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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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