Ray-Ban is as synonymous with cool as sunglasses get. Not only is Ray-Ban considered “the OG” when it comes to iconic styles like aviators and Wayfarers, they know how to make a great pair of sunglasses.
From offering an impressive array of styles and customizations to guaranteeing 100% UV protection with every pair, Ray-Ban does more than make really cool shades.
If you’re as concerned with protecting your eyes as you are turning heads (which you absolutely should be, by the way), you can’t go wrong with Ray-Bans.
But is 100% UV protection really that important?
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is emitted by the sun and measured on the same electromagnetic spectrum as X-rays and gamma radiation, and while you can’t “see” it, it can wreak havoc on unprotected eyes and skin.
Exposure to UV radiation has a cumulative, harmful effect on human tissue, including your eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes. There is a long list of potentially devastating eye diseases, from cataracts to macular degeneration, that have been linked to excess UV exposure.
And when we say potentially devastating: The damage caused by UV radiation could result in partial vision loss or even blindness.
Thankfully, it’s easy to find sunglasses that will both elevate your style and keep your eyes and vision safe.
Wow. Is 100% UV protection even enough?
It is literally impossible to get better than 100%, and that includes with regard to UV protection. Now keep in mind, ultraviolet radiation is made up of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. The ozone prevents UVC rays from making it to the earth, so it’s just the UVA and UVB rays that you need to worry about. And if those shades you’re eyeing say 100% UV protection, that should protect you against both.
If you’re concerned and want to be extra sure, don’t be afraid to do some research or request more information before you buy.
And don’t forget your skin! We mentioned the sensitive skin around your eyes earlier… well, UV rays can do plenty of damage to that tissue as well. So remember: When you’re picking out your next pair of shades, coverage is just as important as UV protection. Larger and wraparound frames will shield more of your face and therefore extend the protection provided by your sweet new shades.
Great! How can I be absolutely sure my Ray-Bans block 100% of UV radiation?
As we mentioned, Ray-Ban includes 100% UV protection in all of their sunglasses. You’ve probably seen sunglasses that claim “100% protection against UV400” and are wondering whether Ray-Ban’s “100% UV protection” language means something different.
UV400 refers to ultraviolet radiation up to 400 nanometers, the highest wavelength on the spectrum. Essentially, either claim means those sunglasses offer the highest level of UV protection available.
What about polarized sunglasses? Do they block UV rays?
First of all, let’s explain polarization: You know, just after it rains… that blinding glare bouncing off the wet pavement? That’s polarization. Glare magnified when reflected off horizontal surfaces can have a distracting impact on a number of outdoor activities, like fishing, golfing or even driving.
Polarized sunglasses are made with a special coating that filters out that glare, improving clarity and color definition in high-glare settings. Polarized coatings, however, have no effect whatsoever on UV radiation. It is definitely possible to get shades that are both polarized and 100% UV-blocking, but you’ll have to make sure both claims are made. Plenty of sunglasses only provide one or the other.
Are Ray-Bans polarized?
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a brand of sunglasses that offers a broader range of customizations than Ray-Ban. And among those customizations is the option to outfit your new shades with polarized lenses.
Not every pair Ray-Ban sells has polarized lenses as an option, but most do, including the ever-popular aviators and Wayfarers.
If you’re not entirely sure whether the Ray-Bans you’re scoping out are polarized, just look for a cursive “P” next to the Ray-Ban logo on the left lens. And before you buy, make sure the Ray-Ban style you’ve chosen is also suited to your preferred outdoor activities. For example, a shiny new pair of aviators (polarized or not) probably isn’t the best choice for an outdoor basketball match or cross-country run.