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1970—Precision Polycarbonate Lenses

Because of an ongoing need to advance the art of eye and face protection, Gentex added a small optics R&D capability, located in Dudley, MA. What began as a unique and highly specialized application for aircrew protection, evolved into Gentex Optics, Inc. the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of precision polycarbonate lenses for both civilian and defense applications. In 1995 Gentex Optics was spun-off to become part of ESSILOR, International, the largest prescription lens provider in the world.