Varilux:Cutting-edge Technologies for Progressive Wearers

Do your patients complain about struggling to read a menu in a dimly lit restaurant? Do they come to you about having trouble reading traffic signs while driving at night? Do they suffer from tired, strained eyes at the end of a long work day?

These are some of the most common frustrations voiced by presbyopic patients. Luckily, recent innovations in Varilux® progressive lenses solve these common issues.

Since the first Varilux progressive lens was introduced in 1959, Essilor has spent decades innovating new progressive lens technologies, providing patients with cutting-edge products to optimize and protect their vision. Two recent releases, the Smart Blue Filter feature and W.A.V.E. Technology 2, carry on this tradition of innovation.


Damaging Harmful Blue Light, known to be wavelengths between 415 nm and 455 nm on the visible light spectrum,1 is a hot topic in eye health. Harmful Blue Light is everywhere, including the digital devices that we use every day. In the short term, Harmful Blue Light leads to eyestrain and tired eyes. In the long term there is scientific evidence which suggests a link between high-energy Harmful Blue Light and retinal damage, with the cumulative damage implicated in retinal disorders such as AMD.2

Research about Harmful Blue Light is so compelling that Essilor’s newest innovation, the Smart Blue Filter feature, is now standard on Varilux digital progressive lenses (Varilux S Series, Varilux® Physio® W3+, Varilux Comfort® W2+, Varilux Physio DRx, and Varilux Comfort DRx), as well as Transitions® and new Eyezen+ lenses. The Smart Blue Filter feature, designed to help reduce exposure to Harmful Blue Light, is aesthetically clear and comes embedded in the lens. Blocking Harmful Blue Light is a valuable benefit for every patient, regardless of age or prescription; thanks to Essilor, it’s now effortless as well.


A common complaint from progressive wearers is that their lenses don’t offer them sharp vision in dim lighting. Varilux solves this problem with W.A.V.E. (Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement) Technology 2, an aberration reducing feature available in many Varilux progressive lens designs. Lenses with W.A.V.E. Technology 2 take into account a patient’s pupil size to provide sharp vision, even in low light situations.

With lenses designed using W.A.V.E. Technology 2, patients can expect improvement with contrast sensitivity3 in low-light when pupils are larger, such as driving at night or reading a menu in a dim restaurant. This dramatic decrease in aberration means Varilux lenses with W.A.V.E. Technology 2 are preferred 25 to 1 by patients.4


W.A.V.E. Technology 2 and the Smart Blue Filter feature are two of the many ways Essilor is meeting evolving patient demands. To ensure your patients enjoy the sharpest vision with embedded protection against Harmful Blue Light, dispense Varilux digital progressive lenses in your practice.

1 Arnault E, Barrau C, Nanteau C, Gondouin P, Bigot K, et al. (2013). Phototoxic Action Spectrum on a Retinal Pigment Epithelium Model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Exposed to Sunlight Normalized Conditions. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71398. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0071398 (August 23,2013). Identified Harmful Blue Light through in vitro experiment on swine retinal cells, where the most toxic wavelengths are high energy visible light falling between 415-455nm on the light spectrum (blue-violet light).
2 Dillon, James, et al.,Transmission of light to the aging human retina: possible implications for age related macular degeneration, Experimental Eye Research Volume 79, Issue 6, December 2004, Pages 753–75. doi:10.1016/j. exer.2004.06.025
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