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Tips for choosing and using sunglasses well
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation over a long time can lead to eye damage.
When choosing sunglasses for sun protection, remember:
- wear close fitting, wrap around style sunglasses
- when buying new sunglasses, check the swing tag to ensure they meet the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067:2003
- look for the words ‘good UV protection' on the label or swing tag or look for categories 2, 3 or 4. These sunglasses absorb more than 95% of UV radiation
- some sunglasses have an eye protection factor or EPF rating; EPF 9 or 10 exceeding the Australian Standard and block almost all UV radiation
- check if the sunglasses are suitable for driving
- safety glasses that meet the standard AS/NZS1337 still provide ‘good UV protection'
- polarised sunglasses reduce glare and make it easier to see on a sunny day.
Sunglasses should not be worn at night as this reduces visibility.
Download Sunglasses [pdf 95K] for more information about using sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV radiation exposure and damage.
The Australian Standard for sunglasses and fashion spectacles does not cover prescription glasses. Some prescription glasses provide UV radiation protection – check with your optometrist.
If purchasing prescription sunglasses, make sure they are close fitting and wrap around in style.