San Diego (October 19, 2011) – Carl Zeiss Vision is very pleased to announce that it has licensed the VSP Optics Group to manufacture free-form back-surface progressive multifocal lenses under U.S. Patent No. 6,089,713.

The ‘713 patent describes the manufacture of back-surface progressive multifocal lenses whose front surface is rotationally symmetrical and whose design is determined by the individual prescriptions alone or in combination with at least one of: individual frame choice, lifestyle, wearer behavioral patterns and/or other options.

“Technology innovation has always been a key to the success of Carl Zeiss Vision, and the back surface freeform lens technology covered by our ‘713 patent is an essential part of Carl Zeiss Vision’s cutting edge solutions to the manufacture of progressive lenses and the industry’s ability to deliver optimized progressive lens solutions,” said Joe Donahoe, Carl Zeiss Vision’s President, North America-Pacific. “We are pleased to license our free-form progressive technology to the VSP Optics Group, an industry leader in ophthalmic products and services.”

“Digital processing and freeform lenses have become an important component of the delivery of an exceptional patient experience by providing outstanding vision correction said Don Oakley, President of VSP Optics Group. “One part of our mission to support private practice is to work with the lens manufacturing community to bring these innovative technologies to market, which is why we’re very pleased to license this technology from Carl Zeiss Vision.”


Carl Zeiss Vision ( is a global leader in optics. With a full line of advanced customized lenses, advanced performance coatings, i.Scription™ by ZEISS diagnostic technology and a national laboratory network, Carl Zeiss Vision is dedicated to creating a better visual experience for patients and greater success for eye care practices.