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Sunglasses have been around for a long time, but until recently they were mostly a fashion accessory; to make you look more appealing.  Protecting your eyes from the sun was almost an afterthought.

During the summer season, outdoor activities generally increases your eyes’ exposure to the sun.  Without proper protection, this over-exposure can cause certain levels of damge to the eye’s lens and retina, decreasing visual sharpness and increasing the risk of cataract formation.

Technological advances have allowed designers and manufacturers to creatively produce different types of frames and lenses of different styles and purposes.  However, they must ensure that their products comply with all regulations that individual governing bodies had imposed and monitored strictly.

Table 1: Standards & Regulations imposed by different destination markets

destination marketstandard & regulation
EU Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC
EN 12312
EN ISO 12870
US 21 CRF 801.410
ANSI Z80.3
Australia / New Zealand AS / NZS 1067
China GB 10810.3
QB 2457
Japan Household Goods Quality Labeling Law

Experts at SGS have the expertise and capacity to provide solutions on product safety, quality and functionality for all eyewear products.

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