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The misting characteristics of spectacle lenses

Margrain, Thomas Hengist ORCID: and Owen, Chris 1996. The misting characteristics of spectacle lenses. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 16 (2) , pp. 108-114. 10.1046/j.1475-1313.1996.95000232.x

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When a spectacle wearer enters a warm environment after having been in a cooler one, his/her spectacles may ‘mist up’ due to the formation of condensation on the lens surface. Both the physical properties of the spectacle lens and a number of environmental factors determine how long spectacles take to demist. The relative misting performance of crown glass, CR39 and polycarbonate spectacle lenses were assessed using a novel technique. A box in which the environmental conditions could be controlled was used first to cool the lens and then to warm it. This change in temperature caused condensation to form on the lens surface. By projecting the image of a grating through the lens onto a linear array of photodiodes it was possible to measure the contrast transmission of the spectacle lens as it demister. Each lens type misted and demisted in a characteristic way. The polycarbonate lens demisted more rapidly than the CR39 lens which, in turn, demisted more rapidly than the glass lens. This indicates that polycarbonate spectacle lenses should be used in conditions where the adverse effects of spectacle misting need to be minimised.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Optometry and Vision Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0275-5408
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:39

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