Sunglasses - Sunscreen for Your Eyes

From a young age Australians are educated about the dangers of sun exposure to their skin, but what about the sun’s impact on our eyes?

Sunglasses are more than a just fashion statement. They are essential in protecting our eyes from glare and damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays in the same way that sunscreen protects our skin. 

Today’s advanced technologies offer us superior protection, including polarised sunglasses to reduce glare and visual discomfort, the convenience of prescription sunglasses and sports eyewear to enhance performance.

Do your sunglasses meet Australian Standards?

If you're thinking about purchasing a new pair of sunglasses, understanding what to look for will help you to achieve the best level of sun protection, vision and comfort in the look you want. All sunglass retailers in Australia are required to label sunglasses to assist you in selecting appropriate and safe sunglasses:

CATEGORY 0 – FASHION SPECTACLES (NOT SUNGLASSES)

  • Very low sun glare reduction
  • Some UV protection

CATEGORY 1 – FASHION SPECTACLES (NOT SUNGLASSES)

  • Limited sun glare reduction
  • Some UV protection
  • Not suitable for driving at night

CATEGORY 2 – SUNGLASSES

  • Medium sun glare protection
  • Good UV Protection

CATEGORY 3 – SUNGLASSES

  • High sun glare protection
  • Good UV Protection

CATEGORY 4 – SUNGLASSES – SPECIAL PURPOSE

  • Very high sun glare protection
  • Good UV Protection
  • Must not be used when driving

Contact your local ProVision optometrist to discuss the optimal solution for your vision, eye health and lifestyle.


Tax Deductibility

If you wear sunglasses while working outdoors you may be eligible to claim a tax deduction on your sunglass purchases. To determine if these deductions apply to you, visit the Australian Tax Office website.