Dry Eye Glasses & Goggles for Blepharitis Relief, Interview with Ziena Eyewear President Daniel Hsu
Ziena Eyewear: A Journey
For almost 50 years, Daniel’s father’s company has been designing and manufacturing eyewear for all categories including fashion, sports, and safety glasses for those of all ages. In 2012, Daniel had an opportunity to take on a company specializing in motorcycle glasses called 7eye by Panoptx, one of the premier brands in motorcycle eyewear. This brand actually began as a ski goggle alternative, providing sunglasses with foam instead of the usually clunky ski goggles. After a few years, they realized that bikers were wearing their products to block wind.
And a few years later, they started noticing another group of people wearing their products. This time, it was for dry eyes. So many patients were finding that they blocked wind and helped relieve the pain of evaporative dry eye. Former management soon started a brand called Ziena, which is specifically tailored to dry eye patients.
How does Ziena work?
Ziena glasses create a moisture chamber seal around your eyes. The better the seal around your eyes, the more immediate relief you will feel. There are actually several studies that have been done with these products, and they’ve shown that, in 97% of users, regardless of their dry eye severity, immediate alleviation of their dry eyes was noted. Whether it’s blepharitis, SLK, Steven Johnson syndrome, ocular rosacea, LASIK or Sjogren’s, this product can help in conjunction with other treatments.
Where can you find this product?
The main place to purchase Ziena eyewear is on zienaeyewear.com, and there is also a vendor locator there which can help you find a vendor near you if you prefer to purchase in person.
What are the design inspirations behind Ziena?
Daniel is the designer for Ziena, and this began because he realized that many people did not want to wear large sunglasses while indoors or even all the time. This brought about more contemporary styles. To hear how people don’t feel comfortable leaving their home, or being in a car or airplane, is very inspiring for Daniel to create styles that people love. His goal is to give dry eye patients their life back. In terms of design shapes, oftentimes the inspiration is simply from customers who call in and let him know what they want.
The reality is, dry eye glasses will never look like a normal pair of designer glasses. This is because they need to have a certain curve and obviously a seal around the eyes which functions well. Ziena is the leading dry eye eyewear brand because they strive for that perfect balance of function vs aesthetics.
7eye vs Ziena – What’s the Difference?
7eye are marketed as an outdoor sunglasses collection, as the designs are intended for outdoor use. Whether for cycling or running or fishing, 7eye sunglasses are meant to make you more comfortable while being active outdoors. 7eye has black foam inserts that are clipped into the frames, while Ziena glasses are designed to look more like optical glasses intended for both outdoor and indoor use. Ziena glasses have a soft silicone eyepiece which is magnetically attached and removable. All of their eyewear is easily adjustable, but it’s best to try as many pairs on as possible before you decide which works best for you. All styles will not fit all faces and, because of this, Ziena and 7eye offer a 10-Day Trial Program which allows you to try out three styles before making a purchase decision.
Ziena provides moisture chamber glasses to keep moisture on your eyes and keep it from evaporating. They have hundreds of styles and sizes, and many patients find them very beneficial for soothing their dry, irritated eyes.