PPG, Thai Optical Group and Global Optics announce North American availability of TRIBRID lenses


(Press Release) PPG (NYSE: PPG), Thai Optical Group and Global Optics Inc. announced the introduction of TRIBRID lenses in North America.

The high-performance high-index lenses are available in semi-finished single vision clear lenses and are compatible with digital free-form processing and antireflective coatings.

TRIBRID lens material was developed by PPG using an advanced hybrid material approach incorporating chemistry for TRIVEX lens material with traditional high-index lens material chemistry.

Suited to patients with higher prescriptions, TRIBRID lens material features include:• Optical clarity with an Abbe number of 41.

  • Lightweight comfort with density of 1.23 grams per cubic centimeter.
  • Thinness with refractive index of 1.60.
  • Impact resistance with the ability to withstand more than 160 times the energy of the
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration drop ball test.
  • 100 percent protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

“TRIBRID material is a unique, unprecedented approach to high-index lenses and is ideal for eyecare professionals who want to offer a fully optimized visual experience to patients with more demanding vision-correction needs,” said Philip Wojcik, PPG general manager, optical monomers and coatings. “We are excited to partner with Thai Optical Group and Global Optics to bring this new high-index lens technology to North America.”

Thai Optical Group partnered with PPG for TRIVEX material, and it continues that collaboration in the development of TRIBRID lenses.

“We are proud to collaborate with PPG and Global Optics to bring TRIBRID lenses to North American laboratories,” said Torn Pracharktam, managing director, Thai Optical Group. “We are confident that TRIBRID lenses will exceed the expectations of eye care professionals by providing a greater balance of lens performance features in a thinner, high-index format.”