What is an MR lens?
MR is the brand name of optical lens raw materials produced by Mitsui Chemicals in Japan. MR series is available in three different refractive indices (1.60, 1.67, 1.74): MR-7, MR-8, MR-10, and MR-174. MR-7 and MR-10 have higher thermal deformation temperature and excellent dyeing, which are widely used in the field of sunglasses. MR-8 has the most balanced performance index and is suitable for the production of lenses of any strength. It has the highest market share in lens materials with a refractive index of 1.60. MR-174 is a high refractive index lens material, which is mainly used in the production of ultra-thin lenses.
Benefits of MR Lenses
It is made of MR series material of Mitsui Chemical, Japan. The biggest advantage is that it is both thin and has good optical properties. Besides, the material has good impact resistance and toughness, so it is not easy to be deformed or broken. Wearing such lenses not only looks more beautiful, but clear and comfortable, and safe at ease. Using a lower density polyurethane material, the lens is lighter and thinner, making it more comfortable to wear. The higher machining success rate increases the processing efficiency and reduces the processing cost. The film compatibility and dyeing properties of MR™ are better than those of ordinary materials, which can improve the quality of functional lenses like photochromic lenses and myopic sunglasses. MR-8™ combines high refractive index, high Abbe number (for better imaging), and better processing performance, suitable for rimless, half-frame, and other glasses, which are less broken and safer. MR-7™ provides better dyeing performance, faster and more uniform color application, and can be used for myopic sunglasses. MR-8 Plus™ is safer and further improves the impact resistance of the lens while maintaining the high Abbe number of MR materials.
Which is better, MR7 lens or MR8 lens?
The refractive index of MR7 is 1.67, and its Abbe number is 32, so it has a good dyeing property. MR8 has a refractive index of 1.60 and an Abbe number of 40 or more. MR8 has stronger toughness, so it is more tensile and is not easy to break when confronted with strong impact. The lenses of MR7 and MR8 are different in the degree of heat resistance, and the heat resistance of MR7 is slightly weaker. MR7 is recommended if you want thinner and lighter lenses, but MR8 is recommended if you want higher light transmittance.