Varilux Lenses

The Varilux lens brand is the brainchild of Essilor, the world's largest eyewear company. Follow these links to the websites for

Varilux Lenses
Varilux Comfort®
Varilux Definity®
Varilux Physio®
Varilux Ellipse®

The Varilux lens is the clearest, widest-corridor lens available on the market today. With Varilux lenses, you can be sure that you have the best lens technology working for you. Whether it is Varilux Comfort® , Varilux Definity® , or Varilux Physio® , Varilux makes the best progressive lenses on the market.

Varilux Lenses

Since 1959, with the invention of the world’s first progressives, Varilux has innovated lens science to advance and set new standards of performance for vision and vision care for presbyopic patients. A combination of two good things, technology and innovation, Varilux progressive lenses provide clear vision at all distances without the age-old and unsightly bifocal lines. And with more than 300 million lenses sold worldwide, Varilux is the progressive lens brand that eye care professionals trust and recommend most.

Varilux lenses are specifically designed for people over 40 who experience presbyopia – a condition in which near vision (needed when reading, sewing or working at the computer) becomes increasingly blurred with age. Varilux enables you to see near, far and everything in-between and look fabulous at the same time.

How to choose between Varilux Comfort® , Varilux Physio® , and Varilux Definity®

Choosing the best progressive lenses for your needs from among Varilux Comfort® , Varilux Physio® , and Varilux Definity® is partly a function of what you can afford to spend, and partly determined by your needs. The Varilux Physio® and Varilux Definity® have a 30% wider viewing area in the middle (corridor) which means you don’t have to turn your head as much, and so it is more comfortable. If you have worn Varilux Comfort® lenses for years since they were first introduced, you will love Varilux Physio® and Varilux Definity® .

The next question is, how to choose between the Varilux Physio® , Varilux Physio® 360, and Varilux Definity® . This is more of a question for your eyecare professional, or the counselors at While we offer all of these lenses, they are often interchangeable for most people and there is little difference.

Varilux Lenses

Best progressive lenses

What makes the best progressive lenses? In our opinion, the best progressive lenses are the progressive lenses that have the best optical clarity, and the widest corridor (the viewing area in the middle of the lens). With the widest corridor of any progressive lens on the market, Varilux Definity® and Varilux Physio® lenses are the easiest and most comfortable lenses to wear.

Replacement progressive lenses has an excellent service to replace the progressive lenses in your glasses with new progressive lenses with the same or a new prescription. Replacing progressive lenses is simple to do: you send us your glasses, we copy the measurements from the lenses and make new lenses. Follow this link to learn more about replacement lenses.

Varilux Comfort® Progressive Lenses

Introduced in 1993, the Varilux Comfort® is a line of progressive lenses that established a new standard on the market at the time of its launch. With its high performance and ease of adaptation, it received the acclaim of the optical industry. The concept of the Varilux Comfort® lens is the result of optical research and the use of what is considered a first in studies on the inner workings of the visual system.

Thanks to a smooth adjustment process, the Varilux Comfort® line provides natural vision, whatever the distance.

Observations on the wearer’s visual behaviour are at the origin of the creation this progressive lens. It complements the wearer’s visual ergonomics, enabling the wearer to maintain a natural posture for ultimate visual comfort. Therefore, the adjustment to the lenses is much easier.

Varilux Physio® Progressive Lenses - Improving visual acuity

Varilux Physio® lenses were introduced in 2006 and they benefit from innovative technology derived from spatial optics research to provide correction of presbyopia and other visual deficiencies. These progressive lenses guarantee a high resolution vision, whatever the distance:

- In distant vision, visual acuity is at its maximum: images are very clear and contrast is rendered perfectly.

- In intermediate vision, the field of vision is widened by 30%. In this zone, where presbyopia is complicated to correct, focusing is considerably easier.

- In near vision, Varilux Physio® enlarges the close-up zones of vision without requiring any change in posture.

Created with the eye’s physiology in mind, Varilux Physio® leads to perfect natural vision, whatever the activity being undertaken. Contrasts are improved. Varilux Physio® offers a personalised solution: correction of presbyopia which is precisely adjusted to visual behaviour.

Varilux Definity® Progressive Lenses

DEFINITY™ progressive lenses were created and developed by Johnson & Johnson, who later sold it to Essilor. Varilux Definity progressive lenses are the only progressive lens that utilizes DUAL ADD® Technology, a patented, dual-surface, offset design which provides several distinct optical advantages: a wider intermediate zone, the least amount of peripheral distortion of any PAL and a unique zone of correction called GROUND VIEW ADVANTAGE™.

GROUND VIEW ADVANTAGE features a reduction in power which minimizes distortion and flattens the field of vision, giving wearers greater clarity when looking down.

Another significant benefit of DUAL ADD and GROUND VIEW ADVANTAGE is that these advantages become more pronounced as add power increases. As a result, DEFINITY remains the right solution for presbyopes as they age.

DEFINITY is the perfect lens for the active lifestyles of today’s presbyopes. With the superior intermediate vision, DEFINITY makes computer use, driving or any other everyday activity more comfortable. With clearer vision when looking down, DEFINITY makes going up and down stairs, playing golf or tennis, or navigating uneven surfaces easier.



Eyeglasses Categories

There are many different types of prescription glasses that are out there. For example, most eyeglasses frames are unisex, meaning they work both for men and women. We have created some categories for mens eyeglasses, womens eyeglasses, and kids eyeglasses to make it a little easier for you.

If you have a high prescription, you may be looking for small eyeglasses so that the lens is not too thick at the edges. If you are a large person and have trouble finding eyeglasses big enough to fit you, check out our selection of big eyeglasses.

The retro eyeglasses look is all the rage now, and coming back strong. We have the largest selection of round eyeglasses on the internet, and we also have a beautiful collection of vintage eyeglasses and retro eyeglasses.



Steve wrote on 04/23/10 4:39 PM

Prescrip +6.0 -2.25 150 add +2.50/-1.50 -1.00 105 add+2.50. Frame to be 50-18-34-140 modified oval. For a progressive, should I get Varilux Physio 360, Physio, Physio 360 short, Definity, Comfort or the Hoya ID?
Joy Norwood

Joy Norwood wrote on 11/15/10 9:39 AM

I have worn Varilux for some 20 years at least, however, the last 2 pairs of glasses I bought I was sales pressured to buy Hoya lens on the recommendation that they have a larger viewer
section. I have NOT been as satisfied as with the Varilux.
Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew wrote on 11/15/10 9:52 AM

We are not an authority on the relative merits of the different lens brands. We sell all the major brands of lenses including Hoya. However, we have had so much positive customer feedback about Varilux products that we tend to recommend Varilux over other brands in most lens categories. As far as we know, the Varilux Definity and Physio progressive lenses have the widest "corridor" (viewing area) for most prescription/frame combinations. However, we always invite other lens companies to send us evidence to the contrary.

Barbara wrote on 11/19/10 7:47 PM

What lenses would be best for a client who has a prism in their lenses and why?
Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew wrote on 11/22/10 1:35 PM

All Varilux lenses would be equally fine for a prism correction. The best lens choice would be based on your individual needs, which we can evaluate once we see your prescription, frame choice, and lens requirements.
W. Ourada

W. Ourada wrote on 11/25/10 12:18 AM

Prescri: O.D. Spherical -1.00, Cylin. -75, Axis 100
O.S. " -1.00, " -1.00, " 65
Add +2.25
32 62/58

This is what I have on my eval business card he gave me. I think it says PD with 30 Over 32.
Anyway I am not happy with these really small focal point; real nice lenses made by Crizal. Just got them today, but I do not have my head in a very stationary position all day to see through these. I find myself bobbing my head around trying to focus on whatever I am doing, and no real peripheral vision whatsoever.
Maybe you guys can help? They put the lenses in a pair of Nike Flexon 4193 Frames with these numbers on the ear piece 209 55 18 145
Hope this makes sense to you guys. Please let me know what you can or can not do and how much.
Thanks for your time-Will

Debbie wrote on 12/13/10 11:53 AM

Do the comfort lenses come with scratch coating or do you have to pay extra?
Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew wrote on 12/14/10 3:16 PM

All of the lenses we offer include scratch-resistant coating, at no additional cost.

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