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Lens Materials


High index lenses 1.6, SuperHigh1.67 and UltraHigh1.74 produce the thinnest and lightest plastic lenses on the market today, up to 50% thinner than standard lens materials.

Airwear and Trivex offer ultra-light, nearly indestructable lens options often used in drill-mount and semi-rimless frames.

Listed below are materials types and how they will benefit your wishes for the lightest lenses posssible

    Material

    Refractive
    Index

    ABBE
    value
    Specific
    Gravity
    Benefits
    Transitions
    Crizal
    Thin&Lite® 1.74
    1.74
    33
    147

    • Technologically advanced, ultra thin and light weight
    • Anti-reflective technology systematically included to create the most cosmetically
    appealing lens
    • Only 1.74 index available with Varilux designs
    • Recently approved by VSP • 100% UVA and UVB protection

     
    Thin&Lite 1.67
    1.67
    32
    136
    • High tensile strength make it great for drill/rimless frames
    • Great for patients with higher prescriptions
    • Only 1.67 index available with Varilux designs
    • 100% UVA and UVB protection
    Thin&Lite 1.60
    1.60
    41
    130
    • High tensile strength makes it great for drill/rimless frames
    • Up to 30% thinner and 20% lighter than standard plastic lenses
    • New and improved material offers all the benefits of high index at an affordable price
    • 100% UVA and UVB protection
    Airwear® Lenses
    1.59
    31
    1.20
    • 43% lighter and significantly flatter than 1.50 index standard plastic
    • 10 times more impact resistant than 1.50 index standard plastic
    • Good choice for sunglass lenses due to its tintability
    • FDA suggests all children under the age of 16 be prescribed polycarbonate lenses
    for safety
    • 100% UVA and UVB protection
    Trivex® Material
    1.53
    44
    1.11
    • High tensile strength makes it great for drill/rimless frames
    • Low specific gravity, high impact resistance
    • 100% UVA and UVB protection
     
    Plastic
    1.50
    58
    1.32
    • Lightweight compared to glass, works well for low to mid Rx
    • Good choice for sunglass lenses due to its tintability
    • Inexpensive material but heavier than others
    • Less cosmetically appealing
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