- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2007

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Ono’s Trading Co. of Mobile, Ala., might not rock the planet with its newest product, but it definitely will shake up the people who spend most of their leisure time outdoors — especially many older anglers who can function with plain sunglasses while they’re casting their line but need to reach for the reading glasses to tie a knot, or find the eyelet on a size 10 popping bug.

It’s all about aging. Aging eyes are presbyopic eyes, and as we grow older close-up vision becomes blurred and we need help. Enter Ono’s UVA and UVB polarized sunglasses with low profile bifocals that are available in various strength. I use a reader number of 1.75.

“Having a certain amount of presbyopia myself, I think these sunglasses are great,” said a friend who’s trying out the new glasses. “Now I can tie a knot or read the gas gauge on my boat, read a book at the beach, or see who’s calling me on my cell phone without taking my sunglasses off and putting on my ‘readers.’ ”

Consumers can choose from a variety of fashionable models with personal reader numbers, such as 1.50, 1.75, 2.00, 2.25 or 2.50. Lens colors are gray, amber or, on some models, blue mirror. Prices run from $89 to around $150, including retainer, lens cleaning cloth and a hard carrying case.

The sunglasses will be sold through stores, catalogs and Web sites. Visit www.onostradingcompany.com.

— Gene Mueller

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