What's New in Lenses

By Andy Karp
Sunlens technology is making a big splash this season. Lens manufacturers are fielding an impressive array of new options that use lens materials, treatments and designs in bold new combinations.

Ice-Tech Advanced Lens Technologies is unveiling the Thin Tech Lens for wrap around eyewear. The lenses are produced using the processes developed by Advanced Lens Technologies, LLC, which focuses on research and development of new prescription high-tech lens solutions. This includes lens designs, equipment design and manufacturing, process development and intellectual property development. Advanced Lens Technologies has developed advanced wrap around lens technology in both single-vision and multi-vision lens designs.

Hoya Vision Care is launching the Hoya Phoenix Polarized lens. Hoya Phoenix will be available as a complete portfolio including clear, photochromic and now polarized lens options. It is the lightest lens material available today with better optical clarity and tensile strength than polycarbonate.

Vision-Ease Lens is introducing a range of new polarized lens options, including Coppertone trifocal and plano options, SunRx Trifocal and plano lenses, Coppertone and SunRx SFSV 8.50 base and an all-new SunRx Classic Green color, pictured here. SunRx lenses are now available in plastic in SFSV and D28 Bifocals, both offered in base curves of 2.25, 4.25, 6.25 and 8.25 (coated or uncoated). SunRx plastic FSV planos in a 6.25 base curve also are available and all lenses are offered in gray and brown.

Augen Optics high-definition single-vision lenses are now available as NXT sunlenses and NXT Varia photochromic and photochromic polarized sunlenses (activated by Transitions). NXT Sunlenses, offered through PPG, protect and improve vision with patented Trivex polymer that is lighter and stronger than polycarbonate, free of stress with superior optics, and compatible with any type of frame. Augen NXT Sunlenses are available in a range of tint colors and in polarized, photochromic, polarized photochromic, and mirror applications.

Essilor of America is now offering Definity Fairway Transitions SOLFX lenses a new progressive sunwear product designed specifically for presbyopic golfers looking to improve their game and conquer the course. The new product combines the patented Dual Add 2.0 Technology and Ground View Advantage of Definity lenses with the advanced photochromic technology of Transitions SOLFX sun lenses to allow golfers to follow the ball more clearly.

Like all Transitions SOLFX sunwear products, the new golf lenses help enhance visual performance by adjusting to all outdoor sun conditions. The lenses change from amber to a darker brown outdoors, improving contrast and depth perception to help golfers see the contour of the greens and better see the ball. The lenses also block 100 percent of harmful UV and UVB rays and come systematically with Crizal Sun Mirrors with Scotchgard Protector, which reduce glare at every angle with improved scratch resistance and cleanability.

Ophthonix is showcasing iZon SL lenses in Transitions VI. The new lens provides patients with a UV light activated changeable tint that can offer many high definition vision benefits, including better vision in low luminance and intermediate contrast conditions. The iZon SL Lens in Transitions VI is 1.6 index, and fully-loaded with index-matched scratch resistant coating and premium anti-reflective and super-hydrophobic coatings. It is available in gray and brown tints and can be ordered for both single-vision and PAL wearers.

Transitions finished lenses are now available from Younger Optics in hard resin and polycarbonate. Both materials are available in single vision gray and brown and offer a high quality “Super Hydrophobic” AR coating that can outperform many of the more costly coatings on the market, accord-ing to Younger. The hydrophobic proper-ties allow water droplets to easily run off the surface of the lens without stains or streaks, and help to remove smudges, dust, dirt and fingerprints, making the lenses easy to clean and maintain. This advanced coating is very durable, resisting scratching and peeling throughout the life of the lens.

Several manufacturers are expanding their range of lens materials. Maclens, a Brazilian company, is presenting its new Polysensus polycarbonate lens. The hard coated lens, which blocks 99 percent of UV, features an aspheric design and features a large, wide far zone that is free of cylinder. A very wide corridor enables the wearer to use the intermediate zone not only for easy transfer between the far and the reading zone, but also for using computers and other intermediate needs. The reading zone is very long, enabling the wearer to use medium and large frame sizes. The lens also boats very stable power at all functional regions, according to Maclens. It is available in bases 3.00 and 5.00 additions 1.00 to 3.50 diameter 72/78mm. The fitting height is 16mm. Shamir Insight is introducing a new high-index material. The material will be available as a single-vision blank, allowing Shamir’s network of Free-form partner labs to produce various Autograph products in a Shamir specific material. Patients can now enjoy Shamir’s designs in a high-quality Shamir material.

Zeiss, the inventor of AR coating, is releasing PureCoat by Zeiss.Independent testing shows that PureCoat by ZEISS has a luminous reflect-ance below one percent and an ultra-durable hydrophobic topcoat that delivers easier cleaning that lasts for the life of the prescription. PureCoat features state-of-the-art anti-static technology and an ultra-tough hard coat.

Xzilon Optical is introducing EZ Clean with Xzilon, a super-hydrophobic treatment that is applied by the dispenser. Exposing EZ Clean to air activates the Xzilon molecules, creating a permanent seal to the lens. It is a one-time application that outlasts the prescription. The treatment results in lenses that are slippery to the touch and resist dirt and smudges.

Indo is expanding its progressive lens design portfolio with the addition of Fit Design an as-worn progressive design that includes six additional measurement parameters. Fit Design provides visual correction adapted to the user’s facial characteristics and enables lens precision to be optimized by using six parameters measured and recorded for each user. The six measurement parameters are: usual reading distance, monocular pupillary distance, pantoscopic angle, vertex distance, wrapping angle and fitting height. Usual reading distance indicates the distance at which a person is used to reading text that is close by. The other five parameters refer to the position of the lens on the user’s face. The Fit Design ruler will help to achieve higher levels of personalization when obtaining the exact measurements.

Optixx is exhibiting the Identity Office +, a degressive lens that is optimized for intermediate to near vision. The resulting lens shows a very soft transition from the intermediate zone to the near zone and features a very clear visual image with no distortions. Optixx can produce these high quality lenses with seven different degression zones (0.75D to 2.25D). The Identity Office + was especially designed for different intermediate distances and covers the range of 0.80m to 4.00m. The customer can choose the lens that best fulfils their individual needs.

Augen Optics’s short corridor progressives are now available in Trivex, Trivex Transitions, SunSensors+ and hard resin. The lenses feature an unprecedented 8mm corridor length and 12mm minimum fitting height, and are available in +1.00D to +3.00D add powers in 3.50, 5.00 and 6.00 bases.

Signet Armorlite is spotlighting Kodak Lenses with Anti-Fatigue Progressive Technology. The lenses assist the normal binocular function of the patient’s eyes for longer, more comfortable near-work experiences. This patented computerized technology incorporates base-in prism into the reading area of the progressive and can be added to Kodak Unique, Kodak Precise, Kodak Precise Short and Kodak Concise progressives.

For the complete Lenses and Technology Scouting Report, see 20/20’s Seller’s Guide.

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