The Varilux lens brand is the brainchild of Essilor, the world's largest eyewear company. Varilux is the parent brand of a number of children brands, including Comfort®, Definity®, Physio® , Ellipse®, and others. Crizal is a sibling to Varilux, also created by Essilor. Varilux lenses are the clearest, widest-corridor progressive lenses available on the market today. With Varilux lenses, you can be sure that you have the best lens technology working for you. At Eyeglasses.com, most of the lenses we dispense are made by Essilor, unless a customer specially requests a different brand.
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 people to see near, far and everything in-between and look fabulous at the same time.
Choosing the best progressive lenses for your needs from among Varilux family 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 Eyeglasses.com. While we offer all of these lenses, they are often interchangeable for most people and there is little difference.
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.
Eyeglasses.com 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.
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 behavior 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® 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.
Definity® progressive lenses were created and developed by Johnson & Johnson, who later sold it to Essilor. 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, and a wider intermediate zone. Definity® lenses also offer the least amount of peripheral distortion of any progressive and a unique zone of correction called GROUND VIEW ADVANTAGE™, which 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.