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Essilor of America Announces AVA

This integrated solution will offer digital accuracy both in exam and prescription within 1/100th of diopter.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Essilor of America announced today the launch of AVA (Advanced Vision Accuracy), an integrated solution for eye care professionals enabled by the introduction of the new phoropter, the Vision-R 800 by Essilor Instruments. For the first time, this integrated offer will include breakthrough refraction technology, innovative user-friendly intelligence and premium advanced lenses which will give eye care professionals the ability to demonstrate and deliver the best vision possible for patients.

“At Essilor we are committed to giving eye care professionals an opportunity to differentiate themselves and their practices with our cutting-edge technology and revolutionary patient care solutions,” says Rick Gadd, president of Essilor of America.

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“The AVA solution integrates the new advanced phoropter and our best digital lens designs, to equip eye care professionals with the complete package, making the refraction more efficient, the prescription more precise, and the overall experience better for the patient.”

The new phoropter, the Vision-R 800, introduced by Essilor Instruments, represents a major advancement in refraction techniques, which have remained unchanged for nearly a century. This new advanced phoropter introduces a whole new standard of accuracy while maintaining an efficient and consistent refraction.

“The Vision- R 800 phoropter is a perfect example of what Essilor does best: innovating to improve lives by improving sight,” says Samy Lauriette, senior vice president, Essilor Instruments Americas.

A More Precise Refraction

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The Vision-R 800’s patented optical module allows for instant focus and exact refraction. It offers a refractive power of 0.01D steps and instantaneous changes of sphere, cylinder and axis at the same time for unparalleled accuracy. The precise Rx will be delivered through our best digital lens designs – Varilux® and Eyezen+, which will be available to be ordered to 0.01D in the second quarter of this year. The result is patients get the full potential of their vision.

A Fully Reliable Prescription

With the Vision-R 800, the refraction experience is transformed – for both the patient and the practitioner. The practitioner reaches the final refraction more quickly than with traditional methods thanks to the continuous and simultaneous changes of sphere power, cylinder axis and cylinder power. Also, the module’s “Smart Tests” algorithm assists the specialist in conducting the refraction procedure, making it both fast and easy, allowing the practitioner to focus on having a dialogue with the patient.

A More Comfortable Experience for the Patient

The Vision-R 800 uses a revolutionary new liquid lens and a new refractive process that makes the experience more comfortable for the patient and less tedious for the doctor. The phoropter’s smooth power changes and wider field of vision allow for a shorter procedure with less fatigue for the patient and doctor. At the end of the test, the Vision-R 800 phoropter offers patients the experience of comparing refractions in simulated real life conditions.

“The ultra-precise Rx can be demonstrated as never before to the patient with a fascinating simulation-based experience. This should especially appeal to younger patients,” says Lauriette. “The result is a patient who leaves the exam room with full confidence. And by clearly seeing the improvement they are more likely to purchase new eyewear.”

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“We’re the only company that can guarantee digital accuracy in both exams and prescriptions – with the world’s most advanced lenses in our Varilux and Eyezen+ designs that can be ordered to the 1/100th of diopter in prescription,” says Sherianne James, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Essilor of America. ”With this solution, eye care practitioners can deliver their patient’s best vision and equip them with an immediate demonstration of the power of precise lenses and the best visual acuity.”

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The AVA Integrated Solution is available to practitioners at Vision Expo East, with delivery starting eight weeks after ordering and subject to scheduling. The commercial launch is slated for July 2019.

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Michelin and Essilor Join Forces for Safer Mobility

Collaboration aims at joining forces to widely reach the public and raise awareness on the importance of good vision.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT / CHARENTON-LE-PONT – As part of their mobilization around World Sight Day 2019, Michelin and Essilor announce the signature of a 2-year collaboration through a Memorandum of Understanding. The collaboration aims at joining forces to widely reach the public and raise awareness on the importance of good vision on the road as well as good functional tyres reliable up to the wear indicator.

Poor vision and tyres in a bad state of use are two main risk factors for road safety, related to the human factor on one side and to one of the key performance features of the machine – the tyres that connect it to the road – on the other side.

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90% of the information needed on the road comes from our eyes, and yet it is estimated that 1 out of 5 drivers in the world suffers from uncorrected poor vision, usually due to a lack of awareness or to limited access to vision care.

In parallel, around 1 in 2 cars rolls with under-inflated tyres and around 1 in 10 cars rolls with tyres that are beyond the wear limit, which can lead to punctures or accidents.

This is why this partnership between both companies plans on:

  • Increasing awareness campaigns on a global and country scale, through eye screenings and tyre check-ups for employees, customers and the public at large;
  • Providing innovative services to facilitate access to the appropriate equipment to consumers, through the leveraging of both Michelin and Essilor’s respective expertise.

“Tyres and vision are two essential factors for the safety of drivers to which Michelin and Essilor are strongly committed: we have decided to formalize our common engagement for road safety through a long-term collaboration agreement”, said Eric Le Corre, corporate vice-president public affairs at Michelin. “This engagement for safer mobility addresses both the action for the employees of the company and more widely, all drivers. Our action with Essilor will also allow us to highlight the importance of vision for our training for drivers”, added Nicolas Beaumont, senior vice president sustainable development and mobility at Michelin.

“We believe that this partnership between two renowned and engaged leaders like Michelin and Essilor creates a unique opportunity to improve people’s vision and safety on the road. The communication is simple, but powerful: get ready before hitting the road by checking your vision and checking your tyres. Yet, there is a lack of public awareness and too few policies on the importance of vision on the road. The support of Michelin is a hallmark and we are very excited about the potential of this collaboration and how it will benefit people” concluded Laurent Vacherot, chief executive officer, Essilor International.

Both partners are already strongly involved in independent respective actions to promote safe mobility.

In 2017, Essilor and Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) partnered to lead the fight against the lack of awareness on the crucial link between vision and road safety, through the joint promotion of the FIA created “Check your vision” golden rule, which stands together with other main risk factors on the road (speed, buckle seat belts, mobile phone usage, check tyres, etc). In line with its mission of improving lives by improving sight, Essilor is fully committed to further reinforcing its product range, with solutions that answer drivers’ visual needs, and to continue to leverage innovation as a way to correct, protect and enhance the vision of all road users (drivers, pedestrians, cyclists…).

Michelin, a leader in the field of sustainable mobility and world class tyre manufacturer, has a long-standing commitment to road safety through their local actions and global partnerships with the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC). Michelin is an active corporate partner of the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety and one of the first private sector donors of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund.

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SportRx Becomes Five-Time Recipient of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work in America

It was noted for maintaining perks.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SAN DIEGO, CA — SportRx, the leader in sports prescription eyewear, has been recognized among Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work in America for the fifth time. SportRx was noted for maintaining perks like flexible paid time off, annual team trips and excursions, and even home-brewed beers on tap in the office, like 2019’s Barley Visible.

Nomination entails a rigorous selection process conducted by Best Companies Group in conjunction with Outside Magazine. Winning companies provide great workplaces for employees and encourage a balance between work and enjoying life in the great outdoors, while also respecting the environment.

“It’s an incredible honor to be named a Best Place to Work again,” says SportRx Vice President, Rob Tavakoli, “Inside the building feels like an amazing place to spend your time and energy, and it’s great for that feeling to be confirmed by Outside!”

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EnChroma Glasses Enable Color Blind Visitors to Experience Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Vibrant Color

This is in conjunction with a traveling exhibition currently on display at the museum.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BERKELEY, CA – EnChroma, Inc. – creators of patented eyewear for color blindness – announced that The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will participate in the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the museum is making EnChroma eyewear available to color blind visitors so they can experience a fuller range of color as they tour the museum’s collections.

The Nelson-Atkins initiative is being launched in conjunction with a traveling exhibition currently on display at the museum called Access + Ability, on loan from the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Access + Ability includes an exhibit on EnChroma color blind glasses and the condition of color blindness. The EnChroma glasses were also part of the museum’s Access + Ability exhibit at the prestigious, recently concluded World Economic Forum 2019 in Davos, Switzerland.

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“We are committed to making the experience of everyone who comes to the museum as rich and complete as possible,” said Anne Manning, director of education and interpretive programs at the Nelson-Atkins. “It is exciting to be able to offer EnChroma glasses to our visitors who are color blind and know that we are making it possible for them to walk through our galleries and appreciate the range of color in each work of art.”

EnChroma has taken the lead in advocating for “color accessibility” with the launch of the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program. The program helps public venues, schools, state parks, libraries, museums and other organizations purchase and loan EnChroma glasses to color blind guests and students to make colorful exhibits, schoolwork, attractions and/or experiences accessible to the color blind. Other venues offering EnChroma glasses to patrons include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Central Museum in Utrecht, The Netherlands and others.

“We are pleased to have the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – with its beautiful grounds and colorful outdoor and indoor exhibits – join the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program and support accessibility,” said Andy Schmeder, co-founder and CEO of EnChroma. “Expanding accessibility for the color blind is clearly on the radar of the art world as more world-class venues continue to join us. We’re pleased that more color blind people will be able to experience EnChroma and participate more fully in the colorful world around them.”

Color blindness affects 350 million people worldwide – 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women (.5%). Backed by science, EnChroma lenses are engineered with special optical filters that remove wavelengths of light where the red and green cones have an excessive overlap in the eyes of people with color vision deficiency. This enables those with red-green color blindness to see colors more vibrantly, clearly and distinctly, helping them to overcome everyday obstacles and frustrations and access more of life’s colorful experiences. To learn more about EnChroma’s Color Accessibility program, contact accessiblity@enchroma.com.

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