Optic Topic

Stylish child wearing glasses

Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of November 11, 2018

When it comes to the selection of a safe material for children’s eyeglasses, polycarbonate is usually deemed the best option. The polycarbonate material was developed by the aerospace industry for use in helmet visors worn by Apollo astronauts and is also used for airplane windows.

It is ten times more impact resistant than other plastics, and exceeds the FDA’s resistance requirements by over 40 times.

In addition, polycarbonate is lighter than standard plastic or glass, which is beneficial to youngsters with strong prescriptions. Their glasses will not be as heavy and they will not constantly be pushing their glasses back on the bridges of their noses. Polycarbonate also offers inherent ultraviolet light protection, filtering about 99% of the damaging rays.

Children with permanent vision loss in one eye due to injury or disease should wear glasses with polycarbonate lenses at all times to protect the vision in their “good” eye and prevent an injury that could be potentially blinding. Trivex, which was originally developed for use by the military in helicopter windshields and fighter jet canopies, rivals polycarbonate lenses as one of the safest lens materials on the market.

To learn more, please call REGIONAL EYE OPTICAL  at 320-587-6309. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:

Mon. & Thurs. 8:00am – 7:30pm
Tues. & Wed. 8:00am – 5:30pm
Fri. 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sat. 8:30am to Noon (Sep-May)