Optical design

Eye protection

eye-maskPOL’s experience in designing and developing ophthalmic products, enables us to provide precision, impact resistant, eye protection optics for applications such as: fire protection, motor cycle visors, industrial PPE and military systems.

Customer product designs are imported to POL’s design softwares were we adjust and optimise the surface forms to remove residual optical power and distortions, while maintaining the customer’s overall product styling and functions. The design results are analysed in POL’s customised softwares and presented to the customer in an easily understood “functional test” simulation. These simulations allow any residual optical effects to be quantified against the specification and visualised for their effects.

Goggles and visor products are designed to comply with the required European Automotive Regulations, BS EN Standards, Military DEF Standards, or other Class 1 optical requirements.

In addition to providing precision tooling and moulding services for these products, POL also provides coatings technologies to give the product hard, abrasion resistant and chemical resistant properties for harsh environments. The moulding and coating processes are controlled to give the highest optical quality and ballistic impact resistance levels.

Other optical functions can also be added, such as infrared filtering and other light protection filtering properties.

eye protection eye protection
eye protection eye protection eye protection

POL developed the optical design, tooling and manufacturing processes for the GSR visor, to provide a high optical quality, impact resistant, abrasion resistant and chemically resistant product to withstand harsh battle environments and NBC agents.

Optical ServicesServices

Design and Development

The latest computer optical design and ray trace programs with optomechanical innovation are used to take full advantage of plastics materials. Complex optical surfaces combined with integral low cost assembly features.



SLA (Stereolithography), SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), Clear SLA, SLA to Vacuum Casting, Direct Machining and Tooling options.



Proven optical quality toolmakers are chosen and assisted by mould flow analysis to optimize the tool. Our specialist toolmakers are skilled in optical surface generation and polishing.


Global Manufacturing

Our moulders are trained in the art of optical moulding. Mould flow process analysis and thorough F.M.E.A. is controlled by the Project Manager to ensure quality and quantity.


Technical Development

Our integrated approach to design enables optical components to become part of the total solution, including how they interface with the other non-optical components.


Optical Coatings and Films

Plastics optical components can be coated in poly-siloxane and acrylate based resin blends to impart more robust properties.


Project Management

Every project has a dedicated Manager to ensure as tasks are actioned, the client is kept informed on progress at each stage. Timing plans are used to monitor progress against agreed milestones and they ensure full control through-out the design, tooling, sampling and production stages.


  • Design and Development
  • Prototyping
  • Tooling
  • Global Manufacturing
  • Technical Development
  • Optical Coatings and Films
  • Project Management