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Polycarbonate Lenses

High-Tech Lenses for the Digital Age


Polycarbonate lenses are the most-used alternative material for modern ophthalmic lenses.

Polycarbonate Lenses from FramesDirect Consumer interest in thinner, more attractive spectacle lenses led to the development of special lens materials that would bend light differently than conventional plastic lenses. These materials are called "hi-index".

Among the high index materials developed for eyeglasses is one material that has a number of very unique properties and that also provides special benefits to eyeglass wearers. It carries the generic name "polycarbonate" but is sometimes called something different by other manufacturer trade names.


  • Great for sports protective eyewear
  • A "must" for kids
  • Comes with FREE Scratch and UV Protection

Impact Resistant - Polycarbonate lenses are 10 times more impact resistant than plastic lenses.

Lighter - Polycarbonate lenses are up to 35% lighter and thinner than standard plastic lenses for greater comfort.

UV Protection - Polycarbonate lenses shield your eyes from virtually 100% of the sun's harmful UV rays.

Scratch Resistant - PolyCarbonate lenses are hardcoated for excellent durability and scratch resistance.

Easy Care

Polycarbonate was the first plastic high index lens and still has one of the highest index ratings (1.59). High index advantages are included with every polycarbonate lens so there is never any extra charge for high index when polycarbonate lenses are ordered. Originally used primarily for industrial safety glasses, now used for children, sports wearers, or anyone requesting greater impact resistance in their lenses.

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