You protect your skin from UV. ACUVUE® contact lenses help protect your eyes from UV transmission*

Combine ACUVUE® contact lenses in your daily routine with wraparound sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to experience the freedom and confidence to enjoy life to the fullest.

No other contact lens has higher UV blocking**


Sun protection for your eyes is needed on cloudy and overcast days

TRUE: Solar radiation is always present. From dawn to dusk, and even on cloudy days the sun can be harmful to the eyes.

Midday sun is the most threatening to my sight

FALSE: In the middle of the day the sun is at its highest point, and although you can burn your skin, the eyes are more protected by the shadow of the eyebrows. The main effects of solar radiation on the eye occur at dawn and dusk, when the sun is lower and eyes are directly exposed to invisible UV rays.2

Exposure to harmful UV rays occurs all year round and in any environment

TRUE: In fact, UV radiation can potentially be even more harmful to the eyes during the winters when the sun is lower in the sky. UV rays reflect off all surfaces at different, and often surprisingly, high degrees:

  • Up to 90% off snow1
  • Up to 30% off water1
  • Up to 25% off sand1


A hat alone will protect my child’s eyes from UV rays

The use of a hat or cap with a brim can reduce eye exposure to UV rays, but full eye protection from direct rays requires the use of wraparound sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to help protect your child’s eyes from the transmission of harmful UV rays all year round.1


UV isn’t just a problem in the summer as it can cause damage all year round. For example, exposure can be higher when sunlight is reflected off snow.

Once outside, you could be exposed to UV radiation whether from a direct or reflected source. Even under water, at half a meter depth, UV radiation is still 40% as intense as at the surface.

Furthermore, most people don’t realize that UV eye exposure is greatest during early morning and late afternoon – and in non-equatorial regions – when the sun is lower in the sky. This makes exposure of eyes to harmful UV rays more likely.

Not only can UV rays pierce cloud cover, they reflect off all surfaces at different – and often surprisingly high – degrees. For example, UV radiation is still 95% as intense off water.


Sunglasses are an essential part of protecting your eyes from UV. The added protection from ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses is important even if you wear sunglasses which may only provide partial protection – UV light can ‘leak’ around the edges and cause damage.4 And unlike sun protection for the skin, the UV-blocking ingredient is incorporated into the ACUVUE® Brand Lens material permanently – it won’t peel or wear off. Wearing UV-blocking contact lenses every day means that you have additional protection for your eyes.

*All ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses have Class 1 or Class 2 UV-blocking to help provide protection against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area.
** JJVC Data on file 2013.
Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye.
UVB and UVA blocking percentages are taken on average across the wave length.

1. Sliney, David H. Intraocular and Crystalline Lens Protection From Ultraviolet Damage. Eye & Contact Lens July 2011; 37: 250–258. 2. Sasaki H, Sakamoto Y, Schnider C et al. UV-B exposure to the eye depending on solar altitude. Eye & Contact Lens 2011;37:4 191-195. 3. Schnider C, Sasaki H, Sakamoto Y et al. UV Danger in the UK? U Bet! BC:A 2010 Conference presentation abstract. 4. Kwok LS, Daszynski DC, Kuznetsov VA, Pham T, Ho A, Coroneo MT. Peripheral light-focussing as a potential mechanism for phakic dysphotopsia and lens phototoxicity. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2004;24(2):119-29.

WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed. NOTE: Long-term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV-blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care practitioner for more information.

Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye care practitioner. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, contact your eye care practitioner immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide, call 1800225990 or visit