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It’s all in the details

Take a closer look at all the careful details that go into making every Essilor lens. The combination of best-in-class technology, science, and art is something worth seeing.

Materials matter

With ordinary plastic lenses, a strong prescription can result in a thicker lens. In contrast, our hi-index plastic or polycarbonate lenses will reduce lens thickness for greater comfort and a better appearance.

  • Hi-index plastic is lightweight and thinner than most plastic. Essilor offers hi-index 1.67 and 1.74 lenses that are thinner and lighter with more appealing aesthetics for greater comfort and a better look.
  • Polycarbonate lenses have superior impact resistance and are lighter than regular plastic lenses. They’re 20% thinner and 30% lighter than standard plastic lenses, yet super tough and very hard to break.

LENS DESIGN PERSONALIZATION

After materials, our lens makers consider the design and function of the lens. Does the wearer need them to see far away or up close? Are we correcting a vision problem, such as astigmatism? Here are just some of the lens designs to meet those vision needs.

  • Single vision lenses—made for one, consistent focal power to correct a single vision condition. 
  • Progressive lenses—correct more than one vision condition, with the focal power “progressing” from top to bottom without a visible line separating them.
  • Concave lenses—used to treat near-sightedness, or myopia. The lens shape is concave (thicker at the edge, thinner in the middle) to bend rays outwards.
  • Plus lenses—used to treat far-sightedness, or hyperopia. The lens shape is convex (thicker in the middle, thinner at the edge) to bend rays inwards.
  • Cylindrical lenses—designed for astigmatisms, or when the cornea of the eye is oval, rather than round. A cylindrical lens is the most common way to correct astigmatism. 
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Additional features & treatments

Either one or both sides of the lens can be treated to extend the longevity of the glasses and improve clarity of vision. Some of our advanced lens treatment options include the following:

  • Anti-reflective coating—reduces reflections, allowing more light to pass through your lenses for better clarity, especially at night. Anti-reflective coatings also help lenses look nearly invisible, reducing distraction and improving eye contact. Crizal® lenses and Xperio UV™ lenses provide this feature by reducing the effects of glare, as well as protecting against scratches and smudges.
  • UVA and UVB blocking—can help protect your eyes from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays. Xperio UV lenses, Transitions® lenses, and Crizal lenses offer protection for your best vision under the sun.
  • Adaptive treatment—this feature allows lenses to automatically adjust from clear indoors to dark outdoors. With Transitions adaptive lenses, you get just that—lenses that adjust from clear to dark, and every shade in between.
  • Smart Blue Filter™—a feature embedded in lenses to reduce the amount of Harmful Blue Light* entering the eye by 20%. Harmful Blue Light is the blue-violet wavelengths between 415-455 nm on the light spectrum believed most toxic to retinal cells. Eyezen+ lenses, Transitions lenses, and select Varilux® lenses offer this breakthrough feature.
  • Polarization—a special filter that blocks intense reflected light. Xperio UV polarized lenses eliminate blinding glare so you can see the outside world with sharper color and greater depth.

Personalize Your Lenses

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* 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).