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Sunglasses classification standards

by | 27 May 2022 | Eyewear, News, Sunglasses

In Australia, all sunglasses must be classified according to the Consumer Goods (Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles) Safety Standard 2017. So in this article, we’ll talk about the sunglasses classification standard in Australia.

Ultraviolet radiation

The mandatory standard requires that sunglasses must protect wearers from UV within the range of 280 to 400 nanometers. All suppliers of sunglasses must arrange for their sunglasses to be tested through specialist laboratories. Sun protection for your eyes is especially important on the Sunshine Coast. It’s also a myth that all sunglasses provide protection.

Classifications

In Australia, sunglasses and fashion spectacles are classified into five categories according to their UV protection factor and glare protection factor. Furthermore, the classification indicates to the wearer a suitable use under certain conditions.

Category 0

These are not sunglasses, as they have a very low ability to reduce sun glare. They provide limited or no UV protection. You may find some fashion sunglasses with light tint colours within this classification. We recommend avoiding eyewear in this category, other than specific indoor and nighttime eyewear.

Category 1

Like category zero lenses, these are not sunglasses. However, they do provide some limited sun glare reduction and some UV protection. Fashion spectacles with category 1 lenses are not suitable for driving at night. Therefore, we recommend avoiding eyewear in this category as they are not adequately protective in our region.

Category 2

These sunglasses provide a medium level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection. They are not suitable for driving at night. So, we recommend category 2 sunglasses as the lowest protection factor for your eyes.

Category 3

These sunglasses provide a high level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection. Therefore, we recommend category 3 sunglasses and the majority of our range falls within this category.

Category 4

These are special purpose sunglasses that provide a very high level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection. Sunglasses with category 4 lenses must not be used when driving at any time.

Marking and labelling

Labels on our display sunglasses show which category they fall into. Prescription sunglasses are not required to be labelled, but we ensure that all our prescription lenses meet or exceed the requirements of the general sunglasses market. Rest assured, our range of quality, clear prescription lenses also provide full UV protection.

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