Oakley patented a lens of their own for the ultimate protection against sun rays and specifically UV rays: the Oakley Plutonite lens is made of a material that stops every wavelength of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The protection is built into the lens material so it can’t scratch off and leave your pupils exposed to a UV rays that may sneak past your sunglasses.
Plutonite protects against:
- UVA rays: lower in energy but penetrates more deeply than UVB rays
- UVB: high-energy UV ray that causes the most damage to eyes
- UVC: the most powerful UV ray
- HEV (High Energy Visible) wavelengths (blue light rays)
Most eyewear lenses block some UV rays so they can claim “UV protection” but Oakley’s Plutonite lens material filters out 100% of all UVA, UVB and UVC.
Harmful blue light rays are known as High Energy Visible (HEV) wavelengths. HEV light has been linked to several forms of eye damage. In addition to protection, this is a performance benefit because blue light rays are a major factor in glare.
The image below shows how harmful rays are blocked by the Plutonite lens while the lighter visible spectrum passes through.
NEVER FORGET: SUN DAMAGE IS INVISIBLE TO OUR EYES
UV damage builds up over time. You generally don’t feel UV rays, so there is no natural warning that damage is being done. And although clouds reduce the level of UV reaching your eyes, clouds don’t block UV completely especially over years and years of sun exposure on a daily basis.