When spending time in the great outdoors this summer, sunglasses should be worn to protect eyes against damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. ANSI Z80.3-2009, Nonprescription Sunglass and Fashion Eyewear Requirements, is an American National Standard (ANS) that provides guidelines for recreational sunglasses, assuring the safety of consumers' eyes as they soak up the sun. ANSI Z80.3-2009 was developed by the Z80 ANSI-accredited Standards Committee. The Vision Council, a trade association for the optical industry, serves as the secretariat for this committee.
Even on cloudy days or indoors, eyes benefit from the work of standards. The Z80 Standards Committee has developed many ANS for products that assist the visually impaired. These include:
Eye protection is critical in many workplaces such as construction sites, factories, and laboratories. An ANS developed by the CSA America addresses this protection. CSA Z94.3-07, Eye and Face Protectors, sets forth guidelines to minimize or prevent injuries from such hazards as flying objects and particles, splashing liquids, molten metal, and ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation.
From the sun's powerful rays to hazards on the job, many daily activities pose a threat to healthy eyes. Thanks to standards, these vital organs can continue to give us the sights of the summer, the fall, and every season that follows.