as UV.
Any colour reduces transmission. Internal reflections are usually associated with thicker lenses and is related to the critical angle that the light inside the lens makes with the back surface. If the light strikes the internal lens surface at an angle greater than the critical angle of the lens material, then total internal reflection will occur and the light will be reflected internally at the same angle that it struck the surface.
These are good for situations that require a reduction in the overall brilliance of light, such as sunlight on snow. They reflect light away from the eye (beyond the standard absorption of a tinted lens) which is ideal for people who are light-sensitive.
Applied to the surface of the lens only, it gives the lens a shiny mirror-like appearance that reflects rays from surfaces such as water, snow and ice.
Different mirror coating tints can have different reflectances.
Mirror coatings employ constructive interference to reflect light away from the eye (beyond the standard absorption of a tinted lens) which is ideal for people who are light-sensitive. The mirror coatings are never on the backside. Mirrors are highly reflective coatings, which would make it difficult to see through the lens.
A mirror is essentially a plate of glass coated with a thin film of metal eg Siver whose conduction electrons prevent some light wavelengths from entering beyond a few atomic layers causing reflectance
Mirror coatings allow full surface reflections (or full white light with no loss to be reflected) 99.9% reflectivity over the visible range (400-700 nm).
The front surface mirror metallic coatings have colour elements for specific colour effects.
Most labs will multicoat the backsurface to stop reflections from the HC reflecting back into the eyes.
If a mirror was on the back you would see reflected images from behind so interfering with vision
Antireflection coatings which cover the visible range (400-700 nm) would have approx. 1.0% reflectivity (0.5% from each surface)
The refractive index of various lens materials will affect how much light is lost to surface reflection.
The density of the mirror coating determines how much light it reflects eg half-silvered mirror coatings have an even coating of reflective particles across the surface of the lens, but the particles are spaced so about half of the light striking the lens surface hits a coating particle and is reflected.
The remaining 50% of visible light striking the lens passes between the reflective particles.
Some of this light is absorbed by the underlying lens tint. The remainder passes through the lens to the eye.
|Colour Gradient||STG Glass||Maui Brilliant||Maui Pure||Maui Evolution||Polycarbonate||Mirror Colour|
|Grey Bi-Gradient||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Silver|
|Grey MauiGradient||Category 2||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||n/a||n/a|
|Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Gold|
|HCL Bronze MauiGradient||Category 2||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||n/a||n/a|
|Maui Rose Bi-Gradient||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||Silver|
|Maui Rose MauiGradient||Category 2||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||n/a||n/a|
|Maui HT Bi-Gradient||Category 2||Category 2||Category 2||Category 2||Category 2||Gold|
|Maui HT MauiGradient||Category 2||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||n/a||n/a|
|Blue Hawaii BH||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||n/a||n/a||Blue|
|Maui Sunrise PS||Category 3||Category 3||Category 3||n/a||n/a||Pink|
|Maui Green||Category 3||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Green|
|Dual Mirror||Category 3||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Gold to Silver|
|Dual Mirror||Category 3||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Blue to Silver|
|Dual Mirror||Category 3||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Silver to Black|
There are variations in light transmissions due to colour and material and not only just front surface treatments.
EG Evolution Maui HT Bi-Gradient lens is a different lens to the Evolution Maui HT MauiGradient. They are not just the same base lens with either the Bi-Grad mirror or MauiGradient Tint applied. The MauiGradient Tint is in-built in the lens itself.
Bi-Gradient lenses generally transmit less light than the single non mirrored Maui-Gradient lenses, but this can vary particularly with the MauiHT lenses. The Neutral Grey Bi-Gradient Mirror is darker than the Neutral Grey Maui Gradient tint.However, the Maui HT (Green) Bi-Gradient Mirror is lighter than the Maui HT (Green) Maui Gradient tint. The higher the light transmission, the “lighter” the lens.
Let us help you choose your plano pair from the many hundreds of great fashion styles or choose your prescription sunglasses pair.
You can even choose your custom pair in plano via the My Maui system including adding a bifocal segment.
My Maui readers are always Plano with a +1.5 +2.00 +2.50 available in the standard 4 colours and 4 mirrors as well as Blue Hawaii, Blue to Silver, Gold to Silver, Silver to Black mirrors.
Seg height is always datum less 6mm so heights can not be specified.
We offer a full repair service as select stockist of the optical range and over 50 different sunglass models with all lenses covered.
Full access to a huge array of hundreds of lens tint colours and materials. With or without your prescription.
We can quickly filter through all the frame and lens options for men women and children of all face shapes.
Our B2B allows us order prescription details with suitable frames, lens materials and colours.
The TAIL SLIDE model is just one of the Polarized Classic styles as is the HO’OKIPA Polarized Rimless style where gloss black,smoke grey or tortoise frame colours complement lens finishes and material options.
MauiPassport is Maui Jim technology in prescription
100% digitally processed lens, with optically corrected and wrap compensated technology
The compensated technology is placed on the back of the lens for a wider field of view
Optically corrected and wrap compensated lens design:
MauiGradient non mirror tint
Blue Hawaii mirror is only available with neutral grey colour
MauiGradient non mirror tint
Only available with Bi-Gradient Mirror
What are Dual Mirror lens colours?
Mirror coats are metallic. The thickness determines how dark they are. Gradient mirrors just have a wedge shaped cross section to the coating. It’s typically just chromium of different thicknesses. A thin layer is silver and as it gets thicker it turns gold. Different metals are employed in a vacuum deposition process.
The Dual Mirror lens colours are the latest PolarizedPlus2 fashion lens offering with a two-tone mirror (STG)
Q) What are the base colours?
A) The Gold to White Dual Mirror is delivered via the HCL Bronze base lens, and the Blue to Silver and Silver to
Black Dual Mirrors are both available in Neutral Grey base lens.
Light which enters the side of the eye closest to the ears can be internally reflected and come to a focal point on the side of the eye closest to the nose. This can cause ptergyium, (often seen as surfers eye) which is a wing of fleshy tissue which grows over the front surface of the eye and can become very irritated should they grow over the central area of the eye or pingeucula which looks like a yellow spot or bump on the conjunctiva. It often appears on the side of the eye near your nose however a close fitting, wraparound pair or classic style with thick arms can help prevent glare and damaging rays from coming in the sides as can the best sunglass lens technology.
Previously overall the sales mix would be
Bi-gradient to Maui Gradient 50:50
Lens colour Grey 50+ / HCL Bronze 40 / Rose 5 / HT <5
Depends on many factors such as type (RX or Plano), style (male vs female) and at what price point.eg Blue Hawaii is only available in Plano at present.
Specialty materials include
Maui jim prescription sunglasses australia can boast 95% of all Maui Jim Sunglasses are actually available also in your prescription
Golfing, Cycling, Tennis, Presbyopes
All Maui Gradients
Fishing, Beach, Pool
Neutral Grey/Blue Hawaii
All Maui Gradients
All Maui Gradients
All Maui Gradients
| Gray transmits colours evenly and is the choice when colour rendition is important. . Gray is recommended for “blue water” fishing (ocean or deep lakes). Gray is recommended as a “all purpose” polarized lens. |
Brown provides improved contrast and depth perception. A good choice for shallow water fishing. Best choice for drivers who want sharpened contrast for “reading the road”. Fashion authorities believe brown is a more flattering colour on the face.
Polarizing light is only possible when the film has some colour. As a result, clear polarized lenses are not possible. The darker the colour, the greater the polarizing effect.Polarized lens colours can be used to provide an accent to fashion frames, match a patient’s hair colour or favorite outfit.
Polarized lenses can be tinted. Lighter colours work best for tinting. The wide assortment of polarized colours available allows dispensers to create custom colours that they were not able to achieve in the past.
eg Brown polarising for fresh water fishing , grey polarising for saltwater / blue water fishing. For technical activities such as clay pigeon shooting we would HT (High Transmission) lens, in Maui Brilliant or Maui Pure.
We recommend HT Brilliant for shooting. Higher impact resistance then glass and similar clarity.
HCL Bronze is best for driving, as it caters for all conditions.
HT is the best lens for early morning and late afternoon. Also best for overcast conditions.
Almost all models are available with prescription lenses known as Rx lenses.
From 150 styles and about 500 variations your special look can be found.
The Maui jim Ho’okipa model is but one of the popular polarized rimless sunglasses.
Front side treatment codes
MauiGreen (plano only)
Dual Mirror (Plano only)
We can provide parts and service and replacement lenses. The model name eg maui jim breakwall polarised with the maui lens type are required.
Patent number location and Lens Type/Material codes will appear on the left temple as does patent number
SKU numbers on right temple:
Good optical clarity, thinness, & impact-resistance
High impact resistance
Thinner profile for higher powers
Thinnest profile for higher powers
Maui Blue Light Protect
Filters harmful blue light
Maui High Contrast
Enhances color contrast & colour definition.
Sunglass returns should be in their original case and frames/lenses should not be damaged (i.e. large scratches, cracked/chipped lenses).
Maui Jim is famous for its ” Aloha Spirit” customer service and its production facilities provide very high state of the art recycling .
The Maui evolution continues with new lenses such as dual mirror finishes and even in the optical frame range. Ophthalmic Frame 2-year manufacturer’s defect warranty applies.
If you are currently wearing Rx Maui sunnies and your prescription changes we can update the lenses into a new frame of the SAME model, with no charge for the frame only the lens cost. Warranty policy and repairs is simple,works as customers from over 128 countries can attest there are no sunglasses like these sunglasses and so your frames and lens covered accordingly.
Maui Jim’s mission to help customers means a sunglass fix is simple whether upgrading their sunglasses with new lenses so customers keep their favourite frames or replacements can be found for their original lenses.
Should you wish to replace your plano lenses this can be done RRP $ 135 fitted by us or at Maui Jim major repair centre,assuming its not discontinued on the website.
Should a prescription be required to a discontinued frame sometimes this can be accessed.
Rx replacement lenses can vary as per Rx price list under lens only, but the beauty and value of Maui Jim is that the frame that the lenses are fitted into is replaced at no charge. ( so no timeframe for rx charge lenses only and free frame replacement.
The only time we can substitute a different model frame is if the new Rx is no longer within range or the frame model is discontinued as we then can substitute another style of frame at no charge.
In such cases after the new order is delivered credit for the frame price occurs as your existing frame is returned to them.
These trade ins must be ordered by a special form not via a website and when ordering we indicate we intend to send the trade in frame but it does not need to be sent until the new pair is collected.
Warranty applies to the original purchaser for two full years from the date of purchase against any defect in materials and workmanship when purchased from an authorized reseller.
Should you have worn Plano ie non rx and now require Rx we can supply a new version of that frame fitted with the Rx lenses but the only cost being the lens cost only so you have your sunnies with new lenses. Spare parts on all models and genuine quality sunglass replacement lenses are available with fast turn around,free shipping and postage.
There are no sunglasses quite like them and many customers keep their favourite brand type for their particular outdoor requirement.
Manufacturer's defects for two years
Scratch warranty for two years
Maui Remake policy
Up to 60 days
Up to 90 days
Progressive non adapt
Optical remake required
No further charge
For optimum performance, rinse your sunglasses daily in warm water. Use a mild liquid dish or bath soap to wash each lens surface. Dry using a clean, soft, absorbent cloth. Ideally use peeps to clean your lenses rather than soaps or detergent
Certain common household chemicals will react negatively with the frame material and the metal oxides used on the coatings of your lenses. Avoid contact with acetone,glass or other ammonia based cleaners,hair sprays, chlorine or glue.
“Hard” water and salt water contains high levels of dissolved minerals which can leave white spots on lenses after drying if filtered (tap) water is used to rinse.
Excessive heat may deteriorate your lenses or misshape your nylon frame. Avoid placing your sunglasses where you might expect excessive heat, for example, on the dashboard of your car. Such measures are simple,works saves money and is good to take special care of your favourite maui jim model- hotly debated as 1000,000’s of customers- keep their favourite for specific activities -make high priority of when not wearing them to store them in their case. As well as the famous colour,clarity and detail description,Maui Jim innovates and sets the standard.