Polycarbonate or Trivex Lenses - Which ONE IS Right For Me?
When it comes to eye safety, polycarbonate and Trivex lenses should be the first options you consider.
The characteristics that set polycarbonate and Trivex lenses above the rest is that they are thinner and lighter than other eyeglass lens materials, they are 10 times more impact-resistant than ordinary plastic or glass lenses, and they provide 100% protection from UV rays.
Both polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are safe choices for children’s glasses and sports eyewear, but they differ in some areas. See below to discover which lens type is right for you.
Polycarbonate lenses were first introduced in the 1970’s for aerospace applications. This strong material was applied to astronaut helmet visors, as well as space shuttle windshields. Commercially sold glasses with polycarbonate lenses were introduced to the public during the 1980’s. Ever since their appearance, they have become the standard lens material for children’s eyewear, sports goggles and safety glasses.
Because of their durability to withstand fractures, polycarbonate lenses are most commonly used for both semi-rimless and rimless eyeglass frames.
Trivex lenses are very similar to polycarbonate lenses in terms of their thin and lightweight material, durability index and UV protection.
However, what sets Trivex lenses apart is that they have a higher Abbe value and can provide a better optical experience when compared to polycarbonate lenses. Trivex lenses are made up of a urethane-based monomer, which refracts less light and provides clearer and crisper visual clarity.
Choosing the right frames for your lenses
Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are tough, but they need to be supplemented with the right frames to provide optimum eye safety.
Wearing regular eyeglass frames during physical sports or outdoors activities is not recommended because the frames themselves can easily break or fall from your face. Consider investing in high-quality frames that pair with your polycarbonate or Trivex lenses: this way you can receive the best eyewear for all day protection and comfort. For more information, speak to our expert opticians.