Welcome to Optical Polymer Research, Inc.
Optical Polymer Research, Inc. (OPRI) is a global polymer research oriented company which has been rejuvenated under new ownership in Mesa Arizona, USA. OPRI was founded in 1985 by Paul D. Schuman, Ph.D. (Fluorine Chemistry). Dr. Schuman continued to be involved in gas permeable contact lens polymer research for over 15 years within his more than 30 years of experience in polymer chemistry. Dr. Schuman utilized his extensive background in fluorine chemistry to develop one of the first and still unique fluorine-containing contact lens polymers. A contemporary of Dr. Shuman, William Peterson, PhD (Organosilicon Chemistry) was also instrumental in historical polymer developments and remains a resource today. OPRI became dormant shortly following Dr. Shuman’s passing and remained so until 2013 when the corporation and intellectual properties were resurrected by entrepreneurial industry professionals with 60 years of collective knowledge and experience to re-establish OPRI as a global leader in optical polymer research and development. View Our Mission Statement
OPRI, while recognized during its initial domestic tenure as a smaller organization within the US contact lens marketplace, internationally it was widely known for its quality products and was well received by the industry. It was only natural for an experienced entrepreneurial team having collectively participated in the development and commercialization of many significant polymer and processing technologies used today to come together to advance these accomplishments while creating improved technologies to replace them. These efforts include the discovery of a unique monomer utilized within the novel OPERM F60TM chemistry with which to expand and extend the OPERM F60TM platform. “A unique more compact molecule than found in most currently used contact lens polymers. This compact molecule makes for a less bulky molecule replacing a hydroxyl group in the presence of water making a more hydrophilic polymer”*.
*William Peterson, PhD., Temple University holds more than 60 patents and 100 peer reviewed publications.
Our Vision is to become the leading company providing ophthalmic polymers.
Our Mission is to develop and deliver high-quality and innovative contact lens polymers to finishing laboratories, eye care providers and their patients.
OPRI serves as an operating entity engaged in the development, polymerization processing and distribution of a full Dk range of contact lens polymer options (10-100) including the
NEW! OPERM HDKTM along with OPERM F60TM, OPERM F40TM, OPERM 30TM, OPERM 15TM, OPERMTM, AQUAPERMTM, AQUAPERM SiOHTM for visual correction.
Optical Polymer Research Inc. is registered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as: A Medical Device Manufacturer
The team individually or collectively were instrumental in the development and market introduction of over 20 contact lenses and optical polymer brands into the global eye care marketplace while associated with over a half-dozen polymer manufacturers. Read More about the OPRI Management Team, several of these were the initial product category entry with others following their lead as product extensions creating new modalities. Members of the OPRI team have also worked in the development and significant upgrading of numerous complex manufacturing processes for a number of companies. These new developments were achieved in part as collaborations with experts and organizations within and outside the ophthalmic community. Noteworthy partners included: Post Graduate Chemistry Programs at the University of Florida, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Temple University, University of Adelaide, Australia and even reaching into space with missions aboard both the Endeavor and Discovery spacecraft as part of the prestigious NASA, “FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MANKIND” Space Shuttle Program and MIR International Space Station Program.
Among these notable advancements are included the successful encapsulation of differing polymers allowing dual optical properties, surface wetting technologies, a first time FDA Therapeutic Lens designation, unique monomer discoveries, improved lens blank preparation, lens laser marking identification, plasm cleaning system and numerous other quality process improvements. Given this extensive background of achievement it is the goal of the new OPRI to advance itself through bringing new and improved optical polymers and processes to the global optical industry.
It is not OPRI’s intention or objective to manufacture finished lenses in competition with its customers but rather to advance our customers' capabilities by delivering world-class polymers.