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Making material gains with ophthalmic lens technology

Ophthalmic lens technology continues to evolve at a pace. We look at three high-tech summer options

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Style shifting

Make like a chameleon with new Transitions Style Mirrors. These smart adaptive lenses come in gold, silver, violet-blue and blue-green. They provide on-trend protection from UV rays and, when indoors, the mirror fades to a light reflection with a hint of colour. 

Transitions, ‘Avery’ mirror in silver (pictured below)

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Adventure seekers

Aussie brand Otis offers a range of premium eyewear with naturally sourced, distortion-free, scratch-resistant, mineral glass lenses. The glass is created from natural elements like sand and soda ash, making it is endlessly recyclable and harmless to humans and animals alike. The composition means it is half the weight and twice the strength of standard crown glass. Otis is distributed in the UK by Bondeye Optical.

Otis, ‘Winston’ (pictured below)

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Crisp optics

Serengeti lenses are built to endure with high quality materials and an elegance that stands the test of time. The PhD 2.0 NXT Sun lens features Serengeti 3-in-1 lens technology: polarisation, spectral control and photochromic technologies for outstanding performance in any climate. Composed of a urethane-based monomer and made from a cast-moulding process, they benefit from crisper optics than injection-moulded polycarbonate lenses.

Serengeti, ‘Bergamo’ (pictured below)

Male on motorbike

Image credit: Otis, Serengeti, Transitions