With 680 million Varilux® lenses sold worldwide since 1959 and a long list of successes, including the recent launch of Varilux® X, the Varilux® brand is an industry reference for progressive lenses in the current optical market. This success can be credited to six decades of customer-focused innovation, research and development, collaboration, production and strategic deployment by the men and women of the Essilor Group.
Varilux® has transformed the lives of presbyopes around the world, becoming one of Essilor’s leading brands.
Since the first pair of Varilux® progressive lenses was manufactured in 1959, the lens has been a cutting-edge innovation in its own right and continues to evolve, further improving the lives of presbyopes.
A brief look back at the highlights of this innovative solution:
Before progressive lenses were invented, presbyopia was generally corrected with bifocal lenses, invented in the 18th century. Bernard Maitenaz, a young mechanical and optical engineer at Société des Lunetiers (Essel), is convinced that a lens with a variable curvature offering clear vision at all distances would be a much better solution to replace the bifocal lenses invented by Benjamin Franklin, which showed “life split in two”.
It eventually took him 8 years of research to achieve his objective with his team: the first Varilux® lens was launched in 1959. Since then, it has continued to evolve through a series of technological innovations, setting new standards of visual comfort for presbyopes around the world. The individual behaviour of each person and the interactions of the eye, retina and brain have been gradually integrated in order to achieve the most natural vision possible.
It’s a revolution for presbyopic people: Varilux® eliminates the need to constantly change glasses to see near or far, to avoid wearing bifocal lenses with a line. Progressive lenses allow you to see clearly at any distance!
Since its invention, Varilux® has constantly pushed the limits of technology. In sixty years, a total of 70 patents have been filed and more than eight generations of Varilux® lenses have been patented.
Varilux® has had a major impact on the optical industry and the lives of millions of people. Lenses are now offered by all manufacturers and have completely transformed the habits of eye care professionals in correcting presbyopia. Varilux® has enabled Essilor to become the world’s leading lens manufacturer.
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