CLEVELAND, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- For the nearly 163 million Americans who require corrective eyewear, the ultimate in advanced lens technology is now available at Pearle Vision locations nationwide. Pearle Vision has introduced an exclusive line of MicroTHINS(TM) lenses, which are among the thinnest, lightest, most scratch- and impact-resistant lenses on the market today. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000228/CGMM01 ) MicroTHINS lenses are made of polycarbonate, which can be up to ten times more impact resistant than ordinary plastic lenses, making them the safest lenses available. Originally developed for the aerospace industry, polycarbonate can be found in Space Shuttles, in professional football players' sports helmets and faceshields, and in bulletproof windows. "Pearle Vision chose this revolutionary line of MicroTHINS lenses because it includes the best quality, best performing lenses available," Lauren Arnold, Spectacle Lens Product Manager for Pearle Vision, said. "In addition to being thinner, lighter, flatter and more scratch resistant, the MicroTHINS line of lenses is the safest we can provide for our customers." In a clinical study on the shatter resistance of eyeglasses, polycarbonate was rated as the lens of choice over traditional plastic or glass lenses. Researchers fired projectiles including air gun pellets and baseballs, at several lenses that met national standards for shatter resistance. The results demonstrated that only polycarbonate lenses could withstand the impacts. "This kind of study is significant because it clearly illustrates that when eyeglasses shatter, severe eye injury can occur," Arnold said. "Parents especially need to be aware of these dangers because a large number of children's lenses are still being dispensed in plastic, which can shatter, potentially causing long-term eye injury." Two of the MicroTHINS line of lenses have an aspheric lens design. This breakthrough design allows the lenses to provide better peripheral vision, and a wider optical center for a larger viewing zone. In high-powered prescriptions eye magnification and minification is reduced for a more natural look, Arnold added. "Today's eyewear consumers are a savvy bunch. They want the best in optical performance coupled with abrasion, scratch and impact resistance," Arnold said. "They want thinner, lighter lenses with anti-reflective coating. The new MicroTHINS lenses meet their needs by providing comfort, enhanced appearance, and protection all in one lens." For added safety, MicroTHINS feature built-in ultraviolet (UV) protection that blocks 99.9 percent of UV rays. In addition, the lenses are also available with an anti-reflective coating, virtually eliminating reflections and glare. Through May 7, 2000 consumers can log on to www.pearlevision.com and register to win a free pair of MicroTHINS lenses. About Pearle Vision To locate the Pearle Vision store nearest you, visit www.pearlevision.com or call 1-800-YES-EYES. Founded in 1961 by Dr. Stanley C. Pearle, Pearle Vision is one of the nation's leading optical retailers with more than 800 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Pearle Vision is a subsidiary of Cleveland, Ohio-based Cole National, a $1 billion optical and gift retailer with a combined total of more than 2,800 retail locations.
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