Protecting Your Eyes:  UV Awareness Month

Understanding the Importance of UV Protection in Eyewear

As we enjoy the outdoors, it’s essential to remember the importance of protecting our eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. While many of us are aware of the need for sun protection in the summer, it’s crucial to understand that UV exposure can harm our eyes all year round. Regardless of the season, safeguarding your eyes should be a priority. 

Let’s explore why UV protection is essential and how to choose the right sunglasses to keep your eyes safe.


Why UV Protection Matters

UV rays from the sun can cause significant damage to your eyes. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can lead to serious eye conditions, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis (a sunburn of the eye). Even on cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate through the clouds, making eye protection necessary regardless of the weather.

Year-Round Protection

- Spring: Fresh blooms and longer days mean more time outside. However, UV rays are still strong, and your eyes need protection from the increased sunlight.

- Summer: This season typically sees the most UV exposure due to more outdoor activities. Sunglasses are a must to shield your eyes from intense sunlight.

- Fall: Cooler weather doesn’t mean less sun. The lower angle of the sun can be just as harmful, especially during outdoor sports and activities.

- Winter: Snow reflects up to 80% of UV rays, increasing the risk of UV exposure. Sunglasses are essential for winter sports and everyday activities.

Tips for Choosing Sunglasses with Proper UV Filters

  1. Look for 100% UV Protection

Ensure your sunglasses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection. Check the label or ask your optician to confirm that the lenses block all harmful rays.

  1. Consider Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses reduce glare from reflective surfaces like water, snow, and roads, providing clearer vision and reducing eye strain. They are especially beneficial for driving and outdoor activities.

  1. Choose Larger Frames

Larger frames or wraparound styles offer more coverage, protecting not only your eyes but also the delicate skin around them from UV rays.

  1. Check Lens Darkness

Darker lenses don’t necessarily offer better UV protection, but they can be more comfortable in bright light. Choose a tint that suits your comfort level without compromising UV protection.

  1. Opt for Quality Materials

High-quality lenses made from polycarbonate or other impact-resistant materials provide durability and better UV protection. They are also less likely to distort your vision.


Väri Unstoppable Clipables Collection

For those who need both prescriptive lenses and sun protection, our Väri Unstoppable Clipables Collection is the perfect solution.

These frames feature classic shapes that transform into statement-making sunglasses with the flip of a wrist. The extremely lightweight clips attach the multi-coated mirrored, polarized, colored lenses to the frame using invisible magnets, creating a seamless and stylish look.

Check out the VC-1 in Matte Black with G15 Polarized Clip below:

Features of the Clipables Collection:

- Seamless Integration: When connected, the frame and additional lens appear as one piece, providing a streamlined and polished look.

- Non-Slip Bridge: The extremely comfortable non-slip bridge ensures a secure fit, making these frames ideal for all-day wear.

- Year-Round Appeal: With just the right amount of sizzle and style, these frames are perfect for any season.

- New Additions: The VC3 and VC4 models feature an extra hook detail that secures the lens to the frame front, perfect for those truly on the go. The latest VC5 frames feature an eye-catching cat eye shape. 


Memorial Day Savings

In honor of UV Awareness Month and Memorial Day, we’re offering an exclusive discount to help you protect your eyes in style. Use code SPRINGFLING at checkout to receive $25 off your next frame. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to upgrade your eyewear collection.

Protecting your eyes from UV rays is essential year-round, not just in the summer. By choosing sunglasses with proper UV filters and exploring versatile options like the Väri Unstoppable Clipables Collection, you can ensure your eyes stay safe while looking stylish. 



May 30, 2024 by Väri Eyewear

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