ABB OPTICAL GROUP Now Offering Tangible Hydra-PEG™ Surfaced Coating on Gas Permeable Contact Lenses in Paragon Line of Materials

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ABB OPTICAL GROUP Now Offering Tangible Hydra-PEG™ Surfaced Coating on Gas Permeable Contact Lenses in Paragon Line of Materials
Revolutionary coating technology improves patient comfort


CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (July 1, 2019) – ABB OPTICAL GROUP, a leading provider of optical products and business services in the eye care industry, announced today that its specialty lens lab has been approved by Paragon Vision Sciences to offer Tangible Hydra-PEG™ surfaced coating technology in its manufacturing of Paragon's HDS® and Fluoroperm® gas permeable contact lenses.

Tangible Hydra-PEG is a contact lens coating technology that is designed to significantly improve the custom and specialty contact lens wearer's experience. The technology encapsulates Paragon's GP lens material in an ultra-thin layer of a PEG-based polymer (polyethylene glycol), creating a lens surface with improved wettability and lubricity. Specifically designed to improve ocular dryness or discomfort associated with contact lens wear, Tangible Hydra-PEG is the only FDA-cleared GP coating of its kind.

"Lenses using the Tangible Hydra-PEG coating technology provide GP contact lens wearers with a comfortable, all-day wear experience, drastically lessening their usage of rewetting drops and reducing deposits that require mid-day cleanings," said Andy Jackson, director of specialty contact lenses for ABB OPTICAL GROUP. "We are excited to work with Paragon to offer this choice to our customers, so that they can provide their contact lens patients with the best options to meet their optical needs."

"Paragon Vision Sciences and ABB have enjoyed a long-standing relationship focused on providing eye care professionals with treatment options and support that not only changes vision, but changes lives. Paragon contact lens materials are developed with cutting edge research, including insights gained from three space shuttle missions," said Rich Jeffries, president of Paragon Vision Sciences. "Being able to now offer Tangible Hydra-PEG through ABB OPTICAL will allow us the opportunity to offer enhanced material options that achieves our goal of meeting the needs of practitioners and the patients they serve."

With more than 55 years of experience, ABB OPTICAL's highly-trained specialty lens consultants, knowledgeable in lens designs, fitting trends and materials, are available to assist eye care practitioners in fitting patients with specialty lenses. To place an order for GP lenses, call 1-800-772-3911 and select option 3, or visit, which also features a live chat option for consultations. To speak with a fitting consultant by phone, call 800-772-3911 and select option 4.

ABB OPTICAL GROUP is a leading, national provider of optical products and business services in the eye care industry. The company is focused on ensuring that eye care practitioners succeed by improving efficiencies, increasing profitably and effectively navigating market changes. Among its services, ABB OPTICAL supplies nearly two-thirds of eye care professionals across the country with brand-name contact lenses, specialty contact lenses, ophthalmic lenses and more. The company also provides business-building services for its customers such as pricing strategy tools, as well as performance dashboards through its Glimpse software division and practice management solutions through Primary Eyecare Network. ABB OPTICAL's DIGITAL EYE LAB Network utilizes cutting-edge technology to produce eyewear that is personalized to patients' needs and lifestyles. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Florida, with seven additional facilities across the country, ABB OPTICAL employs more than 1,000 team members who are passionate about customer success. For additional information, visit

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