Acetate: This synthetic material, also known as cellulose acetate, was first used for eyewear in the late 1940s. It is made from a polymer derived from wood pulp or other materials. natural fibers and is both shiny and transparent. In recent years, the material has been replaced by cheaper nylon frames.
G-15: Ray-Ban’s G-15 lenses feature a special green tint that was developed for military pilots in the 1930s, filtering out much of the bright blue light that a pilot’s eyes would be exposed to while flying above the cloud line. These lenses allow only 15% of visible light to pass, hence the “15”, so they are ideal for sunny days. While Ray-Ban offers a wide range of tints, mirror finishes, and gradients with or without lens polarization, G-15 lens is considered the most classic choice for any style you could possibly want.
Temples: These prevent the front of the frames (which contain the lenses) from falling off your face. In most glasses, this is the long rod that extends up to the ear and is connected to a temple tip that curves behind the ear (holding the glasses in place).
Polarized / Polarization: Polarized lenses have a special film that helps them reduce glare, i.e. bright reflected light. It works by only allowing light that enters the lenses vertically – unreflected light, directly from a light source – to enter, blocking the vast majority of light that reflects off horizontal surfaces like planes. water, large stretches of pavement or snowfields. Polarization is especially useful for people who drive a lot on sunny freeways, fish during the day, ski, mountaineering, or hike in snowy areas. Polarized lenses are generally more expensive than non-polarized lenses.
The collection: These are online exclusives you won’t find in stores, including special editions of Wayfarers, Aviators, Clubmasters and more. Some are just standard models not sold in retail stores, but some are limited editions or one-off seasonal versions, so if you see a pair from this collection that you really want, you better act quickly.
Flambé: The Blaze eyewear collection takes classic Ray-Ban eyewear silhouettes and constructs them with overlying lenses. This means that instead of the lenses being embedded in the frames, the lenses rest on the frames themselves.
Olympian: First introduced in the 1960s, Olympian frames are distinguished by their bold frontal line that extends from temple to temple. Since its introduction, this feature has made its way to the rest of the Ray-Ban range.
Legend: The eyewear that is part of the Legend collection has the Ray-Ban logo emblazoned in gold rather than the usual white.
Chromance: Ray-Ban Chromance lenses are specially developed for outdoor athletics. In addition to polar filters, a hydrophobic, fingerprint resistant and anti-reflective coating, these lenses intensify colors, improving detail and clarity.
To evolve: Ray-Ban version of the popular Transition lenses, these colored lenses are sensitive to light and change their tint level depending on the amount of light present. They are also 100% protective against UVA and UVB rays.