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How do I recognize counterfeit Ray-Ban sunglasses? A 5-step guide

Medically examined by Vojtěch Brtinský, optometrist, on November 12th, 2020
Written by Leonie Bauer

Stylish, modern and incredibly popular - Ray-Ban sunglasses are again all the rage this year.

As long as they are real.

Many of you ask us: How can I tell real Ray-Bans from fakes?

Find here a guide to help you distinguish genuine Ray-Ban sunglasses from fakes!

1. Make sure that the packaging is complete

The packaging, the case, the microfiber cloth and the brochure - all of this is contained in the original packaging of the Ray-Ban sunglasses. If only one part is missing, then you are (most likely) buying a fake.

You can tell if it's a fake by looking for several details:

  • The logo on the top of the packaging is poorly printed and it can be wiped off with a finger.
  • The label (sticker) with information about the manufacturer, the model and the glasses is missing on the side of the packaging.
  • The logo on the case is missing. Part of the logo on the case must contain the following sentence: "100% UV Protection - Ray Ban - Sunglasses By Luxottica (with this or a similar wording).
  • The logo on the microfiber cloth is missing - the logo is red on the original.

2. Check the glasses frame

There is something different on each bracket. On the inside left, check the code: the number and color of the model. The code always begins with the letters RB and four numbers, followed by a few other numbers or letters. For authentication, enter the code on the manufacturer's website www.ray-ban.com.

On the right inside, please pay attention to the marking 'Made in Italy' or 'Made in China', or the letters CE (these do not always have to be present). When you buy non prescription Ray-Ban glasses, there is only a logo on the right arm on the inside.

Original Ray-Ban's contain the following information:

  • Model number (e.g. RB 4246 on the inside of the left bracket)
  • Model description (e.g. RB 4246 990 51)
  • The lens width and bridge length should match the engraving on the bridge (e.g. 51 □ 19).
  • Lens type code (e.g. 3N)

The example above is the Ray-Ban Clubround RB 4246 990 51 □ 19 3N model

3. Don't forget the glasses and nose pads

Real glasses should have a logo - nose pads have an embossed logo.

The glasses either have a logo on the right side (sunglasses) or on the left side (plastic glasses).

4. Make sure you have adequate protection for your eyes

Be careful and only buy Ray-Ban glasses from certified sellers. Very inexpensive sunglasses often only offer dubious light protection, which can even deteriorate over time.

Without a UV filter, dark glasses cause the pupils to dilate, so that more harmful UV rays get into the eye than if you weren't wearing glasses at all. The result can be a painful inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea.

Inflammation is characterized by red, watery and burning eyes as well as pain and a strong sensitivity to glare. Symptoms develop six to eight hours after exposure to the sun. As a rule, however, permanent damage is not to be expected.

5. Pay attention to the CE mark

UV radiation can damage the lens of the eye over several decades and thus promote cataracts. The disease is insidious and causes blurred vision, a haze of gray and glare. The damage is irreversible. However, cataracts can be operated on and the damaged lens replaced with a new one.

It is therefore important to check before buying whether the glasses have the CE mark, which is mandatory in Europe. With this label, the manufacturer indicates that the glasses offer UV protection for light with a wavelength of up to 380 nanometers. However, harmful light can reach up to 400 nanometers. An additional UV400 label indicates that all rays up to this wavelength are blocked.

Please note that there are two very similar logos that represent completely different things. See the European CE mark (which indicates compliance with health, safety and environmental standards for products sold within the European Economic Area) and the Chinese CE mark (which stands for "China Export", meaning no safety standards) almost identical. The few Ray-Ban models manufactured in China carry the European CE mark and thus comply with European safety and environmental regulations.

Do you remember? If the price is too good to be true, the product is likely a fake. Don't you want to risk that? Buy original Ray-Ban sunglasses in our e-shop!

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  • Is the engraving also on glasses that have a thickness? So on custom-made products?

    • Hello Steffi, I discussed your question with colleagues from our optician's shop in Prague and we do not engrave dioptric glasses. Unfortunately, I don't know whether other opticians do it differently.

  • The engraving is not present in all glasses, e.g. women's sunglasses?

    • Hello Ms. Maylanie, with original glasses the engraving is present on every glasses.


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