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How to spot fake Ray-Ban sunglasses - a detailed 5 step guide

Vojtěch Brtinský

Medically reviewed by Vojtěch Brtinský, Optometrist, on 1 Nov 2020. Written by Leonie Bauer

Stylish, high-quality and popular – Ray-Ban sunglasses are in fashion again this year.

Provided they are genuine.

Many of you are asking: How can I distinguish genuine Ray-Ban sunglasses from fakes?

Read our ultimate guide to distinguishing original Ray-Ban sunglasses from fakes!

1. Make sure that the packaging is complete

Box, case, microfibre cloth and booklet – these are all part of a proper Ray-Ban package. If an element is missing, you could be buying a fake. But even if everything is present, you should be careful.

You can spot a fake by paying attention to a few other details.

Ray-Ban complete packaging

In the picture above you can see an example of what the original packaging should look like. Fake Ray-Bans may have one or more of the following elements:

  • The logo on the front of the box is of poor quality or can be wiped off with a finger.
  • The side of the box is missing a sticker with information about the manufacturer and the model.
  • There is no logo on the case. The logo should say: 100% UV protection - Ray Ban - Sunglasses By Luxottica (or similar).
  • There is no red logo on the microfibre cloth.

2. Check the frame

Frame check 1

Look closely at both temples ('arms') of the sunglasses. On the inside of the left temple, there should be a code indicating the number and colour of the model. The code always starts with the letters RB and four digits, followed by more numbers and letters.

Frame check 2

Look for the words "Made in Italy" or "Made in China" or the letters CE (although these are not present on all models) on the right inner temple. If you buy prescription Ray-Ban glasses, the logo is on the inside right temple.

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Original Ray-Bans have the following features:

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

The specific example we've used is for the model Ray-Ban Clubround RB 4246 990 51

140 mm Width

145 mm Temple length

45 mm Lens height
51 mm Lens width
19 mm Bridge width

3. Don't forget to check the lenses and nose pads

Frame check 1Original Ray-Ban sunglasses have an embossed logo on the lenses and nose pads.



Frame check 1The logo on the lenses is on the right lens for sunglasses and the left lens for prescription glasses.



4. Protect your eyes

Only buy Ray-Ban sunglasses from certified retailers. Fake sunglasses may offer poor UV protection.

Without proper UV filters, dark lenses dilate the pupils, allowing harmful UV rays to enter the eye (even more than if you were not wearing sunglasses at all!) This can lead to painful inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea.

category of UV filter for sunglasses

This inflammation causes red, watery and burning eyes. The symptoms appear six to eight hours after sun exposure. 

5. Look for the CE marking

Over the years, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can damage the lens of the eye, leading to cataracts. The disease is gradual and leads to blurred vision, a grey haze and glare. 

Therefore, it is important to check whether the glasses have a CE marking, which is mandatory in Europe. This marking is proof that the glasses offer protection against UV light with a wavelength of up to 380 nanometres. Harmful light, however, can reach up to 400 nanometres. An additional UV400 marking indicates that all rays up to this wavelength are blocked.

Please be aware that there are two very similar logos that represent two completely different things. The European CE mark (indicating conformity with health, safety and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area) and the Chinese CE mark (standing for 'China Export', i.e. without safety standards) look almost identical. The few genuine Ray-Ban models manufactured in China carry the European CE mark and therefore comply with European safety and environmental regulations.



Remember – when the price seems too good to be true, it’s probably a fake. Don’t want to risk it? Buy Ray-Ban sunglasses from us.

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