Advantages and disadvantages of oxygen therapy glasses

Oxygen therapy glasses are an option for many people who use oxygen to support their breathing.This is common in people with lung diseases such as emphysema and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Oxygen therapy has been found to prolong survival and improve quality of life in these individuals. At the same time, some people found that being tied to an oxygen tube created a new set of problems. For example, they may feel uncomfortable when going out in public. Specially designed frames for oxygen therapy glasses provide the solution.

This article explains what these glasses are and how they work. It also looked at why glasses could be a game changer and improve the quality of life for people who regularly use oxygen therapy.

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Many people with COPD and other lung diseases have been looking for ways to get the oxygen they need in less obvious ways.Oxygen therapy glasses, such as the Oxy-View, offer an alternative to highly visible plastic tubes called nasal cannulausually used to deliver oxygen.

When people use oxygen therapy glasses, the oxygen tubes are attached to the frame arms on the glasses. The tube falls behind the back of the head. Oxygen travels through the metal frame arms and into the prongs that go into the nose. They attach to the bridge of the nose in the eyeglass frame and deliver oxygen directly to the nasal passages (nostrils).

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The frame of the oxygen therapy glasses is specially designed with a built-in plastic oxygen tube. This is a more subtle way to get the oxygen you need.

Remember, oxygen therapy glasses are available even if you don’t need vision correction. The glasses will deliver oxygen through clear lenses.

The benefits of oxygen therapy glasses go beyond just appearance. Oxygen therapy glasses have the following advantages:

  • Provides oxygen therapy up to 5 liters per minute, no nasal cannula required
  • Use all types of oxygen delivery systems.These include liquid oxygen, gas cylinders, concentrators and most oxygen saving equipment
  • Allows for more freedom of movement and increased self-confidence
  • Compatible with most prescription and sunglass lenses

Glasses can be surprisingly comfortable. Other benefits are because glasses are:

  • No more uncomfortable than a tube hanging on your nose, face or ears
  • Sold in a variety of neutral styles and colors
  • easy to connect
  • Single and dual lumen tubes available
  • Easy to install replacement parts available separately

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Oxygen therapy glasses offer an alternative to traditional plastic tubes, called nasal cannulas, that are usually covered over the face to deliver oxygen. These glasses have pipes built into them. Some people may feel more confident about their appearance when using oxygen therapy glasses. Glasses also prevent the plastic tube from rubbing against the skin and causing pain.


There are two main advantages to using oxygen therapy glasses:

  • Because there are no tubes running through the face and ears, people on long-term oxygen therapy can avoid the pain of pressure ulcers. These sores can occur when the oxygen tube touches the skin.
  • There may be less dryness of the nasal passages compared to traditional intubation.

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Oxygen therapy glasses are classified as a Class 1 medical device and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The price of the frame is about $240. Aside from the cost of the frame, some other disadvantages include:

  • Prescription lenses, nose tips and tubes are sold separately. Some vision insurance plans may cover oxygen therapy frames and prescription lenses. However, they are not among the many medical oxygen therapy costs that Medicare currently covers.
  • You may still need a traditional intubation when you are not wearing glasses (such as sleeping).
  • If you change your oxygen concentrator or other delivery device, you will need to have your oxygen levels rechecked by your healthcare provider. This will be done while you are resting and active to ensure your oxygen levels are consistent and normal.
  • If you don’t usually wear glasses, or just don’t like wearing glasses, you may find oxygen therapy glasses more uncomfortable than your nasal cannula.

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Oxygen therapy can help many people who have breathing problems due to lung disease. It can help people cope with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other conditions, and may improve quality of life. Typically, this oxygen flows through a plastic tube that starts at the oxygen source and ends inside the person’s nose.

It helps, but some people are very self-conscious about the appearance of an oxygen tube. This is especially true if using oxygen is new and you haven’t yet embraced the look and feel of it. Oxygen therapy glasses may be just your answer to getting the oxygen you need in a more subtle way.

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Oxygen therapy can be a major lifestyle change, but many people aren’t ready for it. You may feel like you don’t want to leave the comfort of your home, or be afraid to explain your oxygen support to curious strangers. Oxygen therapy glasses can be a useful solution to give you more freedom and confidence. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if oxygen glasses are right for you.