2016.09.27

Essilor wins a Silmo d’Or award for its Eye Protect System™: an innovation in prevention of visual health

Essilor has also been awarded a Silmo d’Or in the Low Vision category for MyEye: Incorporating artificial intelligence, this visual aid for people with low vision is able to read text and recognise people’s faces and everyday objects.

“Eye Protect System demonstrates our commitment to continuing to provide innovative solutions for the correction, protection and prevention needs of consumers throughout the world – people whose eyes are exposed to UV rays every day, as well as to harmful blue-violet light. Innovation in the field of optics is needed more than ever before, to help ensure people’s visual health throughout life” emphasises Jean Carrier, Chief Operating Officer of the Essilor Group.

The innovative lens enables all consumers to benefit from breakthroughs in prevention thanks to its specific absorption properties. Eye Protect System’s various absorbers target harmful blue-violet lights while absorbing the residual yellow tint which emerges when blue light is filtered, thus resulting in a completely aesthetically clear lens.

In order to ensure that visual protection becomes a standard in ophthalmic lenses, Essilor is deploying
its Eye Protect System on a very wide selection of its range – both those making up its own brands and those of its networks throughout the world – the aim being to promote access to prevention in visual health. The Eye Protect System innovation now comes as standard on all Essilor Transitions lenses and is deployed on Varilux, Eyezen+ and Crizal.

Blue-violet light has been identified as one of the risk factors in retinal diseases such as ARMD1, along with smoking, ageing, genetics, diet…. It features mainly in natural light, but is also emitted by the digital screens to which the eyes of both adults and children are exposed on a frequent basis and for prolonged periods of time. Eye Protect system also blocks the transmission of UV rays that, over time, can accelerate the eye’s ageing and can lead to the early appearance of cataracts2. Every year, 5 million people lose their sight because of cataracts2. And children’s eyes are more vulnerable than adults’ to the harmful effects of the sun because their crystalline lenses are not yet mature and are not yet able to block them out.

MyEye, a solution for the 140 million visually-impaired people throughout the world
MyEye is a device for enhancing the lives of people with visual impairment – people whose visual needs can no longer be addressed by corrective lenses. Incorporating artificial intelligence, MyEye
integrates a miniature camera and an earphone into the temple of a pair of glasses and reads text that it sees into the user’s ear. It can recognise everyday products, read totals on tickets and give the
names of people that it recognises. For both indoor and outdoor use, the MyEye device is light, discreet and easy to use. It can store up to 100 faces and 150 consumer goods. This innovation, developed by start-up OrCam and distributed in France by Essilor, is designed to improve the autonomy of visually-impaired people. Today, 140 million people throughout the world suffer from visual impairment – mainly ARMD or glaucoma.

The Essilor Group strives to understand people’s needs and their changing behaviour, and in line with its mission to improve lives by improving sight, invests €200 million in Research and Innovation every year. Every day, the Group’s 550 researchers throughout the world research and develop innovative solutions.

In September, Essilor was ranked by Forbes magazine for the sixth year running as one of the world’s most innovative companies. It is a pioneer when it comes to major innovations in the field of ophthalmic optics, such as progressive lenses, organic lenses and organic photochromic lenses.

The Silmo is one of the world’s largest shows for professionals in the optics and eyeglass trade. The Silmo d’Or innovation awards are given in recognition of the profession’s intrinsic values: innovation, technological advances and creativity.

1 Age-related macular degeneration.
Sunlight and the 10-year incidence of age-related maculopathy: The Beaver Dam Eye Study. Arch. Ophthalmol., 122, 750-
757
New discoveries and therapies in retinal phototoxicity, Serge Picaud and Emilie Arnault, Points de Vue, No.68, Spring 2013.

2 McCarthy CA, Taylor HR. A review of the epidemiological evidence, linking UV radiation and cataracts. Dev Ophthalmol.
2002; 35: 21-31.

Eye Protect System™, Varilux®, Eyezen™ + and Crizal® are trademarks of Essilor International.Transitions® is a trademark of Transitions Optical, Inc.

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