Crizal Sapphire UV

Essilor has launched its brand new anti-reflective Crizal Sapphire UV lens as the ultimate choice for pure vision, comfort and aesthetic experience, and have described it as another expression of its mission of improving lives by improving sight.

It said at the launch that the lens has broken the traditional compromise between anti-reflective (AR) performance and UV protection. It offers ESPF 35 protection and provides much needed relief for vision plagued by invasive light.

Wearer trials showed 91% preferred it to their previous eyewear and 70% judged it more efficient on reflections than even Crizal Forte UV.

Essilor said the new lens will “enhance all the light of our lives” and offer absolute transparency to millions of spectacle wearers who are bombarded with light from all directions and annoying reflections. Being “almost invisible” it offers “a sensational way to see and be seen””.

Purer vision benefits include better transmission of visual information, fewer ghost images and less distracting reflections. Aesthetic benefits come from a more transparent lens which allows the eyes to be more visible at all angles, ideal for posting selfies, being photographed and filmed, applying make-up and simply being seen.

Crizal Sapphire UV is the result of patented breakthroughs including a dual HMAR architecture in which both lens surfaces interact to tackle reflections that can come from the front, the side and back of each surface.

Essilor has created new ways of designing an AR coating to out-perform the ISO standard, which was designed to work around only one frontal range of between -15° and +15°. It has created the first anti-glare coating designed to cut reflections whatever the light incident angle, off both the front and back surfaces. Compared to Crizal Forte UV, the new lens offers up to an astonishing 25% less reflection, across the angle between -45° and +45°, front and back. It said that while its AR lenses have always stood for less eyestrain, more visual comfort, safety and aesthetics, new, patented technologies have allowed it to break the compromise between UV and AR performance.

An optimised stack on both surfaces of the lens allows it to provide a new form of 360° multi-angular technology. An innovative nano layer structure on the back surface minimises visible light reflections at 360° and preserves a high level of UV protection.

The new lenses are available now.

Ultra Limited Eyewear now available

We are excited to announce that we are now offering the new, innovative eyewear brand Ultra Limited. These unique frames represent the pinnacle of stand out British eyewear fashion. Unrepeatable in their uniqueness, these glasses are the product of a man’s glance. A man who, after a day’s work in his workshop, looks at the scrap bin of the day’s produced frames, and sees a kaleidoscopic mix of colours. Just a moment is enough to unleash creativity, and just a glance to imagine something great: bringing a dream to life. Callous hands, skilled hands of that pristine craftsmanship typical of people who have been working for years with passion and devotion, starts shaping scraps with an unique result. The result is called ULTRA LIMITED. Uniqueness is the characteristic of being one and only: you will never find an exact copy of a pair of ULTRA LIMITED glasses. By assembling 12 different shades, each pair of glasses is the ultimate expression of colour, with tone-on-tone technique and the exaggeration of contrasts . Each pair of glasses is hand-manufactured in Italy by artisans with decades-long experience.


Wholesale ordering now available

We now have the capability to offer wholesale ordering online through our web ordering system to our customers. This allows you to bulk order some of the most popular stock lens options to ensure that you can service your patients' requirements faster than ever before. 


2017 Review

2017 was a great year for Horizon Optical. Another year as a LINDBERG accredited lab brought our total time to 27 years as an approved LINDBERG glazer. We also welcome Kate Hill back to the team after maternity leave for her second child, and enjoyed a good years business supported by our independent optician customers.

Halfway through the year we launched our revolutionary new van service - Elite Lens Express - which brings over 1,000 stock lenses to the doors of our customers on a daily basis, as well as accessories, order placement, and full back office support for practices. If you would like more information on this service, or would like to see if you are eligible for it, please contact customer services or your account manager.

Through continuous improvement of our supply chain, we remain able to supply exceptional quality products and services to each and every one of our accounts. We would be more than happy to discuss with you how Horizon Optical can help your practice grow. Please speak to our customer services team to arrange a business consultation.


Essilor launches Road Pilot lens

Essilor Ltd is helping its independent partners capture market share in the emerging ophthalmic driving lens category with its new Road Pilot lens.

The branded driving lens combines two new technologies for the first time, in coating and design, to enhance confidence, comfort and driving performance, particularly during night-time, lower light and challenging weather conditions.

It is offered exclusively with a new Crizal Drive anti-reflective coating which reduces distracting glare from dashboard, modern headlights, street lights, traffic lights and set surfaces with up to 90% less reflections than a simple hard coat, to maximise clear vision. 

It is available within unique single vision and Varilux forms, each tailored to deliver exceptional performance through design and coating.  It can be enhanced with Transitions XTRActive which adapts to varying light conditions, so opticians can offer the ‘ultimate, 24-7’ driving lens giving clear vision from dawn to dusk to night-time.  


 

Varilux X Series

Generation X is getting presbyopic and is living in a faster-paced world compared to Baby Boomers. They grew up with pervasive digital tools, they have learned to cope in a fast changing, multi-tasking world, they want to keep up to speed with the younger generations.

Multiple close distances at arm’s length

Increasingly, people are spending more time indoors and exercising their vision mostly in short and intermediate distances. Gen X is craving for seamless acuity in various everyday tasks, at multiple close distances. They want to send a text while catching up their favorite TV show on a tablet, and they are checking breaking news alerts on their mobile while working on their desktop.

From 2D to 3D, Varilux® X Series is setting a new reference criteria – volume of vision

Historically, progressive lens designers were considering a single target object for one gaze direction, the near vision zone in a progressive lens was set at 40 cm at 36 degrees. Today, Essilor designers have focused their efforts on vision at arm’s length, formulating new reference criteria: volume of vision. This pioneering approach addresses the main limit of progressive lenses: the necessity to adjust head position to find the right angle.

No need for head adjustment at near distances

Essilor research has analysed in-depth the usual zone of vision in one posture. The objective was to meet most visual needs inside this zone. Varilux® X Series provides an impressive 75% match with wearers’ visual needs at arm’s length in one gaze direction, without head adjusting movement, a significant improvement compared to other premium progressive lens (vs 59% on average for competitors).

Demanding progressive wearers can now handle seamlessly multiple targets for the same gaze direction. Their sharp vision is extended by 100% in width and length, in this new defined vision zone at arm’s length.

Varilux® X Series, made possible by Xtend technology

The new progressive lenses generation is the result of a combination of Xtend, a revolution in lens conception thanks to a new calculator with 2 latest Varilux technologies: Nanoptix and SynchronEyes, and a breakthrough in the semi-finished and in binocular vision. Varilux® S® Series was breaking the compromise between fields of vision and swim effect. Xtend can now process even more complex algorithms and optimize Nanoptix structure by clusters of 7 in order to combine their power and multiply the effects.

Personalization accessible

Varilux® X Seriesis available with a new in-store tool to get patient individual measures. This new first level of personalization is so easy to dispense that it does not require any training. In only 7 minutes of meaningful in-store experience, the tool will provide reliable and robust measurements of Near Vision Behaviour.

Find out more about Varilux X Series here

 

Iolite glazed packages now available!

Iolite is the all in one solution for Independent Opticians looking for a wide range of stylish frames delivered glazed to their practice, ready for their patients. The Iolite project combines knowledge and resources from multiple business leaders within the optics industry to create a complete range of frames with cutting edge technology lenses from some of the most recognized manufacturer names.

Iolite takes the risk of stock holding away from your practice. You need only hold a complete sample set which is refreshed each season. Once a patient selects which frame they would like from the Iolite range, you simply need to place the frame & lens order complete with the prescription with your supplier lab. Orders can be placed via the brand new online system, over the phone, by fax, or by your local lab van. The labs receive the order and create the glasses from the stock that they hold, complete with the required lens to the patients prescription. Once glazed, the finished glasses are couriered out to the practice, ready to be purchased by the patient.

For more information, please contact your regional Essilor Group account manager. They will be more than happy to talk through the details over the phone, and visit your practice to show you the frame range.

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