Oxy-View (Oxygen Therapy Glasses) The Pros and the Cons

Review of the Advantages and Disadvantages of Oxygen Therapy Glasses

Oxy-View oxygen therapy glasses worn by a woman with COPD
What are the pros and cons of Oxy-View oxygen therapy glasses?. Photo courtesy of Susie Lawson

If you've recently heard of oxygen therapy glasses (Oxy-View) you may be wondering if they would be a good fit for you. How do they work and what are the advantages and disadvantages compared with other types of oxygen therapy?

Oxygen Therapy for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Oxygen therapy can be a boon for those living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), where it has been found to extend survival and improve quality of life.

It can also reduce the risk of common complications such as pulmonary hypertension and COPD exacerbations.

That said, being tied to oxygen has been associated with problems ranging from low self esteem to social isolation. For this reason, researchers have been looking for methods which can allow people with COPD a way to get the oxygen they need in a less visible way.

Oxy-View Oxygen Therapy Glasses

Oxy-View Inc., the manufacturer of Oxy-View Glasses, is a company that provides highly innovative products in an effort to improve qualify of life for patients who are dependent upon oxygen. Oxy-View eyeglasses provide an alternative to the traditional, and highly visible, nasal cannula oxygen therapy delivery.

With Oxy-View oxygen therapy glasses, you don't have to be burdened by wearing both your eyeglasses and your oxygen cannula. Oxy-View simultaneously allows you to do both. Many people who are oxygen dependent may find this product beneficial.

That said, they aren't for everyone, and since they aren't covered by Medicare, the cost may be prohibitive for some people.

Key Features of  Oxygen Therapy Glasses

The photo above shows an example of how a pair of Oxy-View glasses look when worn by a woman who both wears glasses and is oxygen dependent.

Some of the key features of oxygen therapy glasses include that they:

  • Deliver oxygen in a way that others will hardly notice.
  • Provide oxygen therapy, up to 5 liters per minute, without the nasal cannula.
  • Work with all types of oxygen delivery systems, including liquid oxygen, gas cylinders, concentrators and most oxygen-conserving devices.
  • Provide greater comfort while allowing you to look your best.
  • Allow people to go out in public without fearing that people are noticing their oxygen cannula and not them as a person.
  • Are compatible with most prescription and sunglasses lenses.

Pros - The Advantages of Oxygen Therapy Glasses over Traditional Therapy

There are many advantages of wearing oxygen therapy glasses (for those who require glasses) over traditional methods of wearing oxygen devices. Pros include that they are:

  • Highly fashionable and look great.
  • No more uncomfortable than a cannula in your nose, across your face or over your ears.
  • Come in a variety of styles and colors for men and women alike.
  • Lightweight and sturdy, weighs about one ounce without the lenses.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Barely visible, as the Individual nasal prongs extend from the bridge of the frame to provide oxygen delivery.
  • Sometimes covered by vision insurance plans.
  • Able to be purchased directly from Oxy-View, and can be returned for a full refund (minus shipping) within 30
  • Available with both single and double lumen tubing.
  • Purchased from several sources including your eyecare professional, oxygen supplier or directly from Oxy-View.
  • Guaranteed (the frames) for a full year for any problems related to materials or workmanship.
  • Listed as Class 1 medical device and approved by the FDA.
  • Available quickly, usually within 24 hours from time or order.
  • Easily fitted with replacement parts such as nasal prongs and tubing which can be purchased separately.

Cons - The Disadvantages of Oxygen Therapy Glasses

As with most products, there are disadvantages as well.

Some of these include that they are:

  • Not covered by Medicare.
  • May be out of your cost range relative to the cost of eyeglasses and oxygen therapy purchased alone.
  • More expensive if you require prescription lenses, which must be purchased separately for an additional cost.
  • Not comfortable for some people who do not like wearing eyeglasses.

Exert Opinion and  Review

If oxygen dependent, how many of you feel self-conscious about going out in public? The fact is, that many people with COPD feel the same way and opt for staying at home and avoiding social situations all together. But, imprisoning yourself in your own home can dramatically impact your qualify of life. It leads to depression and a more sedentary lifestyle, which is not healthy for any individual, much less those with COPD. The good news is that Oxy-View can change all that.

Both lightweight and stylish, we found Oxy-View eyeglasses to be quite comfortable to wear. The nasal prongs attached to the bridge of the glasses which go into the nasal passages (nares) to deliver oxygen were barely noticeable and easy to size to fit the nose. Because there is no tubing that goes over the ears, as with a traditional nasal cannula. We thought this to be a great benefit to people with COPD, who often suffer from pressure sores where the oxygen tubing lies. The only downside that we found is the price. That said, those who are living with COPD may want to save some money for this purchase. The glasses could also make a good gift.

The glasses can be surprisingly comfortable while as the same time improving freedom of movement. There may also be less drying of the nasal passages than with a traditional cannula. One clear advantage is that someone with COPD can climb into bed to read without bringing along both their glasses and nasal cannula.

In conclusion, we are pleased to recommend this product to any patient who is oxygen dependent, particularly those with COPD.

To learn more, check out Oxy-View on the companies website.

Oxygen Therapy Tips and Safety

As with any other method of oxygen delivery, you should be aware of oxygen safety tips. Indeed, understanding these and practicing safety could save your life. And as long as you are reviewing safety, you may interested in  these emergency tips on how to keep oxygen flowing during a power outage.

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