New – only available from ZEISS!
New – only available from ZEISS!

Sunglass-level UV protection in all clear ZEISS lenses.

ZEISS Lenses with UVProtect Technology

UV radiation is always present. All year round, all day, in winter and summer, in sunny and even overcast conditions. Prolonged UV exposure poses some serious health risks.

Most of us know that UV rays can damage the skin, but many are unaware that UV exposure can also be harmful to the eyes and surrounding tissue.

A UV camera reveals what is invisible to the naked eye.

Photograph taken with a normal camera.

Photograph taken with a normal camera.

Photograph taken with a UV camera, showing skin damage due to UV exposure.

Photograph taken with a UV camera, showing skin damage due to UV exposure.

To protect our skin, we typically wear sunscreen, but we really don't have a lot of options when it comes to protecting our eyes against harmful UV rays. While sunglasses provide excellent protection, studies show that only one person in four consistently wears sunglasses when outdoors. And most clear lenses only offer partial UV protection.

We have elevated the standard of care by offering sunglass-level UV protection in all clear ZEISS lenses. That's full UV protection up to 400nm, the level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and provided in premium sunglasses.

Take up the cause and become a ZEISS UVProtect Expert.

ZEISS UVProtect Technology

All clear ZEISS lenses now provide full protection against UV rays up to 400nm, going well beyond the current industry standard of 380nm. And while the "gap" between 380 and 400 nanometers may not sound like much, it does in fact account for 40% of total solar UV radiation that reaches our eyes and eyelids.

Partial UV protection

Clear lenses with partial UV protection appear transparent when photographed with a UV camera.

It reveals that UV rays are not blocked/only marginally blocked by the lens.

It reveals that UV rays are not blocked/only marginally blocked by the lens.

It reveals that UV rays are not blocked/only marginally blocked by the lens.

This means that UV rays are transmitted through the lens and can potentially harm the eye and surrounding skin.

This picture was taken with a UV camera fitted with a UV transmitting filter, allowing only ultraviolet light to pass through.

Full UV Protection

Clear lenses with ZEISS UVProtect appear as dark as sunglasses when photographed with a UV camera.

The ZEISS Promise
Full UV protection of the eyes and surrounding skin.

UV rays are completely blocked by the lens.

Full UV protection of the eyes and surrounding skin.

ZEISS clear eyeglass lenses now offer the same UV protection as premium sunglasses.

This picture was taken with a UV camera fitted with a UV transmitting filter, allowing only ultraviolet light to pass through.

Partial UV protection

Clear lenses with partial UV protection appear transparent when photographed with a UV camera.

Partial UV protection
It reveals that UV rays are not blocked/only marginally blocked by the lens.

It reveals that UV rays are not blocked/only marginally blocked by the lens.

It reveals that UV rays are not blocked/only marginally blocked by the lens.

This means that UV rays are transmitted through the lens and can potentially harm the eye and surrounding skin.

This picture was taken with a UV camera fitted with a UV transmitting filter, allowing only ultraviolet light to pass through.

Full UV Protection

Clear lenses with ZEISS UVProtect appear as dark as sunglasses when photographed with a UV camera.

Full UV Protection
The ZEISS Promise
Full UV protection of the eyes and surrounding skin.

UV rays are completely blocked by the lens.

Full UV protection of the eyes and surrounding skin.

ZEISS clear eyeglass lenses now offer the same UV protection as premium sunglasses.

This picture was taken with a UV camera fitted with a UV transmitting filter, allowing only ultraviolet light to pass through.

Don't risk the eye health of your patients.

Constant exposure to UV rays is not just harmful to the skin but also to the eyes. 

Why is 400 nm the better standard
for UV protection?

Current lenses that block UV only up to 380 nm or less create a significant gap in protection. The irradiance between 380 and 400 nm is much more intense, and represents up to 40% of the total amount of solar UV irradiance.

380 and 400 nm is much more intense. This range of the UV spectrum represents 40 % of the total amount of solar UV irradiance as measured on earth.

While a UV AR coating provides slight protection from UV, it is only from reflections off the back surface of the lens. In fact, up to 95% of UV radiation comes directly through the front of the lens. This means so-called back UV coatings block only a very small portion of UV rays. While a UV AR coating may be helpful to address back-side reflections, it does nothing to block the biggest source of UV rays that come directly through the lens.

Anti-reflective coatings with UV protection

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