Developed from Original NASA Optic Technology, Eagle Eyes sunglasses were inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2010. It’s no wonder, then, that the Space Foundation’s podcast, Space4U, recently interviewed Eagle Eyes’ CEO and Founder, Alan Mittelman, about the history and development of Eagle Eyes.
The podcast covers some of Alan’s business history in high-performance automotive racing components, which led him to an introduction to the two JPL scientists who developed the protective technology behind Eagle Eyes lenses.
That technology was developed to block UV and Blue Light, and to protect astronauts’ eyes in space, from both the sun and from laser welding operations. Alan worked with the scientists to commercialize their discovery, and eventually purchased the patents that formed the foundation of all of Eagle Eyes’ lens technologies.
As the company grew and became popular worldwide, Alan and the Eagle Eyes family found ways to give back. The podcast covers the story of how Eagle Eyes donated vision-protecting sunglasses to a village in Alaska, where children were forming cataracts due to their exposure to UV light from the snow. Also, Eagle Eyes’ affiliation with Operation Gratitude gives back to veterans, first responders and their families.
It’s a great look into Alan and his team have been able to take a technology developed for NASA, and commercialize it into glasses that are protecting, and enhancing vision around the world.