QC Tailored for the Eyewear Industry

Eyewear is a broad category that includes everything from spectacles to performance eye protectors. Depending on the type and intended purpose, different quality standards may apply to different eyewear, but durability and product safety remain important considerations across the board.

AI provides performance and lab testing for all categories of eyewear, eye protection, and ophthalmic products, including:

Ophthalmic Optics:

  • Optical lenses
  • Spectacle frames
  • Ready-to-wear readers
  • Spectacles with mounted lenses
  • Coated ophthalmic lenses
  • Safety spectacles with ophthalmic lenses
      Personal Protection Equipment:

  • Sunglasses with sun glare filters
  • Ski goggles and performance eyeglasses
  • Swimming goggles
  • Motor-cycle and snow-mobile goggles
  • Protective filters
  • Eye and face-protectors


AI provides a wide range of performance tests and lab tests for all types of eyewear, including prescription glasses, reading spectacles, fashion eyewear (tinted and clear), sunglasses, ski and safety goggles, and more. We can help you ensure that your product meets the quality and safety requirements of your destination market, as well as all applicable international standards.

We provide a two-tier process for quality assurance of your eyewear. Product Inspections in the factory are used to check your product’s performance characteristics, while Lab Testing in our HOKLAS certified laboratory subjects frames and lenses to a variety of mechanical and optical tests.


Dedicated Eyewear Testing Labs and Inspector Resources

With our dedicated inspector resources and a HOKLAS accredited testing lab, we offer the largest available range of tests and QA services for eyewear. Our laboratory is certified to test eyewear to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for Eyewear and Ophthalmic Products, and to issue reports with HOKLAS and ILAC endorsement.

AI’s test reports for eyewear are recognized by the British Standards Institution and SAI Global for CE Certification (Europe) and Benchmark Product Certification (Australia).


Quality and Safety Standards for Eyewear

Eyewear related Standards International / European Standards Australia / New Zealand USA National Standards China, Canada, other standards
Spectacle frames ISO 12870
EN ISO 12870
ISO 12870
ANSI Z80.3 GB/T 14214
Spectacle lenses ISO 14889
EN ISO14889
ISO 21987
EN ISO 21987
ISO 14889
ISO 21987
ANSI Z80.1 GB/T 13511 (mounted)
GB 10810.1
GB 10810.2
GB 10810.3
Reading glasses ISO 16034
EN 14139
ISO 16034
ANSI Z80.31 GB 10810.1
GB/T 13511
Sunglasses EN 1836
ISO 12312.1
ANSI Z80.3 QB/T 2457 China
CNS 15097 Taiwan
Ski goggles EN 174 (EN1836-1997) ASTM F659
Eye protectors EN 166 + EN 172
(EN167, EN168)
1337.6 (RX use)
GB/T 14866
CSA Z94.5
JIS T 8141 / 8147
Sport use Goggles Swim Goggles BS5883
Snow Mobile EN 13178
EN1938 Motor Cycle
ASTM F803-14
ASTM F3077-14
ASTM F2713-14
ASTM F2812-12
JIS 7301:1992 and amendment: 2009
Swimming Goggles
Nickel release and other relevant chemical tests ISO/TS 24348
EN12472 + EN16128
CPSIA requirements
Total Lead
Total Cadmium


HOKLAS Certified Lab Testing for Eyewear

Our dedicated HOKLAS certified testing laboratory offers a wide range of laboratory tests that check numerous chemical and optical characteristics of your eyewear.

Our selection of lab tests includes, among others:


Frame and mechanical testing:

  • Measuring system and Dimensional tolerance
  • Dimensional stability at elevated temperature
  • Mechanical stability: Bridge deformation and lens retention
  • Endurance
  • Screw thread and tolerances
  • Bridge Strength test
  • Frame size and tolerance
  • Hinge durability test
  • Spring-hinge mechanical test
  • Spring pull-out tensile test
  • Hinge Strength (inclination bending) test
  • Frame material tensile test
  • Frame flexibility test
  • Coating against bending test
  • Compression test (Swimming goggles)
  • Sit and Fit
  • Thermal stability
  • Lateral protection
  • Eye coverage and temporal protection
  • Field of View
  • Lens size, thickness and curvature


Lens and optical testing:

  • Optical power (spherical, astigmatic, prismatic power) by telescope 20X (ISO, EN and AS/NZS) and telescope 8X (ANSI and ASTM)
  • Ophthalmic lens – refractive properties on single-vision, multi-focal and progressive lenses
  • Prismatic difference (EN) and prismatic imbalance (ANSI)
  • Resolving power (ANSI)
  • Optical density
  • Luminous transmittance, UV transmittance, blue-light transmittance
  • Spectral transmittance and driving lens requirements
  • Near Infrared and Infrared transmittance
  • Anti-reflection luminous reflectance %
  • Scattered light test (light diffusion)
  • Wide Angle Scattered light (haze)
  • Lens surface and material quality by light-box / grid panel / lens-meter scanning, etc.
  • Mounted lens quality – tension and edging quality
  • Lens mechanical strength for minimum robustness
  • Plane of polarization axis (for polarized lens, uncut and mounted)
  • Durability test for anti-abrasion (hard-coating treated) lenses
  • Anti-fogging test
  • Resistance to fine particles damage


Impact, radiation aging, and flammability testing:

  • Drop ball test
  • Enhanced robustness
  • Increased robustness test
  • Penetration test
  • High mass test
  • High-velocity test
  • Resistance to high speed particles (HSP) – low / medium / high energy capacity
  • HSP at extreme temperature
  • Impact resistance: Low / Medium / High / Extra-High capacity
  • Drop test
  • Impact test
  • Resistance to optical radiation and UV stability (lenses/filters)
  • Resistance to radiation (color fastness of frame)
  • Resistance to UVA/UVB radiation and water exposure
  • Flammability test
  • Ignition test
  • Permanence test


Nickel release, corrosion and chemical testing:

  • Nickel release corrosion and wear tests (ISO/TS 24348, EN12472)
  • Nickel release tests (EN16128-2011, EN16128-2015 migration and coating tests)
  • Nickel DMG screening indicative test (pr CEN 12471)
  • Total lead content
  • Total cadmium content
  • Resistance to perspiration
  • Resistance to corrosion
  • Salt spray test
  • Resistance to humidity condensation and high extreme temperatures
  • Lens coating resistance to chemicals (AS 2228.1)
  • Protection against snow and liquid splash (for ski and safety goggles)
  • Cleanability test (for safety eye protectors and ski goggles)


In Factory: AI Unique Eyewear Expertise for Product Inspections

After random sampling of products in the factory, our specialized eyewear inspectors will carry out the following physical and mechanical tests to ensure the quality and performance characteristics of your product:


  • Frame size and major dimensions
  • Mechanical stability
  • Front deformation
  • Lens retention
  • Hinge functionality
  • Frame color, finish and construction
  • Lens color and surface quality
  • Frame adjustment and assembling quality
  • Frame marking and information


A complete detailed report will be sent to you by email, and will be accessible on your online and mobile accounts on the same day as the inspection is performed, allowing you to make the best decision about your products’ shipment.