ZEISS UVProtect Technology

Full UV protection in clear lenses. All day. Every day. For Everyone.

Offer your patients sunglass-level UV protection in clear lenses for healthy eyes and vision. All clear ZEISS lenses come standard with full UV protection up to 400 nm, the same level of protection as premium sunglasses.

Full UV protection up to a level of 400 nm

Full UV protection of the eyes

Full UV protection of surrounding skin

ZEISS UVProtect Technology

UV protection from all sides.

ZEISS Lenses with UVProtectTM Technology

ZEISS lenses provide full protection against UV rays up to 400 nm.
Available in all ZEISS plastic lenses

ZEISS Back surface UV protection

An additional anti-reflective layer on the back of the lens, reducing the indirect UV light reflected into the eye.
Standard on all lenses with DuraVision and LotuTec coatings.

Why is UV protection in clear lenses important?

400 nm

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and numerous health organisations have defined the standard for UV protection as 400 nm.1

40 %

Approximately 40% of daylight UV radiation lies in wavelengths not fully blocked by materials that can claim “100% UV protection” by blocking up to 380 nm.2 

50 %

Up to 50% of the total UV we’re exposed to by age 60 occurs before we reach age 20 .3

20 %

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states roughly 20% of all cataracts are caused or enhanced by UV radiation.4

5 -10 %

Between 5 -10 % of all skin cancers occur on the eyelids specifically.5

9 %

Only 9% of consumers think that their current lenses provide 100% UV protection.6

UV radiation

UV radiation is always present – throughout the day, all year round, during winter and summer, in sunny and even overcast conditions.

For this reason, the demand for protection is universal. To protect the skin, we wear sunscreen, but we really don’t have a lot of options when it comes to protecting our eyes against harmful UV rays.

Exposure to UV radiation is increasing.

Human exposure to UV radiation is increasing due to ozone depletion and global climate change which influences surface radiation levels. An increase in life expectancy and ever-evolving lifestyle lead to more time spent on leisure activities in ultraviolet-intense environments.

Many lenses claim to protect eyes from UV radiation.

Sadly not all lenses fully protect the eyes and the surrounding skin. Approximately 40% of daylight UV radiation lies in wavelengths not fully blocked by materials that claim 100% UV protection. These materials often block only up to 380 nm.

Raising the standard of eye health

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and numerous health organisations have defined the standard for UV protection as 400 nm. ZEISS has aligned their lens portfolio ensuring these recommendations and premium standards of protection are met. UVProtect Technology is moving beyond accepted standards to a higher level of UV protection, which enables clear ZEISS plastic lenses to block harmful UV rays up to 400 nm. This is the same standard of UV protection provided by premium sunglasses.

Back Surface UV Protection – true UV protection from all sides.

A portion of UV radiation has an indirect impact on the eye from the sides and back surfaces of the lens. To prevent reflections from the back surface of the lens into the eye, ZEISS incorporates back surface UV protection as standard with ZEISS DuraVision and LotuTec coatings. This combination gives the wearer much-needed, full UV protection.

Proven customer satisfaction with ZEISS UVProtect Technology.

Wearer trial tests as well as feedback from our customers show high satisfaction ratings with UVProtectTM Technology by ZEISS:

96% of spectacle wearers are satisfied with the clarity and aesthetics of ZEISS UVProtect Lenses.6

99% of consumers agree that sunglass-level UV protection in clear lenses would be beneficial.6

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  • 1 “ICNIRP Guidelines on limits of exposure to ultraviolet radiation of wavelengths between 180 nm and 400 nm (20 Incoherent Radiation)”
  • 2 Green AC, Wallingford SC, McBride, P. Childhood exposure to ultraviolet radiation and harmful skin effects: Epidemiological evidence. Prog Biophys Mol Biol. 2011 Dec: 107(3): 349-355.
  • 3 Global data on visual impairment in the year 2002.Resnikoff S, Pascolini D, Etya'ale D, Kocur I, Pararajasegaram R, Pokharel GP, Mariotti SP Bull World Health Organ. 2004 Nov; 82(11):844-51
  • 4 Cook BE Jr, Bartley GB. Treatment options and future prospects for the management of eyelid malignancies: an evidence-based update. Ophthalmology2001 Nov; 108(11):2088-98.
  • 5 Abraham J, Jabaley M, Hoopes JE. Basal cell carcinoma of the medial canthal region. Am J Surg 1973; Oct; 126(4):492-5. https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2017/07/06/misapplication-sunscreen-leaving-people-vulnerable-skin-cancer/
  • 6 ZEISS external wearer trial with 106 spectacle lens wearers and 7 eye care professionals in 2018, D.