About Younger Optics

From Garage to Global Leader


It all began more than 60 years ago with one man’s vision to create an invisible line bifocal that wouldn’t give away the wearer’s age with its tell-tale lines. This desire led Irving Rips to develop the world’s first ‘seamless bifocal’ from his home garage in Los Angeles which was launched in 1955. Younger Optics – so named because the new lenses would make the wearer look younger – was born.

With the company conceived out of innovation, innovation remained our focus as we continued to grow in the US market. In 1996 we were awarded world’s best optical manufacturer, the following year we began manufacturing CR39 plastic lenses, while in 1968 we released a NASA anti-fog lens cleaner. The 1970s saw the release of aspheric lenses and progressive lenses, shortly followed by the slab off bifocal in 1982. We now have one of the world’s largest bifocal and trifocal ranges in a multitude of styles: whether that is polarized, photochromic or clear.

Today we are one of the world’s largest privately-held ophthalmic lens manufacturers. We are proudly a global leader in Rx polarized sunwear with NuPolar brand lenses, and a leader in speciality lenses with a slew of lens solutions to meet both common and uncommon patient needs alike.

Irving Rips, 1943


Our suite of unique products satisfies glasses wearers; even those with the most challenging prescriptions and needs.

From world leading NuPolar polarized lenses, to photochromic polarized lenses, and an array of innovative specialty lenses to meet uncommon or challenging needs, Younger Optics remains an independent innovative force within the optical world.


NuPolar® high quality polarized sunglass lenses in solid tint. NuPolar solid tint is available in the most important colours to fit every lifestyle need while never compromising polarized performance. NuPolar lenses outperform other polarized lenses in many crucial tests including polarizing efficiency, heat stability, film adhesion and colour stability.

NuPolar Gradient

NuPolar® Gradient is a polarized sunglass lens with a gradient tint; a sophisticated lens that is coveted by many fashion-conscious wearers. The lens is dark at the top, fading to light at the bottom of the lens. Finally glasses wearers need not compromise style for function.

NuPolar Infinite

NuPolar® Infinite™ is a polarized photochromic sunglass lens in grey. The technology combines NuPolar and photochromic technologies to produce a lens that lightens and darkens the lens tint to correspond with current light conditions. In low light the lens is light grey, in bright sunlight the lens dark grey.

Transitions Drivewear

Polarized photochromic lenses Transitions® Drivewear® are the world’s only sunglass lenses that change to three different colours for ultimate vision. It also darkens and lightens to suit changing light conditions; outdoors and in the car. In low light the lens is an olive colour, in partly sunny conditions and in the car the lens is copper, and in bright sunlight the lens changes to dark brown.

Camber™ Technology

Camber™ Technology combines complex curves on both surfaces of the lens to provide excellent vision correction for progressive lens wearers. The unique continuously changing surface curvature of the lens blank allows expanded reading zones with improved peripheral vision, all in a lens that offers better (flatter) cosmetics.

Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses™

Younger Optics has one of the largest ranges of Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses™. Younger Optics’ range of Transitions lenses includes Transitions Signature GEN 8 (in all seven colours), Transitions XTRActive (in all three colours) and Transitions Vantage®. Many of Younger Optics’ boutique lenses are also available in Transitions.

Image and Adage

Younger Optics has two different traditional progressive lens designs: Image® and Adage®. Image provides stabilised viewing zones in all prescriptions ensuring the reading area is not compromised as the add power changes. Adage is an ultra-short corridor progressive lens offering balanced views in all three zones. It is suitable for small frames with short fitting heights.

Boutique Lenses

Younger Optics specialises in boutique lenses. Our suite of unique boutique lenses satisfies glasses wearers; even those with the most challenging and peculiar prescriptions and needs. From the largest range in bifocal and trifocals, to specific occupational lenses, to Transitions polycarbonate composite lenses, we more than likely have a vision solution for everyone.