NIR Lens Technology


So what is NIR Lens Technology? It is a polarized diffuse reflector that reduces internal reflections within the lens allowing for noticeably sharper clarity. Why hasn’t this been done before? Two reasons; 1) the technology wasn’t obvious and, 2) it wasn’t easy to do.

Dillon Optics entered the highly competitive sunglass marketplace for the first time in the spring of 2008. Making it to market, however, has not been easy. Dillon first conceived the idea for NIR Technology in 1986 at a family owned machine shop in Scottsdale Arizona. The idea was to create a lens having clarity superior to anything else by diffusing and eliminating reflections within the lens. It took many years to get it right.

By summer of 1987 testing on the new lens produced results that suggested the concept might work but it was far from perfect. In order to produce a working lens many new methods of manufacture had to be developed – and they were. Weeks turned to months and months turned to years. In 1990 Dillon produced, for the first time, a lens that proved the concept worked. The only problem was that the method used to create this lens was far too complicated to manufacture. Making lenses is not easy – especially when new methods of manufacture have to be developed every step of the way. It took a long time to put the lens into production but the results are amazing. A lens with true high definition clarity. Try on a pair of Dillon NIR sunglasses and you will see the difference. NIR lens technology represents a radical departure from what you’ve come to expect, a departure that does not disappoint.

The diffuse reflecting technology is enclosed within the lens to protect it from scratching or exposure to harmful environmental conditions. NIR lenses have oleophobic coatings on the front and back surfaces to resist oil and moisture and to make cleaning easier. The result is a durable lens with outstanding optics and a unique satin finish appearance. NIR lenses are made of CR-39™; they block 100% of harmful UV light and meet the optical and impact resistance requirements of ANSI Z80.3. Only the highest quality frames are used in the Dillon product line. All plastic frames are made of the proven high quality material Grylamide TR90.