Metal-framed polycarbonate (PC) ophthalmic lenses shattered from acetone solvent-induced cracking. The lenses exhibited primary and secondary cracks with solvent swelling and crazing. A laboratory accident splashed acetone onto the lenses. The metal frames gripped approximately two-thirds of the lenses' periphery and introduced an unevenly distributed force on the lenses. To prevent future failures, it was recommended to protect PC from service environments with solvents, such as acetone; or from marking pens, adhesives or soaps which contain undesirable solvents; and to not apply excessive stress on ophthalmic lenses in the form of working or residual stresses.
Edward C. Lochanski, Solvent-Induced Cracking Failure of Polycarbonate Ophthalmic Lenses, Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis, Vol 2, Edited By Khlefa A. Esaklul, ASM International, 1993, p 493–494, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.fach.v02.c9001278
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