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Comparing Varilux vs. Hoya progressive lenses

Planning on escaping the eyewear monopoly? Hoya offers lenses that can help you do it. Here are how they compare with Varilux progressive lenswear.
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Published 4.22.2022

There are few lenswear brands that are bigger and more well known among eye care professionals than Hoya. However, if there were a challenger it’d be Essilor’s Varilux progressive lenses. Why? Because Essilor designed a system that ensures Varilux is the only choice for a large percentage of the market. If you’re an independent practice that hopes to avoid playing into the corporate competition’s hands, Hoya is one of your more well known options. That’s why today we’re comparing Varilux vs. Hoya progressive lenses.

Why compare Hoya and Varilux progressive lenses?

Hoya has a long reputation for supporting independent eye care providers. Unlike eyewear brands such as Essilor, Hoya isn’t vertically integrated with a vision plan. As supporters of independent eye care ourselves, we think it makes sense to consider selling patients Hoya lenswear.

Afterall, eyewear is eye care. Your patients’ lenses factor into your standard of care as much as anything else. More often than not, patients are in the wrong lenses because of vision plan constraints.

By taking a look at Hoya’s lenswear, we hope we can help you provide patients with an expanded field of options from which they can select the best product for their corrective needs. If you're interested in another vendor, we've also published Varilux lenswear comparisons for Nikon and Shamir progressive lenses.

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Varilux vs. Hoya lenses: A lens-by-lens PAL breakdown

In our comparison of Hoya and Varilux progressive lenses we’ll take a look at the PALs through the good, better, best framework. This article will only compare progressive lenses. We have another article on task, computer and near variable focus lenswear that covers various vendors.

Hoya Amplitude BKS

Our lens comparisons start with the entry option: Hoya Amplitude BKS. The closest comparison among Essilor’s progressive lens options is the Varilux Comfort DRx. These lenses are designed to provide patients with an affordable progressive lens product.

Hoya Amplitude BKS offers patients a comfortable design made to fit most lifestyle needs. The product also features BKS Hoya Free-Form Backside surfacing technology. This backside surfacing technology offers patients a wider viewing area, clear and distortion-free viewing, and superior vision at all distances.

Similarly, the Varilux Comfort DRx is an affordable backside-surfaced progressive lens option. This is an entry product that provides patients with easy and comfortable transitions between near, far and inbetween.

The Varilux Comfort DRx features patented digital surfacing that offers patients exceptional precision and accuracy. The Varilux product also offers customized near vision technology. This addition is customized according to the patient’s prescription to keep the head and eyes in comfortable positions while reading.

Hoya Array 2

If your patient is looking for a high end lens, such as the Varilux Physio W3+, then the Hoya Array 2 is a great alternative option.

Other than being free of the baggage that comes with vision plans, the Hoya Array 2 offers patients a number of features to improve comfort and performance. This product includes customizable variable corridor length for ergonomic improvement. Additionally, the Hoya Array 2 applies freeform surfacing technology to the backside of any semi-finished lens in any material. It also includes Binocular Harmonization Technology. This addition takes into account the differences between the left and right prescription to balance design performance. There is also a Hoya Array 2 Wrap that provides compensated design for wrap frames.

The Varilux Physio W3+ is similar in a lot of ways. Synchroneyes Technology, like Binocular Harmonization Technology, calculates both the left and right lenses as a pair in order to improve clarity. In addition, Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement 2 (W.A.V.E 2) Technology adapts wavefront control to the patient’s visual requirements. W.A.V.E. 2 offers patients sharper vision at all distances and in all lighting conditions—including night. Patients wearing the Varilux Physio W3+ also read more comfortably with customized near vision.

Hoya iD MyStyle 2 and Hoya iD Lifestyle 3

We’re taking a look at two options that are among Hoya’s best and comparable to the Varilux X Series. They’re the Hoya iD MyStyle 2 and the Hoya iD Lifestyle 3.

These two lenses from Hoya are among the vendor’s best progressive lenswear. Let’s start with the Hoya iD Lifestyle 3. This lens features some of the technology found with the Hoya Array 2, such as Binocular Harmonization Technology. It also reduces eye rotation between distance and near zones, and offers wider fields of view, through an integrated Dual Side (iD) design with standardized front vertical power distribution and customized back horizontal progression. Other features include fully integrated surfaces using Balanced View control to minimize aberration, optional position of wear measurements and designs for indoor, urban and outdoor.

The Hoya iD MyStyle 2 is another top tier option from Hoya. The bespoke lens offers patients limitless design variations. Like the Hoya iD Lifestyle 3, the bespoke option also features Binocular Harmonization Technology and iD design technology for ideal binocular vision. Every pair also uses a patented binocular eye model and 3D visual acuity simulation. Hoya uses an interactive consultation program to collect patient information (including lifestyle requirements and wearing preferences) to create a uniquely personalized lens. The Hoya iD MyStyle 2 The lenses are available in four convenience options: Modern, Detail, Adventure and Stable.

These lenses are comparable to products in the Varilux X Series. These lenses feature technologies similar to those found in Hoya’s top tier lenses. W.A.V.E 2 Technology offers sharp distances across viewing zones while SynchronEyes Technology allows easy transitions from near to far. These lenses also come with Nanoptix Technology, which helps eliminate “off-balance” feeling, and Xtend Technology, which assists with reducing head movement within arm’s reach.

The Varilux X Fit is nearest to the Hoya iD MyStyle 2. It is a bespoke option that includes, in addition to the aforementioned technologies, personalized patient measurements.

Why it’s important to offer independent eyewear such as Hoya

Lens vendors like Essilor would prefer that you sell one type of progressive lens: Varilux. Their affiliated labs, vision plans and practices are all aligned toward that same goal. But is Varilux right for every patient, everywhere? And are you alright with giving money to the corporation funding your competition?

These are important questions to ask because the answers factor into your standard of care. If Varilux isn’t right for your patients, then you can put them in better lenses. If you don’t want to fund the competition, then you can find lenswear vendors that don’t own competitive practices. It’s within your power to establish your preferred standard of care and take back control of your practice.

Connor McGann, Content Marketing Manager
Connor McGann is Anagram's content marketing manager. He joined Anagram in February 2020. Previously he was a finance writer and animation project manager at a marketing agency, and managed content for a live chat provider that serviced various industries including health care and plastic surgery.