Presbyopia: Which glasses for which uses?

From the age of 45 on average, everyone experiences increasing difficulty in seeing up close: this is presbyopia . The easiest way to correct it is to wear progressive lenses that allow you to see well at all distances and in all circumstances. But for some activities, it may be worth investing in a complementary pair, designed for specific needs. Explanations.

All forties know this growing discomfort to see up close, which results from aging of the lens. To compensate for this difficulty, which is called presbyopia , several choices are possible. Most presbyopics (around two-thirds, mostly nearsighted or astigmatic people who are already used to glasses) opt for progressive lenses. Their advantage? They bring together, on the same surface, all the corrections necessary to see well in all circumstances. Since their creation at the end of the 1950s by an Essilor engineer, considerable progress has been made and few carriers still encounter real adaptation problems. Yet some are not entirely satisfied, despite these technological advances.

Finely assessing your needs
” An optical system always requires a compromise. And there can be no compromise that can actually satisfy everyone ,” says Daniel Lichtman, president of Essor, a lens manufacturer.which launched a new lens called “adaptive” aimed at all those who are not satisfied with classic progressive lenses, due to very specific needs. The number of people who are still dissatisfied with progressive lenses remains a minority. The fact remains that for certain professions (doctors, dentists, etc.) or activities (playing a musical instrument, sport, computer, for example), the progressive generates disappointments.
To remedy this, lens manufacturers have been developing personalized lenses for a few years, which incorporate measures and elements specific to each wearer. But more and more, they also offer glasses specifically adapted to an activity, whether it is working on a screen, sport, driving , etc. The principle is simple: it is simply a question of evaluating your real needs with the optician and of having the equipment that you use in a specific context. For example, if, like the vast majority of French people, you spend more than four hours in front of a computer screen, you need a progressive lens with excellent near vision and very good intermediate vision. On the other hand, if you drive a lot, you should have excellent distance and intermediate views.
“It is quite profitable for spectacle wearers to combine a universal progressive which allows them to see well at any distance and, in addition, a second pair of glasses which they use for a specific activity. Carriers understand this well on condition that this second piece of equipment is of high quality and corresponds exactly to their needs ” , explains Frédérique Laville-Leroy, Marketing Director of Essilor, who has just launched a communication campaign on this subject in the stores of optics (“Do you play sports with your dress shoes? What about your glasses?”) It is therefore essential to think carefully about the use you make of your glasses to really regain your ability to see well in all circumstances. “Rather than talking about adapting the wearer to the progressive lens, we have to turn the formula around and offer each customer, according to their needs, progressives that adapt to them “, concludes Daniel Lichtman.

 

A glass capable of slowing the progression of myopia in children

As we know, myopia affects more and more people today. It must be said that our near vision is highly requested by our modern way of life and the very common use of screens. A new glass would slow the development of myopia in children.

The manufacturers of ophthalmic lenses are constantly working to develop new and ever more sophisticated lenses. Two years ago now, Carl Zeiss Vision , one of the world’s leading manufacturers, launched an eyeglass lens in Asia capable of slowing the progression of myopia in children. Remember that today, nearly 25% of the world’s population is nearsighted and that this figure is expected to increase further in the decades to come.
Developed in collaboration with an Australian medical team from the Vision Cooperative Research Center (CRC Vision), MyoVision single vision lenses of course correct myopia to see better, but, thanks to their particular geometry, they also make it possible to stop the progression of axile myopia. (a form of progressive myopia). ” The very particular geometry of the spectacle lens allows a ‘stop signal’ to be sent to the eye which will reduce the progression of this form of myopia. Indeed, the design of the MyoVision lens makes it possible to focus in one point on the retina (the fovea), improving central vision. The eye is thus relieved, its elongation due to focusing difficulties is stopped and the progression of myopia slowed”, explains Carl Zeiss Vision. Tested for a year on 210 children at the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, they have reduced the progression of myopia by 30%.
MyoVision lenses were presented for the first time in France at the congress of the Association des optométristes de France (AOF) last January This new kind of glasses that correct the development of visual disturbances will certainly be one of the main avenues of research for glassmakers for years to come.

Varilux offers an accessible version of its latest revolution

Are you presbyopic and do not want to buy progressives for fear of not adapting to this type of lens? You are like 90% of non-progressive carriers. To respond to this concern, Essilor launched a new generation of immediate-fit lenses two years ago, of which the glassmaker now offers a version accessible to as many people as possible.

Until the launch in 2012 of the Varilux S Series, everything progressive was based on a compromise: given the variation in power (several corrections on the same lens), it was necessary to either favour the field of vision or the reduction of the effects of pitching. All of this could lead to adaptation difficulties. End of the compromise with the Varilux S Series which reduces the effects of pitching and allows immediate adaptation, without compromising on the quality of vision. Since April 2014, Essilor has been making this revolution accessible to everyone with the latest addition to the Varilux Series family, the E Series. Same technology as its predecessor with less complexity in its design: result, 50% reduction in pitching effects and no compromise on adaptation. Enough to overcome the reluctance of many presbyopes …

Commercial offers: who does what?

In the nebula of promotional offers, there is sometimes enough to lose your Latin! A small presentation of the different types of offers, recurring or more original, that you will surely come across in your search for ideal glasses.

The famous second pair
Today, almost all major brands offer the second pair of glasses, for one euro, after your first purchase. But beware, this is not systematic.
In most cases, this offer is subject to a minimum amount for your first purchase. The second pair consists of a frame usually chosen from a particular collection and two lenses without treatments with the same correction as for your first equipment. However, some may offer you to choose your second pair of glasses from the entire store ( Optical Center ) or to opt for sunglasses in your sight ( Optic 2ooo ).
Do not hesitate to ask the opticians near you for brochures on their second pair offer. Carefully read the full terms and restrictions often shown in small print. You will thus learn if your correction corresponds to the imposed limits if your tastes can be satisfied.

Packages for your budget
If your first criterion of choice is the price , you should find what you are looking for among the many packages offered by the brands: a fixed price, often low, which avoids surprises when going to checkout. There are packages for one or two pairs of glasses (eyeglasses or sunglasses), for own brands or designer labels( Générale d’Optique, Lynx Optique, Krys …). They are often limited in time (for the launch of an exclusive model, for the start of the school year), so don’t hesitate when you have found the right one!
Some packages only concern glasses. They can be a good alternative for those who wish to focus on the quality of their lenses rather than the aesthetics or originality of their frames.

Loyalty cards
More and more brands give you loyalty cards. Free, or offered for a few euros, they will give you access to additional services or guarantees in the event of the breakage or theft of your glasses: enough to live for several years without any worry.
Your purchases in the stores of the network are then transformed into points which will reduce the price of your future glasses, or even allow you to offer a pair to a member of your family ( Lissac ).

Original offers
Despite the multitude of existing offers, each year the brands find new possibilities to innovate commercially. For example, GrandOpticalcreated the event with its Les Pourcent’Ages offer. The price of your frame is reduced by the percentage corresponding to your age. If you are 40 years old, you get 40% off your mount, for the purchase of complete equipment. Childishly simple! Please note, it is not available all year round.
Another place, another offer. New brands celebrated the opening of their stores by offering or drastically reducing the price of equipment for their first customers, creating incredible queues in front of the doors of the points of sale. Alain Afflelou set up in 2009 a credit system which also allows you to pay for your glasses in monthly instalments. Convenient for small budgets.
Stay tuned, new original commercial offers will certainly emerge in the coming months. A knowledgeable eyeglass wearer is worth two.

What about independent opticians?
In France, 10,500 stores share the market. Among them, of course, not all are branded. Almost half of them are run by independent opticians, who alone manage all aspects of their point of sale: brands and models presented on the shelves, but also commercial practice. Each being free, it is impossible to draw up a list of the offers practised. A large majority offer the second pair offered but, once again, this is not an obligation and some opticians will prefer to present you with additional service guarantees or products that you will not find in everyone …

To summarize …
To find the glasses of your dreams, do not hesitate to prospect before making your purchase: assess the importance of your selection criteria ( price, brands, the creators…), consult the websites of the brands, subscribe to the newsletters to stay informed, tour the points of sale near you, collect the brochures then read all the access conditions.
Depending on your correction, certain forms of glasses or certain lenses included in the offers may not necessarily suit you. In any case, ask all your questions to your optician. As an eye care professional, he can provide you with valuable advice to achieve a good compromise between price, aesthetics and visual disturbance. Another very important point not to be overlooked: after-sales. Carefully review the guarantees in case of loss, theft, breakage. You might as well think about it now to have a free spirit in the event of a problem!

Who are the glass manufacturers?

There are many manufacturers of ophthalmic lenses who share the French market. Here is a list, in alphabetical order, of the five most important on the French and world markets.

They are the ones who give impetus to the market through their power in research and development and their capacity for innovation. Do not hesitate to visit their sites, which will allow you to know a little more about their different ranges of products.

• BBGR : French company, subsidiary of the Essilor group
www.bbgr.fr

• Carl Zeiss Vision : German manufacturer
www.zeiss.fr

• Essilor : French manufacturer, world number one
www.essilor.fr

• Hoya : Japanese manufacturer
www.hoya. en

• Rodenstock : German manufacturer
www.rodenstock.com

There are also many manufacturers on the French market with a national or even regional dimension, designing products of excellent quality. Besides the marks of signs proposed by some large distributors as Afflelou , Optic 2ooo or Krys .

Contact lenses: what budget?

Have you chosen to wear contact lenses? You will have to factor in your budget the cost of adaptation, lenses and maintenance solutions.

The cost of the adaptation
The cost of your adaptation in contact lenses will depend on a number of factors varying according to the complexity of your case, knowing that it takes three or four appointments with the specialist of the adaptation. First step: a visit to the ophthalmologist for the consultation. It is at this point that the possibility or not of wearing contact lenses will be determined. It will cost you the price of a visit to a specialist doctor and will be covered by Social Security. From there, if you have no contraindication, your ophthalmologist will offer you an adaptation package that can vary from 80 to 200 euros. Invoicing will be done on plain paper.
For specific adaptations relating to therapeutic problems, the adaptation will also be reimbursed by Social Security.

The cost of contact lenses
The purchase price of your contact lenses will mainly depend on your need for correction and the choice of the type of lenses. The distribution channel you choose will have little influence on the final price.
For rigid lenses permeable to oxygen, count from 250 to 450 euros per pair for single vision lenses and from 350 to 450 euros per pair for progressive lenses.
For soft lenses traditional, your budget will be between 180 and 230 euros per pair in single focus and between 340 and 450 euros for progressive lenses. The lifespan of these two types of lenses can vary from 12 to 24 months depending on how dirty they are. It will be linked to two factors: the quality of your tears and your maintenance.
The soft lenses frequent renewal is, in turn, typically sold in boxes of ten lenses. The faster the rate of renewal, the higher the price. The annual budget for your frequently-renewed lenses will be between 100 and 450 euros for simple homes and between 280 and 480 euros for progressive lenses.
Finally, the daily lenses are packaged in boxes of 30 or even 90 lenses. They will cost you between 1 and 1.80 euros per pair per day, which makes an annual budget of 360 to 650 euros for single focus lenses.
For progressive daily lenses, the daily price is around 3 euros or an annual budget of over 1,100 euros. The use of this type of lenses will therefore be preferred for occasional wear, replacing traditional lenses or glasses. However, they have a budget advantage: there is no need to add the cost of cleaning products.

The cost of maintenance solutions
The brands and packages of cleaning and preservative products for your contact lenses are very numerous. The longer the advertised lifespan of your lenses, the more carefully you need to maintain them; the allocated budget will therefore also be larger.
For daily lenses, this cost is zero, since they do not require any maintenance. For frequently replaced lenses, the annual budget will be 50 to 90 euros. It will go from 80 to 120 euros for traditional soft lenses and rigid ones gas permeable. Fitting specialists often offer purchases in sets of two or three vials at attractive prices. Pay attention to the use-by dates and your storage conditions!
Also, remember to buy your daily maintenance products in small packages and to get dosages of physiological saline without preservative. They will often be of great help to you when travelling and on vacation.

 

11 tips for choosing the right glasses

The choice of your frame should not be done by chance. If you are a little apprehensive about your visit to the optician, here is a list of little tips that will help you make the right choice for sure.

•  At the foot!
If possible, look at yourself in a full-length mirror when trying on a frame. The glasses are part of your body and must be consistent with it.

•  Eyelashes and eyebrows
Common sense dictates that your glasses should not touch the tips of your eyelashes. As a general rule, look for a model that follows the line of your eyebrows. To be avoided: the frame which covers them. Your eyebrows should not show behind the lenses of your glasses but simply highlight them.

•  From the nose
Your glasses should sit well on your nose. Is it too long? You can “reduce” it by opting for a low-bridge frame, if possible in a dark colour, which, by positioning itself lower, will give the impression that your nose is shorter.

•  High cheekbones!
A question of comfort and aesthetics, your glasses should not rest on the top of your cheeks, even when you smile.

•  Skin tone
Take your skin tone into account when choosing the colour of your frame. If you are rather pale, a colourful pair of glasses will make you look good.

•  Anti-aging
By softening your features, a light-coloured frame will reduce the perception of wrinkles. Conversely, dark glasses, which contrast strongly with your complexion, can harden your features, but also affirm your personality.

•  Lifting effect Is
your face a little droopy? Butterfly-shaped glasses will stretch your features upwards and compensate for the feeling of relaxation.

•  A short forehead?
Choose a slim one-colour model so it doesn’t weigh down the top of your face.

•  Mind-blowing
Match the colour of your glasses with that of your hair and don’t forget to counterbalance the effect of your hairstyle. If your hair is pulled back, avoid wearing overly strict glasses that will reinforce the harsh side of your look.

• A fringe?
Watch out for the mass effect with very voluminous glasses that reach the level of the hair.

•  Myopic or hyperopic makeup? Take this into account when applying makeup! Myopic eyes appear smaller behind concave lenses
glasses. Enlarge them with a white pencil line towards the inside of the eye and stretch them with a touch of mascara and light or iridescent eyeshadow towards the outer corner. Behind your hyperopic glasses, your eyes will look bigger. Rebalance your eyes with a line of black kohl inside the eye, eyeliner or a touch of darker, matte eye shadow along the lashes.

Neymar Jr, new police ambassador

If this name is not yet familiar to you, know that the Brazilian Neymar Jr is the new idol of world football, having joined FC Barcelona in June 2013. For the year 2014, he embodies the new face of Police, succeeding Bruce Willis, Georges Clooney, David Beckham and Antonio Banderas.

He was already 17 in 2009 when he began his professional football career at Santos FC and the following season propelled his club to the top of the Paulista championship by scoring 14 goals in 19 matches. A feat that earned him to be compared to the Brazilian legend: Pelé! As a Santos FC player, Neymar Jr won the Brazilian Cup, the Brazilian Championship in Sao Paulo, the Recopa Sul-Americana, the Superclasico de la Americas Cup and the Copa Libertadores. In June 2013, after playing 225 matches and scoring 136 goals, Neymar Jr joined the famous FC Barcelona, ​​where he lived up to his reputation as a great player by opening the scoring against Real Madrid. In short, he is only 22 years old and has already written his name in the great history of football. Without forgetting the next World Cup in June 2014:

After Bruce Willis, George Clooney, David Beckham and Antonio Banderas, Neymar Jr is throughout 2014 the new face of the Police brand. Produced by Rankin, famous fashion photographer, a campaign features several shots of Neymar Jr with the new Police eyeglasses and sunglasses collection. And the footballer commented: “ It is a pleasure and an honour for me to be the new world face of Police. I recognize myself in their style since I personally wear the same kind of glasses. We had a lovely photoshoot and I hope my arrival in the Police family will be equally successful. ”

Film Noir Edition, the capsule of Persol

The links between Persol and the 7th art never cease to strengthen! Spotlight on the cult genre of the 1950s, film noir, to which Persol wished to pay tribute through a capsule collection called Film Noir Edition.

It is in the heart of the Ambrosiana Library, in Milan, that the eyewear brand Persol celebrated last February its new capsule collection: Film Noir. A true tribute to the most influential cinematographic genre of the 1950s, this line also celebrates the brand’s style heritage, bringing the famous Phoenix arrow back to the fore. “Meticulous research in the Persol archives revealed that the traditional Persol arrow at the time had several variations, including the Phoenix arrow.
Through the image of the phoenix, art is seen as the ability to constantly reinvent itself, which is why Persol chose it as a key element in reinterpreting its own style heritage. ” The result: two solar models and two lenses – with names evocative of Gangster, Femme Fatale, Reporter and even Detective – reinterpret this now legendary arrow on a modernized design. All in an atmosphere of mystery and intrigue … Note: the sunglasses are fitted with Polar or Photo-Polar lenses, in a solid or gradient colour.

BMW launches its eyewear collection

BMW aficionados will be able to rejoice: it is now possible to wear glasses bearing the effigy of the German car brand, which has just launched its very first collection. Two key words: classicism and excellence.

This is a historic record that the German manufacturer BMW has just achieved: in 2013, it delivered 1.93 million vehicles (of the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands). The BMW brand alone grew 7.5%, with 1.65 million units sold, an absolute record. It is in this particularly favourable context that the world leader in high-end cars has chosen to launch its very first eyewear collection. “BMW has been very attentive to the creation of this collection, constantly pushing us on the path of excellence”, recently confided the licensee of the collection. In acetate, stainless steel, titanium or NXT, twelve sight models and twelve sunglasses make up this first BMW collection, while many new products are already in the pipeline. In terms of forms, the style is generally quite classic. Made from European components, the BMW collection is distinguished above all by its high technical quality, which guarantees its robustness and reliability. Evidenced for example by its double articulation which allows a 360 ° rotation of the branch! In the same spirit, the solar line has two foldable models, very practical because they are very flat. More aesthetics of course, but above all more solidity for the whole: this is how this high-end collection stands out. Note: half of the sunglasses are equipped with polarizing lenses. Collection available since April. In the same spirit, the solar line has two foldable models, very practical because very flat. More aesthetics of course, but above all more solidity for the whole: this is how this high-end collection stands out. Note: half of the sunglasses are equipped with polarizing lenses. Collection available since April. In the same spirit, the solar line has two foldable models, very practical because very flat. More aesthetics of course, but above all more solidity for the whole: this is how this high-end collection stands out. Note: half of the sunglasses are equipped with polarizing lenses. Collection available since April.