Through the years, the list of lens options available for eyewear has grown as our lifestyles changed and our vision needs have evolved. Below is a overview of the lens materials available along with the features and benefits from each one.

 

 

Lens Material

Features

Benefits

 

1.50 Plastic

 

Lighter than glass

 

No frills, time-tested lens material

1.56 index

 

Thin and light

UV protection

 

Lightweight comfort and thin lens profile

Protects against harmful UV radiation

Polycarbonate (1.59 index)

 

Thin and light

Impact resistant

UV protection

Durable

 

Lightweight comfort and thin lens profile

Eye protection; ideal for kids and sports eyewear

Protects against harmful UV radiation

Accommodates drill-mount frames

1.60 index

Thin and light

UV protection

Lightweight comfort and thin lens profile

Protects against harmful UV radiation

Accommodates drill-mount frames

1.67 index

Thin and light

UV protection

Durable

Lightweight comfort and thin lens profile

Protects against harmful UV radiation

Accommodates drill-mount frames

More attractive higher-prescription lenses

1.74 index

Thin and light

UV protection

Lightweight comfort and thin lens profile

Protects against harmful UV radiation

More attractive higher-add lenses

Trivex

(1.53 index)

Somewhat thin and extremely lightweight

Impact resistant

UV protection

Ideal for drill mount frames

Comfortable and durable

Eye protection; ideal for sports

Protects against harmful UV radiation

Accommodates drill-mount frames

Photochromic

Changes from light to dark with UV rays

Changes back from dark to light indoors

Filters out 100% of sun’s harmful UV

Durable photochromic action

Comfortable viewing indoors and outdoors without switching eyewear

Protects against harmful UV radiation

Photochromic lasts the life of the Rx

XTRActive

Photochromic action that starts with light tint and reaches higher level of darkness

Activates moderately behind windshield

Vantage

Virtually clear lens that incorporates variable polarization when exposed to UV rays

Changes back from dark to light indoors

Available in gray and brown

Comfortable viewing indoors and outdoors without switching eyewear

Enhances contrast and reduces glare outdoors when polarization activated

Protects against harmful radiation

Polarized

Always dark

Dramatically reduces glare

Increases clarity and color contrast

Filters out 100% of sun’s harmful UV

More comfortable viewing; colors are more vibrant

Enhances contrast; reduces dangerous blind spots while driving

Protects against harmful radiation

Always dark for glare protection behind windshield

Polarized Photochromic

Reduces glare outdoors and from inside car

Drivewear changes from green/yellow to copper to dark red-brown

Blocks 100% of sun’s harmful UV

 

Comfortable viewing outdoors and inside a car

Protects against harmful UV radiation

Color changes from a medium tint to dark depending on available light (overcast, sunny or bright)

KODAK Total Blue Lens

 

Combination of unique lens material with AR coating

Filters harmful HEV Blue Light up to 80%

100% direct UV protection

Color Guard Lens Technology

Minimal residual color

Polarized Gray base for the polarized option

 

Protects against harmful indoor lighting and LED screen blue-light emissions

Accommodates drill-mount frames

Reduces glare from oncoming LED headlights

Clear and polarized options for everyday eye protection both indoors and outdoors

Sun Lens Mirror

Polarized Poly base for impact resistance

Provides 100% UV protection

Mirror surface provides anonymity

Mirror front blocks more light than a standard polarized lens

 

Protects against harmful UV radiation

Always dark for glare protection behind windshield

Fashionable mirror colors: blue, red, green, black/ silver

Reflective mirror protects light-sensitive eyes

KODAK KolorUp Sun Lens

 

Poly base for impact resistance

Proprietary in-mass technology durable solid tint

Does not interfere with LED screen visibility

Special sun filters moderate light within the color spectrum to brighten color perception

 

Accommodates drill mount frames

Tinted for glare protection behind windshield

Impact resistant for sports and outdoor activites

Reduces glare for high level of visual comfort

Fade-resistant in-mass solid tint

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