(Press Release) DALLAS – To address the growing need for protection against increasing exposure to blue light and UV, eyeglasses manufacturer Essilor is introducing Eye Protect System, a lens innovation aimed at making eye protection more accessible.

This includes the launch of Smart Blue Filter, which provides embedded protection against harmful blue-violet light while allowing the beneficial blue-violet light to pass through on an aesthetically clear lens. Blue light is found everywhere and is emitted by the sun and artificial light sources such as LEDs, computers and smartphones. This product signifies an advancement because most blue light and UV protection products available are a coating applied to the lens surface that has an obvious color.

“At Essilor, we care about protecting eyes and have made a significant commitment to ensure that blue light and UV protection are available to everyone,” says Eric Leonard, president of Essilor of America. “We will offer this technology as a fundamental part of our business at no additional cost, creating a new standard for our industry.”

Beginning in April of 2016, Essilor will communicate on the benefits of Smart Blue Filter embedded in Varilux digital designs, Eyezen+ lenses and Transitions lenses. Consumers can combine Smart Blue Filter lenses with Crizal Prevencia No-Glare lens treatment, which selectively filters harmful blue-violet light while also blocking UV light.

“The connection between blue-light and retinal disease, such as AMD, suggests that reducing exposure to blue light would be beneficial,” said Dr. Howard Purcell, senior vice president, Essilor of America.

Eye Protect System will provide protection against the harmful blue-violet and UV light. For protection against the more intense amounts of blue and UV light encountered outdoors, Transitions lenses or sunwear lenses should be worn, such as the Xperio UV polarized sun lenses manufactured by Essilor.

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