Founded in Australia in 2000, OTIS was created along the rugged and surf-rich Australian coast and the vibrant laneways of Sydney, Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York.
OTIS was established to provide a unique point of difference in the eyewear market; a premium product that transcends the boundaries between style, durability and technical excellence.
This includes the use of the world’s best lens material, mineral glass, in every model we made. We set out to build an eyewear brand that stands alone, in both style and substance.
We only make premium eyewear from naturally sourced, distortion-free, scratch resistant mineral glass lenses.
Mineral glass is created from natural elements like sand and soda ash. It’s endlessly recyclable and harmless to humans and animals alike. It’s optical clarity, high resistance to scratch and lack of distortion make it the world’s best lens material.
A hybrid glass half the weight and twice the strength of standard crown glass, delivering unparalleled clarity – making it the perfect lens material.
Precision-ground mineral glass creates the ultimate distortion-free vision and is the most stable lens material in the world.
Mineral glass is recognized as industry-leading and the most scratch-resistant lens material available on the planet.
Mineral glass is created in permanent lens tints and provides the most stable colour contrast of any lens material. OTIS lenses can never warp, peel or fade over time.
A process by which the natural toughness of mineral glass is even further enhanced to increase durability.
OTIS’s proprietary Light Improvement Technology Lens provides the ultimate polarized color enhancement, anti-reflective and hydrophobic properties in scratch-resistant and distortion-free mineral glass.
LEARN HOW OUR MINERAL GLASS LENSES ARE MADE
Mineral glass; we love everything about it. From it’s scratch resistance to it’s distortion-free qualities, there is just no lens material that compares. Not to mention it’s sourced from sand and soda ash, so it’s endlessly recyclable and environmentally-friendly.
Since OTIS was founded in 2000 we’ve used nothing but naturally sourced mineral glass in 100% of our eyewear. No plastic, just glass. It’s no secret that plastic is hurting the environmen. There is just too much of it out there doing harm to our planet.
Curious as to what actually goes into making mineral glass lenses? Let big wave surfing legend and global environmentalist Greg Long break it down, from sourcing the materials to refining the glass pucks before frame installation.
We stand behind mineral glass; do it for your eyes and for the environment.
A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD
Light Improvement Technology is the next evolution in OTIS Mineral Glass lenses. The all new OTIS L.I.T lens offers clarity through colour-enhancement. The ‘Light Improvement Technology’ lifts primary colours in your surrounds while blocking out inter-primary shades to make your vision more vivid and precise. Add to this a Japanese polarised layer to cut glare, a hydrophobic layer to eliminate fogging, and an anti-reflective layer to keep things sharp, you have a new way of looking at the world.
The L.I.T Lens is made from OTIS’s signature mineral glass that is naturally sourced, scratch-resistant and distortion free.
Live through Glass, and get L.I.T.
MINERAL GLASS VS. PLASTIC
Mineral Glass is sourced from natural elements like sand and soda ash, which means its endlessly recyclable and harmless to humans and animals alike. Not to mention it’s distortion-free and scratch resistant, so you can count on technical excellence and reliability in every pair of OTIS Eyewear. Don’t believe us, just watch as we rip into our latest scratch test. Mineral glass vs. plastic – see which lens material you can count on!
OUR DIFFERENTS LENS TYPES EXPLAINED
Every piece of Otis eyewear uses mineral glass lenses. They’re environmentally friendly, scratch resistant and offer perfect visual clarity.
But inside the mineral glass lens family there are a few different finishes. The key options are Standard, Polarised, Reflect and L.I.T.
So, what’s the difference between them? We break it down here.
STANDARD VS POLARISED VS REFLECT VS L.I.T. LENSES
OTIS STANDARD LENSES are a great general-purpose option that offers 100% protection against harmful UV rays and a high level of protection from sun glare.
OTIS POLARISED LENSES are especially good for surfers, fisherman, hikers, and those who live an active, outdoor lifestyle. They neutralize glare that bounces into your eyes from surfaces like snow, the ocean and more.
OTIS REFLECT LENSES are great for people wanting to reduce glare even further than regular lenses. They have a mirrored finish that reflects light back out, instead of absorbing it. Available in both polar and non-polar options.
OTIS L.I.T. LENSES these are like polarised lenses on steroids. They not only significantly reduce surface glare, but also lift the colour profile of your surroundings to make your vision more vivid and precise. Great for those who want the best lenses money can buy.
For a deeper look at the benefits of each lens and how they’re made, keep reading…
OTIS standard lenses are all made from mineral glass that is scratch-resistant, environmentally friendly and distortion free. They have a fixed tinting that won’t peel or fade over time and block 100% of harmful UVA, UVB and HEV light, providing superior protection from solar damage, while maintaining true colour and depth perception.
Our Precision Polarised lens technology is at the forefront of premium polarisation in
sunglasses. We use a tri-layered lens featuring a Japanese anti-glare filter sandwiched between two extremely lightweight mineral glass wafers. This lens eliminates surface glare while improving visual sharpness and contrast compared to polycarbonate (plastic) lenses. All OTIS Precision Polarised lenses are thermally hardened for impact resistance and pass rigorous testing and quality control requirements.
OTIS REFLECT is our mirrored lens technology which reflects light instead of absorbing it. These lenses reduce the amount of light being passed through the lens, which makes them especially good for a wide variety of outdoor conditions. They offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.
OTIS Reflect lenses have a double-hardened hydrophobic coating making them highly durable and resistant to everyday wear & tear, scratches or abrasions. They are finished with a unique Oleophobic coating which reduces finger print marks and further protects the lens from everyday abrasions. They have optimal optical clarity, are distortion free and are more light reflecting than normal tinted sunglasses. While these lenses are highly durable and scratch resistant, they are not scratch proof.
L.I.T. is our precision polar mineral glass experience taken to entirely new heights, designed for outdoor enthusiasts and those chasing life’s most vivid visions. OTIS “Light Improvement Technology” offers clarity through colour-enhancement, lifting primary colours in your surroundings while blocking out dull inter-primary shades to enhance your visual experience. Think of it like the perfect Insta filter for your eyeballs.
The L.I.T. Lens provides a superior combination of visual acuity, illuminated contrast and improved depth perception. By increasing primary colours and reducing inter-primary colours, the L.I.T. Lens:
Makes objects and terrain in field of view more distinguishable
Provides sharper, crisper images in greater detail and depth
Delivers more vivid and saturated colour, creating a superior visual experience
Unique multi-layer anti-reflective technology within the L.I.T. Lens reduces an industry-leading 99.9% of light reflection that typically bounces off the internal surface of a sunglass lens. Anti-reflective technology blocks reflected light on the internal surface of a lens, improving colour definition and depth perception while reducing eye fatigue.
The L.I.T. Lens carries a unique hydrophobic treatment that was specifically designed and chemically bonded to OTIS mineral glass lenses. The L.I.T. Lens hydrophobic technology provides superior protection and creates a broader range of use during outdoor sports and bad weather.
POLARISED – GLARE ELIMINATION
The L.I.T. Lens uses exclusively Japanese polarisation filters within OTIS renowned mineral glass lenses. The L.I.T. Lens is finished with polycarbonate seam edging to prevent peeling and provides superior integrity in the world’s most durable scratch-resistant lens. L.I.T. lens tech cuts 100% of harmful UVA and UVB light, as well as providing protection from high energy light to a world-leading 430nm compared to industry standard 400nm.
UV AND HEV PROTECTION – EYE HEALTH
The UV and HEV technology in OTIS L.I.T. Lenses provides superior protection from intraocular melanoma, AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and eye fatigue while maintaining true colour and depth perception.
OTIS Eco-Acetate frame is made from renewable resources widely present in nature. Derived from cotton seeds and plant matter, the acetate component of our frames is recyclable and biodegradable.
Beyond that, we use mineral glass lenses in 100% of the eyewear we manufacture. Mineral Glass is also sourced from natural elements like sand and soda ash, so they too are endlessly recyclable and environmentally friendly. We encourage you to join our march forward in preserving the planet. Do it for your eyes AND for the environment.