Although the concept of a PAL is over 100 years old, it wasn’t marketed until 1959, when Essilor introduced Varilux. 

Just like Kleenex has become synonymous with facial tissue, Varilux, by Essilor of America, Inc., has long been the term used by many to refer to any progressive lens. With decades of satisfied patients behind it and a passion for innovation, the Varilux brand continues to pave the way for progressive lenses.


By today’s standards, the Varilux I lens was a simple design using an evolving series of conic sections. The lens had only one design, which was very soft, and the corridor was very long. Essilor went on to introduce Varilux Infinity. This lens addressed the need for multiple designs, as different-
powered lenses had diverse aberration challenges and wearers used them differently.

Varilux Comfort was a huge success because of how well it addressed the visual needs of wearers and how comfortable it was to wear. Touted as the best-selling progressive ever by Essilor, the lens used visual ergonomics for the basis of its design. The company has since released Varilux Panamic, Varilux Ellipse, Varilux Physio, Varilux Ipseo, and the line’s latest offering, the Varilux S Series. It also introduced free-form lens design and digital surfacing with its Varilux Physio 360º lenses in 2006.


The latest Varilux lenses feature W.A.V.E. Technology 2, a series of design elements that Essilor describes as its next-generation lens technology. W.A.V.E. Technology 2 manages distortion and delivers sharp vision at all viewing distances, even in low-light conditions.

With Essilor’s excellent reputation following countless instances of innovations and firsts, one can only imagine what the company will introduce next.

Kevin Harrison is president and owner of Heritage Vision Center, an independent optical dispensary in Hattiesburg, MS.

Essilor of America, Inc. 800-542-5668 // variluxusa.com


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