Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the availability of Corning® Clear 15 glass, a new high-performance glass that provides a thinner and more scratch-resistant solution compared with plastic materials commonly used for prescription lenses.
This new glass is now available from select U.S. distributors that utilize state-of-the-art, free-form equipment to produce the newest-style lenses including dual-sided progressive addition lens (PAL) designs.
Corning Clear 15 glass has a proprietary molecular structure that undergoes an ion-exchange process, resulting in higher resistance to superficial scratches, compared with plastic materials commonly used for prescription lenses.
Corning Clear 15 glass is a standard index glass available as thin as 1.5 mm, with a high Abbe value, giving it better vision and optical clarity. Corning Clear 15 glass also has high chemical durability, making it more immune than plastic to household solvents or common cleaning formulas often used to clean lenses.
“We are pleased to bring Corning Clear 15 and the benefits of thin, scratch-resistant glass to the ophthalmic market,” said Lyle Rubin, sales and marketing manager, Americas for Corning Specialty Glass. “It can be ground 25 percent thinner and lighter than common glass lenses and is ideal for individuals who need clear, sharp vision that only comes with precision optics. We’ve leveraged Corning’s 160-plus year history in glass innovation to create a highly scratch-resistant, outstanding-performing lens solution.”
Since the invention of glass photochromic lenses in the 1960s, Corning has been a leading provider of precision optics for ophthalmic applications. Today, Corning continues to supply customer-driven solutions and technologically advanced materials for the global ophthalmic market. To learn more, visit: www.corning.com/specialtyglass
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Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.