Ovation vs. varilux lens

Updated July 19, 2017

No-line bifocals, or progressive lenses, are available in many different makes and models. These lenses are designed based on copyrighted technology specific to each company. Varilux is a family of progressive lenses that is manufactured by Essilor.


Essilor is an ophthalmic lens company that manufactures and provides wholesale lenses, including Varilux lenses and the Ovation progressive lens. Other Essilor products include Transitions, AirWear, Accolade and Crizal.

Varilux Lenses

According to, Varilux lenses are designed based on newer technology to enhance patients' vision. They claim to provide a wider area of clear vision throughout the entire lens than older designs. It is difficult to verify such claims, as each patient responds to different lenses in different ways. These lenses come in many different models, such as the Varilux Physio, Comfort and Ellipse.

Ovation Lenses

The Ovation progressive lens is manufactured by Essilor as well, but it does not belong to the Varilux family. It is based on older technology than the Varilux Lenses. The Ovation lens can still be ordered in prescription glasses, but it is no longer being promoted by Essilor.

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Travis Sharpe began writing in 2009. His articles appear on eHow and Answerbag, where he specializes in eye health, general health and prescription medications. Sharpe is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and graduated summa cum laude from his alma mater. He has a Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry.