Corning Introduces Corning® Clear 15 to the Prescription Lens Market
Thin, scratch-resistant glass is now available in the newest free-form designs from select U.S. distributors
Corning® Clear 15 glass is 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. To visit the distributors page:
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.