What Are The Sunglasses Standards?

by Fashion Eyewear on April 24, 2012

What Are The Sunglasses Standards?All sunglasses must meet the requirements certain standards. There are three main standards which was set by the US, Australia and Europe. These standards ensure all sunglasses meet the requirement for UV protection, visible light protection, and even impact resistance.

DO NOT confuse the darkness (tint) of the lenses with their ability to filter UV rays. A pair of dark sunglasses doesn’t mean you are protected from the UV rays. You are more at risk of damaging your eyes by wearing dark sunglasses with a low or zero UV filter.

European Standard
The European standard is EN 1836:2005. The European standard tests on UV transmittance and categorised the four filter levels (0-4). The British standard (BS EN 1836:2005) test sunglasses against their UV transmittance. All sunglasses that meet the British standard will carry the ‘CE‘ mark which should be visible on the sunglasses.

Australian Standard
The Australian standard is the AS/NZS 1067:2003. The standards test on the transmittance of visible white light (light we can see). The Australian standard has categorised the lens filters into four ranging from 0 to 4.

US Standard
The US standard is the ANSI Z87.1-2003. This standard requires all sunglasses (including toy sunglasses that can be worn as fashion sunglasses) to be tested for UV and visible light transmittance, as well as meeting the FDA standard 21 CFR 801.410 for impact resistance.

Tint Depths

Below are the tint depths FashionEyewear offers with prescription sunglasses. All of our lenses and tint depths protect you from UV light transmittance.

What Are The Sunglasses Standards?

1 – Light tint 

  • Only 25% tinted (slightly tinted)
  • Suitable for indoor use
  • 100% UV protection

What Are The Sunglasses Standards?2 – Medium tint 

  • 60% tinted
  • Suitable for driving
  • Best for medium sunlight
  • 100% UV protection

What Are The Sunglasses Standards?3 – Standard tint

  • 75% tinted
  • Suitable for driving
  • Best for medium-strong sunlight
  • 100% UV protection

What Are The Sunglasses Standards?4 – Dark tint

  • 85% tinted
  • Best for strong sunlight
  • 100% UV protection
  • Not suitable for driving

Still unsure?
If you still need help with understanding the lens tint depths we offer, contact us to speak to a member of our Customer Service team.

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