Visual Age Defined

A continuous lens design, Shamir Autograph Intelligence optimally matches your patients’ visual needs and their Visual Age™. Traditional progressive lenses provide patients with a “personalized” lens based mostly on the measurements of their selected frame. This “one design” concept provides everyone with the same solution. Shamir saw that as a major flaw and set out to address it. The question Shamir posed internally: How can we help eyecare professionals make the best lens choice to meet patient needs without complicating the dispensing process?

Tip: Young presbyopes need a good solution for digital reading and support for dynamic vision, while near vision has lower priority.

12Autograph Intelligence utilizes 12 unique design concepts to fit the visual needs required for each Visual Age.

THE RESEARCH

The path to answering that question led to an extensive research project that involved examining the different vision zones and their usage frequency by presbyopes between the ages of 40 and 80.

In broad-brush terms, they found that:

• “YOUNG presbyopes need a good solution for digital reading and support for dynamic vision. Near vision has lower priority, due to reading mainly on handheld digital devices.”

• “MODERATE presbyopes demonstrate more balanced needs. All vision zones hold more or less equal importance.”

• “ADVANCED presbyopes need a good solution for far and near vision, while Switch Distances Frequency, intermediate vision, and digital reading are a lower priority.”

THE GAP

That research found a gap between current PAL designs and the “diversity of today’s individual presbyopic needs.”

Shamir then analyzed wearer needs at different ages for driving, computers. Smartphones/tablets, printed reading material, along with how frequently different age groups of presbyopes switch distance viewing. They then looked at how those different needs are met at different adds…+1.00, +2.00, and +3.00.

See for yourself what they found when looking at driving/distance (blue), frequent zone switching (yellow), computers/intermediate (purple), digital reading (pink), and near/printed materials (green).

THE SOLUTION

Autograph Intelligence takes all of that into account and utilizes 12 unique design concepts to fit the visual needs required for each Visual Age. Based on its in-depth research, this revolutionary progressive design concept is, as you can see in the chart below, relevant to the visual needs of all presbyopes–young, mid, and advanced.

Hopefully, you’ve already seen the difference for yourself. Tell us about your initial experience with Shamir Autograph Intelligence lenses and share in the conversation on Facebook here.

Erinn Morgan