HOW TO CHOOSE SUNNIES
When you are choosing your next pair of sunglasses, check the tag to see what category the glasses fall into.
Lens category 0
These are fashion spectacles, not sunglasses. They have a very low ability to reduce sun glare and may provide only some or no UV protection.
Lens category 1
Like category 0 lenses, these are fashion spectacles, not sunglasses; however, they do provide limited sun glare reduction and some UV protection. Fashion spectacles with category 1 lenses are not suitable for driving at night.
Lens category 2
These sunglasses provide a medium level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection. They’re good for wearing day-to-day. These sunglasses are good if your preference is for a brighter view and you’re not overly sensitive to light.
Lens category 3
These sunglasses provide a good level of UV protection. Lens category 3 glasses also provide a high level of sun glare reduction. These sunglasses are good if you prefer darker lenses or are particularly sensitive to light in particular situations (e.g. while driving in direct sunlight, sunlight reflection on the water at the beach).
Lens category 4
These are special purpose sunglasses that provide a very high level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection. Lens category 4 sunglasses must not be used when driving at any time.
Follow these practical tips to protect your eyes against UV damage:
- Make a habit of wearing sunglasses outdoors, even on cloudy and overcast days.
- When purchasing a pair of sunnies for general use, remember to look for a category 2 or 3 lens – this means they meet the Australian standard.
- Wraparound style sunglasses that are close-fitting provide better protection against UV damage.
- You can further protect your eyes by wearing a broad-brimmed or bucket style hat.
- Visit your optometrist regularly for an eye examination.