This page is dedicated to keeping you up to date on the latest developments with Varilux lens products. Here is some of the exciting current news about Varilux!

Click here to listen to two eye care experts - Marguerite McDonald, MD, and James D. Colgain, OD, in a lively exchange on wavefront technology.

VISIOFFICE® SYSTEM PRACTICE GET ATTENTION FROM LOCAL PRESS

SARTELL, MN – (Apr. 18, 2011) –
PineCone Vision Center was recently featured in the St. Cloud Times newpaper as the first location in Central Minnesota to offer the services of the Visioffice system to their patients.  Follow this link to read this exciting article: http://www.sctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104190027.

ESSILOR’S UNIQUE WEARER TESTS ENDORSED BY LEADING UNIVERSITY
Optical Leader Becomes First Lens Manufacturer to Earn Independent

DALLAS – (April 8, 2011) – Essilor of America, today announced its unique wearer tests have received accreditation from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, the largest scientific and medical complex in France. Essilor is the first lens manufacturer to earn an external endorsement of its wearer-testing protocols, which ensure the best possible performance of its lenses in everyday life.

“We are so proud to receive this prestigious recognition for our ground-breaking research and real wearer testing,” said John Carrier, president and CEO of Essilor of America. “We are the only lens manufacturer to systematically put the wearer at the heart of our lens design process and, as a result, our lenses remain the highest quality available in the marketplace today.”

Branded Live Optics, Essilor’s lens design process combines knowledge of human behavior with expertise in optics and material sciences. Live Optics integrates the results of real-wearer testing at each stage of lens design – different from manufacturers that design lenses using a computer simulation without real wearer testing. The Live Optics process creates a lens design that more accurately complements the human eye. Essilor’s R&D approach ensures the highest level of performance and quality. Wearer tests are the final stage of the process that ensure the lens performance is well perceived by the wearer in everyday life. Essilor has conducted 200 wearer tests, involving more than 15,000 consumers on all continents. Since 2004, tests have been systematically conducted on its leading lens brands, Varilux, Crizal and Xperio, prior to putting them on the market.

ESSILOR TAKES THE BREAKTHROUGH VISIOFFICE SYSTEM ON THE ROAD
National Tour Allows ECPs to Experience the Best in Measuring Technology

DALLAS – (Jan. 6, 2011) – Essilor of America, Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, announces the Visioffice® system National Road Show. It will allow eyecare professionals (ECPs) across the nation to experience the state-of-the-art measuring system in a hands-on setting.

The road show will begin in January and run through the end of the year. It will stop at approximately 70 optical trade shows from coast to coast, including large shows such as Vision Expo East and Vision Expo West and SECO, as well as smaller regional and state events. The tour will allow ECPs to see the Visioffice system in person and experience a demonstration and witness the speed and accuracy of this patented measuring device. Visit essilorvisioffice.com for more details.


AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY HONORS DR. MARGUERITE MCDONALD AND VARILUX PHYSIO ENHANCED LENSES WITH SCIENTIFIC POSTER

Recognition Confirms Essilor and Varilux as Technology Leaders

DALLAS – (Dec. 13, 2010) – Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of
ophthalmic lenses, was honored with a scientific poster recognition from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for its Varilux Physio Enhanced™ lens technology. Essilor is the only spectacle lens company to have received an honor from the distinguished AAO audience, and this is the second time Essilor lenses have been recognized for superior technological innovations.

The poster titled “Factoring Pupil Size Changes Into a Wavefront-Optimized Progressive Lens Design Improves Vision in Low Light Conditions,” by Dr. Marguerite McDonald, MD, FACS, describes the design of Varilux Physio Enhanced lenses. The poster was presented at AAO’s annual meeting on October 18, 2010 under the topic category “Optics, Refraction and Contact Lenses.”


ESSILOR UNVEILS FIRST PERSONALIZED ETHNIC LENSES AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES

New Lenses Improve Every Aspect of Visual Performance in Chinese and Indian Patients

DALLAS – (Oct. 21, 2010) – Essilor of America, Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, announces the launch of the first personalized lenses available in the United States designed to accommodate  the specific physiology of certain ethnic populations. The new lines of personalized lenses utilize Essilor’s breakthrough technology and are specifically designed to meet the unique visual needs of patients of Chinese and Indian ethnicity by accounting for the ametropia, facial anatomy and reading behavior of these patients. Click here to learn more.


ESSILOR INTRODUCES VARILUX PHYSIO ENHANCED FIT AND ESSILOR FIT SINGLE VISION LENSES

Award-Winning Personalized Lenses Offer Superior Visual Performance

DALLAS – (Oct. 7, 2010) – Essilor of America, Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of
optical lenses, announces the launch of Varilux Physio Enhanced Fit™ and Essilor Fit™ Single Vision, the next level of personalized lenses. These lenses offer personalized measurements for pupillary distance, vertex distance, pantoscopic tilt, wrap angle and fitting height for superior visual performance.

Varilux Physio Enhanced Fit lenses offer all the benefits of Varilux Physio Enhanced lenses in addition to personalization. With personalized measurements, these lenses are optimized to assure optimal vision for each prescription and position of wear. Each patient’s prescription is adapted to provide wider fields of vision for myopes and softer power changes for hyperopes. Click here to download the Varilux Physio Enhanced AAO Poster Brochure.


ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW VARILUX COMOFRT® LENSES


DALLAS – (July 6th, 2010) – Essilor is proud to announce that beginning July 6th 2010, New Varilux Comfort lenses will be available to help patients enjoy all of the benefits of Varilux Comfort plus new advancements for ease of vision throughout the day in every aspect of modern life.

Developed using Essilor’s proprietary Live Optics research and development process, New Varilux Comfort lenses have been proven to meet the modern needs of today’s presbyopic wearer. Study results show that New Varilux Comfort provides wearers with more ease of vision than ever before as they go about their various daily activities and that the updated design allows for easy transitions from one field of vision to another.

Beginning July 2010, New Varilux Comfort, New Varilux Comfort Short and New Varilux Comfort Enhanced lenses will be available in 1.50 Index Plastic, 1.50 Transitions® VI Gray and Brown, Airwear® and Airwear® Transitions® VI Gray and Brown.

Beginning September 2010, New Varilux Comfort, New Varilux Comfort Short and New Varilux Comfort Enhanced lenses will be available in Thin&Lite® 1.60, Thin&Lite® 1.60 Transitions® VI Gray and Brown, Thin&Lite 1.67 and Thin&Lite 1.67 Transitions VI Gray & Brown.


INTRODUCTING VARILUX PHYSIO ENHANCED LENSES

Essilor is proud to announce the launch of Varilux Physio Enhanced lenses on February 2, 2010. Designed with W.A.V.E. Technology 2, the next generation of wavefront technology, this new lens provides the sharpest vision at every distance, even in the most challenging low light conditions.

Variation in pupil size due to age, patient prescription, light conditions and viewing distance can lead to less sharpness in lower light conditions. W.A.V.E Technology 2 takes into account these four factors, creating a customized wavefront management of high-order aberrations. The result is a unique lens design tailored to the specific patients needs.

The patient will observe clearly improved sharpness in any light, less eye strain and reduced swim. This, in turn, leads to practical patient benefits like safer, more confident night driving and reduced eye strain in low-light reading, television and computer usage.

This unique new lens design is then applied to the lens using Essilors patented dual-digital surfacing process, guaranteeing optimal transfer of the Rx to the lens.

Varilux Physio Enhanced lenses are available in 17 lens materials at all fitting heights of 14 to 25 + mm.


20/20
AND VISION MONDAY READERS VOTE VARILUX 'BEST SPECTACLE LENS BRAND'

Essilor is proud to announce that Varilux® was recently voted the industry's Best Spectacle Lens Brand by readers of two of the industry's top trade publications - 20/20 and Vision Monday. Essilor was selected Best Spectacle Lens Manufacturer.

EyeVote Readers Choice Awards was a special survey aimed at identifying the best new products to hit the market in 2009. The EyeVote survey asked optical retailers and ECPs to identify the leading products in six distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, contact lenses, optical equipment and diagnostic instruments. Selected companies were chosen based on both brand and company choices supplied by readers.

EyeVote was conducted from Oct. 1, 2009 to Nov. 2, 2009. Respondents were contacted by email invitation to take the survey and links were posted on www.20/20mag.com and www.visionmonday.com. In tallying the votes, only one response per respondent was counted. Votes from manufacturers were ineligible. In total, nearly 2,400 readers voted in the six product
categories.


VARILUX COMFORT® LENSES PASS 100,000,000 PAIRS PRESCRIBED!

Tens of millions of patients worldwide agree - Varilux Comfort® lenses continue to be the industry standard for progressive lens performance

Essilor is proud to announce that Varilux Comfort lenses have surpassed 100 million pairs prescribed worldwide! This milestone would not have been possible without the time tested partnership between Essilor and independent eye care professionals. Varilux Comfort lenses continue to offer the same legendary ease of adaptation and smooth transitions between visual fields that made it the most dispensed premium PAL of all time!

With Varilux progressive lenses, independent eyecare professionals will continue to provide millions of presbyopes with more natural vision - into the next 50 years, and beyond!