Eagle Eyes® featured in Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Fairbanks, Alaska (Nov. 3, 2007) - Schoolchildren in this small village 270 miles west of Fairbanks were given space-aged protection for their eyes earlier this week.

A total of 150 pairs of special sunglasses, with golden-hued lenses made from similar material to that used for the face shields on NASA space suits, were donated to the Galena City School District to be distributed to the students.

According to Alan Mittelman, president of Eagle Eyes, the company that donated the sunglasses, the special lenses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays - harmful ultraviolet radiation that can damage the eyes. Additionally, the glasses block blue light, he said, which can destroy the retina of the eye.

The California-based company chose to donate the glasses to the children in Galena, Mittelman said, because the community experiences so much sunlight in the summer and has so much snow glare in the winter. The company wanted to encourage the children to start protecting their eyes at an early age.

"That's the one age group that really doesn't wear protection," Mittelman said of children. "You need to start a lot earlier protecting the retina before it's too late."

Fairbanks optometrist James Taylor, who travels to Galena about once a year to perform eye checks with Tanana Chiefs Conference, said wearing sunglasses is vital especially during the winter months when sunlight reflecting off of snow can do severe eye damage.

"The danger is increased in the winter because you're tempted to think the sun isn't a problem," he said.

People in Galena aren't at any more risk for eye damage or cancer than anyone else in the state, Taylor said, but getting the free sunglasses is a nice boon for the village as long as the teenagers actually wear the space-aged shades.

The sunglasses were delivered to the school Wednesday by representatives from the Space Foundation, a non-profit that promotes the study of space and the everyday use of space technologies. The group, including former astronaut Livingston Holder, was visiting Galena to encourage students to consider working in the space industry.

So many incredible technologies came from space," Space Foundation President Elliiot Pulham told the students at Galena's SydneyHuntington School on Wednesday. "Including sunglasses."

About Eagle Eyes®

Eagle Eyes, a division of SunTiger, Inc., of Calabasas, Calif., provides a full line of high performance eyewear for optimal vision and vision protection. For more information, visit www.eagleeyes.com or call (818) 225-7765.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation signature event, the National Space Symposium, is scheduled for April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation also conducts Inside Aerospace, April 24-25, 2006, in Washington, D.C.; Strategic Space, 10-12 Oct. 2006 in Omaha, Neb.; and Florida Space. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.

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