Cocoons FAQs


What should I know about UV?

Find additional information on the importance of wearing sunglasses that deliver proper protection from UV in the Vision Council report PROTECTION FOR THE NAKED EYE: Sunglasses as a Health Necessity

Is UV a Danger in the Winter?

What are fitovers?

Fitovers are sunglasses and low vision aids designed to be worn over existing prescription eyewear.  Eyewear designed to be worn over prescription glasses is commonly referred to by many names and descriptive phrases, such as, over prescription eyewear, over prescription sunglasses, slip over glasses, slip-on sunglasses, fit over eyewear, fits-over glasses, over specs, over the glass eyewear, over shields, wear over glasses, etc.  Fitovers developed using our patented OveRx® design principles are guaranteed to provide maximum comfort and performance during daily wear.

Creating fitovers that can be worn comfortably over prescription eyewear is a little more complicated than designing stand alone or solo eyewear.  How the frame fits, what it looks like, what it can comfortably fit over, the weight, the range of vision, matching the optical clarity of the existing corrective eyewear and the feel all have to be considered.  The OveRx trademark is attached to all Live Eyewear collections of fitovers to signify that they meet our standards.  When you see the OveRx logo, you can trust that no facet of the eyewear’s design has been overlooked.

Cocoons fitover sunglasses and low vision aids feature OveRx design principles, meaning that they will fit comfortably and deliver the maximum level of protection when worn over prescription eyewear.

What features should I consider before buying a fitover sunglass?

Fitover sunglasses are very different from conventional fashion or sport sunglasses.  Cocoons professional grade fitover sunglasses feature design elements that deliver superior protection and performance when compared to other fitover sunglasses.  The focus of our frame designs is function, whereas other sunglasses are designed to fit the latest fashion trends.

For a fitover sunglass to function properly, it must provide underside protection.  Cocoons patented fitover frames accomplish this with a signature undercarriage, which the majority of fitover sunglass designs neglect.  Ignoring undercarriage protection allows the fitover frame to hang over any size of prescription glass, which saves the manufacturer money. However, without underside protection, reflected glare can enter from below and completely dilute the purpose of wearing a sunglass designed to fit over prescription eyewear.  Always check the lower part of the fitover sunglass frame to ensure it is providing you with the proper underside protection.

Click here for additional information from our fitover sunglass experts.

How do I determine which Live Eyewear fitover option is best for me?

All Cocoons fitover sunwear is designed to be worn over existing prescription eyewear frames. Each pair features scratch resistant, optically correct, polarized Polaré® lenses designed to filter out 100% of damaging UV light while eliminating blinding glare. Cocoons Clip-Ons, Rimless Clip-Ons and Flip-Ups provide the greatest convenience, as their slim design is virtually flat and easy to store when not in use; however, they do not provide the same level of full-wrap protection offered by Cocoons patented fitover sunglasses. The unique design of Cocoons fitover sunglasses provides additional protection from the top, sides and bottom not achievable with clip-ons or flip-ups. They deliver the highest level of protection and are recommended for those who want maximum coverage.

Click here for more information from our experts on choosing the fitover option that is ideal for you.

How do I determine which fitover design will properly fit over my eyewear?

Cocoons fitover sunwear is designed to be worn over your prescription glasses. To achieve a perfect fit that is both comfortable and secure, you will need to find the size that most accurately fits your eyewear.  It is important to find the correct size, or you may not experience the full benefits enjoyed by millions of Cocoons owners worldwide.

The best option is to use our Size Finder calculators for either Cocoons or Vistana. It’s important to note that these two collections use different sizing methods, so your size will not be the same.

Alternatively, you can print out Sizing Guides for both Cocoons and Vistana fitovers:


1. The sizing documents are Adobe PDF files.  You will need Adobe Reader or an equivalent pdf viewer to open them.  If you do not have a PDF viewer installed on your computer, click here to access the Adobe website and download Adobe Reader for free.

2. The sizing guides MUST be printed at 100% actual size, or they will not provide an accurate recommendation of the size that will fit over your glasses.  It is important to set your print preferences with the scaling option turned off.  This will ensure that the document prints at full size.  Once printed, you may use the image of the coin on the sizing guide to verify it was printed at 100%.  The image should be the same size as an actual US quarter or should measure 24 mm in diameter if you do not have a coin to compare.

3. FITOVER SUNGLASSES AND UV FILTERS: Hold your glasses face down on the full scale image of each Cocoons sunglass size.  If your glasses fit inside the red guidelines, then that size will appropriately fit over your prescription eyewear.   If the width or height of your glasses extends outside of the red box, then you will need to try the next larger size.


What protection is offered by Cocoons fitover sunglasses?

360° of UV Protection® – Cocoons are developed to meet the needs and performance expectations of people who are serious about protecting their eyes from the adverse effects of sunlight and the elements. Cocoons are designed to completely isolate the eyes and deliver unparalleled optical performance. After wearing a pair for ten minutes or so, your eyes will begin to relax. The patented frame designs provide significantly more protection than standard sunglasses.  The unique design features protection from all angles by incorporating top, side and bottom protection to completely wrap the eyes.

How durable are Cocoons fitover sunglasses?

Extremely durable—in fact, they’re virtually indestructible under normal wear. Sure, if you drive your car over them, the lenses will pop out and the hinge might break, but there is a good chance you will be able to pop the lenses back in and the sunglasses will be as good as new! Cocoons frames are manufactured from ballistic nylon so durable you can twist the frame inside out and it will pop back into shape with no signs of deformity.

Our proprietary Polaré lenses are scratch resistant and extremely strong (8X stronger than most competitors’ lenses).  Find out how Polaré lenses outperform standard lenses.

For additional details on the features, benefits and use and care of your Cocoons sunglasses designed to fit over your glasses, please see our Cocoons Users Guide.

How can I learn more about Cocoons fitover sunglasses and what features are important to consider when selecting fitover sunwear?

White papers are authoritative reports addressing problems and how to solve them. The white papers listed below discuss the benefits of our patented OveRx® fitover technology and how the Cocoons collection offers a fitover sunwear solution for over 62% of the world’s population.

Choosing a sunglass designed to fit over eyewear: What to Know When Comparing Your Options


Whitepaper – Choosing a Fitover Option That’s Right for You

Whitepaper – Choosing a Lens Tint

Whitepaper – Short and Long Term Benefits of Fitover Sunglasses

Whitepaper – Enjoy all the Features of Fitover Sunglasses

Whitepaper – What You Should Know About Fitovers

Whitepaper – Cocoons Side Shields

Whitepaper – What is Low Vision?

Whitepaper – Fitovers: Better for Everyone!

For additional details on the features, benefits and use and care of your Cocoons sunglasses designed to fit over your glasses, please see our Cocoons Users Guide.

What is glare, and how do polarized lenses effectively eliminate it?

A polarized lens filters and eliminates annoying and sometimes dangerous glare. Wherever there are horizontal surfaces producing glare, the use of polarizing lenses is recommended because it reduces eye fatigue and maintains the health of your eyes while exposed to the sun. Non-polarized sunglasses reduce visible light; however, they have little or no effect on reflected glare. Only polarized lenses eliminate glare and help you see clearly.

To understand polarization, it is necessary to understand glare. Normally, light waves move randomly in an infinite number of directions. However, when light reflects off a surface, it intensifies and polarizes into reflective glare. Horizontal light reflected from smooth shiny surfaces, such as water, a wet road, a car window or snow causes glare.

Polarized lenses utilize iodine crystals that are positioned in vertical rows on a thin piece of film. This film is sandwiched between two layers of lens material. The filter within the lens allows selected light rays to reach the eye, while absorbing reflected glare. When a polarizing film or filter is properly positioned in front of such reflected light rays, it blocks glare, transmitting only usable, efficient light. Polarized lenses contain a special film designed to absorb the polarized waves before they reach your eyes.

Click here for additional details on Cocoons proprietary Polaré® lens system.

For additional details on the features, benefits and use and care of your Cocoons sunglasses designed to fit over your glasses, please see our Cocoons Users Guide.

What determines a superior quality polarized lens?

Three factors determine the quality of a polarized lens: clarity, density, and alignment of the film within the lens. Inferior film may cause a lens to be hazy. A light film density will not perform as well as a darker film. The polarized film must be aligned properly and set precisely in the sunglass frame. If it is not aligned properly the wearer will experience visual discomfort and will not experience the full benefits provided by the polarization. Cocoons utilize a superb polarized lens that delivers exceptional performance, and is highly scratch and impact resistant.

Click here for details on how Polaré® lenses outperform standard lenses.

For additional details on the features, benefits and use and care of your Cocoons sunglasses designed to fit over your glasses, please see our Cocoons Users Guide.

What polarized lens tint is best for me?

No matter what your outdoor pursuit entails, be it a stroll on the beach, exploring the open road or trying to spot an elusive prize winning fish just below the water’s surface, there is a Polaré® polarized lens tint designed to enhance your visual performance and overall experience.

Choose Gray for natural color definition and general daily use, Amber or Copper for improved contrast and object definition in variable light conditions, or Yellow for maximum contrast in extreme low light conditions.  Cocoons sunglasses are also available in a gray tint with an added Blue, Silver, Gold or Rose Mirror or our amber tint with an added Green Mirror.  Our mirrored lenses are ideal for outdoor environments that present excessive amounts of glare, such as open ocean fishing and boating.

Click here for more on lens tint properties and help on choosing the ideal tint to meet your needs.

Why aren't the side lenses of Cocoons fitover sunglasses polarized?

As the leading innovator in the fitover sunglass category, Live Eyewear has developed numerous purpose driven features that enhance the quality, performance and/or value of our patented eyewear collections.  Each unique feature has an associated cost and must be carefully considered as to not degrade the overall value of the eyewear when presented to the end user.  If there is a reason for an additional feature, we’ll design and integrate it into our fitover eyewear.

Quite simply, however, Cocoons do not feature polarized side shields because there is no reason to.  The primary benefit of polarization is the elimination of visible glare. For a polarized side lens to function properly, the eyes must look directly through it at a 90° axis (similar to the way you look through the front lens of a sunglass). Unless your eyes are positioned on the side of your head, much like a pigeon or a gold fish, the side lens only delivers a peripheral line of sight versus a direct line of sight.  Simply put, a polarized side shield does absolutely nothing to improve your visual acuity or eliminate glare in the same respect as a polarized front lens.

Instead, Live Eyewear exerts the effort and expense to injection mold optically correct side shields that deliver accurate peripheral vision free of distortion. Cocoons side lenses are precisely regulated to match the tint and transmission properties of the front lenses, delivering a balanced, tranquil environment in which the eyes can function in a relaxed, stress free state. Although our side shield process is extremely expensive in comparison to using inexpensive polarized acetate side shields, the investment delivers superior performance over many cheaper models, which often use acetate. To identify an acetate side shield, simply shake the fitover sunglass frame. You will often hear a rattling noise due to the unstable nature of acetate that allows it to shrink and become loose over time.

Are Cocoons fitovers available with special absorptive UV filters for Low Vision?

Yes.  In addition to Polaré® polarized lenses, all sizes of Cocoons are available with a choice of four non-polarized absorptive filters designed to provide enhanced contrast and reduce glare.  Each tint (Boysenberry, Hazelnut, Lemon, Orange) is specifically developed to precisely transmit a specified range of lightwaves (measured in nanometers) to provide the ideal balance of glare reduction and contrast enhancement under various ambient light conditions.

Live Eyewear recommends that you consult with your eye-care professional to determine which absorptive filter will provide the maximum visual acuity enhancement depending on your specific impairment and activities.

Click here for additional information on Cocoons Low Vision collection.

How do I replace the lenses on my Cocoons Fitover Sunglasses?

Our Polaré® lens system is scratch-resistant, but that doesn’t mean the lenses are scratch-proof.  After a couple of years of wear and tear, your Cocoons fitover eyewear may just need a new pair of lenses.  Fortunately, we sell lenses for nearly all of our frame options through the website.  However, we are often asked by people who have purchased the lenses how to replace them.  To assist you in this process, we have put together a short demonstration video of the lens replacement process.  Ideally the video will provide you all of the information you might need, but in the event that it does not, you are always welcome to contact us at

How can I improve the fit of my Cocoons fitover sunglasses if they seem loose?

Flex2Fit® adjustable temples are simple to adjust for a perfect fit every time.
Watch our short demonstration video now!

All Cocoons sunglasses feature adjustable Flex2Fit® temples designed to enhance the fit and comfort experienced by the wearer. Simply bend or form the ear pieces (no heat required) to the desired curvature that provides a comfortable, yet secure fit. If you experience pressure behind your ears due to the Cocoons temples resting on your eyewear temples around your ears, try straightening the Cocoons ear pieces to relieve the pressure.

For additional details on the features, benefits and use and care of your Cocoons sunglasses designed to fit over your glasses, please see our Cocoons User Guide.

How do I maintain and clean my Cocoons fitover sunglasses?

Like any fine piece of equipment, Cocoons® fitover sunglasses need proper care and maintenance for a long life. When you are not wearing your Cocoons, keep them in their case to protect the frame and the lenses. Do not store your sunglasses in direct sunlight, such as the dashboard of your car.

To clean your glasses, first blow off any particles. Wash with mild soap and warm water. Then wipe dry with a soft cotton or professional cleaning cloth, like the Cocoons Duracloth™. (Included with every pair of Cocoons fitover sunglasses.) Do not use paper towels or other wood fiber paper products.

For additional details on the features, benefits and use and care of your Cocoons sunglasses designed to fit over your glasses, please see our Cocoons Users Guide.

What accessories are included with Cocoons fitover sunglasses?

When you purchase a pair of Cocoons fitover sunglasses from an authorized dealer, you should receive the sunglasses packaged in a Cocoons box with the included accessories and product information: a special cleaning cloth called a Duracloth, a custom neoprene case designed specifically for Cocoons, and a use and care guide with instructions on how to adjust the patented Flex2Fit® temples and register the limited lifetime warranty that is included with every pair of Cocoons.

The Cocoons storage case is packed full of features. It has a handy belt clip, a J-clip and is designed to float if dropped in the water…even with your Cocoons in it! Live Eyewear also offers a full range of optional accessories specially designed to compliment your Cocoons sunglasses, such as neoprene head straps, adjustable cotton eyewear cords, and replacement lenses for all frame sizes and tints.

Are Cocoons fitover sunglasses patented?

You bet! Cocoons are covered under numerous United States and International design patents. Attempts have been made to duplicate our unique frame designs, but our competitors have yet to come close, making Cocoons the leading brand in fitover sunwear.  Look for the OveRx authenticity emblem to ensure you are buying genuine OveRx® eyewear.

For additional details on the features, benefits and use and care of your Cocoons sunglasses designed to fit over your glasses, please see our Cocoons Users Guide.

Can I use Cocoons fitover sunglasses as safety glasses?

Although Cocoons are not classified as safety glasses according to the ANSI Z87.1 safety eyewear standard, they are extremely durable and feature one of the toughest lenses on the market: Polarè®. Polarè lenses are so durable, we’ve hit them with a hammer and still can not break them! The nylon frames are nearly indestructible as well. We challenge you to twist them and bend them…they will not break.

If you plan to use Cocoons in extremely low light conditions (for example – riding a motorcycle after dark), the Cocoons Mini Slim, Slim Line, Wide Line, Pilot and Aviator models are available with a clear polycarbonate lens.  This lens option provides excellent protection from wind, rain and other airborne elements while transmitting the maximum amount of visible light to your eyes.

Does Live Eyewear offer other fitover sunwear and safety eyewear options?

Live Eyewear’s core focus is the development and constant innovation of optical grade fitover eyewear.  In addition to Cocoons, we offer various other fitover eyewear options, such as the fashion focused fitover sunwear collection Vistana®.  Contact Live Eyewear at 800.834.2563 for additional information and product details.

Download our catalog in PDF format to see our full range of fitover sunglasses, UV filters, clip-ons, and OTG (over the glasses) fitover goggles.

What's new from Live Eyewear?

Live Eyewear, the makers of Cocoons Sunwear and Low Vision aids, is the leader in fitover eyewear designed to be worn over or fit over current and traditional prescription eyewear styles.  Our diverse fitover eyewear collections offer unique patented features and optical grade components that deliver professional grade quality, performance, comfort and style to meet the daily UV protection needs of everyone!

To see our full selection of fitover sunglasses, clip-ons, flip-ups and UV filters, download the Live Eyewear Catalog

Keep current on the latest eyewear collections, events, special offers and more by becoming a fan of Live Eyewear and Cocoons on Facebook!

Purchasing & Sending Electronic Cocoons Gift Cards

Does Live Eyewear offer gift card options for the webstore?

Yes. Live Eyewear offers electronic gift cards for redemption at webstore in a range of pre-set amounts from which you choose.

Are there any fees associated with the purchase of an electronic Cocoons Gift Card?

No. You will only be charged the face value of the electronic Cocoons Gift Card, and we will not impose shipping or any other fees in the delivery of the gift card at any time.

Can I change the value of an electronic Cocoons Gift Card after I’ve paid for it?

Not at this time.

How do I cancel the purchase of an electronic Cocoons Gift Card?

If you chose a delivery date that is in the future, you can cancel your purchase by contacting Live Eyewear Customer Support at 800.834.2563 or email If the delivery date is today or in the past, your purchase cannot be cancelled.

What payment types are accepted for the purchase of electronic Cocoons Gift Cards?

VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal.

When is my credit card charged for my purchase?

Your credit card is charged at the time of purchase. This purchase will appear on your credit/debit card statement as LIVE EYEWEAR.

Can I buy an electronic Cocoons Gift Card for myself?

Yes. To do so, enter your own email address in the “Recipient Email” field, enter your own name as the recipient name and complete the transaction. When you receive your electronic Cocoons Gift Card alert via email, use the included redemption code contained in the email to redeem the value of your electronic Cocoons Gift Card at

Can I send two (or more) electronic Cocoons Gift Cards in one order or to two (or more) different people who share an email address?

Yes. You can purchase multiple electronic Cocoons Gift Cards on the same order. After you input the details for the first gift card and add it to your cart, return to the gift card item in the webstore and complete the details and add the second gift card to your cart.  If you are buying multiple gift cards for the same person (same email address and same name), you can increase the number of cards you are purchasing in the webstore shopping cart, or increase the quantity before adding the gift card(s) to your webstore shopping cart.  Please note that gift cards are available in a range of pre-set amounts, so it may be preferable, for example, to buy one card for $120 vs. buying two for $60.  The benefit of buying one card with the full amount desired is providing only one redemption code to manage versus two if the cards are going to the same person.

If you want to send separate gift cards to Aunt Janet and Uncle Mark at their shared email address, you may use the same email address for each recipient’s email on each individual card purchased.  On one card you will enter Aunt Janet’s name and on the second, you will enter Uncle Mark’s name.  Within the text of the emails, each message will be addressed to the respective recipient, using the name you entered in the purchase process, for example: “Hi Aunt Janet, you’ve received a Cocoons Eyewear gift card from Joe Smith!”  The cards will both be delivered to the same email address, but addressed individually.


Receiving & Redeeming Electronic Cocoons Gift Cards

What exactly does the recipient receive when I send an electronic Cocoons Gift Card?

On the delivery date you choose, an email is sent to the recipient informing them of your gift.  The email includes a welcome message from Cocoons Eyewear with details about the gift card, an image of the gift card (the same image shown when you selected the gift card), the gift card redemption code, and your personalized message.  The redemption code included in the email is only valid for use in the webstore.  The value of the gift card can be used in total, or a partial amount (if the items purchased do not total or exceed the gift card value, the remaining balance can be used at a later date).  If there are any other special offers or promotion codes included with the gift card, they will be included in the body of the gift card notification email.

When is the electronic Cocoons Gift Card sent to the recipient?

The electronic Cocoons Gift Card alert message is sent to the recipient on the date you choose. The delivery date is pre-set to the date of purchase, buy you can choose to postpone the delivery to a future date by selecting the “Postpone delivery” option.  You will be instructed to select a date in the future when you choose this option. If you do not select a future date, the alert message is sent on the same day as your purchase of the gift card.

Where can I use my electronic Cocoons Gift Card?

The electronic Cocoons Gift Card is only redeemable at  Enter the Gift Card redemption code at checkout to redeem all or part of the gift card value.  Please remember to include the hyphen “-” between each alpha numeric group when entering your redemption code.  Codes are typically formatted “XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX”.

Electronic Cocoons Gift Card redemption code entry

When do electronic Cocoons Gift Cards expire?

Never. There is no expiration date for electronic Cocoons Gift Cards.

Can I reload my electronic Cocoons Gift Card(s) after I’ve spent the full value?

No. Electronic Cocoons Gift Cards cannot be reloaded at this time.


Security & Reliability of Electronic Cocoons Gift Cards

Is my order secure?

All personal and financial information is transmitted using the https protocol over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), utilizing state of the art technology for consumer protection. Behind the scenes, your web browser is sending all personal and financial information over SSL. The electronic Cocoons Gift Card purchase process is fully PCI compliant. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Live Eyewear Customer Support.

How do you prevent the email from getting lost as spam?

We adhere to all industry best practices to ensure successful delivery of the electronic Cocoons Gift Card(s) via email. Still, there is a chance that the email will be treated as spam or the recipient didn’t notice it in their email inbox. You will receive an email message notification confirming redemption of the electronic Cocoons Gift Card you purchased when it is redeemed at  It is always good practice (when delivering items or communications electronically) to check with the recipient and verify that they have received the intended message or gift after the specified delivery date.  If they indicate that they did not receive a message from “Cocoons”, we can help remedy the situation.  Please contact customer support at 800.834.2563 or email us at

How do I know the recipient actually received the electronic Cocoons Gift Card I sent them?

You will receive an email message notification confirming redemption of the electronic Cocoons Gift Card you purchased when it is redeemed at You may also contact Live Eyewear Customer Support with the order number from the email you received confirming your purchase, and we can help to verify that the gift card was issued to the email address that you provided for the recipient.

What if someone makes a copy of my printed electronic Cocoons Gift Card?

Our technology inhibits fraud, but you must safeguard your redemption code for your electronic Cocoons Gift Card for your own protection. If someone makes a copy of your gift card and redeems it for the full amount, your gift card will have no value. No matter how many copies are made of the gift card, the value of the gift card is tied to the gift card number. When that number is used, the value of the purchase is deducted from the gift card. If you suspect that someone has copied or stolen your electronic Cocoons Gift Card, contact Live Eyewear Customer Support immediately. Any value that has not been used can be re-issued to you in a new electronic Cocoons Gift Card.

What are the Terms and Conditions of sale for the electronic Cocoons Gift Card(s)?

Please see the published Live Eyewear Consumer Terms and Conditions for merchandise purchased at  The lower section of the terms and conditions web page includes specific information pertaining to the purchase and redemption of electronic Cocoons Gift Card(s).

What are the Terms and Conditions of Sale for the Electronic Cocoons Gift Card(s)?

Please visit our terms and conditions web page at for full details concerning merchandise and electronic gift cards purchased at  Please scroll to the lower section of the terms and conditions web page for specific information pertaining to the purchase and redemption of electronic Cocoons Gift Card(s).

What is the Cocoons standard warranty and repair policy?

Limited Lifetime Warranty

We are very proud of the durability and quality of Cocoons. Thus, Live Eyewear warrants all defects in material and workmanship to the original purchaser for life. All products will be replaced or repaired at the discretion of Cocoons. Determination of warranty status is made solely by Cocoons. Repairs will be made by Cocoons, as no one else is authorized to make repairs. Unauthorized repair attempts will void all warranty claims.

To learn more, register your warranty, or file a claim for a replacement or repair, click here.