Hoya Vision’s Guide to Choosing the Right Lens Material for Prescription Military Sunglasses with Light-Adjusting Polarized Occupational Progressive Trifocals for Law Enforcement


When it comes to choosing lenses for prescription sunglasses, there are an overwhelming number of options available. However, for military and law enforcement personnel who require durable, high-performance eyewear, the decision can be even more daunting. That’s why Hoya Vision has developed a guide to help you choose the right lens material for your prescription military sunglasses.

What to Consider When Choosing Lens Material

The first thing to consider when choosing lens material is the level of impact resistance you require. For military and law enforcement purposes, you need lenses that are able to withstand impact from debris or projectiles. Hoya Vision’s Trivex® material is one of the strongest and most durable lens options available, making it an excellent choice for military and law enforcement personnel.

Another important consideration is the level of light protection you need. For those working outdoors or in bright environments, polarized lenses can be a great choice. Polarization helps reduce glare and improves visual clarity, making it easier to see detail and avoid hazards. Hoya Vision’s polarized lenses are available in a variety of lens materials including Trivex®, polycarbonate, and NXT®.

For those who require both impact resistance and light protection, Hoya Vision offers lenses that combine both features. Their Light-Adjusting Polarized Occupational (LPO) lenses are made from Trivex® material and feature a polarized layer that adjusts to changing light conditions. These lenses are also available with Hoya’s progressive trifocal design, making them an ideal choice for law enforcement officers who need to switch between near, intermediate, and far vision frequently.

Lens Material Comparison

Lens Material Impact Resistance Polarization Light Adjusting Trifocal
Trivex® High Available Available (LPO) Available (LPO)
Polycarbonate High Available Not Available Not Available
NXT® High Available Not Available Not Available


As mentioned, Trivex® is one of the strongest and most durable lens materials available. It also boasts excellent optical clarity and is lightweight, making it comfortable to wear even for extended periods of time. Additionally, Trivex® lenses are resistant to scratches, making them ideal for use in harsh environments.


Polycarbonate is another popular choice for prescription military sunglasses. It offers strong impact resistance and is also lightweight, making it a comfortable option. However, polycarbonate is not as scratch-resistant as Trivex®, so it may not be the best choice for use in extremely harsh environments.


NXT® is a newer lens material that combines the strength and durability of Trivex® with the lightness and thinness of polycarbonate. It also offers excellent optical clarity and scratch resistance. However, NXT® lenses can be more expensive than other options.


Choosing the right lens material for your prescription military sunglasses is important for ensuring your safety and comfort while on duty. Consider your level of impact resistance and light protection needs when making your decision, and don’t hesitate to consult with a Hoya Vision professional to help you make the best choice. With Hoya Vision’s range of durable, high-performance lens materials and designs, you can feel confident that you’re making the best choice for your needs.

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