Essilor's Eye Protect System™ will provide protection against the harmful blue-violet and UV light.
A major advancement by Essilor
To address the growing need for protection against increasing exposure to blue light and UV, Essilor, the leading manufacturer of eyeglass lenses, is introducing Eye Protect System™, a lens innovation making eye protection more accessible to everyone. This includes the launch of Smart Blue Filter™ which provides embedded protection against harmful blue-violet light while allowing the beneficial blue-violet light to pass through on an aesthetically clear lens. Blue light is found everywhere, and is emitted by the sun and artificial light sources such as LEDs, computers and smart phones. This product innovation signifies a major advancement by Essilor because most blue light and UV protection products available are a coating applied to the lens surface that has an obvious color.
“Over the past several decades, in partnership with eyecare professionals, major Essilor lens innovations have improved the vision of millions of eyeglass wearers,” said Eric Leonard, President of Essilor of America. “At Essilor, we care about protecting eyes and have made a significant commitment to ensure that blue light and UV protection are available to everyone. We will offer this technology as a fundamental part of our business at no additional cost, creating a new standard for our industry.”
Essilor will communicate on the benefits of Smart Blue Filter embedded in Varilux® digital designs, Eyezen+™ lenses, and Transitions lenses. For the ultimate protection, consumers can combine Smart Blue Filter lenses with Crizal® Prevencia® No-Glare lens treatment, which selectively filters harmful blue-violet light while also blocking UV light.
“The connection between blue-light and retinal disease, such as AMD, suggests that reducing exposure to blue light would be beneficial,” said Dr. Howard Purcell, Senior Vice President, Essilor of America. “As a leader in the optical industry, we feel it’s our responsibility to provide solutions which meet the needs of eyecare professionals and their patients for protection and correction, by providing the best solutions on the market.”
Blue-Violet and UV Light Protection
Eye Protect System™ will provide protection against the harmful blue-violet and UV light. For protection against the more intense amounts of blue and UV light encountered outdoors, Transitions lenses or sunwear lenses should be worn - such as Xperio UV™ polarized sun lenses manufactured by Essilor.
Essilor was formed in 1972 with the amalgamation of two French companies Essel and Silor.
Essilor has had a presence in Britain since 1881 when Société des Lunetiers opened it's British operation in Hatton Garden, London. It maintained a presence in the city until 1975 when the company moved its offices and production facilities to Thornbury, near Bristol.
Globally, Essilor operates in around 100 countries. Essilor employs around 400 people in the UK and has developed some of the world's most up-to-date lens surfacing equipment. Essilor is world famous for the Varilux lens, the world's first varifocal, which was invented in 1959. A total of 300 million people around the world wear or have worn Varilux lenses, with a new wearer every three seconds. Essilor has 5 major brands that embody cutting edge lens technology. Varilux, Crizal, Xperio, Optifog and Transitions.
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