The lowdown on UV-safe sunglasses

You say UV. I say OMG.

Nobody wants to talk about ultraviolet rays. It’s just not a very sexy topic. But you know what else is not so sexy? Getting your eyeballs fried by not wearing the right—or any—sunglasses.

While it can be tempting to grab a pair of cheap knock-offs, not all shades come with enough filtering power to properly shield your eyes when you’re out in the sun. When it comes to a body part as important as your eyes, it’s just better to be safe than sorry. 

Luckily, Nectar has nailed that sweet spot between protection and price. All of the sunglasses we make come with UV-blocking capability, and our line of UV400 and EuphoricHD polarized lenses take it to the next level, without the off-the-charts price tag. 

So what do you really need to know about UV and sunglasses?

Ultraviolet light lives right where its name suggests—just outside our world’s visible spectrum of light. And in this case the idiom doesn’t hold true: What you can’t see can hurt you. In fact, too much exposure to the sun’s intense rays can cause not just burning eyes for a day, but permanent retinal damage. Wicked.  

There are three types of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB and UVC. The atmosphere takes care of blocking the latter. UVAs are longer rays that can pass through glass, but are not thought to be hugely harmful. But UVBs are the really bad ones. The beauty is that because UVB rays don’t go through glass, they can be blocked entirely by the right sunnies.

While the jury is still out on how much harm those longer UVA rays actually do, if you’re worried or have sensitive eyes or an eye disease, it’s best to take full precaution with a UV400 lens.

Sunglasses with this designation are designed to block the full spectrum of potentially risky rays—just in case. Nectar currently has four style that fit in the UV400 category: the Bellini, Kilgo, Melli and Pharaoh. 

Additionally, some mirrored lenses work to limit the amount of light coming through sunglasses altogether, and polarized lenses cut down on nasty glare while also blocking dangerous rays.

So next time you’re in the market for some sunnies, don’t let the ultraviolets go to your head. We’ve got you covered, so you can play it cool.

Huh, maybe safety is kinda sexy.

Check out our line of polarized sunnies below



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