NEW! Full UV protection
NEW! Full UV protection

Full UV protection in all clear lenses.
All day. Every day.

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. UV rays have some positive effects on humans, for example it triggers Vitamin D production. Unfortunately, prolonged UV exposure also poses some serious health risks.

Most of us know that UV rays can damage the skin, but UV exposure can also be harmful to the eyes and the area surrounding them.

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 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. Glasses can offer some form of UV protection, but at the moment some lenses protect the eyes, while some only offer partial protection.

Now, ZEISS sets a new benchmark by offering sunglass-level UV protection in their clear lenses – full UV protection up to a level of 400nm with ZEISS UVProtect Technology.

Take responsibility and become a ZEISS UVProtect Ambassador –

support us in raising the standard of UV protection for healthy eyes and vision.

ZEISS UVProtect Technology

Starting today, ZEISS is creating a new standard of eye care by including full UV protection in all clear plastic lenses. ZEISS lenses will provide protection against UV rays up to 400 nm, according to the standard of UV protection as defined by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection1 (ICNIRP) and the World Health Organisation, moving beyond the industry standard at 380 nm.

ZEISS UV protection sets an industry benchmark by offering sunglass-level UV protection up to 400 nm in clear lens materials.

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.

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.

Clear, all-day spectacle lenses 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.

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.

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.

Clear, all-day spectacle lenses 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.

95% of consumers think it’s important to protect the body and skin from UV.
95% of consumers think it’s important to protect the body and skin from UV.2
99% of spectacle wearers think it’s important to protect the eyes from UV light
99% of spectacle wearers think it’s important to protect the eyes from UV light.2
99% of consumers agree that sunglass-level UV protection in clear lenses would be beneficial.2
99% of consumers agree that sunglass-level UV protection in clear lenses would be beneficial.2

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. Over time it can cause various forms of eye diseases and accelerated ageing of the tissue surrounding the eyes.

48 % of blindness worldwide is caused by cataracts³

Photokeratitis

Sunburn of the cornea due to
excessive UV exposure.

Cataracts

Clouding of the eye's crystalline lens, often as a result of excessive UV exposure.
According to the World Health Organisation roughly 20% of all cataracts are caused or worsened by UV radiation.

Photo-aging and DNA change of skin

Photo-aging of the eyelids makes skin thicker and leads to prominent wrinkles.

Why is 400 nm the better standard
for UV protection?

Not only the eyes, but also the surrounding parts (ocular adnexa) are very sensitive to UV radiation. It’s a well-known fact that if the skin is exposed to UV radiation, it can cause photo ageing, wrinkles, sun spots, freckles and even skin cancer. Because of these harmful effects, scientific and regulatory bodies and organisations researching the biomedical impact of light and radiation, have always defined the need for UV radiation protection to 400 nm. UV rays with shorter wavelengths may have higher energy levels, but the irradiance between 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.

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.

Product availability

UVProtect is available for all plastic lens material. ZEISS scientists developed an optimised formula of a special UV absorber, the UVProtect Technology, which is now included to all clear plastic lens materials throughout the ZEISS portfolio. To achieve this excellent balance between protection and clarity ZEISS has changed the production processes to include the technology in all plastic materials.

Full UV protection in all clear lenses.
UVProtect Technology Clear lenses 
Tinted lenses

Plastic 1.74   

Plastic 1.67

Plastic 1.6 

Plastic 1.5

Trivex

ZEISS PhotoFusion, ZEISS AdpativeSun and Skylet Polarised lenses already provide full protection against harmful UV rays outdoors.

To offer your patients true protection, ZEISS has developed an additional anti-reflective layer on the back of the lens, reducing the indirect light reflected into the eye and complementing the protection offered by ZEISS UVProtect Technology. ZEISS does not only address the direct light protection up to 400 nm with the UVProtect, but also takes into account the indirect light coming from the back by applying UV back protection to all ZEISS DuraVision coatings and the LotuTec coating.

Anti-reflective coatings with UV protection

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