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What are the thinnest eyeglass lenses available?

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The thinnest eyeglass lens available as of 2015 is a high-index plastic lens with a 1.74 refraction index. The higher the index, the thinner the lens, and 1.74 is the highest refractive index available.

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Eyeglasses correcting nearsightedness require lenses that are thin in the middle and thicker in the outer edges. The lens thickness increases with the severity of the condition, but high-index lenses refract light more effectively, allowing thinner edges and lighter lenses in higher prescription power corrections. High-index glass lenses are also thinner than conventional glass lenses, but glass is heavier than plastic, so there is not as much weight reduction as with plastic lenses.

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