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Essilor Of America And X-cel Optical-Launch-Tribrid-Lenses

By Essilor News

Tribrid represents the next step in thin, durable lenses

DALLAS – AUGUST 30, 2017 – X-Cel Optical Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Essilor of America, Inc. and a division of Essilor of America’s Independent Distribution Division, announced the launch of Tribrid™ lenses, a revolutionary lens that combines the proven Trivex® lens material with traditional high-index technology. The result is a lens with precision optics that provides enhanced all-around performance for patients with all prescriptions. Tribrid lenses are another example of industry-leading innovation from Essilor, which is committed to improving lives by improving sight by delivering superior products to give eyeglass wearers the best vision possible.

"Tribrid lenses represent the next evolution in high index lens material technology,” explains Chris Jones, Director of Sales, X-Cel Optical. “Our customers – labs that surface and finish lenses – have come to expect high-quality products and Tribrid lenses’ revolutionary advanced technology allows for the best vision possible for patients with prescriptions up to +/-5 diopters, which is more than 95 percent of the prescriptions in the U.S.”

Tribrid lens material was developed by PPG's optical products business, a longtime supplier of raw materials to X-Cel Optical. Tribrid lenses offer an ideal combination of consumer benefits within the high index lens segment – clear optics, lightweight comfort, strength and durability. Tribrid lenses are also the first to feature 100 percent UVA/UVB protection in a clear lens without compromising clarity.

"We are committed to providing quality products and innovative solutions to our customers,” says Rick Gadd, President, Essilor Laboratories of America, Inc., an X-Cel Optical customer. “By adding Tribridlenses to our product mix, we are delivering on that commitment and, more importantly, offering independent eyecare professionals a solution to help their patients see better.”

Tribrid lenses are compatible with all frame styles and designs, as well as with digital, free-form processing and anti-reflective coatings. They are available from X-Cel Optical in clear hard coated and uncoated spherical SFSV lenses optimized for digital surfacing. For more information, visit

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About Essilor of America, Inc.

Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and is the market leader in progressive, high-index, photochromic and anti-reflective coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses, Essilor employs more than 10,000 people throughout North America. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the VARILUX®, CRIZAL®, TRANSITIONS®, XPERIO UV™, EYEZEN™, DEFINITY®, THIN&LITE® and other Essilor brand names. Essilor Laboratories of America, Inc. is the largest, and most trusted, optical lab network in the U.S. and offers a wide choice of services and lens brands to eyecare professionals across the nation. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International, a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA).

About X-Cel Optical Company

X-Cel Optical Company, an Essilor-owned lens caster located in Sauk Rapids, Minn., is a full line supplier of semi-finished ophthalmic lens products. As an established American lens manufacturer since 1937, X-Cel supplies the market with more specialty lenses than any other manufacturer while also stocking the most popular lenses. X-Cel offers an extensive array of glass, plastic, Trivex®, Transitions® mid-Index, high-Index and polycarbonate lenses of many styles and colors, serving over 1,500 separate customers across the United States and internationally.  X-Cel Optical Company employs 136 skilled laborers who cast 13,000 lenses daily, priding itself on quality and service and continually striving to improve both in an extremely competitive market place.  Tribrid lenses and Trivex are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.