Essilor launches Road Pilot lens

Essilor Ltd is helping its independent partners capture market share in the emerging ophthalmic driving lens category with its new Road Pilot lens.

The branded driving lens combines two new technologies for the first time, in coating and design, to enhance confidence, comfort and driving performance, particularly during night-time, lower light and challenging weather conditions.

It is offered exclusively with a new Crizal Drive anti-reflective coating which reduces distracting glare from dashboard, modern headlights, street lights, traffic lights and set surfaces with up to 90% less reflections than a simple hard coat, to maximise clear vision. 

It is available within unique single vision and Varilux forms, each tailored to deliver exceptional performance through design and coating.  It can be enhanced with Transitions XTRActive which adapts to varying light conditions, so opticians can offer the ‘ultimate, 24-7’ driving lens giving clear vision from dawn to dusk to night-time.  


Varilux X Series

Generation X is getting presbyopic and is living in a faster-paced world compared to Baby Boomers. They grew up with pervasive digital tools, they have learned to cope in a fast changing, multi-tasking world, they want to keep up the speed with the younger generations.

Multiple close distances at arm’s length

Increasingly, people are spending more time indoors and exercising their vision mostly in short and intermediate distances. Gen X is craving for seamless acuity in various everyday tasks, at multiple close distances. They want to send a text while catching up their favorite TV show on a tablet, they are checking breaking news alerts on their mobile while working on their desktop.

From 2D to 3D, Varilux® X Series is setting a new reference criteria – volume of vision

Historically, progressive lens designers were considering a single target object for one gaze direction, the near vision zone in a progressive lens was set at 40 cm at 36 degrees. Today, Essilor designers have focused their efforts on vision at arm’s length, formulating new reference criteria: volume of vision. This pioneer approach addresses the main limit of progressive lenses: the necessity to adjust head position to find the right angle.

No need for head adjustment at near distances

Essilor research has analysed in-depth the usual zone of vision in one posture. The objective was to meet most visual needs inside this zone. Varilux® X Series provides an impressive 75% match with wearers’ visual needs at arm’s length in one gaze direction, without head adjusting movement, a significant improvement compared to other premium progressive lens (vs 59% on average for competitors).

Demanding progressive wearers can now handle seamlessly multiple targets for the same gaze direction. Their sharp vision is extended by 100% in width and length, in this new defined vision zone at arm’s length.

Varilux® X Series, made possible by Xtend technology

The new progressive lenses generation is the result of a combination of Xtend, a revolution in lens conception thanks to a new calculator with 2 latest Varilux technologies: Nanoptix and SynchronEyes, and a breakthrough in the semi-finished and in binocular vision. Varilux® S® Series was breaking the compromise between fields of vision and swim effect. Xtend can now process even more complex algorithms and optimize Nanoptix structure by clusters of 7 in order to combine their power and multiply the effects.

Personalization accessible

Varilux® X Seriesis available with a new in-store tool to get patient individual measures. This new first level of personalization is so easy to dispense that it does not require any training. In only 7 minutes of meaningful in-store experience, the tool will provide reliable and robust measurements of Near Vision Behaviour.

Iolite glazed packages now available!

Iolite is the all in one solution for Independent Opticians looking for a wide range of stylish frames delivered glazed to their practice, ready for their patients.

The Iolite project combines knowledge and resources from multiple business leaders within the optics industry to create a complete range of frames with cutting edge technology lenses from some of the most recognized manufacturer names.

Iolite takes the risk of stock holding away from your practice. You need only hold a complete sample set which is refreshed each season. Once a patient select which frame they would like from the Iolite range, you simply need to place the frame & lens order complete with the prescription with your supplier lab. Orders can be placed via the brand new online system, over the phone, by fax, or by your local lab van. The labs receive the order and create the glasses from the stock that they hold, complete with the required lens to the patients prescription. Once glazed, the finished glasses are couriered out to the practice, ready to be purchased by the patient.

For more information, please contact your regional Essilor Group account manager. They will be more than happy to talk through the details over the phone, and visit your practice to show you the frame range.



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