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AO introduced the worlds first photochromic plastic lens -1983

Printable file of above article by John Young - March 1983

Discolored (with age) - lens blank in 2004 after 21 years

Other AO Historical Firsts/ Timeline of Events

AO's Photochromic Research Scientist shown here in a 1967 AO News,
 where this technology is mentioned - 14 years before Photolites release!

AO's Permalite Coating

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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