UV Protection and Your Look


Spring is here, the sun is out, and it’s the perfect time to don our shades for protection—some good old UV protection! We see the words “100% UV protection” when shopping for shades online or labeled on the lenses of sunglasses at a convenience store rack, but most of us tend to gloss over that detail as we envision how awesome they’re going to look at the beach. What exactly is UV protection anyway? Let’s break it down.

Fabulous shades up the goop and gag factor of your look, but their primary function is to protect you from the elements and the blazing sun. Being out in the sun is healthy, it boosts our mood and helps our bodies create vitamin D—but if you plan to spend a significant amount of time under the sun, you’ll need to protect your eyes from overexposure to those UV rays. “UV” is short for ultraviolet. Sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection block 99% to 100% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Why is that protection so important?

While we all love a little fun and frolic in the great outdoors or those late morning brunches on the patio, long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays (even on a cloudy day) increase your risk of developing eye diseases and long-term damage, including:

  • Cataracts
  • Eye cancers
  • Pterygium (eye growths)
  • Blindness
  • Premature aging

Aside from hiding your wandering eye or concealing those morning bags, wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection increases your visibility by taming the sun’s glare, protects your eyes by blocking out harmful rays, all while adding a little verve to your look!

Which are the best sunglasses for protection?

Whether your favorite is a classic aviator or an oversized retro, it doesn’t matter what style, tint color, or how dark the lenses are—as long it’s got that 100% UV protection, you’re good to go.

Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology  for more information about UV rays and your eyes, and check out our extensive collection of 100% UV protective sunglasses so you can protect and trade those looks in style!

Shop now and save on 100% UV Protected shades from Trading Looks! Click below to access our collection of UV protected sunglasses, or visit our store located in the heart of Little Italy San Diego for a free consultation with our Eyewear Specialists.

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