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Fuglies safety glasses have been tested, and are certified, to meet the AS/NZS1337 standard for medium (ballistic) impact industrial eye protection.
SunSmart Sunglasses
All Fuglies sunglasses are UV400 rated to meet Category 3 of Australian Standard AS1067:2003 for UV and IR protection giving them SunSmart program compliance.

Sunsmart Sunglasses

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage your eyes, and repeated exposure can cause a range of short-term and long-term issues including:

  • Excessive blinking
  • Swelling or difficulty looking at strong light
  • Acute photokeratopathy (sunburn of the cornea or snowblindness).
  • Cataracts (cloudiness of the lens)
  • Pterygium (an overgrowth of the conjunctiva on to the cornea)
  • Solar keratopathy (cloudiness of the cornea)
  • Cancer of the conjunctiva (the membrane covering the white part of the eye)
  • Skin cancer of the eyelids and around the eyes.

Sunglasses which meet the Australian Standard AS1067:2003 and a broad-brimmed hat can reduce by up to 98% the amount of ultra-violet UV radiation that reaches the eyes. Wrap-around, close-fitting, large sunglasses help to reduce the amount of reflected glare and UV radiation that reaches the eye by passing around the edge of the sunglasses.

The Australian Standard (AS/NZS 1067:2003) classifies sunglasses and fashion spectacles based on the amount of UV radiation that passes through the lenses, as well as defining lens dimensions (width and height) and safety requirements.

The tint darkness or lens colour of the sunglasses does not indicate the level of UV protection. Compliance with the Australian Standard AS1067:2003 is required and compliant sunglasses that fall into Categories 2, 3 or 4 are reccommended. Most fashion sunglasses are either category 1 or 2, while Fuglies Polarised Sunglasses are rated as category 3 - high sun-glare reduction and UV400 level UV protection (equivalent to EPF9).

The Australian SunSmart Program

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world and each year more than 1600 Australians die from this almost entirely preventable disease.

Fortunately, being SunSmart is a simple and effective way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Through its SunSmart program The Cancer Council Of Australia recommends Australians take five steps to protect against skin and eye damage from ultraviolet radiation:

  • Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen - make sure it is broad spectrum and water resistant. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards.
  • Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on some sunglasses and make sure they meet Australian Standards AS1067:2003 for UV protection - either EPF 9 or 10, or a UV400 rating.

Extra care should be taken between 10 am and 3 pm when UV Index levels reach their peak.

For more information about the SunSmart program and Sunsmart initiatives in each state, visit:

SunSmart Schools

A 'SunSmart' school has a sun protection policy that meets The Cancer Council criteria for actively reducing student and staff exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and reducing the risk of sunburn, skin cancer and UV-related eye damage by implementing procedures and policies that limit sun exposure.

Schools are the key to prevention of skin cancer and eye damage as sun exposure during childhood and adolescence is a risk factor for skin cancer later in life. Schools can reduce students' ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure and risk of skin cancer because:

  • students are at school when UV radiation levels are high
  • schools are an appropriate place to teach and promote healthy behaviours
  • schools, in partnership with families and their communities, can help reduce UV radiation exposure and change behaviour through policy, education and role modelling.

Schools now have a responsibility to implement skin cancer prevention strategies for student and staff health and Fuglies Sunglasses seeks to assist SunSmart Schools discharge those responsibilities by supporting Sunsmart Schools programs with a range of polarised and glare-reduction sunglasses that offer EPF 9 UV400 ultraviolet radiation protection for secondary students and staff in accordance with Australian Standards AS1067:2003.

The SunSmart UV Alert

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is radiation that is emitted by the sun. The earth's atmosphere blocks all UVC radiation and all but a small amount of UVB, so the ultraviolet radiation at the earth's surface is mostly UVA and UVB. UVB is the most harmful for humans.

The SunSmart UV Alert is reported daily in newspaper weather forecasts across Australia. The alert is used to raise public awareness of the risk of exposure to UV radiation and to encourage people to adopt appropriate sun protection measures. For best protection from the sun, a combination of sun protection measures is recommended, including;

The SunSmart UV Alert is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology when the UV Index forecast for the day is 3 or above, which can apply to most days. When the UV Index reaches 3 or above, skin damage and particularly sunburn can occur and the risk of skin cancer increases, so sun protection is required.

The alert identifies the times during the day that the UV index will reach 3 or above, so people know when to adopt sun protection measures.

UV levels are largely determined by latitude, cloud cover, time of year and time of day. For this reason it is important for Australians to understand that the UV index can change each day, and is different for each month and each season.

Also, because the northern states of Australia are closer to the equator they have a higher UV Index then the southern states. It is important for Australians to understand that the UV Index can change each day due to cloud cover, and is different each month and each season.

Australians should get into the habit of checking the UV Index regularly to see when they need to adopt effective sun protection behaviours.

The UV Index and Forecasts can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website at

Eye protection at work

For eye protection in the workplace, tinted eye protectors that comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS1337 are recommended as these provide at least the same amount of protection against UV radiation as sunglasses, as well as impact protection. Fuglies Polycarbonate Safety Sunglasses meet this criteria.

Since 2002 workers in a wide range of outdoor occupations have been able to claim the cost of sunglasses, hats and sunscreen as a tax deduction. This is because wearing sun protective clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and hats is no different from wearing safety boots, hard hats or gloves to reduce workplace injury.

Fuglies Sunglasses are rated category 3 under AS/NZS 1067:2003 with regard to UV and IR eye protection, and are certified as safety glasses under AS/NZS1337, so on both counts they are tax deductible for outdoor workers.

For more information visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

SunSmart Polarised Sunglasses

Polarised lenses in a range of tints
to reduce glare from water, fog, and
snow, as well as oncoming traffic.

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Our popular frames fitted with single
vision impact rated safety lenses
custom-made to your prescription.

SunSmart Safety Glasses

Shatter-proof medium impact safety rated UV400 glare resistant lenses and lightweight polycarbonate frames.

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