Brandon Dill and Jon Martino have been friends for over a decade. They both worked together in a “Big Box” eyeglasses retailer for years and later moved on together to a wholesale prescription eyeglasses lab. There, Brandon was in charge of all lab operations and Jon ran the coating facility. Brandon’s expertise in optical lens manufacturing and Jon’s expertise in lens coatings (scratch coat, mirror and anti-reflective) collided one day when the two discovered the need for a quality lens replacement option for name brand sunglasses.
A few years ago, Brandon was busy reselling name brand sunglasses by word of mouth to anyone who wanted great sunglasses at a discount. It was a small “underground” operation that was limited at the time by an already saturated market. However, his passion has always been optics and his heart was set on innovating within the industry.
Meanwhile, Jon was developing thin film coatings for optical lenses in a wholesale manufacturing laboratory. His work on adhering thin metal coatings (about 4 nanometers thick) to the scratch resistant hard coating on the front and back surfaces of a lens was rapidly evolving. Through “Ion Compression”, he was able to Fuse these coatings to the lens material itself, making them more scratch resistant and durable.
Fuse Lenses Began by Helping a Friend
One of Brandon’s friends wanted to buy a pair of shades. It was a brand that was not available to Brandon at the time. This was a problem because these sunglasses were expensive by themselves and his friend was stuck with this high quality frames that were virtually useless. The friend asked if he could just replace the lenses. After all, a few scratches and lack of polarization was all that was wrong with them anyways. With Brandon’s background in optics, he knew there was a way, and after researching equipment and production techniques, he was able to cut what would be remembered as Fuse Lense’s First Lens. The end result turned out great. The friend was stoked and told all of his coworkers at the local fire station about his luck. Before too long, the whole crew dug around for their old pairs of useless sunglasses to have their lenses replaced.
Brandon and Jon teamed up to try to develop a full line of lens replacements that were affordable and creative. They wondered how many more sunglasses owners had tossed old pairs due to scratches or wear..and realized they were stumbling onto a valuable un-tapped market. They soon realized that damaged lenses was only 1 reason to shop at Fuse. The ability to customize your very own sunglasses while maintaining the quality and name of the sunglasses brand proved to be extremely valuable to a large group of consumers.
With a keen sense of customer awareness and an attention to detail (not to mention a few name changes) FuseLenses.com was born. The first piece of lens cutting equipment was purchased and installed. Lenses were being cut in Brandon’s garage in Clearwater, Florida and emails were being answered by Jon in the middle of the night from his home office. After a few smoldering months in the garage, the operation was ready to move to its first facility, also in Clearwater. Exactly 1 year later, the laboratory was moved again to meet growth of the company and to install larger, more state of the art equipment. This equipment led to the expansion of Fuse’s product offerings and the ability to guarantee perfect cuts on the lenses that were being manufactured. It also gave birth to the lens testing department which has set the quality standards that you can only expect from Fuse Lenses.
For the first time ever, a customer could purchase a pair of lenses that would actually make their sunglasses better by adding polarization, anti-reflective coatings and, of course, a beautiful spectrum of colors.
Brandon and Jon’s commitment to offer only the best quality optics and coatings has lead to a carved out niche in the market place. Fuse Lenses focuses on the newest technologies in lens materials for cleaner, crisper vision while expanding its range of scratch-resistant and mirror coatings. Since these lenses are manufactured and tested “in house”, quality, product availability and options are dramatically increased.
Currently, Fuse’s premium lenses offer shatter proof-resistance, polarization, anti-reflection, low-light transmission, 1-2 year warranty, and of course a beautiful metal mirrored coating…but we’re always on the hunt for the next best thing for our customers.
What’s the Difference?
With it’s roots deeply embedded in the optical industry, Fuse Lenses has been able to team up with some of the biggest players in the field to develop some of the best sunglass lenses money can buy. Digitally enhanced optics, superior scratch coatings, “bullet proof” lens materials and the widest range of color options are only some of the reasons that you should Fuse your favorite shades. You are not getting flimsy, wavy “aftermarket” lenses with us. These are the quality of lenses that you are used to and that your shades deserve.
Replace your lenses because they’re scratched or broken. Pop in some color to change your look. Add some tech to your shades to help enhance your vision for specific activities. Whatever your reason for needing lenses, just remember that Fuse is the name you’re looking for.