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Essilor Offers Anti-Fog Solutions

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Product: Essilor Anti-Fog Solutions portfolio
Top Line: Essilor now offers two anti-fog solutions designed to meet the challenges eyeglass wearers are facing today.
Close Up: Essilor’s Anti-Fog Solutions portfolio consists of two products:
• Essilor Anti-Fog AR, a new product best suited for patients bothered by fog on their lenses due to wearing face masks, where the fog mostly occurs on the back surface of the lens
• Optifog, which Essilor recommends for patients bothered by fog due to activities such as skiing (athletes), cooking (chefs), or due to varying weather conditions that create fogging issues on both sides of the lens.

Essilor Anti-Fog AR
• Anti-Fog coating on the back side of the lens which repels fog especially when wearing face masks
• No-Glare coating on the front side of the lens which reduces glare, water, smudges and is easy to clean
• Permanent solution which does not require wipes or drops for anti-fog activation
• Best suited for patients bothered by fog on lenses due to wearing face masks
“The situation with COVID is that the fog is not caused by environmental factors or work. It comes from an individual wearing a lens,” said Jeff Harrell, Essilor's senior director, product marketing. “Ninety percent of that is going to occur on the back surface of the lens. So you need a fog-free solution on both surfaces which allow you to increase the AR properties and improve some of the trade-offs on the front surface of the lens, where a lot of smudges and interactivity with water are going to occur. The fog is going to occur on the back. With Anti-Fog AR, you get a good balance of the AR, the scratch resistance and the cleanability but also the fog free that’s going to allow you to see clearly with a mask on. Because it’s a permanent anti-fog solution, the consumer doesn’t need drops or wipes to activate it. It’s a little bit different offer for the needs of today.”

Optifog
• Premium No-Glare lens with Anti-Fog coating on both sides which repels fog
• No-Glare coating reduces glare, scratches, and dust
• Comes with four Optifog Smart Textiles (annual supply) which should be used to activate the anti-fog topcoat of the lens
• Best suited for patients bothered by fog due to activities such as skiing, cooking, or varying weather conditions—situations beyond just wearing face masks
Vital Stats: Essilor Anti-Fog AR is available with only Airwear polycarbonate lenses and a wide variety of designs including Varilux, Essilor PALs, Eyezen and single vision lenses. Optifog is available with all lens materials (1.50 plastic, Airwear polycarbonate, Thin & Lite 1.67 and 1.74 lenses) and designs including Varilux, Essilor PALs, Eyezen and single vision lenses. Both products are now available through Essilor labs as well as independent (IDD) labs.
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