Zeiss Vision Care U.S. has launched the updated Zeiss SmartLife lens portfolio which takes into account the most advanced visual behavior data along with the wearer’s unique attributes to deliver lenses designed for dynamic visual behavior for all ages.

Features: The new Zeiss SmartLife lens portfolio is designed around our modern lifestyle with the goal of offering greater all-day comfort. The new portfolio is further fine-tuned by age and visual requirements, starting from age 6 through adulthood, because as we age, our visual needs change. The Zeiss SmartLife Progressive Pure, Plus and Superb, along with the Zeiss SmartLife SV are all updated. The Zeiss SmartLife Individual 3 Progressive, Digital and SV designs and Zeiss SmartLife Young are new. The new SmartLife portfolio will replace the original portfolio. Both will co-exist for a few months while all insurance and ordering systems get updated. “The constant use of smart devices on the move has dramatically altered the way we use our eyes. With both new and updated lens solutions, the Zeiss SmartLife portfolio makes use of advanced visual behavior data and the wearer’s age to provide greater visual comfort for patients of all ages, including children. We look forward to seeing how patients and our partners in the eyecare market will experience the real-world benefits of the expanded Zeiss SmartLife portfolio,” says Jens Boy, president of Zeiss Vision Care North America. The all-new Zeiss SmartLife portfolio is now available to all independent Zeiss eyecare professionals nationwide.

Miebo Eye Drops
Bausch and Lomb

Bausch + Lomb has announced the U.S. commercial launch of Miebo (perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution) for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

Features: Miebo is the first and only prescription eye drop approved for dry eye disease that directly targets tear evaporation. Miebo is a single ingredient water, preservative and steroid free prescription eye drop that spreads quickly and comfortably. It is designed to address the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease by reducing tear evaporation at the ocular surface. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Miebo in May 2023, based on consistent results from two pivotal phase three trials. In the clinical trials, Miebo delivered significant improvements in the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease and consistently met its primary clinical sign and patient-reported symptom endpoint.


Super HiVision Meiryo EX4

Hoya Vision Care has launched Super HiVision Meiryo EX4 anti-reflective treatment in Canada.

Features: The Super HiVision Meiryo EX4 lens treatment offers industry-leading scratch resistance, durability and long-term cleanability as well as complete backside UV protection that eyecare providers and patients have come to expect. The Super HiVision Meiryo EX4 lens offers extreme durability, with up to 2.5 times better scratch resistance than a major competitor’s best coating. The lens technology is easy to clean and provides superior clarity with 56 percent lower reflectance. “Best-in-class performance is central to the coatings we deliver, and now the best just got better,” says Steven Haifawi, president of Hoya Vision Care, Canada. “We know eyecare professionals and their patients are going to love this easier-to-clean, more scratch-resistant and durable coating.”

Total30 Contact Lenses

Alcon has launched its Total30 multifocal contact lenses. The reusable lenses are designed for patients with presbyopia and are intended to be used on a monthly replacement schedule.

Features: Total30 is the first and only monthly water gradient multifocal contact lens. The contact lenses offer excellent visual acuity at all distances near through far, with Alcon’s proven Precision Profile design that fits in two easy steps, delivering 96 percent fit success. The lenses have begun to roll out in the United States and in select international markets.

Visgard Ultra
FSI Coating Technologies, Inc.

FSI Coating Technologies, Inc., has launched the PFAS-free anti-fog coating, Visgard Ultra. The Ultra coating platform is designed to enhance the surface feel and aesthetics of safety eyewear and ophthalmic lenses.

Features: Visgard Ultra ensures consistent long-term adhesion under extreme temperature and high humidity conditions; it prevents fogging even after repeated cleaning. This transparent coating offers excellent permanent anti-fog performance, a smooth and easy to clean surface combined with highly durable abrasion resistance. It also complies with EN166:2001 for UV resistance and is compatible with mirror coatings. Versatile product applications include motorcycle visors, face shields, protective goggles, Rx, medical, safety, sports and sunglasses. “FSICT is dedicated to the continuous development of innovative coatings that improve our customer’s products. Visgard Ultra is PFAS free and environmentally sustainable, setting a new standard by also offering a sleek and smooth coated surface combined with permanent water-washable anti-fog coating performance,” says Richard Chang, president and CEO of parent company SDC Technologies, Inc. “Additionally, it’s compatible with LPDE, HDPE, polypropylene plastic bag packaging, so eyewear is mark free even under high humidity conditions.”


Coburn Technologies and SDC Technologies

Coburn Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with SDC Technologies has launched CrystalChrome, a breakthrough photochromic system for optical labs.

Features: CrystalChrome gives optical labs the ability to transform any clear, semi- finished blank or surfaced lens into a high-quality photochromic lens. Photochromic is a growing segment in the industry. Traditionally, labs that offer these products maintain a substantial inventory of photochromic semi-finished blanks in a variety of materials and colors to provide timely delivery to their customers. ChrystalChrome offers best-in-class photochromic performance on all lens materials, paired with fast darkening and fading speeds. It features exceptional optical clarity and excellent product durability and stability. It has compatibility with anti-reflective and metallizing treatments and fast drying thermal cure resulting in superior abrasion and chemical resistance. It is available in CrystalChrome GY for gray color and BN for brown color tint versions.

“The new CrystalChrome technology is a breakthrough opportunity for optical labs to incorporate their very own photochromic lens coating process,” states Coburn Technologies, Inc., president Alex Incera. “Now, labs can provide high-performance light-reactive lenses to their customers in less time and at a lower cost than traditional sourcing methods. CrystalChrome enables on-demand production of photochromic lenses, reducing the cost of delivering these premium products and eliminating inventory of semi-finished blanks while still allowing for quick turn-around.”;