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American Optical History

Permalite- 1980
AO introduced the worlds first
abrasion resistant, tintable hard coating


More info about abrasion resistant coatings/ tests

AO's 1983 Ad brochure

Improved Tinta rate for Permalite introduced as Permalite QT ! 1988

Download Complete Ad Booklet

Other AO Historical Firsts/ Timeline of Events

AO's Anti-reflection coating development / product historical info

AO Photolite

The influence of CR-39 (sixty years after its introduction) - 2006 article by Dick Whitney

Feb 1975 - AOLITE History & technical orientation

AO's lens designers

Browse to Don Whitney Autobiography excerpt of AO

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