Essilor Launches New Product to Drive Eye Health Awareness Among Millennial Generation
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Essilor Launches New Product to Drive Eye Health Awareness Among Millennial Generation

By Essilor News

08/26/2015

Eyezen glasses offer a new vision solution ideal for a digital audience to combat eyestrain and reduce exposure to harmful blue light

Essilor is pleased to announce the launch of Eyezen™ glasses, an optimal solution for the millennial generation – people between the ages of 18 and 34. Eyezen glasses are intended to serve as an everyday pair of glasses to provide comfort and protection for a generation of people who are on smart phones, tablets and computers for hours at a time on a daily basis. Eyezen glasses not only benefit those who require a prescription but also those who currently wear contact lenses or do not wear prescription glasses at all.

Eyezen glasses contain a small amount of accommodative relief (add power or magnification), to help alleviate eyestrain often caused by viewing text and small screens on devices such as tablets and smart phones. Eyezen glasses also come with a high quality AR lens coating that selectively filters the harmful blue-violet light emitted by digital devices.

There will be three unique Eyezen lens designs available, and the patient’s age will determine which design is suggested for them:

·         Eyezen 1 – patients aged 20 to 34

·         Eyezen 2 – patients aged 35 to 44

·         Eyezen 3 – patients aged 45 and up

Eyezen glasses can benefit patients of any age, but the main focus of the brand is to target the millennial generation, which provides the biggest opportunity for ECPs.

Millennials view and interact with the world differently than previous generations. More than other age groups, their digital devices are an integral part of their lifestyle both at home and at work. They are accustomed to using the internet to find answers to their questions and solutions to their problems. Research shows some millennials spend at least nine hours a day [1] in front of a digital screen, creating visual demands that the human eyes weren’t meant to handle. While they may not be diagnosed with a visual disorder, millennials do frequently suffer from eye strain and fatigue. It’s a critical time for millennials to pay attention to their eye health.

“As millennials spend more of their time looking at digital screens, complaining of tired and sore eyes, trouble sleeping and headaches are becoming more common; however, this generation isn’t thinking of their eye health until they experience a problem,” said Howard Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O., Dipl., and senior vice president of customer development, Essilor of America. “We must educate millennials on the visual effects of their digital screens and encourage them to take care of their eyes before problems arise. With the launch of Eyezen glasses, we’ll show them the importance of a comprehensive eye exam and direct them to independent ECPs, which in turn, will help ECPs create life-long relationships with these new patients.”

From day one, Essilor will promote Eyezen glasses through an integrated advertising, social media and public relations campaign to push the Eyezen brand name to consumers, instructing them to ask for Eyezen glasses and pointing them directly to the ECP locator on the website.

“The technology in Eyezen glasses supports the digitally connected lifestyle of the millennial generation – a lifestyle they aren’t willing to change – by reducing eyestrain and exposure to harmful blue light,” said Lauri Crawford, senior vice president of marketing, Essilor of America. “We are launching a go-to-market strategy for the Eyezen brand that informs millennials of the importance of eye health and offers an effective solution to vision issues they are most likely experiencing yet may not realize are preventable.”

Currently, Eyezen glasses are available to order as spectacle lenses only, but in the coming months Eyezen will launch an exclusive frame collection allowing consumers to purchase a complete pair of Eyezen eyewear – lenses and frame – with or without a prescription.

For more information, please visit EyezenUSA.com and find us on Twitter @EyezenUSA and Facebook.com/EyezenUSA to get the full Eyezen experience. ECPs interested in being listed on the website locator should visit EyezenPro.com.

About Essilor

Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and is the market leader in progressive, high-index, photochromic and anti-reflective coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses, Essilor employs more than 10,000 people throughout North America. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the VARILUX®, CRIZAL®, TRANSITIONS®, XPERIO UV™, DEFINITY®, THIN&LITE® and other Essilor brand names. Essilor Laboratories of America, Inc. is the largest, and most trusted, optical lab network in the U.S. and offers a wide choice of services and lens brands, including Essilor premium lenses, to eyecare professionals across the nation. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International, a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA).

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[1] The Vision Council

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Media Contact Information

Cherie Gifford 
Essilor of America
214.621.4477
cherie.gifford@essilorusa.com

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