The Vision Council Announces Publication of ANSI Z80.3-2015 Nonprescription Sunglasses and Fashion Eyewear Requirements

The Vision Council Announces Publication of ANSI Z80.3-2015 Nonprescription Sunglasses and Fashion Eyewear Requirements

Alexandria, VA (December 11, 2015) – The Vision Council, as the Secretariat Administrator for Accredited Standards Committee Z80, is pleased to announce the publication by ANSI of the 2015 revision of Standard Z80.3, Nonprescription Sunglasses and Fashion Eyewear Requirements.

ANSI Standard Z80.3, Nonprescription Sunglasses and Fashion Eyewear Requirements, applies to all nonprescription (over-the-counter) sunglasses and fashion eyewear that are normally used for casual, dress and recreational purposes, having lenses of substantially plano power. This revision incorporates a continued effort to more properly explain and clarify concepts and principles, and to more closely align requirements of this standard with similar relevant provisions in existing US and international standards.

The 2015 revision of Standard Z80.3 supersedes the 2010 Standard and represents five years of work by a team of Industry experts, led by Chairman Karl Citek, OD, PhD, representing the American Optometric Association. The changes from the 2010 standard are the result of a thorough study by the ANSI Z80.3 committee of the relevance and applicability of its contents.
A copy of the standard publications is available in the ANSI web store. A summary of the changes can be found in the foreword of the document.

The Accredited Standards Committee Z80 (ASC Z80) is a long established group tasked with the development of national standards that apply to prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, ophthalmic instruments and medical devices including intraocular lenses and laser systems, and is the only entity accredited by ANSI to develop national standards in the ophthalmic optics field.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact The Vision Council's Technical Director Michael Vitale.

About the ANSI Z80 Accredited Standards Committee for Ophthalmic Optics

The ANSI Z80 Accredited Standards Committee for Ophthalmic Optics develops and maintains American National Standards within its scope and develops U.S. positions at ISO. The Z80 Committee, established in 1956, is a U.S. national standards developer accredited by ANSI. Its current chairman is Dr. Thomas White of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The committee, made up of 18 voting organizations and more than 200 participants, meet twice a year.

About The Vision Council

Championing better vision for better lives, The Vision Council positions its members for success by promoting growth in the vision care industry through education, advocacy, research, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses.