As Singapore’s population ages from a median age of 39 years old (2015) to a projected 47 years old in 2030, presbyopia is likely to be a growing health concern. While various correction and treatment options are available, progressive lenses remain the most convenient and non-invasive method to correct one’s vision instantly.
Varilux®, the world’s leader / world’s #1 in progressive and innovative lens technology, has launched the new and improved Physio®, Comfort and Liberty® ranges, the latest generation of progressive lenses that push the limits of technology to provide effortless vision every day. The lenses will be available in all leading optical shops starting today. Members of the public can also head to selected Varilux Experience Authorized Dealers to have a free first-hand experience of how their vision can be rejuvenated by progressive lenses, with the use of virtual reality via the Varilux Experience, an innovative system designed by Varilux®.
“The latest Varilux® progressive lenses are sophisticated, bespoke creations designed to be a perfect fit according to the optical and facial profile of the wearer – the physiology of the pupils in both eyes, the shape and contours of the face and even the position of the ears. We use the finest craftsmanship to create a premium product that provides sharpness and clarity even in low light, delivering truly effortless vision every day,” said Dr John Ang, Vice President of Education & Professional Services of Essilor International.
Presbyopia– A Global Condition
More than 500 million people globally who are suffering from presbyopia, a condition that has gone unnoticed and uncorrected, life is fraught with constraints and compromises. By 2020, an estimated 714 million people worldwide over 65 could have this condition.
Presbyopia is a natural change in vision that affects everyone, with a growing trend of people showing signs of presbyopia as early as in their 30s, and mostly when they are in their 40s. Over time, our eyes naturally harden which reduces the flexibility of the lens, and makes it difficult to adapt and change focus quickly from near to far and vice versa. It can disrupt our daily activities, such as not being able to read the menu as well in a low-lit restaurant or struggling to read alerts on our smart devices.
There are various correction options available in the market. The most basic option is to use reading glasses but they only correct vision up to a short distance away (40cm), which necessitates a second pair of glasses for distance viewing. In comparison, progressive lenses like those specially developed by Varilux®, are the optimum solution to achieve natural, sharper vision at any distance. Instant focus is now achievable for wearers with the new Varilux® Physio®; while the new Varilux® Comfort enables sharper vision in all light conditions, and Varilux® Liberty® allows the ease of access of the right vision zone.
Designed for effortless vision to match your lifestyle: Varilux Design Innovation
Ultra Short Vision – Sharp and clear vision even for smaller frames
The latest generations of Varilux® Physio®, Comfort, and Liberty® are designed to offer an ultrashort corridor for more accessible near vision. This means all three versions of progressive lenses can fit stylishly into any frame, including smaller ones.
Path Optimizer™ lens technology – Path Optimizer™ lens technology for a facilitated access to the right vision zone and increased sharpness
One of the most challenging parts of progressive lens design is managing the in-between viewing zone. The new technology takes into account the wearer’s characteristics to generate a precise and optimal viewing path, from far to near and everything in between, so that each and every part of the viewing path matches wearer’s eyesight.
W.A.V.E 2.0™ –
W.A.V.E 2.0™ lens technology delivers sharper vision even in low light conditions
With a design philosophy centred round the needs of real people, Varilux® is at the forefront of using patented W.A.V.E 2.0™ lens technology to successfully create progressive lenses that engage the eyes as naturally as possible. Using a proven and successful technique, the lenses are intelligently designed to better adapt to the pupil size and beam of light passing through in order to deliver vision with the best resolution in a more accurate and realistic manner.
The latest generation of Varilux® lenses, both Varilux® Physio® and Varilux® Comfort are made with W.A.V.E 2.0 technology. By emulating what the eye can do naturally, they provide the wearer with postural comfort and optimum clarity of vision that feels natural across any distance.
Binocular Booster™ lens technology – Synergy of vision between both eyes for instant focus
Varilux® Physio® lenses are made using highly innovative Binocular Booster™ lens technology that simultaneously analyses the prescriptions of both eyes, taking into consideration that a person’s vision is at its best when both eyes are working together in sync.
Unlike standard progressive lenses which disrupt the natural synergy of the eyes, Varilux® Physio® lenses invisibly but effectively provide effortless vision at all light levels and instant focus at any distance. Whether you are looking out for street signs at a distance in an unfamiliar neighbourhood or trying to read your smartphone, Varilux® Physio® lenses help you make that transition effortlessly.
Try before you decide – Empowering consumers to take charge of their sight
To decide which options is best suited for them before making a purchase, consumers can try out the latest generation of Varilux® lenses with the use of virtual reality via the Nautilus. Via an interactive 360-degree experience of different options from lens design and coatings to the effects of dust and fog, the Nautilus gives the wearer a glimpse of improved vision offered by the latest Varilux® lenses. This innovative technology by Varilux® will be available in Thailand, China, Taiwan, Med_CIS & Middle East in 2016.
Varilux®, the #1 progressive lenses’ brand worldwide / world’s leader in progressives, with sales across 150 countries globally to millions of satisfied wearers, are available at leading optical shops. With innovative technology that delivers naturally sharper vision, the latest generation of Varilux® lenses are made for the modern lens wearer who is active and constantly on the go. To find out more, consult a certified eye care professional today.
The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its mission is to improve lives by improving sight. To support this mission, Essilor allocates more than €180 million to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Its flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, Xperio®, Optifog™, Foster Grant®, BolonTM and Costa®. It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.
Essilor reported consolidated revenue of nearly €5.7 billion in 2014 and employs 58,000 people. It markets its products in more than 100 countries and has 33 plants, 490 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world. For more information, please visit www.essilor.com.
The Essilor share trades on the Euronext Paris market and is included in the Euro Stoxx 50 and CAC 40 indices. Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg: EI:FP