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Lens Certifications

Rudy Project is committed to designing not only glasses with wide appeal, but also technically advanced features in keeping with our company target, summed up in two simple words "Technically Cool."


Prolonged direct eye exposure to UV rays can lead to eye disorders of various kinds and magnitude. For this reason you should wear sunglasses with high quality lenses to ensure maximum eye protection against harmful UV rays.


The dark shade of a lens is by no means an indication of its ability to filter out UV rays. A dark tinted lens that does not meet the criteria of the certification bodies may be more harmful than not wearing sunglasses, since this kind of lens dilates the pupil and lets in more dangerous UV rays inside the eye.


Eye protection is guaranteed by the internal molecular structure of the lens and not by surface treatments whose effectiveness in terms of sun protection may be compromised by scratches and scuffs.


The broad structure and wrap-around feature of the Rudy Project sports lenses gives additional protection from UV rays by filtering the light from all angles.


The principle behind the revolutionary photochromic ImpactX lenses is the absorption of ultraviolet radiation that changes the shade of the lens to ensure optimal viewing in all light conditions, while protecting your eyes.


To prevent dangerous eye diseases, therefore, we recommend you wear Rudy Project sports glasses, which have been studied, tested and certified according to the international standards: European Standard EN 1836:2005 + A1: 2007, American Standard ANSI Z80.3-2009 and Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067:2003, and which are able to completely block 100% of the UVA, UVB, and UVC rays.



Some of the main diseases caused by sunlight are photo-keratitis, photo-conjunctivitis, age-related cataracts and macular degeneration.


Photo-keratitis and photo-conjunctivitis are temporary, but extremely painful eye disorders, caused by an alteration of the cornea after brief exposure to very intense UV radiation. These diseases primarily affect people who play sports where they are exposed to conditions of very bright sunshine. In water sports such as sailing or motor boating, kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, beach volleyball ... the athlete is subjected to both direct sunlight and sunlight reflected from water, sand and sails. Even those who practice high-altitude mountaineering and cross country skiing may suffer from these disorders as the result of sunshine reflected from surfaces such as snow and ice.


Long-term exposure to dangerous UV rays can lead to premature aging of the macula, the part of the light-sensitive retina used to focus, causing age-related macular degeneration. UV rays can also damage the lens of the eye resulting in the development of cataracts.


To ensure optimal eye protection, Rudy Project lenses have passed the most stringent tests and all the conditions imposed by the strictest standards: European Standard EN 1836:2005 + A1: 2007, American Standard ANSI Z80.3-2009 and Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067:2003.



Excessive exposure to sunlight, including both its visible and invisible components, can result in eye damage and severe vision problems, so much so that sunglasses can be classified as safety glasses.


Some international bodies have been appointed to certify the ability of the lens to protect against impact and UV rays. There are three standards in particular in the optical industry covering visual and facial protection:


Rudy Project lenses provide 100% protection against UV rays.

ANSI Z80.3-2009


The American standard ANSI Z80.3-2009 for sunglasses certifies the physical quality and safety of frames and lenses taking into account critical aspects such as luminous transmittance (the ability to distinguish various colours in certain light conditions), the cosmetic quality of lenses and frames (breakage, scratch-resistant ...) and their life-span (including the strength of the frames). The glasses and the lenses are subjected to stress tests before they are given certification that guarantees their technical properties and safety requirements. ANSI Z80.3-2009 identifies three categories of light transmittance, and performs basic-impact and high-impact tests to assess the impact resistance of lenses and frames. In the basic-impact tests the lenses, not anchored to a frame, are subjected to an impact with a 25mm steel ball dropped from a height of 51 inches.


In the high-impact tests the combined resistance of lenses and frame is determined by shooting a metal ball at the lens at a speed of 150 feet per second. To pass both tests and obtain certification, the glasses must neither break nor crack.


EN 1836:2005+A1:2007

The European Standard EN 1836:2005 + A1: 2007 specifies the physical, mechanical and optical properties that frames and lenses need to have to be considered safe for general, social and domestic use. In fact, sunglasses in Europe are considered PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). The European Standard EN 1836:2005 + A1: 2007 therefore establishes the mechanical and optical parameters that must be respected by the sunglasses which also have to pass tests measuring the strength of the materials and their non-toxicity.


AS/NZS 1067:2003


All sunglasses sold in Australia and New Zealand must carry a label on the case stating their compliance with the requirements set out by the strict standard AS/NZS 1067:2003. The Australian standard has 5 ratings (0 to 4) for sunglasses based on the amount of light radiation that is filtered by the lenses, the size of the lenses and safety requirements. Each product must pass stringent tests to check structural integrity and performance as well as the requirements for labelling. The lenses and frames must have no sharp edges that could cause injury in an accident. They must also be firmly anchored to the frame and must pass a minimum field of vision threshold.


To guarantee total protection to your eyes Rudy Project lenses must pass severe stress tests and satisfy the requirements of the European, American and Australian standards


Every pair of Rudy Project sports eyewear meets the requirements imposed by international regulations, ensuring complete protection of your eyes from harmful UV rays, and in the event of falls and impact.